Hey Pokerwolf. As far as I'm aware, the most recent basic game is Command Ops; Battles from the Bulge. There exists, at the moment, one add-on pack you can buy to add to CO:BFTB (which is needed as the base game) - the 'Highway To The Reich' module (covering Operation Market-Garden), which adds about 10 scenarios from the old, orginal HTTR to the new Command Ops engine. In the next couple of months there will likely be an new add-on to buy, adding all the old Conquest of the Aegean scenarios to the new engine. Though if you buy the HTTR add-on you can play the Market-Garden games on the new patch (current is patch 4.4.258, which is a public beta), some maps are slow to load because they haven't been 'converted' yet by Panther games (will happen for final of patch 4). It's easy enough to convert them yourself though.
So, to play the basic game patched to 4.4.258 you would need Command Ops:Battles from the Bulge and the 'public' beta 4.4.258, which is available from the members section of Matrix (you can register to get access for free).
I think that covers it.
I agree it's a superb game, and you can get so seriously hooked that you will never look at another strategy game again, because they none of them have the AI this game has (friendly and enemy). It's unique. That's what has happened to me, anyway. :) Multi-player works superbly and is fantastic to play, and even more addictive.
I think it's worth every penny. I would happily have paid more, because, as I said, there's nothing else out there that has AI like this. I would happily pay a subscription actually if that was what was needed to keep it going. The development of the game is an open-ended process, I think, which we - the players - have recently had a small part in, through the new public beta system. The response of the developers at Panther is excellent, and again, I think, almost unique.
There are a variety of different development projects underway - from a smaller scale (platoon level, I think) tactical rendering of part of the blitzkrieg (Legends of the Blitzkrieg) through to a big eastern front game, covering the battles around Chir (or 'the' Chir - not sure since EF things aren't my strong point...). I guess the time frame on these might be 'sometime in the next three years', realistically. It's a small team doing it all.
Should add - the game was brilliant even before this new engine, and you don't need to play it on the patch of this engine to get the idea. The patch has some issues in it as well, (which the pre-patch version didn't) - it's a beta patch, after all (none of the issues are game killers, I think - I'm presently playing a very long MP scenario on 4.4.258, without problems). The issues look likely to be ironed out over the next few weeks and I guess the patch will be final in that time frame too (just going off what the developers have said in here).
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