chats with Marek Spanel of Bohemia Interactive as he talks about the Xbox version of Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis:

    What can you tell us about the storyline? Is there a real-life back story for the game?

    Marek S: The main storyline of the game will take the player back into 1985. It's a fictional story based upon real historical events. As President Ronald Reagan begins his second term in the White House, a little-known politician Mikhail Gorbachev becomes leader of the Soviet Union. Gorbachev is a reformer who wants to create a new era of peace and co-operation with the Western world. In our alternative history the new soviet government faces lose of real power in some areas of the region and of the the old school communist generals who start thier own war against the Western world.

    The player can take the role of four different characters enlisted in NATO forces that are responsible for peace keeping operation in the area: regular soldier, special forces soldier, tank crew and chopper pilot. The player will be able to try different roles in the army during the campaign, from a recruit on the training fields to leading a squad into heat of the battle and will also command various vehicles and test different army gear.

    There's also second entire campaign with it's own storyline as a special bonus which is called Resistance that is based on different events in the same area a couple of years before the events of the main campaign.