Soldier, how is the weather at the front?
Versatile effects deliver realistic changes in weather in "Codename:
Panzers -- Cold War"
*Darmstadt**, January 31st 2008* -- In a detailed war simulation it is
important to create realistic weather transitions which in turn have a
realistic effect on gameplay and visual effects. The new graphics system
provided by the brand new Gepard3 Engine allowed developer Stormregion
to create a large variety of different surfaces such as, for example,
reflecting puddles which disappear over time, vehicles which become wet
with rain or glistening sheets of ice. This creates a completely
realistic weather system which directly affects play through decreased
visibility, changing movement speeds or changed weapons ranges, to name
but a few examples.
"Codename: Panzers -- Cold War" will be released for the PC in March 2008.
During the Cold War conflict, a period in which the differences of
opinion between the Allied occupying forces and the Soviet Union become
ever sharper, an airplane accident occurs over Tempelhof Airport during
the Berlin Blockade, with grave consequences. The tragic collision of an
American airplane carrying relief goods with a Russian fighter plane
costs not only the lives of both crews, but also overstretches the
already tense relations between the occupying forces. Under the command
of the merciless Stalin, the Red Army has undergone a tremendous
expansion at the end of the Second World War and has more-or-less been
waiting for the right time to extend their territory to the West by
attacking the NATO.
*About 10TACLE STUDIOS AG:*
Listed in the General Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, 10TACLE
STUDIOS AG (WKN: TACL10, ISIN DE000TACL107) is one of Europe's leading
independent developers and producers of high-end computer and video
games. 10TACLE STUDIOS AG produces top-quality products that meet
international development standards, and its product portfolio covers
all relevant, high-growth segments in the games market. Currently,
around 440 employees work for the Company at its headquarters in
Darmstadt and the development sites in Berlin, Darmstadt, Duisburg,
Hanover Bratislava, Budapest, Charleroi, London, Singapore and Vienna.
10TACLE STUDIOS AG's revenue increased in the first six month of 2007 to
EUR19.4 million EUR (first six months 2006: EUR12.71 million EUR).
During the same period, EBIT increased sharply to EUR3.37 million EUR
(previous year: EUR2.3 million EUR).
*About Stormregion Software Development Kft.:*
Stormregion Software Development Kft., a 10TACLE STUDIOS AG subsidiary,
is one of the leading software developers in Hungary and is specialized
in developing 3D realtime strategy games for the PC. Stormregion became
famous around the global gaming world in 2004 with the development and
release of its multi-award-winning realtime strategy game "Codename
Panzers". The "Codename Panzers" game series has sold millions of copies
worldwide. The GEPARD3 engine is the Hungarian game factory's homegrown
development tool. This technology has been developed further for the
latest wave of next-generation games so that it can also be used by
other development studios in the 10TACLE STUDIOS AG family. Stormregion
has been designated as one of the first officially-licensed developers
for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in Hungary, and employs more than 100
people, who are working on current projects.
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