Destraex wrote:General Desaix where is this list of games and content Eugen is doing over the next few years. I am interested in whether their are plans to expand SD44 to the eastern, italian, african and pacific fronts?
You should ask MadMat not me, I Was not talking about Eugen, but about the whole market of coming PC games, nothing about new tactical napoleonic games.
And let me disagree about what you wrote about Total War. It offers amazing modding capabilities and if you take time to install my HB historical battle series for NTW you will understand that engine is still the best immersive experience and with some house rules you can have a decent recreation of a napoleonic battlefield with hidden movements, delays, reinforcements. You don't need to move 200k models to recreate a realistic napoleonic battle, scaling down dimension still works fine. The main problem is that TW engine is old, created for fast generic battle working from mega blob barbarian melees to musket warfare, and above all developed on the shoulder of an existing engine with all the cons this means. Anything longer than 40 minutes and with 4 or more players ends up regularly with crashes or desync. No way to reconnect, no way to save battle, no way to assign ungoverned units to players, ridicolous AI not able to mantain a brigade line.
That's why I regard to Eugen engine as a good canditate for a napoleonic warfare simulation, but of course it would need a complete revision to tactical mechanics that would probably result in a big investment of money compared for example to the low (releative) investment needed to make other WWII theatres like Russia or North Africa. For example WWII does not require any AI at formation level, but napoleonic warfare did require a coherency of units belonging to the same regiment, to the same brigade, to the same division and so on. It's not trivial unless you aim to do a direct control of each single unit like total war.
@MadMat: Touching painting there. I live not far from Marengo so I know that battlefield quite well.