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Codename: Panzers Phase Two

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Strategy
Publisher: CDV
Developer: Storm Region

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'Codename: Panzers Phase Two' Officially Announced - Screens

by Judy on Feb. 15, 2005 @ 4:28 p.m. PST

Codename: Panzers, Phase Two will bring armchair generals to the war-torn battlefields of Africa, Southern Europe and the Balkans where they will fight as the Anglo-American Allies, the German-Italian Axis or the Yugoslavian resistance. A complement of heroes, both new and familiar, will be the players' alter egos in dozens of new missions as they attempt to lead their troops to victory.

Codename: Panzers, Phase Two will bring armchair generals to the war-torn battlefields of Africa, Southern Europe and the Balkans where they will fight as the Anglo-American Allies, the German-Italian Axis or the Yugoslavian resistance. A complement of heroes, both new and familiar, will be the players' alter egos in dozens of new missions as they attempt to lead their troops to victory.

In development by Hungarian studio Stormregion, Codename: Panzers, Phase Two builds upon everything gamers loved in the original game while adding new campaigns, missions and units. Players will battle online and offline as any of the three forces in the game (Anglo-American Allies, German-Italian Axis and the Yugoslavian resistance) in competitive and cooperative modes. Phase Two includes more than 20 new combat units, hundreds of fully destructible objects, new battlefield environments and a selection of new heroes to lead armies on the battlefield. A powerful mission editor will allow players to edit and create missions, maps, units and captivating cut-scenes, ensuring that no two games are ever the same.

Additional features of Codename: Panzers, Phase Two include:

  • Three captivating campaigns, inspired by key battles of World War II, all of which can be viewed from the perspectives of the Anglo-American Allies, the German-Italian Axis, or the Yugoslavian resistance forces. The action takes you from the sweltering deserts of Africa, to the scenic Italian and Sicilian countryside, and into the former Yugoslavia, famous for its gorgeous yet treacherous heavily forested mountain landscapes.
  • A variety of new and familiar heroes, special missions, optional goals, and a number of surprises all combine to keep game play fresh and challenging with superb replay value.
  • A comprehensive editor allows ambitious players to create their own missions, complete with triggered cut-scenes, scripted events, modified maps and terrain features. The editor even allows modification of units to better match a player’s personal preferences.
  • Day-night cycles take on an even greater importance with nighttime stealth and search and destroy missions. Certain vehicles are now equipped with headlights and taillights that may be switched on to aid their driver’s visibility—unfortunately they also disclose one’s presence to the enemy.
  • Hundreds of fully destructible object types and buildings comprise the battlegrounds in which units interact even more realistically with the terrain. More than twenty new unit types and variants are introduced, broadening tactical capabilities.
  • An enhanced version of the celebrated Gepard 3D graphics engine renders the environment in genre-defying detail; players can zoom, pan and rotate the camera view for optimal close-up detail or pull back for improved strategic awareness and battle oversight.
  • Rich and diverse linked and stand-alone missions with innovative primary, secondary and secret objectives challenge the player’s tactical prowess; rarely will one standard tactic be successful across multiple missions.
  • All missions support competitive and cooperative gameplay, allowing you to fight against your most dastardly online antagonists or alongside your favorite ally, crushing your enemies on the virtual battlefield.
  • A deeper, richer plot, much of which was written by two acclaimed U.S. screenwriters that have worked on television projects such as Law & Order, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the upcoming cinema adaptations of the Dungeon Siege game series.
  • Improved, high quality voice-overs were recorded in a premium Los Angeles sound studio; characters now feature established voice talents: at present we are in final negotiations with Peter Weller, best known for his roles in Robocop, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, Naked Lunch and Leviathan.

More information about Codename: Panzers, Phase Two is available at the official Panzers website.

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