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A Look Sea: Arctic Circle Detailed, Video

You'll use aircraft for scouting, I reckon. It's plane to see.

Paradox has officially announced Naval War: Arctic Circle, the contemporary and atmospheric wargame I saw and briefly mentioned in my Preview Blowout following the Paradox Convention in New York last month. We’ve got hot’n’fresh details, another screenshot and a developer interview video after the jump. Won’t you join me for a little “naval” gazing? Aha, ha.

Man. I just realised I failed to give the Ship Simulator Extremes impressions I wrote five months ago the headline of “Water Shame”. Never mind. I’ll make up by giving the Wot I Think of this the headline of “You Thunk My Battleship”.

Here are the features list and the press release.

About Naval War: Arctic Circle:
Naval War: Arctic Circle is a first in a series of Real Time Strategy (RTS) games where the player battle enemy naval and aerial forces questing for power and ultimate world domination. The game play takes place along the Norwegian and British coast, through Iceland and Greenland all the way to the North Americas and the North West Passage. In the Naval War game series the player will, in addition to the game campaigns, be able to play in skirmish, LAN and on-line modes, controlling a selected fraction from the original campaigns. In Arctic Circle, the fractions includes the United States, the Russian federation, the Nordic countries and NATO. Ultimately, Naval War: Arctic Circle tells a story about a power struggle for control of the world’s resources and supply lines in the Polar Regions.

Features:
– Two campaign modes, telling a narrative from Russian and NATO sides
– On-line play through LAN as well as over the Internet
– Enormous area of game play space, with over 35 million square km of open sea and coast line
– Extreme long range guided and self-guided weaponry; if you can detect the enemy, it will be possible to strike
– Vertical game play, from orbit aerial units to the bottom of the ocean floor through a seamless zoom-able map of the entire North Atlantic Ocean
– Detection and evasion focus with realistic sensory measures and countermeasures yielding a strategic game experience based on stealth rater than head on tactical battle
– Great detail in unit management with fewer but more powerful units making selection and management more distinguishable and less cluttered with an unparalleled level of individual detail
– Realistic weather model, with real world implications for tactical and strategic deployment of resources at hand
– Real world units, with all major powers.

Yeah! Sounds excellently unique, doesn’t it? And here’s the video.

I wonder if they named the game what they did because this guy already owned a t-shirt that had “Naval War: Arctic Circle” on it. That would make sense to me.

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