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Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943 [PC]

Continuing with a release of fresh new assets from the Paradox Interactive Convention, today Paradox Interactive, along with Snowball Studios have released a new developer interview and screenshots from the upcoming war title, Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943. The title, which takes place during the Kharkov Defense Operation of 1943, will enable players to play as either German or Russian forces in an ultra-realistic recreation of one of the fiercest battles to take place during World War II.

Sergei Klimov, Producer of the title at Snowball, explains how Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943 is “… a game for connoisseurs of the war-game genre…” with a focus on realism in battles, intensive tactical and strategic game-play, destructible environments and more.

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“The team that developed the game,” Klimov notes, “…did tank-simulation software for the Ukrainian Army, so these are people who do things very accurately, completely, and specifically how it works in real life. So for those who understand the war-game genre… you can trust the developer that they’ve re-created the real thing.”

Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943 Features:

  • 6 scenarios taking place in 1943 during Kharkov Defense Operation
  • 2 playable opposing forces: USSR army and Wehrmacht
  • Play as up to 250 soldiers and officers and up to 40 vehicles in each tactical battle
  • Extremely detailed, destructible environments
  • 87 unit types: infantry, artillery, support vehicles, battletanks and aviation units
  • More than 40 carefully reconstructed weapons and vehicles of WWII armies
  • 2 control modes: turn-based strategic mode and real-time tactic mode

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Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943 is scheduled for release on February 23rd. A demo is set to be made available before the game’s release.

An interview with Sergei Klimov

In this interview from the Paradox Interactive Convention 2010, Producer Sergei Klimov describes why Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943 will appeal to strategy, war, and tank fans.

  • Great replayability and flexible AI behaviour: smart AI analyses tactical movements of player and chooses the best strategy based on opponents behaviour rather than follows scripts. It allows to play the same scenarios using different tactics as though playing with human player.
  • Painstaking landscape reconstruction of Kharkov region in scope and size
  • Thorough recreation of weapons, artillery and vehicles: all battle characteristics including missile trajectories or number of crew were modelled according to military archive materials and WW2 chronicles.
  • Dynamic change of day & night and weather effects, affecting combat terrain passableness, visibility on the battlefield, disguise abilities of all forces etc.
  • Destructible environment: blast and destroy almost everything, from ground terrain to houses and enemy defences. All traces of previous battles (shell-holes, broken vehicles, corpses, etc.) are left on the battlefield till the end of the scenario.
  • Real ballistics: bullets and projectiles follow authentic trajectories. Proper shot longitude, number of frags and their range are calculated.
  • Real vehicle damage system: engine, suspension, weapons, aiming appliances can all be damaged separately, affecting the combat abilities of the vehicle.
  • Real soldiers’ behaviour: every soldier has some basic parameters such as experience level, fatigue and moral, affecting his behaviour and effectiveness
  • Military Encyclopaedia with 3D model viewer and detailed data on all units, describing their historical and in-game characteristics.
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