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Army of Two: The 40th Day

It’s been some time since we last checked in on Army of Two: The 40th Day, and we’re excited to share that the game is progressing nicely. Recently, we had the opportunity to get hands-on with the game at an event hosted by EA in Tokyo. The experience allowed us to explore the revamped weapon customization system, which is shaping up to be a standout feature.

A New and Improved Weapon Customization System

Benoit Richer, the Level Design Director, demonstrated the game while two EA staffers played co-op via a vertical split screen. The demo took place in an industrial area at night, setting the stage for an engaging gameplay experience. Little was revealed about the story, but we did learn that the main antagonist is named Jonah. He has a vision for Shanghai that conflicts with its current state. Jonah and his army, known as The 40th Day Initiative, aim to rebuild the city according to his vision, even if it means leveling it with little consideration for its inhabitants.

Our journey with Salem and Rios, the game’s protagonists, begins in the wrong place at the wrong time. Immediately, we are presented with a moral decision. Members of The 40th Day Initiative hold several civilians hostage, and we must choose whether to approach the situation with brute force or strategize to minimize harm. The EA staffers opted for the latter, carefully taking out the enemies one by one while leaving the civilians unscathed.

As the demo progresses, teamwork becomes increasingly important, especially when faced with a heavy onslaught of enemies. The real-life team communicates enemy locations effectively and even teams up behind a riot shield to gain ground quickly. One noticeable change is the toned-down Aggro system, which now features a slight blue glow instead of the previous blazing red aura.

Rewarding Moral Choices and Weapon Customization

After the demo, we had the opportunity to chat with Benoit Richer about the game’s new features. While he couldn’t dive into specific details about the morality system, he did reveal that players will be rewarded for performing good deeds, such as saving hostages. These rewards can come in the form of cold cash or weapons parts. Richer also mentioned that certain missions may be dependent on the player’s moral alignment.

One of the most impressive aspects of the demo was the enhanced weapon customization system. In the previous Army of Two installment, players could upgrade their stock, barrel, and magazine. However, in The 40th Day, customization options are nearly limitless. Players can now swap out various parts of their weapons, including the barrel, cartridge, stock, suppressor, scope, and front mount. The intention behind this feature is to allow players to create unique guns that defy the constraints of reality. Richer aptly described this approach as “Legos meets guns.”

Moreover, players can also change the style of their selected firearm. From gold coatings to jungle motifs and even zebra prints, the possibilities are extensive. The introduction of more creative front mounts allows players to attach found items like screwdrivers or kitchen knives. Want to use a discarded Coke can as a silencer? Go ahead. The new title offers the ability to craft over 8000 custom guns, a significant upgrade from its predecessor.

Multiplayer and Release Details

While we weren’t able to get detailed information about the multiplayer aspect of the game just yet, we can expect more details to be revealed in October. Army of Two: The 40th Day is set to hit retail shelves in North America in January of 2010. Stay tuned for further updates.


1. Can you give more information about the multiplayer mode in Army of Two: The 40th Day?
We’re still awaiting more details about the multiplayer mode and its features. Additional information is set to be announced in October.

2. How many custom guns can be crafted in the game?
Players can create over 8000 custom guns, offering an immense level of personalization and creativity.

3. When is the release date for Army of Two: The 40th Day?
The game is scheduled to hit retail shelves in North America in January of 2010.


Army of Two: The 40th Day is shaping up to be an exciting addition to the series. With its revamped weapon customization system and engaging gameplay mechanics, players can expect a thrilling and immersive experience. Stay tuned for more updates on multiplayer features and other details as we approach the game’s release date. For more information about Army of Two: The 40th Day, visit Wqaindia.