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Erik Rutins -> Panzer Command: Kharkov Features List (3/4/2008 10:16:33 PM)

Hi everyone,

The official announcement may take one more day to organize. In the meantime, here's a feature list for you to browse, based on the question of "what's new since Winter Storm".

What’s New in Panzer Command: Kharkov!

• New Scenarios and Campaigns
o German Kharkov, May 1942, 14th Panzer Division, (8 Battles)
o Soviet Kharkov, May 1942, 169th Rifle Divison, (8 Battles)
o German Mcensk, October 1941, 4th Panzer Division, (4 Battles)
o German Kursk North, July 1943, (3 Battles)
o Boot Camp Tutorial (6 Battles)
o Plus additional individual battles and updated Winter Storm campaigns for Winter Storm owners (48 scenarios total if you own Winter Storm)

• Updated Manual
o Includes all the new rules and comprehensive tables on game modifiers and effects as well as detailed editor documentation and a full historical background of the Kharkov and Mcensk campaigns
o Separate tutorial guide

• New Random Battle Generator
o Create new battles from 1941 through 1945 on the Eastern Front, choosing from a variety of map and force templates as well as battle options for each side. The resulting battles are virtually infinite in their variety, while maintaining realistic setups and force composition thanks to the predesigned templates (which are also customizable).

• New Random Campaign Generator
o Choose a time period, a number of missions and a core force and progress through a series of randomly generated linked battles
o Also supports semi-historical and historical campaigns
o Includes support for unit equipment upgrades for longer campaigns
o Design and share your own Random or semi-Random campaigns

• New Spring and Summer Maps
o A variety of new maps that are both historically accurate for the Kharkov campaign also combine to give a representative variety of Eastern Front terrain.

• Trenches and Foxholes
o New trenches and foxholes provide more cover for infantry against enemy fire and make them harder to spot
o New gun pits provide covered firing positions for field guns and vehicles

• Minefields
o Anti-personnel and Anti-Tank minefields are now supported for all scenarios.
o Density and area can be defined and minefields can overlap.
o Minefields are initially visible only to friendly forces and must be discovered by the enemy

• Overhauled LOS and Terrain rules for increased realism
o More realistic sighting uses a combination of 3D line of sight “rays” and defined terrain characteristics to give historical results for infantry and vehicles
o More terrain types and revised effects for existing terrain types, each type has its own defined effects on movement, spotting and combat
o Fully relative spotting, each unit only sees what it can see and now you can click on a friendly unit and enemy units it cannot see are hidden from view, making it easy to see who can be targeted.
o New more detailed sighting table allows for more realistic sighting resolution, especially at shorter ranges
o Clicking on an enemy unit now shows who it is targeting with a red line

• Vastly improved Scenario Editor
o No need to use a text editor or delve into the XML files any longer. The new scenario editor supports all the new features and includes many tools for the designer and full documentation, making it very easy to design a new scenarios for Panzer Command in less than an hour.

• New Campaign Editor and Template Editor
o The new Campaign Editor allows you to choose which scenarios to link together in a campaign and allows you to add scenario briefing images and edit and preview the scenario victory text.
o The new Template Editor allows you to edit and create new map templates for the Random Battle Generator.

• New Unit Icons and Rubberbands
o New high visibility on-map floating unit icons for side and unit type are now available to make units easy to spot on any kind of terrain, even when zoomed out
o Command units have an additional star on their unit icon to make them easy to differentiate
o New rubberband options allow you to view the movement and targeting rubberbands for the selected unit, the selected platoon or the selected side, making it easier to plan and coordinate movement and targeting

• Improved Commands
o Group placement and facing commands to speed up deployment
o A new improved default pathfinding algorithm, with a command to switch between pathfinding methods
o Improved Line of Sight check tool
o New Withdraw command for the Reaction Phase
o Infantry units now auto-mount on vehicles when placed on the vehicle’s location during deployment
o Units will now revert to a Defend order when their movement orders are completed, leaving them less vulnerable if you leave them without new orders for a few phases
o New individual unit Hold Fire orders allow you to create good ambush situations. Options include holding fire until you have a “Good Shot”, holding fire until you are in “Close Assault” range and holding all fire until ordered otherwise.

• Improved AI
o The AI opponent is now more intelligent on the attack as well as on defense. It chooses task forces and orders more optimally and is smarter about its objective.

• No Limit on Units in HUD
o The in-game unit HUD now supports a larger number of units. If the default display size of 52 units is exceeded, a scroll button now allows the player to flip to additional unit screens.

