From: Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards
Well, if I deduct any mention of VASL and or VASSAL.
It would be one of three variations on a thought. Steel Panthers Mega Campaigns (yes, I know, the name sort of exists). But it would be made from the ground up to install the base game, the Mega Campaigns, AND install in such a way that you either played the base game and Megas, or you played Enhanced and the Megas. One installation, both choices available. Sort of a dual install. A simplified install of all known user scenarios. Modern OS support. Modern hardware support. No hoops to jump through. Hey, you said dream game eh.
I consider Steel Panthers to be one of the most all-encompassing experiences. Ability to play anywhere in WW2. Norway, Finland, Russian Far East, Burma, Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Aleutians, North Africa, Italy, all the usual Russian Front locations, Normandy, the Blitzkrieg years, Market Garden, Southern France, anything. It has only one setback. It was made in 97. And it shows.
So variation 2, is Second Front ends up with the same level of inclusiveness. Again, I am talking dream games. Maybe Jo can manage it in time eh :)
Variation 3. Steel Tigers ends up as inclusive as Steel Panthers and doesn't end up selling out to 3d or real-time, or any other crap that was never in any fashion what Steel Panthers was.
Because I think most of us waiting for Steel Tigers, are only wanting a Steel Panthers that run properly on modern computers. I'm not interested in anything that isn't. I do NOT care what modern computers CAN handle, I only want what I want to play. It takes some effort, but, I CAN make Steel Panthers run on my modern computer. Until MS screws up the OS yet again of course. And I'm not entirely happy with 10. I leave the system offline just so it can't auto-update and bugger up the system unwelcome. I've already had to rip out updates once.
I'm only talking dream games here that I think CAN happen, but are unlikely to happen.
Looks like we also want this :)
"A remake of the PC version of AH Third Reich/Advanced Third Reich would be nice. If rights to the AH game cannot be resolved, there's also GMT's A World At War. AWAW already has the Warplanner software to play A3R and AWAW, so it should be possible to enhance this with a challenging computer opponent. Perhaps also with options for classic Third Reich. That would be great."
I am surprised you did not even mention a computer ASL game.
I agree with what you are saying on Steel Tigers. I don't want 3D. I want a Steel Panthers for modern computers.
I also want to play WW2 day one meaning all sides, all countries, all terrain features.
I would hate to see a DLC for Pacific, a DLC for Russian front, ...
Steel Panthers was having everything day one.
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