Insurgency: Sandstorm Trailer Brings Out Criticisms Of Quality And Turkish Propaganda
Insurgency Sandstorm
(Last Updated On: June 16, 2017)

The E3 2017 trailer for Focus Home Interactive and New World Interactive’s Insurgency: Sandstorm hasn’t left the best of impressions on gamers, even within its very limited availability within the gaming ecosystem. The trailer informed gamers that a new version of Insurgency was on the way from New World Interactive, and it didn’t leave the best of impressions for some gamers.

The one major issue was that a lot of people complained about the poor models, and the overall low quality presentation. It does come across as something you would expect from the PlayStation 2, but obviously the developers were intent on conveying the story, which centers around a soldier attempting to head back into a war-torn city where insurgents have taken up arms.

The new story mode centers around a U.S., soldier who helps aid a female native soldier head back into a dangerous part of town in order to recover the body of a loved one. The story mode will be a four-player cooperative affair as players uncover the truth behind the mission and why she’s so intent on retrieving the body. You can check out the trailer below.

The comment section breaks down into a bit of a mess.

Some people are defending the trailer saying it’s not even representative of the alpha. Others are claiming that they’re still working on building up the core mechanics in the Unreal Engine 4 and it’s just to give gamers a taste of the game’s story mode. A few more are arguing that New World Interactive shouldn’t have released anything until they had something solid to release.

Another group of people are angry about the game seemingly being Turkish propaganda. There are arguments over whether or not Turkey deserves hate over what’s happening with President Erdogan, while others are claiming that Turkey is receiving unnecessary criticisms over their treatment of the Kurds.


Some people have managed to keep politics out of it and are focusing on the quality of what was present in the trailer. They state that it’s early and New World Interactive are indie devs and to cut them some slack.

On the bright side, at least a few commenters were able to find ways to joke about the trailer and the response it’s been receiving.

Of course, the YouTube feedback is only a small portion of the overall gaming community out there. I’m sure we’ll get a far more replete perspective of how the community feels once more people start discussing it on GameFaqs, talking about it in the Steam forums and offering feedback on Reddit.

Insurgency: Sandstorm is due for release on Xbox One, PS4 and PC, and is currently still heavy in development.


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  • FailDRE86

    I tried to forgive the stiff animations but the stilted voice acting made it unbearable to sit through.

  • durka durka

    Erdogan statrted as a reformist secularist but like everyone when he gained power he went full islam. After all he used usa republican politics to carry the low class arabs from poverty and shove them all the way to the big cities. Poor uneducated arabs gained power, money and more children. So he focused on them by potraying himself as the savior or all muslims.

    As for the kurds? They dont have a country so they fight for one and Erdogan doesnt like it, he knows the Kurds are far more competent and resourcefull than him. Also female soldiers are totally a thing, see that feminists? Thats what real women do you whinny spoiled bitches.

    • Sean Osborne

      Real woman kill people? Idgi.

  • Disqusted

    Haha, “still looks better than Mass Effect”. That is so sad.
    They should rerelease the trailer with everybody’s head replaced with Erdogan’s. Like this:
    https://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/b956.jpg
    I think that gets you arrested in Turkey, though. Like that thing about Erdogan and Gollum.

    • durka durka

      Took me a while to notice that was Erdogan, they all look like your typical turk.

  • EroBotan

    i don’t see a problem with the trailer, maybe if i have to nitpick the expression is a little stiff? Anyway it’s still dont bother me. Expression is still waaaay better than ME Andromeda, they are not ugly like ME Andromeda, SF 5 (Fugly ken, Red Sun Flower Gouki), or Marvel vs Capcom Infinite

  • Hawk Hopper

    Maybe I missed something, but what does Turkey have to do with this? Is the woman Turkish or Kurdish or something? I guess some woman can’t break through the waifu glass ceiling.

    From the game’s website:

    The game is being built from the ground up with competitive multiplayer, console split-screen, and singleplayer in mind. The story mode will focus on a squad of characters as they face increasingly challenging chapters, from the invasion of Iraq in 2003 through the insurrection period and leading to the present day.

    I guess some people are miffed that a mostly multi player game will now have a single player element because fuck having more content in your game.

    The trailer has about 16% downvotes, so I wonder how much of it is people pissed about politics and how many account for people thinking the trailer is shit.

    • The trailer has about 16% downvotes, so I wonder how much of it is people pissed about politics and how many account for people thinking the trailer is shit.

      Based on the comments, I’m guessing 8% each.

      Also, I was trying to understand the whole Turkish/Kurds thing, but it was really in the weeds. I just know there were some really heated debates about it, which didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. Maybe it’s because they thought she was Kurdish? I don’t know. It was odd; but the comment section turned into political hell fire.

