||  

  ||  

Back to News Listing The Close Combat Mega Update Is Now Out!

Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 by Sean Drummy

Type: Press Release

Fantastic improvements to the venerable Close Combat engine plus a sale for newcomers to the series!

Matrix Games, Slitherine (www.slitherine.com) and Black Hand Studios are thrilled to announce that the long-awaited re-launch and mega update of the Close Combat series is now available! These new releases 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. Be sure to check out the video on YouTube and the preview article at The Wargamer to see what everyone is so excited about!

There’s never been a better time to get in on the famed Close Combat action, especially with our new $5 off promotion! When you buy any of the Close Combat titles you will be able to purchase another game in the series at $5 off. This sale excludes Close Combat – Modern Tactics and the $5 promotion is only valid for games purchased together in the same order.

Also, don’t forget that our Hoffa’s Body Easter Egg Contest is now starting! 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

The update is comprehensive and will bring all previous versions of the Close Combat games up to their latest and greatest version. Get the updates here:

Get more information on Close Combat - Cross of Iron, Close Combat – Last Stand Arnhem, Close Combat – Wacht am Rhein, Close Combat – The Longest Day,from their official product pages and be sure to check out the new video!

More Info

Close Combat - Last Stand Arnhem

  ( Views : 23138 )


In Other News..

Advanced Tactics Gold Version 2.21g is now available!

Friday, July 31, 2015

All strategy fan will be happy to hear that Advanced Tactics Gold - the wargame based by the award winning game engine by the same name – has been updated to version 2.21g!

This new version brings an important new feature, the possibility to create your own Tables of Organization (TOE) while playing the game!

After assigning a unit to a TOE model the game will automatically use logistical resources (trains,trucks, and cargo ships) to send the appropriate troops to it.

Read more...

Panzer Corps: Operation Sea Lion announced!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Panzer Corps: Operation Sea Lion announced!

“[However] a German invasion of England would be a matter of life and death for the British, and they would unhesitatingly commit their naval forces, to the last ship and the last man, into an all-out fight for survival”  Erich Raeder, commander-in-chief of the Kriegsmarine 

Great Britain, the propulsive core of the British Empire, is surrounded. After the fall of Scandinavia and France only a few miles of sea divide the land of Albion from the Reich. It’s only thanks to the Home Fleet and to the Royal Air Force that the Germans are not yet raising their flag on the Big Ben.

But for how long?

Read more...

Box Upgrade Option now available on Matrix!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

If you already own a digital version of the game from our site, Steam (or anywhere else!) and would like to add a box and full colour printed manual to your collection, just click on the buy Boxed Upgrade button. You will receive a box of the product you have chosen, a printed manual in full colours and a DVD with in an interactive version of our catalogue. It is very simple and straight forward.

You don't have to register your game or send us your game serial number, just add the product to the cart and check out!

Read more...

War in the West Updated to V. 1.00.48!

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Wehrmacht is retreating on all fronts. While in the East the Soviets are advancing like a steamroller, in France the Allied Forces have overrun the German defences and now they are directly threatening the Fatherland. A few battles more and war could be finished in time for Christmas...

War in the West has been updated! Version 1.00.48 adds some rules changes and features – have a look to the New Supply Path Rule and to the major balance adjustments to the East Front option! – along with important bug fixes!

Overthrow the Third Reich or fight desperately to change the course of the War!

Read more...

Order of Battle Pacific is now available on Mac with 10 percent of discount (and a stream)!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

8/10 - "Order of Battle: Pacific surprised me in the best possible way.” - PC Invasion

9/10  - "Order of Battle: Pacific is, unexpectedly, the best wargame released so far this year" - PCGamesN

Order of Battle: Pacific, one of the most innovative wargames recently released, is ready to land on the Mac Platform!

For this occasion the game has been further updated to version 1.8.3 with several changes and improvements, the most important are Custom camouflage skins and the Spanish translation!

For the entire changelog please check here

You can download the patch from here

Read more...

New Screenshots for Thirty Years War

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Are you ready for the fight? With Thirty Years War it will be up to you to lead your men through hard battles during one of the darkest and most ferocious periods of European history!
 
From the Bohemian rebellion to the Swedish intervention led by Gustavus Adolphus, from Denmark to the Palatinate, you will recreate the Campaigns of Lützen, Nördlingen, Rocroi and more!
 
In Thirty Years War  you will coordinate the movements of several armies, take care of their supplies and fatigue and seek the best conditions to engage in combat, undertake sieges or retreat to recover if needed; with the ultimate goal of gaining supremacy over Central Europe.

Read more...

Pike and Shot: Campaigns announced!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Never do any enemy a small injury for they are like a snake which is half beaten and it will strike back the first chance it gets.” – Niccolò Machiavelli

Boots are pounding the ground for days. Dirty and grimy soldiers are marching in the ranks with the sergeants trying (mostly in vain) to keep them disciplined.

Too many days have passed since the last plundered town and now food is starting to run out. The men are nervous.

Suddenly a cry from the head of the column. Scouting cavalry have spotted enemy heavy pikemen formations supported by artillery.

It is time to spill some blood!

Pike and Shot: Campaigns is a brand new all-in-one package. It includes the Pike and Shot base game and the Tercio to Salvo expansion, plus 21 new skirmish army lists for the rest of Europe during the period of the Italian Wars (1494-1559) covering the armies of England, Scotland, Denmark, Sweden, German States, Austria, Hungary, Transylvania, the Ottoman Empire, Poland-Lithuania and Russia!

But the main new feature is the strategic map system, implemented to allow you to lead your armies to victory over an entire theatre of operations, taking into account strategic considerations such as terrain, available manpower, supply, attrition, sieges and economic damage. 

Read more...