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First Look at WWII Online
9:34 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

A quick new preview of World War II Online, the upcoming Mac/PC massively multiplayer battlefield simulation, has been posted at Daily Radar. The folks at Cornered Rat are making the title, and they hope to have it completed late this spring. The preview looks at many of the game's main features, providing a quick explanation of each. Here's a clip:

Four Types Of Gameplay --
  • First-Person Shooter
  • Vehicle Simulation Combat -- Vehicles are modeled after the real versions, including all the positions in the tanks, the flight controls of planes, etc.
  • RPG -- Players will have a character that retains ranks, experience and such even if the individual infantrymen they control die.
  • Strategy -- Player commanders will decide which villages, army bases and other strategically important areas are to be assaulted or defended, and will also set up missions for lower-ranked players.

  • All Objects Can Be Damaged -- Every building can be destroyed; how fast they rebuild themselves is dependent on the chain of supply to the location. Cut the chain of supply to an army base, for example, and the sentry guns won't rebuild.

  • 1/2 Scale Maps - All of Western Europe at 1/2 scale is represented in the game; that's over 3.4 million square kilometers.
  • And if these sound impressive, remember that they're hoping to have 10,000 players in the world at once. Check out the rest of the preview for more info as well as some screenshots. The official WWII Online web site is also a great resource if you're interested. The details and system requirements for the Mac version have not yet been revealed, but we're hoping it will be a near-simultaneous release.

    World War II Online Preview at Daily Radar
    World War II Online Web Site
    Strategy First
    Cornered Rat Software
    World War II Online

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