Wednesday, May 30, 2007

BITCHEN New Screenshots for Command and Conquer IV 

Courtesy of our first-person-shootin' colleague J. Schwarz, an exclusive sneak preview of Command and Conquer IV: Blood Red in the Green Zone, now in development for a Fall 2008 release from the gaming geniuses at Berger Devine Yaeger:

UPDATE: Loyal Zemblans may have noticed that the conceptual drawings above disappeared from the site for a brief period earlier today. It now appears that architectural firm BDY, in addition to drawing a lot of unflattering attention from lefty blogs, committed a "security breach" by posting the images on its website:
Detailed plans for the new U.S. Embassy under construction in Baghdad appeared online Thursday in a breach of the tight security surrounding the sensitive project . . . .

The images were removed by Berger Devine Yaeger Inc. shortly after the company was contacted by the State Department.

"We work very hard to ensure the safety and security of our employees overseas," said Gonzalo Gallegos, a department spokesman. "This kind of information out in the public domain detracts from that effort."

The 10 images included a scheme of the overall layout of the compound, plus depictions of individual buildings including the embassy itself, office annexes, the Marine Corps security post, swimming pool, recreation center and the ambassador's and deputy ambassador's residences . . . .

"In terms of commenting whether they're accurate, obviously we wouldn't be commenting on that because we don't want people to know whether they're accurate or not for security reasons," he said.
We would never wish to be accused of compromising American security. However, two of the three missing graphics have now been published in multiple venues as part of the AP story detailing the breach -- so we have taken the liberty of reposting them (from public sources) here.

If AP publishes the third image, we will repost that as well. In the meantime, you can see a smaller version at Think Progress, which reports that the planned embassy will cost $592 million to build and $1.2 billion a year to run.

And before we forget: Photos courtesy of AP and Westwood Studios. All rights reserved.

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