I say the race between them should be 'The Bulge'. Who gets there first.
Going strictly by the stated policies of both companies there won't really be a head to head race to the Bulge.
CM had gone to a modular form of release for their game series and PC is moving towards more of a theater form for it's series. So, while you should get a bulge gamette from BFC, you more than likely won't be getting one for PC4. What you will more likely getting with PC4 will be the entire Western Front; with the Bulge just being one of the battles/campaigns/operations included in the whole.
At some point, and I figure that to be after the release of PCO and CMBN, the two game systems will be seen by the gaming public to not be in the same category.
Much like apples and oranges, while both are fruit - they aren't really comparable, hence the admonition "like comparing apples to oranges". PC4 and any CMx2 module won't really be comparable except as covering part of the same time period. I expect there to be some who will prefer each and many that will play both.
What hopefully will happen is the some of the better features of each game system will get put into both systems. Then we all win, no matter which scale you prefer.
The real question for me is where does PC go after NWE? The Pacific? Another time period? 1940? The Med?
Because realistically once the theater has been done...it's been done. No need to keep hanging another set of clothes on it and redoing it over and over. Time to set some gaming precedent and move a tactical game series out of JUST the Eastern Front and NWE! PC is just the series to be able to do that with the open code where modders can add all the content that we may not give you with the original game. Or even different models/maps/weapons of what we do give you.
So, I think it's time to start thinking in terms of where you would like to see PC evolve to. Not just the Battle of the Bulge, which we will surely give you, but beyond that. We all know that PC4 will be NWE. We also have a really good idea that PC4 will take the series to a place where it will deliver in all combat modes infantry/armor/artillery/air with equally detailed combat models. IMO, and IMO only, all that's left is to get gamer input on the features you would like to see in PC4 and where you would like to see the series go after that.
If you think about it, PCO was made by gamers just like you. All of us were volunteers. We made the changes to the system we wanted to see. After PCO is released, and you see where we've taken it, then it will be your turn to comment, not only on what we've done so far, but what YOU the CUSTOMER would like to see in future games of the series.
< Message edited by Mad Russian -- 4/10/2011 9:50:40 PM >
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