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Combat Mission Interview, Future Plans
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Guru3D has posted an Combat Mission interview with Charles Moylan, president of Big Time Software. In the Q&A, they cover topics ranging from how they made a commercial release for just over $100,000 to what their plans for the future might be. Combat Mission, in case you're wondering, is a 3D wargame that has garnered many accolades for its historical accuracy and fun gameplay. It's only available for purchase over the Internet, but there is also a demo available to try out if you haven't already. Here's a clip from Moylan explaining what makes the game a hit:

Q:  A 3D engine in a detailed historical wargame is enough of a rarity to warrant a close look, but what other factors do you feel were important for Combat Mission's critical and financial success?

A:  Combat Mission's attention to detail and historical accuracy not withstanding, I think the game's best feature is its hybrid real-time/turn-based system, which has just the right amount of heart-pounding excitement and immersion while retaining strategic depth and thoughtful play.  You have plenty of time to create serious battle plans, but get the visceral thrill of watching them unfold in real-time (and a VCR-style ability to rewind and replay your favorite parts as well, a lot like watching a war movie).

While the game's 3D engine may not be as complex as some, it is one of the first of its kind for the war strategy genre, which has usually been stuck in 2D until now. Later in the Q&A, Moylan tells they already have plans for a sequel and possibly a third Combat Mission game:
Q:  It has been mentioned that sequels will be developed for Combat Mission.  Can you tell us anything more about them at this time?

A:  Sure.  The next game will take place on the Russian Front from 1941 to 1945, pitting the German Wehrmacht against the Soviet Red Army juggernaut.  I can't wait to see masses of T-34s racing across the steppes to do thunderous battle with Tigers and Panthers.  It will be tremendous. Moscow, Stalingrad, Kursk, Bagration, Berlin - it will all be in Combat Mission 2!  After that, plans are not solidified but we'll most likely visit the North African and Mediterranean theaters for Combat Mission 3, and the early-war Blitzkrieg for CM4.

We're sure the Big Time team will be able to ride the success of Combat Mission and make their next games even better. Moylan also notes that they will be releasing a free multiplayer patch for the original, allowing gamers to play against each other over TCP/IP. We'll watch for it, and let you know once this is available.

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