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Activision Preps Civil War: Secret Missions

Activision Preps Civil War: Secret Missions

Activision has announced another video game in its franchise tying in with the History Channel: History Civil War: Secret Missions promises to let player take part in some of the most crucial covert operations that took place during the U.S. Civil War. Fighting for either the Confederates or the Union, players will be able to fight behind the lines in now-legendary battles.

"There is a rich history to the Civil War, especially in terms of covert military tactics," said Activisions Dave Oxford in a statement. "American warfare in the 1860’s was brutal yet surprisingly sophisticated, so it was essential for us to capture this duality."

Players will receive orders from historical figures like Ulysses S. Grant, "Stonewall" Jackson, and Robert E. Lee, and conduct missions based on actual actions by real-life partisans during the war: train raids, disrupting supply lines, destroying artillery, stealing ships, and more. Players can fight as a member of Mosby’s Rangers, Sheridan’s Scouts, and Grant’s Secret Service, and tactics in the game reflect the nature of the fight: weapons include pepperbox revolvers, shotguns, and coffee mill guns…and players will have to scout out the enemy and rely on not-to-up-to-date information.

History Civil War: Secret Missions will ship for the Xbox 360 and PS3 for $49.99, for $39.99 on the PS2, and $19.99 for Windows PC. The game hasn’t been rated yet, although Activision’s previous Civil War shooter—A Nation Divided—earned a T for "Teen" rating from the ESRB.