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WWII Battle Tanks: T-34 vs. Tiger Announced

IDDK and G5 Software announce WWII Battle Tanks: T-34 vs. Tiger, an upcoming WW2 tank sim. The first screenshots can be found on 3D Gamers, and here's the announcement:

IDDK ( www.games.iddk.ru ) and G5 Software ( www.g5software.com ) announce a new tank simulation to be set during the Second World War.

“WWII Battle Tanks: T-34 vs. Tiger” tells the story of the great triumph of the Soviet Army during the summer campaign of 1944. The Soviet Army had won the battle near Kursk, and since that day, German tank forces were retreating. “Operation Bagration” in 1944 was one of the most significant Russian campaigns during the struggle of Soviet and German tanks in Belorussia.

The player will be able to experience “Operation Bagration” in two playable campaigns – a Russian campaign and a German campaign, where he can take control over the Russian T-34 or, respectively, the German Tiger.

The player will be fighting in realistic locations, modeled after the Belorussian landscape of the early 20th century, recreated from hundreds of reference photos and maps. Additionally, the game will feature a realistic combat environment, including infantry, cars, armored personnel-carriers, artillery, aircraft.

The most detailed technical documents available were used to model realistic physics and tank behavior. To model realistic tank movements, the propulsion systems, transmissions and gear-ratios, tank masses, friction and suspensions were taken into consideration. For a realistic gunnery model, the mass of the shell, gravity, and the initial speed of the various ammunition types, as well as the various gunner's sights available, were taken into consideration.

Realistic effects, such as explosions, smoke, destruction of vehicles and buildings are modeled. Tanks (and other objects) can be shot or rammed, displaying different levels of damage. The player can observe the battlefield from both realistically modeled 3D or virtual stations, as well as from third person views and various camera angles.

Napalm Engine technology allows for stunning graphics effects, such as dynamic shadows, self shading, bump mapping, specular maps, glow and bloom effects. New technologies used make it possible to stretch the map-size to over 40 square kilometers and set up thousands of trees of the highest level of detail.

Key features:

    • Storyline based on the Soviet Army “Bagration” operation in Belorussia in 1944;
    • Large scale of available missions;
    • Realistic handling and physics;
    • Realistic locations depicting Belorussian landscape of the early 20th century;
    • Detailed animation of weapons, vehicles and infantry due to NAPALM Engine;
    • Realistic combat environments of that time period, including infantry, cars, artillery, aircraft, armored personnel-carriers;
    • Playable, detailed 3D crew stations for commander, driver and gunner;
    • Non-Linear Mission Structure;
    • Various external Views;
    • Realistic effects: explosions, smoke, destroyable units;
    • Both Internet and LAN Multiplayer Options;

“WWII Battle Tanks: T-34 vs. Tiger” is scheduled for release in Q1 of 2007 in Russia.

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7. Re: View Apr 25, 2006, 02:11 ShakyJake
 
Tigers have crap turn speed and were weak against late-war Soviet tanks. Look it up people.

The Tiger was purportedly quite a nimble machine for its size and tonnage, comparable to much smaller tanks. The transmission and steering system were apparently much easier to operate, if not completely reliable. It was also capable of pivoting in place, which many other tanks could not do. It wasn't a slow lumbering beast like it's usually made out to be.

And as for opponents, it positively butchered T-34's when it arrived on the battlefield. Soviet tanks got bigger, but then so did German armor. Soviet vehicles like the IS series may have eventually outclassed the Tiger, but by then there were other German tanks that made the original Tiger look like a kitten.

If the game is based on realistic performance, it might make for an interesting simulator. But it seems that as much as they throw "realistic" around in the pitch, it's mostly over physics, handling, etc, and not actual capability. Gameplay concessions may have been made.

 
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6. Re: View Apr 24, 2006, 23:26 Igor
 
Tigers have crap turn speed and were weak against late-war Soviet tanks. Look it up people.

 
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5. Re: View Apr 24, 2006, 19:59 MachineMk2
 
Russians are entitled to their pride. That's fine. These are games after all, not necessarily to be grounded in their reality. When it comes down to it, however, in a simulator, realism should be the goal at the expense of pride. That'd be a perfect world. But we'll see here...

I've been hoping for a grognard level WWII tank sim. I would have preferred a broader scope to it, but I'm interested in this.

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4. ..... Apr 24, 2006, 17:05 WarPig
 
They need to think of cooler titles.

 
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3. Re: View Apr 24, 2006, 14:06 killerpony
 
This wouldn't be that fun if it was too realisitc...

Who'd wanna die 12 times for 1 kill?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiger_I

An oft-quoted statistic for weapons systems is the kill ratio. Against the Soviet and western Allied production numbers, even a 10:1 kill ratio would not have been sufficient for the Tigers. Some Tiger units exceeded the 10:1 kill ratio, including 13. Kompanie/Panzer-Regiment Grossdeutschland (16.67:1), schwere SS-Panzer-Abteilung 103 (12.82:1) and schwere Panzer-Abteilung 502 (13.08:1).

 
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2. Re: View Apr 24, 2006, 11:19 Styopa
 
Russian software, ergo the T34 will kick everything's ass.

According to Russian software designers, the Dragunov is the most accurate rifle ever made, the T34 could sink battleships, and a lone cossack could probably have defeated the entire Nazi army and Napoleon combined. While drunk.

(Truth in Posting note: I'm American, and American games frequently suffer the same chauvinism: the Sherman kills Tigers at 500m, the P47 was the greatest ground-attack plane EVAR, and every WW2 US Army soldier is an uber-commando who can tear apart bunkers with his teeth. But I've never seen it quite as blatant as in Russian-origin games.)

 
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1. View Apr 24, 2006, 10:12 Nibs
 
Looks like all 3rd person view on this, wonder if there is a first person view from ontop of the tank ?

 
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