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Close Combat: The Bloody First Next Month

Slitherine announces Close Combat: The Bloody First will storm the shores of Steam on October 3rd to offer the newest installment in this military strategy series. This game is based on the World War II accomplishments of the U.S. First Infantry Division, famously nicknamed "The Big Red One." This will include three full campaigns, 11 operations, and 36 battles that travel from North Africa to Sicily to the beaches of Normandy, rendered in 3D using "a completely new real-time strategy engine." They celebrate the news with a new trailer, and also point the way to not one, not two, but three let's play videos where YouTubers take on the beta. Here's more on the plan:

Close Combat: The Bloody First is not an ordinary RTS: the action is fast, but you can always pause the game and issue new orders to your troops. This will allow you to recreate complex historical actions; pin down enemy nests with machine guns, flank them with fast infantry, cover your advance with smoke barrages, target the vulnerable side armour of the German Panzers with armour piercing weapons, scout enemy positions and unleash artillery or mortar fire before they see you.

Beware of enemy fire: your troops are heroic US infantrymen but they will panic under enemy fire if caught in the open with no cover. Morale and pressure are deadly weapons.

Multiplayer at its best: despite the Close Combat saga is a classic from the 90s, thousands of gamers still play it for its unparalleled realism in multiplayer battles roday. The Bloody First keeps up with the tradition and adds a wide variety of new options.

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