How fast the time passes! Rather exactly five and half an year Operation Flashpoint accompanied us through our life. As the first demo was avaiable, innumerably people of every age all around the world were bound to the computer. For weeks they played the demo and were excited for the release. As it came for sell in June 2001 it became a real bestseller. The developement team Bohemia Interactive gained many prices from all around the world and even the US military was impressed by OFP so that they gave their own version in order, a training simulator for their own forces. Under the name Virtual Battlefield Simulation (VBS 1), this special version was made avaiable for the governments. Later, private persons could buy the program, as far as they could spend 500 Euros.
Operation Flashpoint was a mile stone for computer games. Words like ego shooter or tactical shooter didn't suit OFP. They were rather insulting. Operation Flashpoint is a fastidious, deeply atmospherical, really realistic tactical simulation. Nothing for Counterstrike kiddies and shootergame fans. No other game impressed us more and bounded us longer to the computer. The absolute freedom of the player to do what he wants, without level boarders going wherever he wants, using vehicles, planes, tanks and weapons of all kind was nearly unknown till now. No other game has succeded to kick OFP off its throne. We all knew that only one could do this, only its sequel! And for this sequel we waited for years.
But it never got boring. Because of the enormous modding capability it "hailed" mostly every day inofficial addons and missions which enriched the game and kept it alive for years. A great community was formed on which we can be proud of. Great talents were not hidden to Bohemia Interactive so they recruted some community members for their team. What can be more beautiful than making the hobby to an employment and being able to help with the development on the OFP sequel?
Now it is time! Armed Assault is released today
and wants to get inclosed into our gamer hearts. So we take it up and hope for beautiful and eventful years with our great community. However we will never forget Operation Flashpoint. It is the mother of all games with whom Marek Spanel and his BIS team will make us happy in the future.
Many thanks for this and farewell Operation Flashpoint!
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