From: Vermont, USA
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".
Whats 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)
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
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
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 vehicles 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.
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
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
o No need to fight to the death or the last turn, a battle can now be ended with a surrender
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.
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)
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.
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.
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
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
Anti-Tank Rifle Teams
Anti- Tank (Panzerfaust/schreck) Teams
75mm Infantry Gun (on-map)
50mm Mortar (on-map)
105mm Artillery (off-map)
150mm Artillery (off-map)
81mm Mortar (off-map)
105mm SP Artillery (off-map)
150mm SP Artillery (off-map)
Reconnaissance and Transport
s 10cm K18
FlaK 36 88mm
PaK 36 Late
Pz Kpfw 38t
Pz Kpfw 38t E
Pz Kpfw IIB
PzKpfw IIIF Late
PzKpfw IIIJ Late
PzKpfw IIIL Late
PzKpfw IVG Late
PzKpfw V Panther A
PzKpfw V Panther D
PzKpfw V Panther G
PzKpfw V Panther G Late
PzKpfw VI Tiger I
o Soviet Units
Rifle Squads (1941-1945)
Guards Rifle Squads (1942-1945)
Guards SMG Squads (1942-1945)
SMG Squads (1942-1945)
Maxim MMG Teams
Anti-Tank Rifle Teams
76mm Infantry Gun (on-map)
50mm Mortar (on-map)
Reconnaissance and Transport
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)
76mm F-22 M-1936
M3A1 Stuart (Lend Lease)
Matilda Mk II (Lend Lease)
Valentine Mk IV (Lend Lease)
< Message edited by Erik Rutins -- 3/4/2008 10:28:04 PM >