This boot camp management game is inspired by Full Metal Jacket’s drill sergeant

A squad of recruits doing push ups in the middle of a training camp in Full Metal Sergeant

Full Metal Jacket is a cornerstone of military pop culture for anyone who enjoys 80s war movies, but it usually inspires something more on the nose – a first-person shooter, or if we’re talking about strategy games, some kind of squad-based tactics experience. Carlo Cassini, solo designer of innovative WW2 game Until the Last Plane, is really likes the drill sergeant from the film – so much so, he made a game about it.

Full Metal Sergeant is a camp management game with auto-battle minigames. You’re placed in the boots of a drill instructor at a nameless military training camp who has twelve weeks to get their recruits in shape. You’ll be able to choose how your training grounds are set up, as well as manage the program itself, and you can let your recruits compete against other boot camps.

You’ll have to be careful of stress levels though – ask too much, and bad things could happen. We’re not sure what yet, but we’ve seen enough training montages to be able to take an educated guess. It usually involves a lot of shouting.

When asked about it directly Cassini mentioned that if stress levels get too high, one of your recruits might actually try to kill you – like in the film.

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“Basically the goal of the game is to deliver high quality soldiers and not to be killed during this time,” he told us. No pressure, then.

Full Metal Sergeant will be released on PC via Steam in late 2022.

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