EMSI has informed us about the release of the updated CSLA Mod for Arma 2: Combined Operations, including SP campaign, codenamed '89.
Way to this "more or less" the last release for A2:CO was long and full of surprises. Along with the work on the other stunning addons, singleplayer and multiplayer missions, we were working on the largest campaign ever, for more than a year. When we look into our dev-log, we see there more than 1600 hours (without testing) spent on the editing of this mega-project.
When I look into the past, a lot of interesting things happened during this period. One of our team members build own villa, another team member completely destroyed his PC as his water cooling system leak a water into the case. Another one become married and three months ago, his wife born him a beautiful son. Unfortunately, we also lost one good and young friend which was a great fan of CSLA Mod from the old OFP times. Therefore, the campaign is dedicated to him. Rest in peace Ondrej.
But, back to the release ... Along with the campaign are in the updated Mod included also new vehicles and other features. Just to be short, I will point out on the soviet submarine Class OSCAR II, K-349 "Dnepr", which is our small flashback to the OFP times. As a bonus in this release you may also find two vehicles which are not from the Cold War Era. We added the "digital" MiG-29AS and (already retired) Mi-24V of Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic as a honor to our history - this year is 69. anniversary of Slovak national uprising during the WWII. And yes, we will probably add more equipment of this faction in the future (A3?) .. who knows
Now few words to the SP/MP missions ... As you probably saw in the past, some of the SP missions are locked by default. In this case, you need to play and finish other SP missions to enable this locked content. Note that many of the missions contains random elements or procedures, so they can be playable more than two times. And note that also some of the missions required also ACR DLC (can be also Lite), mainly due to "summer island". Operation Venkov is another unique piece in our large collection of playable content. This mission is originaly created as a large MP COOP, therefore you will find it's two (one for the ACR DLC) versions in the list of MP missions and also two modified versions are included in the list of SP missions. Note that in this case you are not able to use any respawn (in SP version), so it's recommended only to the hard-core players ... because "if you see the flash, it's already late"
And what you may expect from the campaign? As we announced before, campaign contains more than 60 missions(!) and is released as one large pack (not divided into any packages ... everybody knows ) The story and the background of a campaign reflects to some real events which were happened in the past. Note that we didn't want to follow the same background as was in old campaign for OFP (it's impossible of course), but we believe that we created another splendid piece. Player will go through the campaign with few different characters such is rifleman, paratrooper, pilot etc. and he will be faced to many decisions in various situations/missions. Then, according to these decisions, different advances through the mission (or through whole new missions) will follow. This means, that the campaign is not strictly linear - can be played for many times and as the situations in many missions are generated randomly, player has at least (put-your-number-here-according-your-skills) hours of playing time Campaign can be finished in three different endings which are more or less the same for each part of the story. This release of campaign is without any dubbing, but there is the plan to record it in the future. So, we are looking for any constructive feedback.
I hope, I don't miss on something in these "few" words ... ... hope, you will enjoy the campaign with all the new stuff in CSLA Mod!