Each year that passes, it feels like I hear more and more people talking about how much they loved Yager Development’s Spec Ops: The Line, a third-person shooter that released back in 2012.
More often than not, people who bring up Spec Ops: The Line in 2017, continue by bringing up its story: which is perhaps the game’s strongest point. I swear, people love Spec Ops: The Line more in 2017 than they did in 2012.
Whatever the case, Spec Ops: The Line was ultimately a commercial failure in the eyes of Take-Two, the parent company of the game’s publisher: 2K Games. Despite this, many fans of the game still cling onto hope that given the game’s almost cult-classic standing, that one day it would return, perhaps with a sequel.
But that doesn’t look like it will happen.
In a response to a curious Twitter user, the game’s writer, Walt Williams, made it clear that fans should cast away their hopes and dreams that one day Spec Ops: The Line will return, not only because the game didn’t sell well, but because everyone who worked on it “would eat broken glass before making another.”
Because it was a brutal, painful development & everyone who worked on it would eat broken glass before making another. Also it didn’t sell.
— The Walting Dead (@waltdwilliams) October 3, 2017
Yager — who is currently working on Dreadnought — has also made it clear in the past that a sequel has no chance of happening, with team members expressing a desire to move and develop a game with a much lighter tone. Williams has just further hammered the nail into the coffin of Spec Ops: The Line’s always hypothetical sequel.
And that settles it. No Spec Ops: The Line sequel for probably a very long time. If ever. Which means you’ll just have to continue to play the original on PC, Mac, Linux, and last-generation consoles.