North America Not Cool Enough For WWII “Officers”

Come on, pal...quit exploiting my PAIN!

Come on, pal...quit using my PTSD for profit!

The entertainment industry has taken one of the most intense and horrific time periods in human history and beaten and abused it until WWII ran into a corner and cried.

Then the video game industry tried to redeem themselves from putting out the same game about the same five battles by putting a “twist” on the game. WWII is now dizzier than me after riding the bloody Tea Cup ride. And then, a company FINALLY comes out with a WWII game I want to play.

Kalypso Media has taken the war and pulled back. A lot. Like to top down RTS proportions.  And this is the company that brought us Sins of a Solar Empire, not some hack start up that’s never done a damn thing. Oh wait, they only published it in the UK. Very sneaky that; giving themselves a trumped up resume like that. Anyone know if they’re in any way affiliated with Stardock?(who published all the same games they did, only in North America) According to their press release today:

Officers provides World War II real-time strategy gamers with warfare on a previously unseen scale. Formidable battles are possible, with more than 1,500 units fighting simultaneously across up to 10 square miles of battlefield.

You command the US combat units; your aim is to smash the Germans’ western front. In multiplayer mode, you can also command Russian or German troops. Historical battles such as Operations Overlord, Millennium and Cobra will put your tactical abilities to the test, as you have skillfully to combine infantry, tank, artillery and air troops.

Speed and power will only lead to victory if you extend your troops’ supply lines and capture enemy emplacements and depots. Strategically beneficial high-ground and the varied landscape can be used to your advantage. Thanks to an advanced map editor, you can recreate other historical battles or design your own.

• Historically correct battles, beginning with the Normandy landings

• Infantry can barricade and entrench in houses, trenches etc.

• Up to 1,500 units simultaneously in one sector

• Multiplayer mode for up to 8 players involving Allied, German and Russian troops

• More than 70 different unit types (Infantry, light vehicles, tanks, artillery, air troops, navy)

• Map Editor to design scenarios and missions in either single or multiplayer mode

• Elaborate winter and summer scenarios

• Surroundings completely destructible

• Sophisticated resource management

• Taking of enemy emplacements with house-to-house combat in an urban environment

• Realistic change between day and night

• Combined artillery, infantry and air-force operations

Now with that much depth, this is going to take a fairly capable PC and fans of the “run, gun and pistol whip” method of getting through some of the most dangerous and strategic war maneuvers in recent history. But I think this actually sounds cool. Well, !TOO BAD FOR ME! I can almost hear Kalypso Media cackling in the background.

As of right now, this game is only coming to “select” European markets. All the allied nations maybe?  If that’s the case, I guess we’ll see this game in 2011. Which seems patently unfair since you’re playing as the Americans in the game.

Man, this week is just FULL of disappointing press releases. It might be marketing representative season soon if this crap keeps up.

Oh, and sorry for the lack of pictures or a trailer (official or otherwise) but while the announcement on MCV clearly states the game is releasing on May 15th, their website (which I was directed to for more information, no less) doesn’t even act like the game exists. Curiouser and curiouser.

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Majesty 2 Screenshots and Gameplay

majesty_2_logo1Paradox Interactive released new screens and video gameplay of their sequel to the 2000 RTS.

Majesty 2 retains the tongue in cheek humor of its predecessor, giving the player indirect control over their realm. Where as most fantasy games give the player direct power over slaying monsters and looting abandoned temples, Majesty 2 puts you in the seat of the Realm Protector/King/what have you.

So the town is being overrun by trolls and thieves and your city guard is nothing but a red shirt army designed to die. What’s a ruler to do? You can’t very well kill these monsters on your own. Let’s hire heroes!

Heroes don’t always live up to expectations though. They’re just as likely to go on a shopping spree as destroy the den of goblins just outside town. Your job, as the Realm Protector is to create a setting that keeps the Heroes happy and your town safe. Building inns,  trading posts to bring exotic supplies, guild houses for the various Hero factions, etc. In return, if you’re lucky, the grateful Heroes will keep your castle from being destroyed.

Screenshots and video can be seen at the link above. Check it out!

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