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Inside Syphon Filter: Combat Ops

Chris Reese's Avatar + Posted by Chris Reese on Nov 26, 2007 // Co-Studio Director, SCEA Bend Studio

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Hi everyone. I wanted to let everyone know that Syphon Filter: Combat Ops was recently released on the PLAYSTATION Store for PC, where you can now download it to your PSP. Hopefully many of you were able to see a sneak preview of Combat Ops that we included on the UMD release of Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow, but in the event that you haven’t let me tell you a little more about what to expect with it.

Syphon Filter: Combat Ops builds on the 8-player infrastructure and ad-hoc multiplayer game that was first released with Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror and now recently Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow. In the sneak preview we unveiled a glimpse of the new mission modifier that sets Combat Ops apart from the Syphon Filter multiplayer that everyone has been enjoying. The sneak preview allowed players to create missions from one of the modifiable maps and play those maps against friends via an ad-hoc connection. With the full version of the game that can now be purchased and downloaded from the PLAYSTATION Store, you will now be able to choose from 4 customizable maps to create multiplayer missions. For me, the most exciting part is that those missions can be uploaded to the online community that can be shared and played with other fellow players via an infrastructure WiFi connection.

Players in the community will now be able to provide feedback on the missions that have been submitted to the community with the new rating system that has been incorporated, allowing everyone to vote on how much they liked or disliked the mission they just played.

The community features have been expanded to let you know when you log in what new missions have been uploaded, which missions are being played the most, and which missions have been rated highly by the player community. My personal challenge is going to see if I can get one of my favorite missions I have created on the Top 10 list!

As a huge fan of playing multiplayer action games, the emphasis behind Syphon Filter: Combat Ops was to develop an easy-to-use mission modifier that not only provided the tools to create a mission in a matter of minutes, but allow me to take my favorite mission I have been playing online and make a few extra desired tweaks to create the “perfect” mission – and then upload it back to the community.

Another fun feature in Combat Ops that wasn’t part of the sneak preview is the addition of unlockables as you rank up, based on your performance playing ranked matches with other players online. I will keep the nature of the unlockables a surprise for now, but I will say that they will provide added content for missions you create with the mission modifier. I am really looking forward to playing in some of those missions!

Another exciting element for Combat Ops is the introduction of the use of the PLAYSTATION Network. When logging into Combat Ops via infrastructure WiFi, you will now be able to use your PLAYSTATION Network ID, the same ID that you use to login to your PS3 with. This immediately allows you to connect with friends in Combat Ops that are currently part of your PLAYSTATION Network Friends list!

For those that want to just jump into the heat of the battle and play online without creating a mission, rest assured that beyond the community created missions, the team here at SCEA Bend Studio has created 20 missions that are available immediately to play. We had a lot of fun building and play testing these missions, but feel free to download and modify them to make them even better. It won’t hurt our feelings, too much :)

I look forward to seeing you all online.

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43 Comments

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+ Sora57 on November 26th, 2007 at 2:45 pm said:

First? Looks like a great game


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+ Firmware on November 26th, 2007 at 2:54 pm said:

2nd! looks sweet i’m getting this game !!!!!!!!!!


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+ awheaten on November 26th, 2007 at 2:54 pm said:

Yeah, this game is going to be good. Syphon Filter is a good game for the PSP. I like the square, triangle, circle, and X gun control. Sony ought to make a PS3 version with that adopts this control scheme.


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+ aeneima on November 26th, 2007 at 3:07 pm said:

we need a playstation store in mexico!!!!!!
please, don’t forget our country


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+ I_Love_New_York on November 26th, 2007 at 3:14 pm said:

I can’t wait to buy this game. When I get my new PSp for christmas I’m buying this game.


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+ illegalprelude on November 26th, 2007 at 3:20 pm said:

i still havent tried the PS Store. ive downloaded so far, just from the PS3.

I got a shiny 8GB Memory Stick that wants to get full of content!


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+ Ghostm on November 26th, 2007 at 3:37 pm said:

Good news for PC users.
Unfortunately I will not be able to enjoy this Playstation PC store since I’m a Mac user. To bad for me and for you Sony. I don’t get to enjoy the games and you don’t get my money.


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+ Goodfella2487 on November 26th, 2007 at 3:41 pm said:

GhostM, Im sure they’ll will release a compatible store for Mac users, RIGHT SONY?? Oh yeah, and give the USA Beats right now!!!!!


