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Wednesday, March 14, 2001

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As Cornered Rat Software progresses through the closed beta test of their massively-muliplayer online battlefield simulator World War II Online, more information is slowly becoming available about the title. Their project is justifiably causing quite a stir, as the company is attempting to recreate the battle over France, with you being able to play as a French, British or German soldier in the war. PC.IGN's latest preview of the game goes into detail about the game's realistic physics, numerous vehicles, and basic strategies. They also note how WWII Online will attempt to organize massive numbers of online players (never an easy task):

Most games this ambitious fail at this stage. The simple fact is that thousands of gamers logging onto a server aren't likely to cooperate on a strategic level. Except for long-standing clans or prearranged scenarios, the online world has always suffered from a lack of player organization. WWII Online solves many of these problems in some very interesting ways. Mission creation will be handled by players of very advanced rank. They'll draw up a list of required equipment and outline some general strategies and timetables. Then, when you log on as a lowly Sergeant, you can search through the available missions by type, location or the role you'd like to play. The game will find the mission that most closely matches your preferences and give you the opportunity to jump in.

To prevent abuse and discourage incompetence, the WWII Online game masters will be responsible for promoting players to positions of high command. Another way to ensure that the best commanders are followed is by increasing the reward level for missions created by commanders who have organized successful actions in the past. Good commanders receive additional promotion points if their missions are completed. Al supposes that we may even see some sort of political game develop at the very highest levels, as the individual theater and branch commanders jockey resources and prestige.

It all sounds very interesting, and we're excited that a Mac version of the game will be available as well. The beta is expected to open to the general public later this year, so stay tuned for more info. If you're looking for new screen shots of the game in action, both GameSpot and World War II Online HQ have posted new images on their sites.

World War II Online Images at World War II Online HQ
World War II Online Images at GameSpot
World War II Online Preview at PC.IGN
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