PLA’s video game sets out ‘Glo­ri­ous Mis­sion’

Shanghai Daily - - NATIONAL -

THE Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army has un­veiled its first com­bat-sim­u­lat­ing com­puter game, co- de­vel­oped by mil­i­tary per­son­nel and a Chi­nese soft­ware com­pany as a new tool to train its sol­diers.

“Glo­ri­ous Mis­sion” sim­u­lates a large-scale mil­i­tary ex­er­cise through the eyes of a pri­vate in the PLA.

The first- person- shooter was spon­sored by the PLA’s Nan­jing Mil­i­tary Area Com­mand and co-de­vel­oped by a sub­com­pany af­fil­i­ated to the NAS­DAQ-listed Gi­ant In­ter­ac­tive Group, which is based in Wuxi City of east China’s Jiangsu Province.

The game takes play­ers through three stages: ba­sic train­ing, in­di­vid­ual op­er­a­tions and team com­bat.

As the PLA’s first largescale lo­cal area net­work video game, “Glo­ri­ous Mis­sion” al­lows a max­i­mum of 32 on­line play­ers, ac­cord­ing to PLA sources. The de­sign of the game’s char­ac­ters, weapons and ve­hi­cles was based on real PLA equip­ment.

Both the PLA head­quar­ters and the civil­ian soft­ware com­pany re­fused to pro­vide fur­ther de­tails about the game, say­ing that it has passed in­ter­nal soft­ware tests and will be dis­trib­uted within the PLA.

Ac­cord­ing to the test footage of the game broad­cast by China Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion, play­ers and their team­mates can be seen dressed in PLA com­bat uni­forms. Weapons used in the game in­clude the Chi­nese QBZ-95 as­sault ri­fle and even the PLA’s Type 99 bat­tle tank.

But, play­ers are un­able to op­er­ate air­craft and seacraft in the game. The game’s bat­tle­fields range from moun­tain­ous ar­eas to beaches.

Sources from PLA head­quar­ters told Xin­hua yes­ter­day that the fi­nal ver­sion will al­low play­ers to con­trol aerial and naval com­bat ve­hi­cles.

The game is a “home­grown” ef­fort, with ev­ery­thing from cod­ing to de­sign work hav­ing been com­pleted by Chi­nese pro­gram­mers, the sources said.

First-person-shooter games such as Activision’s Call of Duty se­ries and Coun­ter­Strike have reaped mas­sive prof­its and gained the fa­vor of mil­i­tary com­man­ders around the world, who have used the games to train their sol­diers.

Ear­lier me­dia re­ports said a “civil­ian” ver­sion of the game would be un­veiled in June 2012. These re­ports were not con­firmed by mil­i­tary au­thor­i­ties.

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