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'Horse and Musket 2: Prussia's Glory' Goes Gold

by Rainier on Oct. 24, 2005 @ 1:32 a.m. PDT

Shrapnel Games and Boku Strategy Games announced today that the next game in the Horse and Musket 2 series, entitled Prussia's Glory (no relationship to the GMT boardgame of the same name) has gone gold and will is projected to ship on November 18, 2005.

Prussia's Glory (no relationship to the GMT boardgame of the same name) continues what began in Dragoon: The Prussian War Machine, that being bringing the military genius of Frederick the Great to your personal computer. As the title implies, Prussia's Glory focuses on five of Frederick's most glorious battles, including the most famous of his career, Leuthen, where 35,000 Prussians took on 65,000 Austrians and beat the stuffing out of them. The five battles featured include Soor (1745), Lobositz (1756), Leuthen (1757), Hochkirch (1758), and Torgau (1760). While there are five battles featured there are a total of seventeen scenarios found within the game.

Prussia's Glory also advances the Horse and Musket 2 game engine, featuring several new features that help further immerse the player into the realm of 18th century warfare, all from the comfort of their desk. There are new, more historically accurate graphics for several of the regiments found within the game, and even a personal graphic for Hans von Zieten, the great Prussian Hussar general. Some cool new animation has been added, with new animations for units loading their muskets, and new animations for officers and drummers (who now beat a tattoo as the units advance).

Fans of the Horse and Musket 2 series will of course still find everything they cherish about Dave Erickson's excellent design in Prussia's Glory. The game system, which is turn and hex based, uses a command activation system that keeps players constantly thinking two moves ahead. A wide range of unit types, from light infantry and grenadiers, to hussars and three types of artillery, are present. Plenty of chrome, both in the presentation and the play, give players the type of gaming goodness they have come to expect from Boku Strategy Games. Additionally, Prussia's Glory features extensive multiplayer options, including the ability to play PBEM (although there is no cross- compatibility between Prussia's Glory and Dragoon: The Prussian War Machine).

Features:

  • New, more historically accurate graphics for specific infantry and cavalry regiments, including a personal graphic for the great Prussian Hussar general, Hans von Zieten.
  • New animated graphics for officers and drummers. Drummers will now actually drum as the units advance.
  • New musket loading/reloading animations for units.
  • Exclusive scenario for Dragoon: The Prussian War Machine owners: Action at Burkersdor, 1762. This scenario will work only with Dragoon: The Prussian War Machine (not Prussia's Glory) and is included as a "Thank you!" for everyone who has purchased Dragoon.

Since there are many new graphical enhancements to the original Horse and Musket 2 engine it is important to note that there is no cross-compatibility between the two games. If you own Dragoon but not Prussia's Glory and wish to play against someone who owned Prussia's Glory, but not Dragoon, you could not do so. To play against a live opponent everyone must own a copy of the same game.

Prussia's Glory is available for the PC and can be purchased through the Shrapnel e-store, the Gamers Front (www.gamersfront.com) for $44.95. Order now and be assured of being one of the first gamers on your block to get it when the game ships!

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