||  

Back to News Listing Matrix Games Announces a Relaunch and a New Contest for the Close Combat Series!

Posted: Monday, June 06, 2011 by Sean Drummy

Type: Press Release

New “2.0” releases, a mega-update for existing customers and a new contest breathe fresh life into the classic real time tactical series

Matrix Games, Slitherine (www.slitherine.com) and Black Hand Studios are thrilled to announce that they are nearing completion of a new relaunch of the Close Combat series, representing countless hours of hard work from the developers and based on community feedback to greatly improve unit pathfinding, friendly and enemy artificial intelligence and more!  These new “2.0” releases address some of the most significant issues that have been on the wishlists of Close Combat fans since the original games were released. 

In addition to relaunching the Close Combat line with these improvements, everything that’s new will be available at no cost to customers who already own the Matrix Games Close Combat releases in the form of free mega-updates, which have been tested and hailed by many gamers in the community over the past few months.

These new versions mark a fantastic overall improvement to the gameplay of the Close Combat games and show the astonishing distance the series has come since its original form many years ago.  If you played Close Combat but haven’t tried the re-releases yet, this is the best time to get in on the action!

To mark the relaunch of the series, Matrix Games is also thrilled to announce the Hoffa’s Body Easter Egg Contest! For all the veteran Close Combat commanders out there who remember finding Hoffa’s body in the classic Close Combat games, we’ve placed Hoffa’s body somewhere on the battlefields of Close Combat – Last Stand Arnhem. The first person to find Hoffa’s body and send us an in-game screenshot of his location along with their serial key will win a free digital copy of any game in the Matrix Games or Slitherine store!

Relaunch and Mega Update Improvements (CC: Cross of Iron, CC: Wacht am Rhein, CC: The Longest Day)

  • Major improvements were made to the way vehicles and soldiers travel to way points and reach the end destination of both simple and highly complex, unhindered paths with a very high degree of success.
  • Soldier pathfinding was improved so that when soldiers fall behind (heavy weapon or momentarily lost) they plot their own path to successfully rejoin their team.
  • Vehicle driver and soldier decision making was improved to help them deal with unexpected obstacles (vehicle moving into their way , or wreck that was knocked out in the course of battle to block a path that was already determined), and get out of dead-end locations.
  • AI improvements were designed in concert with the re-designed pathfinder.
  • The "Bee Dance" of CC2 that was related to conflicts between the AI for the vehicle driver and the AI that tried to keep the team moving along the team's path that would result in a conflict about which portion of the AI to follow or "which way to go” is resolved.
  • Many other minor improvements were made and reported bugs were fixed.

CC: Last Stand Arnhem-only Relaunch and Mega Update Improvements

  • The mechanism for borrowing teams from the reserve battlegroup was redesigned.
  • The Grand Campaign was redesigned for improved play balance

Get more information on Close Combat - Cross of Iron, Close Combat – Last Stand Arnhem, Close Combat – Wacht am Rhein, and Close Combat – The Longest Day from their official product pages.

More Info

Close Combat - Last Stand Arnhem

  ( Views : 14206 )


In Other News..

Panzer Corps: Soviet Corps Teaser Trailer has been revealed!

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Panzer Corps, the revolutionary turn-based wargame, is ready to strike back with a new exciting chapter!

In Soviet Corps, you will fight with the Red Army, from the brink of its collapse to the final victory, through an epic and tough, branching campaign!

Counterattack whenever you spot a weak point, withdraw tactically to preserve your forces, and as soon you gained superiority force the enemy to retreat!

Read more...

Victory and Glory Card System!

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

To win a war, armies might be not enough. You need political skills as well, allowing you to change the balance of power in your favour, forge new alliances and isolate the enemy.

The endless conflict  between Napoleon and the several Coalitions formed against him was fought following exactly this simple rule. Great Britain didn’t have a ground army able to counter alone the capacity of the Revolutionary France and was forced to convince and support potential allies on the Continent.

On the other hand, Napoleon took many risks to manage fighting on multiple fronts at once, stretching his resources and wasting time and materials.

Read more...

Tigers on the Hunt Second Video Turorial! The artillery is ready to support!

Monday, February 01, 2016

The second tutorial about Tigers on the Hunt is now available! It’s time to focus on a key asset, invaluable for every commander: the Off-board artillery!

Read more...

Panzer Corps Soviet Corps Campaign Tree!

Friday, January 29, 2016

In Panzer Corps: Soviet Corps you will have deal with a dangerous enemy, who is overpowering you across multiple fronts and striking directly at the heart of your Nation. Only by counting on the unshakable will of your people and fighting a delaying action, you might be able to prepare yourself for the counterattack and save the Motherland from destruction!

But this will be a long path. Discover it with the Panzer Corps Soviet Corps Campaign Tree below!

Read more...

Order of Battle: Morning Sun is released! With a Twitch Stream!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

After the incredible success of the wargame Order of Battle: Pacific and its free DLC Battle of Britain, the developers from The Artistocrats studio have raised the level of the challenge!

With their new expansion Order of Battle: Morning Sun they have switched the focus onto the Second Sino-Japanese War, which started few years before the attack on Pearl Harbour in World War II.

In Order of Battle: Morning Sun you will take control over the Japanese forces in their attempt to take advantage of the Republic of China. But you will soon discover that better equipment and training could be counteracted by force of numbers and by fierce resistance in the backlines!

Read more...

Server Maintenance

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

We will be performing several updates on our server this Tuesday on Feb 2, 4am GMT (11pm EST). 
 
Our website, blog and support forum may be momentarily unavailable around that time. We expect only a very short interruption 

Read more...

Games Workshop Steam Midweek Madness!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Praise the Emperor and take the chance to grab Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon, the three Space Marines DLCs (Vulkan's Wrath, Angels of Death, Glory of Macragge) or this combined package 34% discounted on Steam!

This unique sale will give you access to the official soundtrack of the game and 4 exclusive Titan units to use in single-player and multiplayer scenarios!

Take the lead of the brave Imperial Guard and the mighty Space Marine Chapters and prepare to fight to the last man against the countless hordes of the Orks!

Read more...