• Improved Infantry Combat
o Infantry now come in squads and teams with differences in combat effects and casualty tolerance
o Infantry units are no longer either fine or destroyed, they now have “steps” of light casualties and heavy casualties as well, each of which has combat and morale effects. While infantry units can still be destroyed in one phase, if they are in a decent position it is far more likely that they will be gradually attrited through the several casualty steps before destruction.
o Infantry units can now be unsuppressed, suppressed and pinned, each of which has differing effects on movement and combat.
o Close assault rules have been modified to take into account more factors, including the new higher resolution casualty and suppression steps
o Infantry unit experience now plays a larger role in squad survival as well as firepower
o Separate anti-tank weapons such as rifle grenades, panzerfaust and panzerschrecks

• Reinforcements
o Both on and off-map reinforcements are now supported
o First possible arrival turn can be defined along with an arrival probability
o Unit point cost is automatically adjusted based on reinforcement settings

• Surrender Option
o No need to fight to the death or the last turn, a battle can now be ended with a surrender

• Smoke
o Support for artillery, vehicle and infantry smoke is now included. Call in smoke from your supporting artillery, fire smoke shells from your tanks, have your infantry throw smoke grenades. Smoke adds a new realistic dimension to the possible tactics on every battlefield.

• New Auto-Targeting
o Units who destroy their target before the phase is over will now retarget automatically based on their targeting priorities (they can still be retargeted manually during the reaction and orders phase as well)

• Improved Graphics
o Improved lighting and shadows on terrain elements
o Several Winter Storm models were overhauled and improved (for example, the T-34) with better modeling and textures
o Building transparency handling has been improved
o Various vehicle animations have been improved, including the destruction animations and new unique tank commander animations
o Now works with pre-DirectX 9.0c integrated video, such as the Intel video chipsets. However, visual quality and performance on these chipsets is significantly reduced.

• Improved Sounds

• Improved Performance
o Better memory management
o Improved performance to handle more units and more terrain
o Added more levels of detail for improved performance when the Level of Detail quality is set below the highest level
o A variety of performance improvements to turn calculation result in improved calculation times despite the many additional calculations done in Kharkov vs. Winter Storm.

• New Units
o New On-Map Mortars
o New On-Map Infantry Guns
o New unit attributes such as Recon, Sniper, OpenTop, IndirectFire add some capabilities in Kharkov and also are preparation for future improvements
o New minimum range for guns, primarily used for on-map mortars
o New start date, end date and median prevalence fields for units to define their historical service histories for random battle generation
o New summer textures for many vehicles

o Unit List: Note that this list only includes units for which there are in-game models, focused primarily on the 1941-1944 Eastern Front order of battle. Specs are provided for many more units than listed here, which will have models added in the future (and could have models added by modders post-release)

o German Units
 Infantry
• Fallschirmjager Squads (1941 – 1945)
• Pioneer Squads (1941-1945)
• Regular Infantry Squads (1941 -1945)
• Panzer Grenadier Squads (1941-1945)
• Volksgrenadier Squads (1944-1945)
• Volkssturm Squads (1945)
• SS Rifle Squads (1941-1945)
• SS Panzer Grenadier Squads (1942-1945)
• SS SMG Squads (1941-1945)
• MG34 and MG43 HMG Teams
• Sniper Teams
• Anti-Tank Rifle Teams
• Anti- Tank (Panzerfaust/schreck) Teams
 Support Weapons
• 75mm Infantry Gun (on-map)
• 50mm Mortar (on-map)
 Artillery
• 105mm Artillery (off-map)
• 150mm Artillery (off-map)
• 81mm Mortar (off-map)
• Nebelwerfer (off-map)
• 105mm SP Artillery (off-map)
• 150mm SP Artillery (off-map)
 Reconnaissance and Transport
• SdKfz 222
• SdKFz 222/5
• SdKfz 231
• SdKfz 250
• SdKfz 251
• Opel Blitz
 Air Support
• JU-87 Stuka
 Field Guns
• s 10cm K18
• FlaK 36 88mm
• PaK 36
• PaK 36 Late
• PaK 38
• PaK 40
 Armor
• Brummbar
• Ferdinand
• Marder I
• Marder II
• Pz Kpfw 38t
• Pz Kpfw 38t E
• Pz Kpfw IIB
• PzKpfw IIF
• PzKpfw IIL
• PzKpfw IIIF
• PzKpfw IIIF Late
• PzKpfw IIIG
• PzKpfw IIIH
• PzKpfw IIIJ
• PzKpfw IIIJ/1
• PzKpfw IIIJ Late
• PzKpfw IIIL
• PzKpfw IIIL Late
• PzKpfw IIIM
• PzKpfw IIIN
• Pzkpfw IVD
• PzKpfw IVE
• PzKpfw IVF1
• PzKpfw IVF2
• PzKpfw IVG
• PzKpfw IVG Late
• PzKpfw IVH
• PzKpfw IVJ
• PzKpfw V Panther A
• PzKpfw V Panther D
• PzKpfw V Panther G
• PzKpfw V Panther G Late
• PzKpfw VI Tiger I
• StuG IIIB
• StuG IIIC
• StuG IIIE
• StuG IIIF
• StuG IIIF/1
• StuG IIIF/8
• StuG IIIG

