Hidden & Dangerous 2 (abbreviated HD2) is a 2003 World War II, stealth based, tactical first and third person shooter video game. It centres on the British Special Air Service in operations behind Axis lines 1941-45.
Developed by Illusion Softworks (which became 2K Czech) a subsidiary of 2K Games and published by Gathering of Developers and Take-Two Interactive (Take 2 in North America and Europe), with lead design by Radek Havlicek, officially announced on Tuesday, April 24, 2001. It is the second installment and the direct sequel to 2K Czech's predecessor Hidden & Dangerous. Hidden & Dangerous 2 was released in October 2003 for Windows PCs.
Development for Hidden & Dangerous 2 was announced on April 24, 2001, two years after the release of Hidden & Dangerous.
Hidden & Dangerous 2, like its predecessor, focuses on the British Special Air Service during the Second World War. It follows the same concept as the original tactical first/third person shooter. The game's LS3D engine was used by the game Mafia.
Gameplay elements such as the vocal commands, plan or real-time map control, vehicle usage, equipment selection and the first person mechanic were significantly enhanced from the original. The ability to take POWs, added enhanced stealth options for the player which include the acquisition of enemy uniforms. Mission types include, espionage, sabotage, search and destroy, town liberation, prisoner rescue, retrieval of enemy officers and documents, partisan assistance and assassination. The variety of locales include Norway, Libya, a Norwegian fjord, Burma, Austria, France and Czechoslovakia.
The expansion pack Sabre Squadron adds missions in France, Libya and Sicily. Some of the missions are modeled on real SAS exploits. However most of the game takes liberty with the historical time and place of SAS operations. The missions are based on sandbox style game-play where players are free to roam a map and pursue objectives usually at their leisure and choice of sequence. A real time strategy mechanic also allows players to control events for staged sequential tactical maneuvers or through real time overhead command.
The campaign mode in Hidden & Dangerous 2 allows for a single player, playing as a lone wolf or a team leader. Players may choose from a roster of 30 men to comprise up to a four man team. Detailed mission briefings and full load-out inventory selection for each new campaign/mission. There are over twenty levels with missions in seven campaigns, set in Europe, Africa and Asia where the players visit many historical areas. The game does not possess an overarching narrative. Players can achieve promotions and decorations for bravery, successfully completed missions and/or specific objectives.
Hidden & Dangerous 2 has a multiplayer mode that can be played via internet or local area network (up to 99 players). After closing in 2012, GameSpy server this game close. However, fans have used the stored server (favorites). It was not until the end of 2014, while the search server was moved to Qtracker, then, thanks to a little manipulation, the players were able to play on the server, it is not officially supported by, as the company and its games network holder no longer exist. So far, active and Russian and foreign fan community in this game. In multiplayer represented 4 game modes: Cooperative, Combat, Capture, Quests HD2.
An expansion pack titled Sabre Squadron was released during October 19, 2004, in the US, introduced nine new single player missions, seven new multi-player maps, and a now finished, death-match map called "Poland", which had been featured in the game's intro and was titled "London" and available for play in its unfinished state before this release, new weapons: the RPzB 54, the MAS-36, the G43, a suppressed P08 and a Harrington & Richardson Mk VI flare pistol; the ability to hold your breath while looking through a telescopic sight, a co-operative multi-player mode, along with access to the original Hidden & Dangerous 2 missions through Sabre Squadron's interface.