From: Zagreb, Croatia
I think people that read my post get the wrong idea. They always go back to REAL history and say this could not have happened or this could not have happened. What I am saying is that an icon that could give you a brief (alternative or not) war update would be awesome.
These ( alternate war reports) would influence the game. By a multitude of ways. Having German or Soviet industry, oil or synthetic fuel rise or fall. Also having reinforcements - not written in stone - so you can see it for the ENTIRE war by scrolling down on the reinforcement screen (air and land). But having (maybe) alternative circumstances delay of expedite these divisional movements to the Eastern Front.
Of course the out of theatre reports could follow history (EXACTLY). But it's the NOT KNOWING that creates the anticipation.
Also you could have a variable date for development of certain units (i.e. Tiger Tanks, BF 109 G, etc..)
You see what I'm trying to say is that these unforseen variables would apply to BOTH sides (Soviet or German).
This would add an uncertainty to the game and keep players in a constant questoning of how the war is going (out of theatre). Of course having an impact on the War in the East. I think it would be awesome.
Of course this is just my opinion.
I know what you are saying... I didn't misunderstand you...
But Gary (via Joel) told us long long long time ago (remember that, most recently, he made UV / WitP and influenced WitP-AE) that his games are based on history as much as possible... thus what you wish for might not happen...
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