o Soviet Units
 Infantry
• Rifle Squads (1941-1945)
• Guards Rifle Squads (1942-1945)
• Guards SMG Squads (1942-1945)
• SMG Squads (1942-1945)
• Tankodesantniki (1942-1945)
• Maxim MMG Teams
• Sniper Teams
• Anti-Tank Rifle Teams
 Support Weapons
• 76mm Infantry Gun (on-map)
• 50mm Mortar (on-map)
 Reconnaissance and Transport
• BA-64
• Wheeled Truck
 Artillery
• 82mm Mortar (off-map)
• 120mm Mortar (off-map)
• 76mm Artillery (off-map)
• 122mm Artillery (off-map)
• 152mm Artillery (off-map)
• 82mm Katyusha (off-map)
• 132mm Katyusha (off-map)
 Air Support
• IL-2 Sturmovik
 Field Guns
• 122mm M-1938
• 45mm M-1937
• 45mm M-1942
• 57mm ZIS-2
• 76mm ZIS-3
• 76mm F-22 M-1936
 Armor
• BT-7
• KV-1 M1940
• KV-1 M1941
• KV-1 M1942
• M3A1 Stuart (Lend Lease)
• Matilda Mk II (Lend Lease)
• SU-122
• SU-152
• SU-76
• T-60
• T-60A
• T-70 M1942
• T-70 M1943
• T-26 M33
• T-26 M39
• T-34/76 M1940
• T-34/76 M1941
• T-34/76 M1942
• T-34/76 M1943
• T-34/85
• Valentine Mk IV (Lend Lease)







James Crowley -> RE: Panzer Command: Kharkov Features List (3/4/2008 10:40:26 PM)

Is that all?

No, seriously. WOW [:D]




Grell -> RE: Panzer Command: Kharkov Features List (3/4/2008 11:22:13 PM)

Hi Erik,

Holy moses is that ever interesting.

Regards,

Grell




Alan Sharif -> RE: Panzer Command: Kharkov Features List (3/5/2008 12:12:56 AM)

Phew. I am playing  Winter Storm at present in preparation for the new title but it looks like I will still have much to learn. I can not wait to gets my hands on this title.




benpark -> RE: Panzer Command: Kharkov Features List (3/5/2008 2:03:47 AM)

Rootin' Tootin' Isaac Newton, what a list!





Stridor -> RE: Panzer Command: Kharkov Features List (3/5/2008 3:50:49 AM)

Something else Erik forgot to add to the list, in fact probably *the* most important new development which really sets PCK apart from the competition ...

(shown bottom left) [8D]



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Erik Rutins -> RE: Panzer Command: Kharkov Features List (3/5/2008 5:33:49 AM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: Stridor
Something else Erik forgot to add to the list, in fact probably *the* most important new development which really sets PCK apart from the competition ...


Whoops! Here you go:

o German Units
 Infantry
• Sewing Team (1941 – 1945)

o Soviet Units
 Infantry
• Sewing Team (1941 – 1945)

[;)]




Chris Merchant -> RE: Panzer Command: Kharkov Features List (3/5/2008 6:06:49 AM)

Can I ask whether gauge and metallurgy of needles will be represented in the game.  Remember, the Germans were low on tungsten from '42 onwards, and the Soviets exceeded in broad gauge payloads towards the end of the war.

In other words, nice to see some wargamers have a sense of humour.  Looking forward to trying the game out.

cheers




Stridor -> RE: Panzer Command: Kharkov Features List (3/5/2008 6:52:32 AM)

I have placed several "hidden" sewing machines in one of the maps.

Perhaps Erik can offer a prize to anyone who manages to find (take & post SS as proof) of all of them?




ravinhood -> RE: Panzer Command: Kharkov Features List (3/5/2008 11:13:09 AM)

quote:

• New Random Campaign Generator

o Choose a time period, a number of missions and a core force and progress through a series of randomly generated linked battles


Holy moly this is what we've been waiting for out of Battlefront with CM Campaigns. I didn't know this was going to have a Campaign Generator. What's the limit on the number of linked battles Erik??




Stridor -> RE: Panzer Command: Kharkov Features List (3/5/2008 12:17:02 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: ravinhood

quote:

• New Random Campaign Generator

o Choose a time period, a number of missions and a core force and progress through a series of randomly generated linked battles


Holy moly this is what we've been waiting for out of Battlefront with CM Campaigns. I didn't know this was going to have a Campaign Generator. What's the limit on the number of linked battles Erik??



