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Thursday October 24, 2002

PC News
Strike Fighters: Project 1 Ships
Publisher Strategy First and Developer Third Wire have announced that Strike Fighters: Project 1, their 60's jet simulation, has shipped to retail stores nationwide.

And I quote:

Strike Fighters: Project 1 uses an all new next generation graphics engine that generates incredibly detailed images that transport you directly into the cockpit. But the ride doesn t stop there! With its mod-friendly generator, Strike Fighters: Project 1 follows in the footsteps of games like Half-Life that offer gamers endless hours of new and exciting gameplay and replayability.
Talk amongst yourselves.

Strategic Command TCP/IP patch
Battlefront.com and developer Fury Software have released the TCP/IP patch (v1.05) for Strategic Command European Theater, the turn-based grand strategy wargame featuring the Second World War in Europe. The patch can be downloaded for free and enables online play via the internet or LAN against other human opponents, additional to the already existing play-by-email (PBEM) feature. Download.

Strategic Command offers 6 major campaigns- Fall Weiss, Fall Gelb, Barbarossa, Fall Blau, Zitadelle, Overlord which begin from 1939 to 1944. Each Campaign can be played beyond historical end of war date and into 1946. Game play is turn based with each turn lasting from 2 weeks to 1 month depending on the season. Designed for replayability and realism, options include fog of war, Free French forces, Partisans, scorched earth, thoroughly implemented features for sea transport, amphibious assaults, strategic bombing, industrial production, research and development, declarations of war, historical and random nation neutrality and allegiances as well as other political mechanisms.

New Screens: Hearts of Iron
Strategy First has sent us the new screens from, Hearts of Iron, a World War II game of Grand Strategic scope. The game map spans the entire world and allows players to take the war to any front they choose. Players will be able to play any nation in the world and take control of the epic struggle between the great alliances of the new world orders of Fascism, Communism and Democracy. Hearts of Iron was developed by the team behind Europa Universalis I & II. Hearts of Iron will arrive on November 12.

New Screens: GI Combat
We have new screens from the upcoming WWII strategy game, GI Combat Episode1: Battle of Normandy. G.I. Combat engulfs the dynamic conflicts of World War II and features a three-dimensional environment detail for terrain, armor penetration, vehicle movement, and weapon-fire. Players campaign American or German troops through tactical excursions of enemy artillery barrages, beach landings, snipers, bridge crossings, and loads of heavy tank fire. GI Combat will feature campaigns with dozen of historical and hypothetical scenarios beginning at D-Day, and carrying through Patton's lightening breakout from the Normandy Beachhead. GI Combat Episode 1: Battle of Normandy will ship to stores on October 29.

New Screens: Blitzkrieg
CDV Software sent us new screens from its World War II real time strategy, Blitzkrieg. The game is scheduled for release in the 4th quarter 2002. The player gets to play the great battles of World War II in 3 campaigns, taking the side of Germany, Russia or the Allied Forces. The game covers the historical facts and makes for a very realistic gameplay.

New Screens: War and Peace
We have new screens from the upcoming RTS title, War and Peace, under construction at E-Pie Entertainment and Microids. Players will be in charge of the entire strategy of their nations: politics, economy, diplomacy, army, tactics. Release date: late 2002.

PC Title Sniper pulled from Wal-Mart stores near DC
Gamespot is reporting that, Wal-Mart has decided to remove Xicat's Sniper: Path of Vengeance from stores in the Washington DC area, according to a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The decision was made in response to the ongoing series of attacks by an unidentified sniper that has resulted in the death of nine people since October 2. A Wal-Mart representative said that the game was pulled out of local sensitivity to the subject matter, and that the move doesn't reflect any link between the recent shootings and the game, which was released at the end of September.

Military News
Army Continues Support for Six Stryker Brigades
The U.S. Army continues to demonstrate its support for fielding six brigades of the new Stryker family of combat vehicles. Recent Army efforts have included a media roundtable and a vehicle-mobility demonstration, transcripts of which have been posted to the U.S. Army's public affairs website.

Also, in a speech to the Association of the U.S. Army yesterday, Gen. Eric Shinseki, chief of staff of the U.S. Army, said that the Army must have its full allotment of six Stryker brigades.

"We must see the Stryker fielded to provide soldiers the capabilities they've needed for the last 12 years," Shinseki said. "It's time and the right number is six."

The roundtable, hosted by the Army on Tuesday, October 15, discussed the operating characteristics and recent performance of the Army's new Stryker combat vehicles. The transcript of that event is now available on the Army public affairs website.

A Stryker mobility demonstration that was conducted at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, on Wednesday, Oct. 16. During that demonstration, four Stryker vehicles and infantry troops were flown to Andrews AFB aboard a C-130 cargo plane and a C-17, and within 8 minutes had deployed in a 'combat ready' mode. Witnesses at the event included Secretary of the Army Thomas E. White; Dr. Stephen A. Cambone, principal deputy under secretary of defense for Policy; Gen. Shinseki; and former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich.

Stryker combat vehicles are manufactured for the Army by the GM GDLS Defense Group, a joint venture of General Motors Corporation and General Dynamics Land Systems, under a $4 billion contract awarded to the companies in November 2000. The Army has said it intends to deploy six brigades of Strykers, or 2,133 vehicles, as part of its transformation to a lighter, more mobile, more lethal fighting force.

IFF for Astute Class Submarines
Raytheon Systems Limited (RSL) has been selected to supply Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) systems for the new Astute Class submarines. The contract has been awarded by EADS Defence Systems and Electronics (UK) Limited and is for three Successor IFF (SIFF) Naval Transponder Systems.

RSL is already the UK MoD's prime contractor for the overarching SIFF programme. The award for Astute now enables the company to further expand its SIFF capabilities within the UK's new submarine build programmes.

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