Today it's our very own seraph, ET FLAVIUS's Birthday Let's hope he enjoys his day and gets lots of computer related goodies! Although not as importnat as CH's birthday I thought he deserved a mention anyhow
ET suggested I ought to throw together a desktop for Cossacks II using some of the materials we currently have. I've had it uploaded to the downloads section so if you fancy booting up your PC to the worlds best upcoming game take a look at it HERE. It's designed for 1024x768 resolution so sorry to those with larger desktops (Like myself!) you will have to center it
Total Video Games recently had an interview with Oleg Yavorsky, GSC's PR manager. The interview contains a number of surprises such as that GSC is even going to extreme detail with unique regiments for countries such as the imperial guard for France. The interview also unveils more about the games engine and how it is primarily 2D. As the clip explains below this is mainly due to hardware not currently being at a high enough level to cope with GSC's requirements for their epic titles.
"One little bone of contention was the fact that the game is still 2D and not 3D but this was explained and will remain the same. The team believed that 3D technologies have not yet attained the level acceptable for creation of massive combat strategies in the graphical quality appropriate. The advantages of shifting to 3D in strategies are rather doubtful too, as they often serve more to complicate the game, rather than make it greater fun to play (map rotating, for instance). That's why GCS preferred to stick to good old 2D. Nevertheless, the new engine created for Cossacks II uses 3D-accelerators and will support a full range of spectacular effects (explosions, for example), provide a rich colour palette and so on. Some game units will probably be in 3D too."
As usual the interview is an extremely good read and anyone wishing to see the finer points of the Cossacks II specification should read it
In complete appreciation of Baddog's and Stefan's work on MOD1 I unveil our MOD1 pages. They not only include lists of features but screenshots and renders of the new units. To visit it click HERE Sorry for this taking so long the pages were done over a month ago but we have had problems with our nav bar and other stuff!
Gamespot today have an update on Cossacks II including 4 more gorgeous screenshots
The update includes confirmation that 4 nations have been dropped from the game and that indeed only 6 nations (France, Britain, Austria, Russia, Prussia, and Egypt) will be shipped. It also mentions how the focus will be purely on the 1800's and will feature the huge epic scale battles of the period allowing players to ahve up to 64,000 units!
However what sounds best is the fact that single player historical battles are to be included This is due to the newly developed AI with improved pathfinding and formation tactics.
All the all the update sounds awesome and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of the game. To read the whole article click HERE
It appears that CDV have two version of box art depending on your country. Germany has had this box art HERE whereas Britain will be receiving this box art HERE. There has been speculation that the idea is is that it is "patriotic" to your home country ie. US has Soldiers in blue, UK has soldiers in red. Thanks to Wellington111 for sending me a link to the box arts for American Conquest.