      • Hawk Hopper

        I also noticed the lack of Iraqis in the comments flaming Americans about our starting that war. The Kurdish and Turkish representation in the comments is systematically oppressing Iraqis. Where is their Ubisoft presentation about how the game about their story is multicultural?

        • Sean Osborne

          …what?

    • Phasmatis75

      Developers bragged early in development that it was going to be a virtue signally game. Now they seem to have partially went back on that by not having an all female team after the first backlash.

      Really my advice is to just ignore this game. There have been nothing but red flags around it.

      • Is there a link?

        Because this is kind of the complete opposite of a typical SJW game. You’ve got a female who needs help from a white male and his team of soldiers to retrieve a body she wasn’t skilled enough to get on her own.

        • Phasmatis75

          Okay I did a quick google search to see if I could easily turn up anything and for once it isn’t some obscured buried story. https://www.vg247.com/2017/02/08/6-reasons-to-get-excited-for-hardcore-shooter-insurgency-sandstorm/

          http://newworldinteractive.com/insurgency-sandstorm-media-release/

          I remember this being mocked back in the day and being considered dead by many including fans. Not surprised to see them 180. Other articles went into more details and there were some tweets or something, but it was pretty scumbag virtue signalling going on.

          • I remember this being mocked back in the day and being considered dead by many including fans. Not surprised to see them 180. Other articles went into more details and there were some tweets or something, but it was pretty scumbag virtue signalling going on.

            Ehh, there is some lip service to the virtue signaling of having a female protagonist… I wouldn’t really call it hardcore virtue signaling, though. At least the story is based on something plausible and realistic and the female character isn’t some “I don’t need no man” feminazi we’ve been getting lately.

            I’ll reserve judgment until I see more.

            I will say that they really seem to have pissed off the Turks and Muslims with having a chick who was enslaved and then went and fought for the Kurds, so I don’t really know if I would call them virtue signaling toward the SJW crowd since any SJW who digs into the story will find that it seems to rally against the current Turkish Muslim hegemony propagated by Erdogan.

            After reading that VG 24/7 article now I understand why the Muslim Turks are so angry with this game.

          • Sean Osborne

            “Virtue signalling” is a meaningless phrase at this point.

            The closest thing you get to some terrible SJW threat in either of those links is this:

            “She breaks free from the security of the main group to embark upon a personal quest. Accompanying her is another female fighter, her best friend who was held captive with her years earlier. Along for the journey are two foreign vigilantes: an American combat veteran of the war in the Middle East, and a French citizen who has never seen combat.”

            A female Kurdish fighter whose best friend is another Kurdish female fighter, two of a four man team. There’s no terrible, unrealistic, “cringey”, strong-armed forced inclusiveness here. It’s just a story about two women, plus what I assume is two dudes, in Iraq. Who can shoot guns. That shouldn’t offend anyone. The whole nod to Da’esh rape and sex slavery might be thin ice; but we’ll have to wait and see, won’t we?

          • Feli Aslan

            It makes especially sense if we consider that women in the kurdish forces fight in their own units, as far as I know. So, yeah if a comrad decides to go with her, it would be likely another female fighter. And the whole sex slavery thing is a reality, so not much virtue signaling, more something where representation can really makse sense to honor the people who go through all this and fight against islamists and also to call attention to something that really happens. Islamists enslave and rape women, the kurdish free those women and some of them join the kurdish forces to fight back. To showing such a character sounds actually empowering.

            I’m actually rather open towards this game and happy if there are games who show kurdish freedom fighters. After all these are the good guys, those who slaughter islamists and are actually secular and if this game shows their struggles and motivations, it is the kind of representation that actually has a meaning because it points out towards people who have real problems. But I guess I also might be a bit emotional with this topic, I know a couple of kurds and spoke with many of them and what they have to go through is actual racism.

          • Phasmatis75

            If we tried to make sense of SJWs and when it’s okay to offend Muslims and when it’s not then we’d be locked up in some asylum for insanity. The articles don’t really touch on what made rounds, there were tweets, and other discussions, but if they’re already pulling the full female team then it seems they realized virtue signalling wasn’t profitable. Then again the bad looking graphics could be a result of defunding of the project or a reduced funding from an expectation of failure.

          • Phasmatis75

            If we tried to make sense of SJWs and when it’s okay to offend Muslims and when it’s not then we’d be locked up in some asylum for insanity. The articles don’t really touch on what made rounds, there were tweets, and other discussions, but if they’re already pulling the full female team then it seems they realized virtue signalling wasn’t profitable. Then again the bad looking graphics could be a result of defunding of the project or a reduced funding from an expectation of failure.

      • Hawk Hopper

        I ignore most new games, red flags or not.