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+ _Silent_Scope_ on November 26th, 2007 at 4:00 pm said:

looks good right now


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+ lakaihigh on November 26th, 2007 at 4:18 pm said:

looks tight!!!


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+ jazzagers on November 26th, 2007 at 4:54 pm said:

Wait a sec I’m a bit confused, so is combat ops part of logans shadow or is it a standalone one of a kind download?


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+ Lp47 on November 26th, 2007 at 4:56 pm said:

Syphon Filter for PSP is amazing, i cant believe a handheld game could look as good as it does, and play as well to. I own both psp Syphon games, and i might pick this one up.
PS: for your next project syphon filter for PS3 would be crazy!


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+ nate_g on November 26th, 2007 at 4:58 pm said:

hey what about some free downloads on the ps3 nobodys gonna pay for some cheap looking game with one analog stick


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+ BEMO-844 on November 26th, 2007 at 5:11 pm said:

I bought this the day after release, and it was well worth the ten bucks. Thanks for such an awesome game. :)

But I have a more serious question. Will anything be done to punish the cheaters? I have already noticed some stats on the leaderboards that can’t be real. Whether it was just a stat glitch or it was done on purpose, something needs to be done.

Thanks for any answer you can provide.


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+ jaydogg691 on November 26th, 2007 at 5:54 pm said:

Since this game will be using PSN, will future PSP games be implementing PSN for online play?; e.g. WipEout Pulse.


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+ CONFUSEDgam3r on November 26th, 2007 at 7:02 pm said:

Universal Loggin?! YES!

I really hope that’s how it goes. At least for PSP First Party and Exclusive titles. This is a big deal seeing as how PS2 and PSP Online has been plagued by a lot of account problems. Having to create a new one for every online game you own is a chore.

Should Pulse, Combat Ops and other future titles utilize this feature gamers around the world will be happy. Hopefully we can then send messages to friends and even invite new friends to our buddy list?


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+ Naroon-X on November 26th, 2007 at 8:26 pm said:

Yay. I’ll buy this game and play it in a few days. I hope this isn’t the end of the series…


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+ TwoBlack4America on November 26th, 2007 at 9:30 pm said:

Apparently IGN thinks it’s great,since they gave the game an 8.5 in their review.I’ll probably buy it,since I think the game looks good as well.


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+ Maverick_fox on November 26th, 2007 at 11:45 pm said:

Looks nice. but how can i buy it if the PS store don’t acept my credit card?? please release the playstation store in mexico, or at least release the Playstation cards here. to let us use the US store like nintendo or Microsoft did.

please, don’t forget our country


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+ cwalat on November 27th, 2007 at 7:13 am said:

it looks very nice… when will Syphon Filter for the PS3 start production ?


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+ xxLONESTARxx on November 27th, 2007 at 9:54 am said:

The whole Syphon Filter series blows…


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+ reson8er on November 27th, 2007 at 10:47 am said:

**Off Topic**
#29

You OBVIOUSLY don;t play Syphone Filter on PSP then. Stop being a hater and try the game. Syphon Filter for the PSP is a teriffic series. Posting something like that only makes your ignorance all the more obvious.

**On Topic**

I’m really looking forward to trying this out, but please make a Mac compatable downloader for the PS Store :(


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+ doomsonyman on November 27th, 2007 at 5:52 pm said:

i agree with # 30 that guy is an xloser sent here by microsoft to rile up to the community and offend our talented sony developers. sony bend is an amazing studio and this christmas i’m getting a daxter psp along with medievil wipeout pure and syphon filter logans shadow. ive been a huge fan ever since i downloaded syphon flter 1 on the playstation store, it’s an amazingly well done game. please chris never stop making these games and i hope to see you and your team dabute on ps3 soon


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+ FFObsessed on November 27th, 2007 at 7:20 pm said:

That’s awesome. Will we be seeing it on the UK Playstation Store soon? It doesnt appear when I access the store :(

Any time frame on releasing it over here in the UK?


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+ ghamdikh1 on November 27th, 2007 at 9:22 pm said:

Great game good job Bend Studio.


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+ drdre74 on November 28th, 2007 at 8:13 am said:

Too bad the PSP store doesn’t work on a Mac. So I wont be buying the game even though I love playing Syphon Filter.


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