The Frontlines universe and backstory are centered on the struggle and war over fuel in a world depleted of natural resources. While the game is set in 2024, the opening cinematic includes current world political figures such as President George W. Bush. Information on the war, and its causes and consequences, is conveyed through an embedded reporter who tags along explaining updates as new intel comes to light. You take on the role of a Western Coalition soldier charged with fighting the enemy. In this case, the enemy is the Red Star Alliance, a future grouping of Russia and China.