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Tuesday, February 12, 2002
New Combat Mission 2 Interview
8:10 AM | John Rousselle | Comment on this story

GameSpyDaily has a new interview up with the development team from Big Time Software regarding Combat Mission: Barbarossa to Berlin. This upcoming sequel to the ground-breaking 3D tactical wargame Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord focuses on the East Front of World War II and will incorporate large numbers of new vehicles and units, along with many new features:

GameSpyDaily: CMBB will feature a huge number of vehicles and variants. What are some of the relatively unusual or rare ones that armor fans can look forward to? Perhaps the SU-152? Aerosans? The Brummbär? The enormous Karlgerät tracked siege mortars as off-map artillery?

Big Time Software: Yes, the SU-152 and the Brummbär are even already in. Aerosans or the Karlgerät are not — the former are way too complicated to code in for what their impact on a typical Combat Mission battle would be, the latter has simply been too rare. But there is a plethora of other rather rare vehicles, from the Russian OT-34 flamethrower tank to the largely unknown Finnish, Hungarian or Romanian tanks of WWII for example. We have also received tremendous help from CMBO fans and the WWII scale modeling community, most notably the Missing Links website, which have sent us pictures of the most rare vehicles to convert to in-game textures.

GameSpyDaily: What are some of the more unusual infantry units we can expect to see?

Big Time Software: Well, I am sure you will find the Finnish Sissi squads in not too many other games. Or how about a Finnish Jääkäri platoon? Besides the more unusual units of the minor nations, we have again included pretty much any bigger formation that had some relevance to the fighting on the Eastern Front. Depending on the month and year and geographical location of a battle, you might see Soviet Partisans, German Gebirgsjäger (mountain infantry), various airborne formations and much more. Two interesting things to note is that we have also included the use of captured weapons (some German squads might be equipped with the Russian PPsh submachine gun for example, something which has been proved as frequently done in real life) for CMBB, and that one nation, the Romanians, are able to fight on the Axis (early war) and Allied side (later war years).

The original Combat Mission won many awards and succeeded in attracting many mainstream gamers into the strategy fold. Like its predecessor, Combat Mission: Beyond Barbarossa is being coded on the Mac and is definitely a title to watch for if you are interested in the ground war of this period.

For the full interview, follow the link below.

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GameSpyDaily: Combat Mission 2 Interview

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