Tripwire Interactive and Antimatter Games revealed this week that Rising Storm 2: Vietnam will get a ton of new content on May 29th, with the release of an all new playable faction (the Army of the Republic of Vietnam) and five extra maps available to all owners of the acclaimed tactical shooter.
History buffs will be happy to learn that the development team is still very much committed to getting things right, so the Army of the Republic of Vietnam will enter the fray armed with the equipment its real life counterpart carried during the Vietnam War.
ARVN weapons and equipment:
- M1 Garand
- M1D Garand Sniper Rifle
- Thompson M1A1 SMG
- M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR)
- M1919A6 .30-cal Browning LMG
- Douglas A-1 Skyraider ground-attack aircraft
Aside from the addition of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam and all of its supporting equipment, Tripwire Interactive and Antimatter Games will also introduce five all new maps that will showcase the new content and the community’s ingenuity, since three of them were created as part of the Rising Storm 2: Vietnam $40,000 Vietnam Modding Contest held earlier this year.
- Quang Tri: Set during 1972, Quang Tri is a daytime supremacy map set in the citadel of the provincial capital, pitting the new ARVN forces with limited US helicopter support against NVA main-force units.
- A Sau: Set on an airfield and fortified camp in the A Sau valley, this nighttime territory attack map finds ARVN forces defending against attacking NVA main-force units. Visibility is limited under the cover of darkness with occasional flares lighting up the battlefield.
Rising Storm 2: Vietnam $40,000 Vietnam Modding Contest maps:
- Firebase Georgina: Daytime attack by main-force NVA on a series of positions held by the US Army.
- Borderwatch: Australian forces attack territory held by the NLF (Viet Cong), pushing through jungles and across open fields to the VC’s final hidden base.
- Resort: US Marines stage a heliborne assault from the sea on a resort area held by Viet Cong guerrillas.
Readers who’ve stuck with us since last year might remember that I reviewed Rising Storm 2 back in June 2017, calling it “a must have for tactical shooter fans”. After almost a year, I stand behind that statement wholeheartedly, and can only commend the developers for their passion and commitment to their fanbase, as they’ve released enough free content to put most paid expansion packs to shame.