SpecOps: The Line announced by 2K Games with VGA trailer

Spec Ops: The Line screenshot
Spec Ops: The Line was given a brand new premier trailer at the SpikeTV Video Game Awards, which showed what appears to be gameplay footage mixed in with . . . cinematic footage.

The game is being developed by Yager Development and published by 2K Games for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. The third-person shooter looks like it’ll play similar to Gears of War/Terminator Salvation but it set in a modern-day war setting within the sandy, desert environment of Dubai.

The press release states: “Spec Ops: The Line is a provocative and gripping third-person modern military shooter that challenges players’ morality by putting them in the middle of unspeakable situations where unimaginable choices affecting human life must be made.

Once the playground for the world’s wealthiest elite, Dubai has fallen victim to a series of cataclysmic sandstorms. The city’s ultramodern architecture lies half-buried under millions of tons of sand. The very sand that blankets the city plays a marquee role in altering combat situations and serves as a powerful but unpredictable force that will both help and hinder players throughout the course of the game.

While most people have fled the now-barren wasteland before the sandstorms swept through, U.S. Army Colonel John Konrad and his loyal squad remained behind to protect those incapable of escape. Unable to reach anyone in Dubai after the storm hit, the U.S. Army feared Konrad and his team dead until they picked up a weak distress signal and launched a rescue operation. As U.S. Army Captain Martin Walker, you and your elite Delta Force team are sent to infiltrate the treacherous region to bring Konrad home. Players will experience “The Line”, that razor’s edge known only to men who deal in war. It is the line they cross when death and duty become one and the same. It is the end — of self and sanity — when their duty is done and only they remain.”

This is the newest game in the long-running budget series that originated on the PSOne and it is set for release sometime in 2011. And it apparently won’t be a budget title this time around, going by the high-quality graphics seen in the video below.

Here is the official trailer.

Looks pretty good to me. And it still has a ways off to go.