June 29, 2012
Combat Mission: Fortress Italy Announced
Yesterday Combat Mission developers Battlefront.com announced the next installment in their Combat Mission series, Combat Mission: Fortress Italy. The newest to use the CMx2 engine, the game introduces several really damn cool features fan have been clamoring for. Most of these new features are small little things that actually have a sizable impact, but the best part is simply that Battlefront.com listened to its community and decided to add popularly requested features.
As another benefit, all these features are going to make their way back into Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy, albeit as a paid upgrade. While I moderately understand the idea of paying for your old game on the brand new version of the engine, it seems a little insane to think about shelling out money for what is essentially a large patch, even more so when it doesn’t add a whole lot of content beyond some new orders and tweaks to the way the game plays. But they also have yet to announce a price, so if it’s something paltry like $2 it won’t be a problem. Sadly, knowing the “niche grognard strategy genre,” they can price whatever they want and people will buy it regardless. CM:BN launched at $60 and is still $55 (currently on sale for $45).
Thankfully the Combat Mission games have always been of high quality, so regardless of any pricing patch/DLC issues, Fortress Italy looks fantastic already.