ACHTUNG PANZER: Kharkov 1943 is a ground-breaking war game uniquely dedicated to the last great German victory in the east. Our carefully researched archival military records put you on that battlefield. Opposing commanders control battalion and near-brigade strength battle groups locked in a fight to the death. ACHTUNG PANZER: Kharkov 1943 in-game god-mode camera gives you the ability to zoom into close quarter combat action and observe individual unit combat result battle detail. The enemy is relentless. “Hold what you’ve got!” There will be no retreat. There will be no surrender.
Commanders may choose from two separate campaigns fought in the pivotal Kharkov sector of operations. Campaign one: Soviet Army operations of February 1943. Campaign two: Heer Wehrmacht operations of early March 1943. In addition, commanders may explore a number of training missions. The game is solidly rooted in the proven Graviteam engine. ACHTUNG PANZER: Kharkov 1943 throws you headfirst into the Eastern Front gristmill where Iron Crosses grow and Heroes of the Soviet Union fight. You will be totally immersed in graphic, bloody World War Two battles. Combat infantrymen, tanks & crewmembers have been accurately recreated and rendered in painstaking historical detail, including injury and battle damage. As you relive these historical battles, you will command combined arms forces on a large battlefield while engaging in pitched battle. Life, death, victory, or the shame of defeat hangs by the slender thread of your every decision. The battles for Kharkov in early 1943 altered Soviet and Wehrmacht tactics forever. You will become part of those swirling eventful days of trial by combat judgment.
Close Combat Series, Combat Missions Series
Large-Scale Battles Your Field Grade and Company level command skills will be tested. Two hundred and fifty (250) soldiers & officers await your orders. More than forty (40) types of combat and tactical vehicles will be maneuvering on the battle area at the same time. As in reality, your virtual tactical outcome will depend upon how skillfully you interact with your subordinate units and how well your battle plan survives trial by combat. Lay down suppressing fire and smoke ! Recon by fire and turn the enemy’s flanks. Hold him by the nose, kick him in the pants, and make him die for his country.
Balanced Game World An awesome mixture of realistic global factors such as topography, Line of Sight/Line of Fire, target acquisition systems, range to target, projectile velocity, kinetic & explosive penetrators, and the sheer magnitude of battle sector operations compose a near real-world tactical symphony. This game engine will tear you out of your cozy little room and thrust you into the bitterly cold winter war of 1943. Fight or die. In this respect, the ACHTUNG PANZER: Kharkov 1943 ambient game environment is superior to all other marketplace competitors of this genre known at this time. This is the definitive East Front time machine you have been searching for.
Fully Interactive Landscape Deformable terrain and destructible objects are the basis of in-game battlefield terraforming. During battles you can tear down, blow-up, and destroy everything from a small bush to an entire village. Beware, so can your enemy! This tactical battlefield destructive terraforming capability opens unprecedented operational battle area opportunities. Sculpt kill zones, funnel the enemy into your prepared muzzle-action fields of fire, and become the master of any battlefield topographical challenge. Make good ground serve you and use it to annihilate your enemy. Blow-up bridges and deny the enemy an opportunity to advance! Is the enemy well hidden? Recon by fire. Destroy everything around him. Burn him out. Flush him out. Turn his flanks. Send your forces into his rear areas and turn his best laid plans into route! You are in command of this highly realistic battlefield environment. Act decisively-- everything is possible!
Seeing is BelievingACHTUNG PANZER: Kharkov 1943 features an in-game Adaptive Scale god-Mode Cam which allows you to view the entire battlefield, a single combat vehicle, or even a single soldier. Do you have a favorite historical warrior? See him in virtual action. This gives you the opportunity to become a tactician with a capital T. You may even recline comfortably in your chair, relax, locate the enemy on the map, send sufficient forces his way, and watch your units defeat the enemy in detail. Alternately, you may lead from the front at the forward edge of the battle area and begin to discover how come Soviet and Wehrmacht battlefield tactics at the sharp end were forevermore changed by ACHTUNG PANZER: Kharkov 1943.
Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943 is scheduled for release on the 23th of February. A demo is set to be made available before the game's release.
6 scenarios taking place in 1943 during Kharkov Defense Operation
2 playable opposing forces: USSR army and Wehrmacht
Play as up to 250 soldiers and officers and up to 40 vehicles in each tactical battle
Detailed, destructible environments
87 unit types: infantry, artillery, support vehicles, battletanks and aviation units
More than 40 carefully reconstructed weapons and vehicles of WWII armies
2 control modes: turn-based strategic mode and real-time tactic mode
Realistic ballistics, including various shell characteristics based on ammunition-type, will bring you a lot of joy while battling the enemy. All rounds and shells follow their realistic trajectories, with their correct ranges and respective shell properties considered. There's also simulated flight of tube-launched mortar shells and grenades. At the end of each mission, you can check out detailed statistics that show you exactly what type of ammunition did what.
Damaged subsystems technology. The game models damage to various vehicle subsystems, such as engine, suspension, optics, as well as damage to the crew inside those vehicles (shell-shock, injuries, death). If you damage such subsystem, its behavior is changed. For example, if you damage the engine or a track, the vehicle stops moving. Damaged weapons stop firing, hitting a fuel tank or stored ammunitions might set the vehicle on fire, damaged optics make it difficult to fire accurately. Wounded or dead crew members prevent a vehicle from operating effectively.
Dynamic lighting and time-of-day changes. To have the virtual world mimic the real one even more, the use of dynamic lighting allows you to play any mission during day or night settings. A mission at night does not take place in complete darkness: vehicles shine their headlights; flares and the glow of burning objects illuminate the game world. Weapons fired display tracers, the flash of explosions momentarily lights up the surrounding terrain.
Many vehicle types. To immerse the player into the wartime feeling of 1943, the vehicles available on the battlefield during that time were painstakingly recreated. Objects include tanks, cannons, mortars, aircraft and troops transports. Each vehicle has its own characteristics, accurately reflecting its real-world counterpart of that time. To effectively win a battle, the player has to employ the vehicles at his disposal with great care.
Strategic Order. The player chooses the direction of an attack (or retreat) of his units on a map representing the battlefield. You to maneuver your units closer to your goal and select the most suitable strategy for an attack or for setting up defences, surrounding the enemy while at the same time prevent from getting surrounded by him. Changing your strategies allows you to play missions over and over again, avoiding the mistakes of previous battles. The game offers unlimited gameplay to help improve tactical skill on all levels.
Adjustable difficulty levels. The game features a system of varying difficulty levels, customizing itself to the player. This is achieved by considering how the player manages his units from mission to mission, gradually increasing the difficulty level, introducing new vehicle types and more complex missions as the game progresses. The greater your success, the stronger your opponents will become, improving their defenses and counterattacks. The enemy does not sleep!
Unit characters. Every soldier in the game has its own personality characteristics, such as experience, morale, fatigue and so forth, affecting how he performs during battle. For example, recruits without much experience will panic and disengage when only under small calibre fire, air raids and mortar fire will prevent more experienced gunners from shooting effectively, and only the most experienced soldiers are able to defend their positions to the bitter end, slowing down the opponents, thus gaining valuable minutes.
Maps representing the battlefields of that time are based on historical references, such as photos and video materials. The player is offered total freedom of movement, unrestricted by mountains, forests or other obstacles, allowing him to choose his own way and tactics to successfully conquer the enemy,