By Tim Stone on July 10th, 2010 at 2:26 pm.
If you’ve got a 50-ton M60A1 Patton tank parked on your drive, Ukrainian developers Graviteam
would like to talk to you. The team responsible for the best WW2 tank sim since Panzer Elite and finest WW2 tactical wargame since Combat Mission: Afrika Korps have just put out a request on the SimHQ forums for detailed interior pictures. It seems the lads and lasses from Kharkov are in the process of building us a post-Panzer, pre-Abrams armour sim.
The precise setting for this caterpillared clashathon will be disclosed at a later date, but mention of T-62s and M60A1s means wild speculation is possible nay obligatory. In 1973 these two trundlers met on the rocky slopes of the Golan Heights and the burning sands of the Sinai Desert. Would Graviteam dare to explore subject-matter as unfashionable/controversial as the Arab-Israeli Yom Kippur War? Going by past form, yes. In 2004 a good portion of the studio worked on Balkans On Fire (or Iron Warriors as it was later known), a tank sim set against the murky backdrop of disintegrating Yugoslavia.
Other possible settings include the commercially-suicidal Iran-Iraq War, and the we-intend-to-be-in-business-this-time-next-year 1991 Gulf War. Whatever the venue, the high likelihood of vast battlefields, realistic ballistics, solid AI, and lots of tense hill-cresting, means I’ll be all over this like Zimmerit come launch day.
As there are no screenshots or vids yet, here, courtesy of stalwart tank simmer Xambrium, are some T-64s bimbling around in Achtung Panzer.