|Sudden Strike series|
|Genres||PC real-time tactics (RTT)|
|Publishers||Cdv Software Entertainment, ZOOM-Platform.com|
The Sudden Strike series is a collection of real-time tactics (RTT) computer games set in World War II. The series is developed by Fireglow based in Russia and published by CDV software of Germany and has since been re-published by ZOOM-Platform.com. The player selects a faction (e.g. Soviets, Germans, or Allied forces) and gains control of many varied units such as infantry, tanks and artillery. The games focus primarily on tactics, eschewing traditional real-time strategy resource gathering and base development.
The original Sudden Strike, released in 2000, included three campaigns (Soviets, Germans, and Allied forces). The battles are presented in an isometric perspective with line-of-sight occlusions and practical cover. Sudden Strike helped pioneer the real-time tactics genre, building upon concepts established by Counter Action for DOS, which was published by Mindscape in 1996.
Sudden Strike 2
Sudden Strike 2 was also developed by Russian developer Fireglow and published by CDV and was released in 2002. The game has since undergone minor changes in its game engine and now features a higher resolution setting and other graphical changes. The campaign still involves the Soviets and Allies, against the Germans and a new country, Japan.
Sudden Strike 3: Arms for Victory
Sudden Strike 3 is the third title in the series and the first to incorporate a 3D graphics engine.
Sudden Strike: The Last Stand
It was released in June 2010. It is a sequel to Sudden Strike 3 which brings back a few features from Sudden Strike 2. The user interface is reworked in order to make it easier for player to control units and realize their tactics in the game.
Sudden Strike 4
The game was announced in August 2016 and is set to be released in the second quarter of 2017. It is currently developed by Kite Games and is set to be published by Kalypso Media for PlayStation 4 and PC. While the developers hope to remain true to the spirit of other games in the series, new skill trees and commander roles will be introduced as features.
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