Don't expect a Spec Ops: The Line sequel

'We'd rather eat broken glass than make another.'

Published Wed, Oct 4 2017 3:17 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:53 AM CST

Spec Ops: The Line is regarded as one of the best storied shooters on the market, but veterans at Yager who made the game happen aren't up for a sequel.

Don't expect a Spec Ops: The Line sequel |

Spec Ops: The Line's rough five-year development cycle has been chronicled many times in the industry, highlighting the game's unique narrative design and the toll the experience took on the developers. "It was a 5 year process, so that it would be hard to fully encapsulate that in a reply here. In short, it was hard, stressful, occasionally soul-crushing, educational, enlightening, and ultimately very rewarding. When development was over, I think a lot of us were left with our own lingering pain and trauma from the experience. But ultimately, were proud of what we'd made," Mr. Williams said in a recent Ask Me Anything post on Reddit.

But what about a sequel? Even if 2K Games' parent company Take-Two Interactive magically greenlit plans for a sequel, and sought out the original dev team to make it, Mr. Williams says no, it's probably not ever going to happen--he'd rather eat glass than do another Spec Ops game.

When asked why a sequel hadn't been made, the writer said: "Because it was a brutal, painful development & everyone who worked on it would eat broken glass before making another. Also it didn't sell."

Despite its commercial failure, Spec Ops: The Line will always be remembered as one of the most harrowing military shooters ever made, and will be forever frozen in the annals of games development history.


Derek joined the TweakTown team in 2015 and has since reviewed and played 1000s of hours of new games. Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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