Blackwater announced for Kinect, based on PMC group

505 Games announced a new first-person shooter called Blackwater today, based on the controversial private military contractor. The game is due this fall and has an option to use Kinect for its control method.

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Microsoft is pushing for more core experiences on the Kinect, and they're getting a little help on that front from Blacklight: Tango Down developer Zombie Studios. Publisher 505 Games announced Blackwater, a first-person shooter based on the controversial private military contractor. The group is now called Xe Services. The game is scheduled for release this fall.

The game lets you use the regular Xbox 360 controller or Kinect. The announcement references all the regular movements and shooting mechanics in Kinect form, but we're having a hard time picturing it. Luckily the company is allowing hands-on time on the E3 show floor.

The game tells a fictional story, but Zombie consulted former Blackwater team members in designing the combat scenarios. You'll be protecting a North African town from warlords.

"The Blackwater team is comprised of an amazing group of individuals and we're proud to work with them to create a video game that showcases their talent and courage," said 505 president Ian Howe in the announcement. "Being able to get the controller out of the player's hands with Kinect and have them on the ground and immersed in the experience will give them a glimpse of what it takes to be a member of an elite fighting force."

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    June 7, 2011 3:00 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Blackwater announced for Kinect, based on PMC group.

    505 Games announced a new first-person shooter called Blackwater today, based on the controversial private military contractor. The game is due this fall and has an option to use Kinect for its control method.

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      June 7, 2011 3:09 PM

      LOL

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      June 7, 2011 3:20 PM

      Hahaa right. Controversy ahoy!

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      June 7, 2011 3:27 PM

      I guess the issue is that I hate advertising through games, and advertising for the military through games even more, so advertising mercenary corporations through video games is well into "reprehensible" territory.

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      June 7, 2011 3:30 PM

      Surely you must be joking...

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      June 7, 2011 3:34 PM

      ....seriously?

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      June 7, 2011 3:35 PM

      Can't wait til I get to the part where I can lock a female employee up in a shipping crate.


      This actually happened.

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      June 7, 2011 3:49 PM

      this is fucking disgusting

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      June 7, 2011 3:49 PM

      hahaha

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      June 7, 2011 4:12 PM

      Hilarious.

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      June 7, 2011 4:13 PM

      I'll play this if it's good. Fuck the politically correct people.

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        June 8, 2011 2:07 AM

        Fucking A. Mercs are mercs, for better and worse.

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        June 8, 2011 3:09 AM

        actually I don't think this is about political correctness. It's about these assholes being civilian killing bastards exempt from the law.

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          June 8, 2011 3:41 AM

          Only politically correct people are against that sort of thing. You don't know, man, You weren't there!

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          June 8, 2011 4:06 AM

          All mercs (and US soldiers) had it In Iraq, not just BW. And have BW killed more civvies than the regular army? I think not.

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            June 8, 2011 7:28 AM

            True the military has almost certainly killed more civilians than Blackwater. However, members of the military are usually in the military because they want to serve their country or as a way to a better life. Mercenaries are there because they are getting paid. Blackwater is a for profit company that makes money by killing people. I think that is a lot worse than the ideology of the military.

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              June 8, 2011 7:42 AM

              because they want to serve their country or as a way to a better life

              through pay, benefits, and tuition assistance.

              not seeing much of a difference here.

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                June 8, 2011 8:51 AM

                Because BW isn't responsible to anyone. They aren't bound by the Geneva Conventions. They have a record of abuse. They work for whomever pays, which means keeping despots and tyrants in power. Or even working for drug cartels. They can actively undermine the interests of the United States and generally be a pain in the ass.

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                June 8, 2011 2:34 PM

                I think I was trying to make a distinction between the people and the institutions. Regardless, I was oversimplifying because from what I've heard, a lot of the people on the ground that work for Blackwater are not the gung ho trained killers we think they are but are people from poor families lured to working for companies like Blackwater by promises of good pay.

                The difference between those guys and soldiers is that solders are given training and are (at least ideally) held accountable for killing civilians and raping people. The people who work on the ground for Blackwater aren't. They aren't as well trained or disciplined as soldiers and if they kill civilians or rape people there is little to no repercussions either for the people involved or the company.

                Also, the military is not a for-profit enterprise that will go out and work for whoever pays them (ignoring issues of corruption, politics, or wars for oil). Blackwater is out to make money and will work for practically anyone who pays them. To me that is a big difference.

                I think it is a difference in kind not in degree but maybe it is just a difference of degree.

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      June 7, 2011 4:13 PM

      Hahaha

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      June 7, 2011 4:28 PM

      But PMCs are the bad guys in games...

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      June 7, 2011 5:01 PM

      Blackwater: Baghdad Gouranga.

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      June 7, 2011 5:14 PM

      I wonder if this will be in the game. http://www.capitolhillblue.com/node/3885

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        June 8, 2011 3:11 AM

        only if the game was like evil genius

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      June 7, 2011 5:44 PM

      Play the CEO or mercenary hireling! Personally murder your employees involved in an investigation of your company, or shoot at people who dare drive within eyesight of your convoy! Order the relocation and renaming of your company to evade world courts or protect empty Halliburton trucks as they drive in circles endlessly for no reason! The choice is yours.

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        June 7, 2011 5:50 PM

        As the CEO, in the prologue DLC, you get to flee to Saudi Arabia and build a shadow army of mercenaries there in the desert after you resign and your company is renamed

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      June 7, 2011 5:58 PM

      [fry] just popped a chub

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      June 7, 2011 6:14 PM

      Can I abuse international law and disregard the Geneva Convention?

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      June 7, 2011 6:25 PM

      Blackwater can go to hell!

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      June 7, 2011 6:27 PM

      So its like Jagged Alliance but "based on real events" to get more press

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      June 7, 2011 6:31 PM

      So the game is about killing civilians and stealing money I guess?

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      June 7, 2011 6:59 PM

      Legendary developer 505 Games behind such classics as:

      Naughty Bear
      Hop: The Movie: The Game
      Supremacy MMA
      Michael Phelps: Push The Limits
      Johnny Test
      Backbreaker Vengeance

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      June 7, 2011 7:43 PM

      Finally, I can live out my dreams of gunning down civilians and then stand behind the US government for protection.

      Next up: Abu Ghraib for Kinect! Yell commands at your prisoners while forcing them to masturbate in front of everyone! Hooray!

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      June 7, 2011 8:00 PM

      So can you gun down innocent Iraqis and lose your fat government contract?

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      June 7, 2011 8:03 PM

      A game about pretending to kill people? This absolutely sickens me.

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      June 7, 2011 9:12 PM

      I hope it uses the latest version of the GHOUL body damage system! I really, REALLY would like a good sequel to Soldier of Fortune.

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      June 7, 2011 9:23 PM

      Yeah, not going to buy a game if those fuckers get any profit from it.

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      June 7, 2011 9:54 PM

      I thought that read this game is due to fail

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      June 8, 2011 12:19 AM

      Sad to see a studio willing to take money to whitewash a bunch of criminals.

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      June 8, 2011 1:56 AM

      haha that's awesome.

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      June 8, 2011 3:21 AM

      lol this game will be awful in every way

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      June 8, 2011 3:40 AM

      PMC's trying to fight their bad public image with gamers, after they tried to kill Solid Snake, Sam Fisher and Carlos O'Duty

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      June 8, 2011 7:49 AM

      paid for by Blackwater probably

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      June 8, 2011 9:35 AM

      Fuck everything about this and Xe.

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      June 9, 2011 4:03 AM

      Yay! More Zombies, not kidding I can't wait to see how this turns out!

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