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Ubisoft announces Silent Hunter 5

Ubisoft announces Silent Hunter 5

Ubisoft has announced Silent Hunter 5 as a PC exclusive, promising new graphics and areas over previous games.

GAMESCOM 09: While GamesCom 2009 is still yet to fully kick-off Ubisoft has already announced a new game in the long-running Silent Hunter series and confirmed that the new title will be a hardcore PC exclusive.

Silent Hunter 5 is currently being worked on by Ubisoft's Romanian studio and is set for a release in early 2010, promising dozens of hours of realistic submarine combat simulations. Silent Hunter 4 was a game loved by hardcore sim fans (including our own James Gorbold), and in this new version, players will be able to take control of both German U-Boats and Allied submarines in the World War II setting, with conflicts being set in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea.

For the first time it'll also be possible to play the game from a first person perspective too, viewing the action exactly as submarine captain would do... though we have to say we can't imagine that as being a hugely exciting prospect in the long term.

The focus for the fifth instalment in the Silent Hunter series seems to be on simulation life aboard the vessels though, not just on honing the nuances of sub-aquatic combat. According to the first announcements players will be able to interact directly with many of their crew members and watch them perform daily duties as you plan the large-scale tactics which could win you the underwater war.

That said, the game will still be very much a strategy title by the sounds of it - with a lot of attention going into designing new locations and supply lines. In order to open the game up to newcomers though there'll be two different interfaces, one for beginners and one that's stacked high with statistics for the hardcore stalwarts of the series.

A lot of effort has gone in to improving the graphics too by the sounds of things and Ubisoft Romania is promising that it'll be the most cinematic submarine game yet. Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Krikkit 18th August 2009, 16:53 Quote
Oooh... Nice. I must pick up a copy of SH, I've never played it yet.
l3v1ck 18th August 2009, 16:54 Quote
I'm afraid this sound like too much sim and not enough fun for my liking.
tin can 18th August 2009, 16:57 Quote
This sounds awesome to me! However, I do have a copy of SH4 that I've never even got around to installing. So many games and other hobbies, so little time!
p3n 18th August 2009, 16:58 Quote
Can't say I've ever heard of the first 4 games Oo
Lizard 18th August 2009, 17:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by l3v1ck
I'm afraid this sound like too much sim and not enough fun for my liking.

The Silent Hunter games are sims, but the difficulty/realism settings are hugely tweakable, so you can just point and shoot as opposed to get your protractor out and doing some old fashioned trigonometry before firing your torpedoes.
tripwired 18th August 2009, 19:06 Quote
I LOVED Silent Hunter 4, it was a very slow paced game, but the thrill of killing a destroyer or gaining several kills on a convoy and escaping with your life is hard to match in other games. Anyone that loves strategy and a 'thinking' game (after you've got tired of playing 6 hours straight of CS Source!) should definitely pick up SH4 as it should be cheap now. The graphics are a heck of a lot better than SH3 as well which makes it much more realistic and playable.

Think this will be one of the few games that I pre-order this year.
Star*Dagger 18th August 2009, 20:39 Quote
Id like to see more sims of this nature form the golden age of PC games,where they came with manuals in large binders, hundreds of pages long, and it took 3 weeks to get to a basic level of skill. Rather than games that are dead 3 weeks in!
tin can 18th August 2009, 20:40 Quote
you needed to get into fsx!!
Gunsmith 19th August 2009, 00:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by Star*Dagger
Id like to see more sims of this nature form the golden age of PC games,where they came with manuals in large binders, hundreds of pages long, and it took 3 weeks to get to a basic level of skill. Rather than games that are dead 3 weeks in!

you forgot keyboard ovelays :D
B3CK 19th August 2009, 03:11 Quote
And floppy disk switching to load, and then again on each level of play or screen change.
The_EXorcist 19th August 2009, 07:42 Quote
Will be getting this, followed the series all the time, always worth their money, and the modding community is HUGE, especially for SH3, played that more than SH4. Something hugely attractive to sinking americans i think
thehippoz 19th August 2009, 08:34 Quote
remember silent service back in the 80's launch the torpedos right in the tailpipe
Bauul 19th August 2009, 09:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gunsmith
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Originally Posted by Star*Dagger
Id like to see more sims of this nature form the golden age of PC games,where they came with manuals in large binders, hundreds of pages long, and it took 3 weeks to get to a basic level of skill. Rather than games that are dead 3 weeks in!

you forgot keyboard ovelays :D

And anit-piracy measures that involve looking up a random word from somewhere in said hundred page manual.
Brooxy 19th August 2009, 12:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by thehippoz
remember silent service back in the 80's launch the torpedos right in the tailpipe

I had the second one - remember it quite well. One of these days I'll dig it out and see if it'll work under Windows 7...;)
rainbowbridge 19th August 2009, 22:54 Quote
I purchased silent hunter 4 at tescos, standard.. i also just purchased crysis on ebay but subs are deep.


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