Matrix Games Announces a Relaunch and a New Contest for the Close Combat Series!

For Immediate Release

Arlington, VT, June 6 th, 2011– Matrix Games ( www.matrixgames.com), Slitherine ( www.slitherine.com) and Black Hand Studios are thrilled to announce that they are nearing completion of a new relaunch of the Close Combat series, representing countless hours of hard work from the developers and based on community feedback to greatly improve unit pathfinding, friendly and enemy artificial intelligence and more!  These new“2.0” releases address some of the most significant issues that have been on the wishlists of Close Combat fans since the original games were released. 

In addition to relaunching the Close Combat line with these improvements, everything that’s new will be available at no cost to customers who already own the Matrix Games Close Combat releases in the form of free mega-updates, which have been tested and hailed by many gamers in the community over the past few months.

These new versions mark a fantastic overall improvement to the gameplay of the Close Combat games and show the astonishing distance the series has come since its original form many years ago.  If you played Close Combat but haven’t tried the re-releases yet, this is the best time to get in on the action!

To mark the relaunch of the series, Matrix Games is also thrilled to announce the Hoffman’s Body Easter Egg Contest! For all the veteran Close Combat commanders out there who remember finding Hoffman’s body in the classic Close Combat games, we’ve placed Hoffman’s body somewhere on the battlefields of Close Combat– Last Stand Arnhem. The first person to find Hoffman’s body and send us an in-game screenshot of his location along with their serial key will win a free digital copy of any game in the Matrix Games or Slitherine store!

Relaunch and Mega Update Improvements (CC: Cross of Iron, CC: Wacht am Rhein, CC: The Longest Day)

    <*>Major improvements were made to the way vehicles and soldiers travel to way points and reach the end destination of both simple and highly complex, unhindered paths with a very high degree of success. <*>Soldier pathfinding was improved so that when soldiers fall behind (heavy weapon or momentarily lost) they plot their own path to successfully rejoin their team. <*>Vehicle driver and soldier decision making was improved to help them deal with unexpected obstacles (vehicle moving into their way , or wreck that was knocked out in the course of battle to block a path that was already determined), and get out of dead-end locations. <*>AI improvements were designed in concert with the re-designed pathfinder. <*>The "Bee Dance" of CC2 that was related to conflicts between the AI for the vehicle driver and the AI that tried to keep the team moving along the team's path that would result in a conflict about which portion of the AI to follow or "which way to go” is resolved. <*>Many other minor improvements were made and reported bugs were fixed.
 

CC: Last Stand Arnhem-only Relaunch and Mega Update Improvements

    <*>The mechanism for borrowing teams from the reserve battlegroup was redesigned. <*>The Grand Campaign was redesigned for improved play balance
 

Get more information on Close Combat - Cross of Iron, Close Combat– Last Stand Arnhem, and Close Combat– Wacht am Rhein, Close Combat– The Longest Day from their official product pages.

ABOUT SLITHERINE LTD. AND MATRIX GAMES LTD.

Slitherine Ltd. and Matrix Games Ltd. are the world’s leading video games producers and publishers of historical and strategy titles. Since 2000, both brands have published literally hundreds of games with many award-winning titles in their portfolio spanning all digital and console platforms. Slitherine is also involved with book publishing, and board gaming and work with a wide array of key licensing partners such as HISTORY™, MILITARY HISTORY™, Horrible Histories™, Showtime, BBC, Osprey, Scholastic, Casemate Publishing and many others to deliver the best blend of historical accuracy in an exciting and entertaining way. The two companies merged in May 2010 and formed the world’s largest organization specializing in this niche but important market sector. Slitherine’s mission over the coming years is to lead the way in innovation and growth in this expanding industry sector.

###

Box Art:

Box art and other art assets, including flat and 300+ dpi box images, are available from the Matrix Games/Slitherine Press Media Area“Media” section or by contacting press@matrixgames.com.    

Press Contact:

Sean Drummy

seand@matrixgames.com


Games PressGames Press is the leading online resource for games journalists. Used daily by magazines, newspapers, TV, radio, online media and retailers worldwide, it offers a vast, constantly updated archive of press releases and assets, and is the simplest and most cost-effective way for PR professionals to reach the widest possible audience. Registration for the site and the Games Press email digest is available, to the trade only, at www.gamespress.com.