To Matrix, Slitherine, and the Campaign Series development team.
Please do not split the Series apart. Clean it up and give us new scenarios.
Do not port over the Middle East stuff and call it progress. Just play around with your new titles and make them to your hearts content.
What I have seen from the team is a desire to make the Campaign Series into the ME style game, with three separate titles. "Have to" do things for the "good" of the game?
Please, do not ruin this game bundle with your meddling. Keep it a classic.
What I have seen so far is that you will drive away the base and tear apart the community in an effort to get "younger" players who simply are not there in, the support your effort type numbers.
That is my New Years wish.
Hello Mr RR,
Continuing to support JTCS as a bundle was our intent as documented in these fora as well. Unfortunately towards that, the sheer size of the task ahead made it a practical impossibility.
In the game engine itself, the changes meant we are past the point of no return. New unit ID format to allow more variety with new parameters in place means the OoBs need to be rebuilt. As you know the OoBs between the various titles are not identical. Germans at East Front are a bit different to Germans at West Front. New OoBs then mean all scenarios need to be rebuilt.
As of Middle East, there's the graphics changes then. New zoom levels mean all unit and terrain graphics need to be remade. Middle East came with twelve nations, with JTCS there's what fifty of them.
With the size of the development team available, there's a grand roadmap in place. It has not only to do with the era, nations, nor wars, but with the game engine too. New User Interface features, new dialogs, all will come in a piecemeal fashion then ported back to previous titles. The intention is to be able to bring one new title out each year. New 3D zoom level for instance is on our wish list too. It will be an enormous task to get it done, but we are hopeful it can be brought in at some stage.
It will be quite an effort. This is not a day job nor will it ever be, so there's that too. All the development is done on our own free time. For what it is worth the free 2.0 UPDATE ensures the classic bundle as it is remains playable with new operation systems and new larger monitors. That took more than a year to have available too.
But going forward, there's no other way to do this I am afraid.