April 29, 2012
Silent Hunter Online Announced
This week Ubisoft announced free to play, browser-based Silent Hunter Online. Ubi has revealed that Silent Hunter Online will have player wolfpacks and dynamic campaigns, as well as fully realized 3D graphics. Ubi’s always-on DRM seems like it has been left out of this title, however.
As an avid fan of the third and fourth Silent Hunter games, I was moderately excited to see the announcement for this, but I’m also cautiously reserved. Part of what made those entertaining was the thrill of the hunt, scouring a sector for days on end searching for targets before finding one. Then there was the feeling of accomplishment when manually calculating a firing solution and sinking a target, completely devoid of any aides. So far this looks as if it may have distilled all of that into a World of Tanks-esque “click for fight then shoot bad guys” formula. But I also enjoy myself some World of Tanks, so that’s not a bad thing in the least.
Obviously mod support is out, which took already great games and made them better. To bide time until it’s officially out, I recommend playing Silent Hunter 3 with the massive Grey Wolves mod, which adds incredible amounts of depth and breadth to the game.