It is defined by the Random Campaign designer. There is no fixed upper limit.




tucson3217 -> RE: Panzer Command: Kharkov Features List (3/5/2008 2:55:21 PM)

So awesome.

Winterstorm was in my favorite all time 5 games on the computer ever, I could not believe it did not get more attention than it did. To me it strikes a great balance between using computers abilities and using abstraction for fun (for instance following each bullets physics is LESS realistic in my view than using stats based on research and game mechanics, not to mention the waste of time involved modeling physics which can be used to improve other game aspects).

I love this series. I hope this edition gets the attention this series deserves. I know I am going to love it, thanks so much for your efforts, I can't wait for it to come out.




FNG -> RE: Panzer Command: Kharkov Features List (3/5/2008 3:59:40 PM)

This looks fantastic - I am eagerly awaiting the release [:)]




Melnibone -> RE: Panzer Command: Kharkov Features List (3/5/2008 4:55:34 PM)

Impressive list of additions.




freeboy -> RE: Panzer Command: Kharkov Features List (3/5/2008 6:09:59 PM)

this code still dual core happy?
quad?




Erik Rutins -> RE: Panzer Command: Kharkov Features List (3/5/2008 6:21:08 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: freeboy
this code still dual core happy? quad?


Panzer Command LOVES multi-core processors.




benpark -> RE: Panzer Command: Kharkov Features List (3/5/2008 8:10:28 PM)

Are there separate uniform graphics for infantry units such as Volkssturm squads?




Stridor -> RE: Panzer Command: Kharkov Features List (3/6/2008 2:59:34 AM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: benpark

Are there separate uniform graphics for infantry units such as Volkssturm squads?


Yes and no.

There are separate bmp/dds uniform files for each infantry type and some are distinct (eg tankers), but others essentially share the same copy.




benpark -> RE: Panzer Command: Kharkov Features List (3/6/2008 4:18:09 AM)

Got it. As far as mods go-any way to use a numbering system to assign different uniform skins for the same model?




elmo3 -> RE: Panzer Command: Kharkov Features List (3/6/2008 1:32:48 PM)

Well that new feature list "sews" up another sale.




freeboy -> RE: Panzer Command: Kharkov Features List (3/6/2008 4:34:48 PM)

[:D]Sale? I thought they where paying us to play this , those who bought the original , no?[X(]




Mobius -> RE: Panzer Command: Kharkov Features List (3/6/2008 4:35:58 PM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: benpark
Got it. As far as mods go-any way to use a numbering system to assign different uniform skins for the same model?

Since most things are xml I think you could change which uniform skins infantry uses by changing the text name in some tag.




Stridor -> RE: Panzer Command: Kharkov Features List (3/7/2008 12:16:47 AM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: benpark

Got it. As far as mods go-any way to use a numbering system to assign different uniform skins for the same model?


Easy, just copy an exisiting uniform to a new file. Edit the new file as you see fit, then update the unit xml to point to the new file.

That is the really great thing about PC. You can add new content, not just make changes to old stuff.




Mobius -> Kharkov Features Added (3/7/2008 3:15:16 AM)

As of today the BA-6 can be added to the list.


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JMass -> RE: Kharkov Features Added (3/7/2008 12:25:53 PM)

I think Soviets need the SU-85.
[;)]




benpark -> RE: Kharkov Features Added (3/7/2008 5:17:47 PM)

Any multi-turret nightmares on the modding docket (like the T-35)?




Erik Rutins -> RE: Kharkov Features Added (3/7/2008 5:41:54 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: benpark
Any multi-turret nightmares on the modding docket (like the T-35)?


Nope - and they would present a bit of a problem. At present, all turrets would try to engage the same target so we've stayed away from them until we can make some changes in targeting in a future release.




Hertston -> RE: Panzer Command: Kharkov Features List (3/7/2008 8:34:20 PM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: ravinhood

Holy moly this is what we've been waiting for out of Battlefront with CM Campaigns. I didn't know this was going to have a Campaign Generator.


CM campaigns offered rather more than just linked scenarios, I think. That said, it's a very impressive feature list. And unlike CM Campaigns it isn't vapourware....




Erik Rutins -> RE: Panzer Command: Kharkov Features List (3/7/2008 8:55:17 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: Hertston
CM campaigns offered rather more than just linked scenarios, I think.


It's true - this is not an "operational layer" like CM Campaigns. We'd like to do that too, but that's farther off in the future for certain. This is much more like the SP short or long campaigns.

quote:

That said, it's a very impressive feature list.


Thanks!




invernomuto -> RE: Panzer Command: Kharkov Features List (3/8/2008 1:22:30 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: Erik Rutins


quote:

ORIGINAL: freeboy
this code still dual core happy? quad?


Panzer Command LOVES multi-core processors.



Could you post the minimum hardware requisites to run PzC decently?

Thanks in advance!




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