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'World War II' Wednesdays Begins - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 9, 2002 @ 10:11 p.m. PDT

BIG NEWS! Every Wednesday from now until mid-November has been designated as “WWII theme day”. This means that every Wednesday we will put up NEW content from Strategy First's upcoming WWII strategy titles, "GI Combat Episode 1: Battle of Normandy" (Freedom Games) and "Hearts of Iron" (Paradox Entertainment). Read more for details and 10 brand new screens from each game.

“The only thing these titles have in common is the time period and the quality of gameplay,” says Pro Sotos, Product Manager for Strategy First. “GI Combat is a 3D RTS from the team that brought us the Close Combat series while Hearts is a pure strategy game that is from the team that mastered the Europa Universalis games. We couldn’t be happier to be working on both titles.”

GI Combat Episode 1: Battle of Normandy will ship to stores on October 29 and Hearts of Iron will arrive on November 12. Both titles will be distributed exclusively in North America by Infogrames.

About Hearts of Iron

Hearts of Iron is a World War II PC game of true Grand Strategic scope. The game map spans the entire world and allows players to take the war to any front they choose. Players will be able to play any nation in the world and take control of the epic struggle between the great alliances of the new world orders of Fascism, Communism and Democracy. Hearts of Iron was developed by the team behind Europa Universalis I & II.

  • Epic Gameplay - Global map includes every nation and covers the battle from 1936-1948
  • Scenario editor - Player can modify and construct maps and campaigns with their own settings and add national detail
  • Highly advanced research model - Change the course of war by acquiring super weapons (nukes) and increasing production capabilities
  • Deep diplomatic model - Unique system that simulates political systems and their effect on neutral nations in relation to alliances
  • Historical generals and political leaders - Thousands of real people researched for individual detailed uniqueness
  • Strategic level military system - Over 100 different ground, air and naval forces fight the entire war on a divisional level
  • Real Time gameplay that can be paused at any time
  • Soundtrack – Contains 2 hours of quality music in MP3 format
  • Optimized for Multiplayer - Hearts of Iron enables players to easily meet over LAN or Internet

About GI Combat Episode1: Battle of Normandy

G.I. Combat is a 3D, Tactical Strategy game that engulfs you in the dynamic conflicts of World War II. Storm the beaches of Omaha in a historically detailed campaign set in Normandy, June 1944. The fully three-dimensional environment provides unsurpassed detail for terrain, armor penetration, vehicle movement, morale, and combat resolution! Immerse yourself in the agonizing struggle to hold back enemy offensives, lead an assault to capture key objectives, and charge into the fray with gritty, determined grunts! Take part in that experience and rewrite history!

  • From the lead designer of the Close Combat series
  • Historically detailed campaign set in Normandy, June 1944
  • Choose to play as the American Allied troops or the German Axis troops in campaigns, operations and skirmishes
  • Realistic 3D maps drawn from the actual terrain in Normandy
  • Highly detailed individual soldier models
  • Detailed psychological model with eight different psychological states
  • Separate morale model works along with the psychological state of the soldier
  • Operational mission system based on victories and losses
  • Accurate physics model for weapons and armor penetration
  • Over 40 armored vehicles and artillery and 60 different squad types
  • Vehicles are modeled in 3D for all aspects of their armor including thickness, slope, and hardness
  • Weapons and ammunition loads are historical representations. Crewmembers are of correct number and tracked as individuals
  • Versatile Battle/Scenario Editor
  • Contains 25 Skirmish/Multiplayer maps, five Operations and four Campaigns

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