PLA’s video game sets out ‘Glorious Mission’
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.