Axis & Allies: RTS Announced

Atari and TimeGate Studios unveil a real-time strategy game based on the classic WWII board game.

TimeGate Studios has confirmed that it is working on Axis & Allies: RTS, a new WWII strategy game. Axis & Allies: RTS will put you in control of the military and economic power of one of five nations: the US, England, Germany, Soviet Union, or Japan. The game is designed to not only re-create intense battles but also to give you the chance to alter the course of the major campaigns of World War II. You will be confronted with strategic and tactical choices similar to those that the leaders of the time must have faced.

"We are thrilled to extend our relationship with TimeGate Studios to develop a new interactive Axis & Allies experience," said Nancy MacIntyre, vice president of marketing at Atari's Beverly studio. "Axis & Allies: RTS will give gamers and World War II enthusiasts a chance to change the course of history as they haven't been able to previously."

"We are very excited to be working on this project with one of the leading publishers in the industry," said Adel Chaveleh, president of TimeGate Studios. "We have been fans and players of the Axis & Allies franchise for years, and our commitment to innovation combined with the popularity of the brand is a definite recipe for a killer title."

The game will feature gameplay elements that blend large-scale strategy with real-time tactics. You can get involved in the details of organizing units and working with generals and leaders, then command land, sea, and air units in real time. The outcome of battles will depend in part on supply lines and will determine dynamic front lines. Axis & Allies will have an online multiplayer element and a random scenario generator. Axis & Allies: RTS is in development at TimeGate Studios, the creator of Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns. It's scheduled for 2004.

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