Battlestations: Pacific Preview - The Invasion of Port Morseby

The strategic point known as Port Moresby was not invaded in World War II. Battlestations: Pacific will pose the question: What if it had been?

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2007's Battlestations: Midway was a unique hybrid game that combined elements of strategy with vehicle-based action. The game let you play through major battles of World War II's Pacific theater either as a strategic commander or as a pilot or sea captain of an individual fighter plane, battleship, or submarine and take part in some of World War II's most epic sea battles. The follow-up, Battlestations: Pacific, will offer the same sort of hybrid action-strategy gameplay with even more explosive, in-depth missions, documenting more of the conflicts in the air-sea slugfest between Allied and Japanese forces, who struggled for control of the various islands of the Pacific Rim. Like its predecessor, the game will reenact several famous historical battles and even explore theoretical conflicts that never happened.

For instance, one of the new game's missions will be focused around Port Moresby, the present-day capital city of Papua New Guinea, and, at the time of the war, the location of a strategically located Allied communications base. Since this base was potentially the last line of defense for Australia against a Japanese onslaught, it was planned as an invasion target by the Imperial Japanese Navy. As it turns out, the losses that the Japanese forces sustained as a result of their Pyrrhic victory at the Battle of the Coral Sea prevented the nation from pursuing Port Moresby as an active target. Instead, the action shifted away from New Guinea toward Midway Atoll, between Tokyo and Honolulu, as Japanese forces turned their attention to Alaska. (And of course, after the war, the two territories of Papua and German New Guinea were united as the single nation of Papua New Guinea.)

Expect to see plenty more battleships getting sunk and fighter planes going down in flames.

Battlestations: Pacific will offer a fictional invasion of Port Moresby as one of its missions--a mission that will involve some pretty heavy-duty land and sea combat. The level will put you on the side of the Imperial Japanese Navy, in command of the following: the heavy cruiser Kako, a Mitsubishi F1M observation seaplane (known by Allied forces simply as "Pete"), a squadron of Zero fighter planes, a pair of destroyers, and a fleet of transport ships carrying Japanese infantry to take the island itself.

As it turns out, one of Battlestations: Pacific's new gameplay features is "island capture." This new feature will let you attack occupied islands, conquer them, and claim them as your own, and for this purpose, you'll be able to deploy marines by way of assault boats.

The primary objectives of this particular mission will be to first capture and hold the radar center, since cutting communication ties between Australia and Allied forces was the actual primary objective of the Imperial Japanese Navy. Once you've taken the radar center, you'll then be required to capture and hold the Port Moresby airfield, provide support for an additional task force with your own fighters and ships, and eventually destroy the port itself. As it turns out, the game will also toss additional sub-missions into this particular mission at random--these additional objectives will add new challenges and will also help you pursue a higher battle score.

Battlestations: Pacific will look to build on the foundations of air and naval combat laid down by Battlestations: Midway. The game is scheduled for release in April.

Discussion

33 comments
aditganteng
aditganteng

great.!!!!!....i must have this one in my PC!!!

qweasd54
qweasd54

awesome! a must buy for midway fans :)

arnovm
arnovm

I enjoyed Battlestations: Midway, this sure will be a hit and part of my collection!

Mr_Manikin52
Mr_Manikin52

How about adding a fictional invasion of the Hawaiian Islands?

Derek_3
Derek_3

This game looks amazing, i still wish that there was a game like battlefield vietnam because that was one of the best atmospheric games of all time with the amazing soundtrack and gameplay but I'm sure this game will be good enough to play for days.

sportwarrior
sportwarrior

Loved the first one. I really hope this one gets some more publicity and a larger online community. The first one was a blast to play online.

bark00000
bark00000

I was going to say that the whole WW2 genre should just lay down and die, but on the other hand I also want to say that the naval combat simulator genre should really start pumping out some new games... I just hope this one is better than Midway or at least as good!

Tacoman001
Tacoman001

Ironic that when the Japanese came across the Kokoda track that it was the Aussies who defeated them and then pushed them all the way back to the other side. Australia. First land army to inflict defeat against the Imperial Japan's ground forces.

gio88
gio88

looks promising :)

prince_2009
prince_2009

World War 2 in Pacific is very niecthinks.

TheReaper180
TheReaper180

I honestly think that the whole World War 2 deal should die out, but Battlestations was a damn good game. It's not often you find such an addictive and effective naval game.

bishopphoto
bishopphoto

this looks alright. nothing too great. another semi factual, semi fictual war game. i would rather play c and c probably

dark_sith_
dark_sith_

Promising game indeed. It is especially refreshing that we are not limited to playing only Allies, but now it is possible to see other side of the story. I just hope they don't oversimplify the strategy on account of game being a hybrid. Can't wait to try out the Yamato. Here I come Nihon Kaigun!

hvypetals
hvypetals

Not sure why you think people dont recognize the "other" allies in the south pacific during WWII. The chindits for instance, or the gurkhas. Every historian I know looks to learn the things they dont know. It was a world war after all. The US had a huge presance but nobody is willingly forgetting any of the brave nations who fought and died in WWII. Thank your countrymen for me in spirit.

andromedagalaxe
andromedagalaxe

Haha! 1812, when we marched in and burned down half your country, including the White House. Hmm, wonder who won that war? Certainly not the failed British empire. Enjoy your tea and crumpets, ladies

ukBloodhunter
ukBloodhunter

calm down ladies might consider getting this, got some psare money atm :D

renknram
renknram

The Armchair Admiral! awaits in anticipation! this game is gonna be amazing, really enjoyed Midway since launch day.... & its refreshing to know all the new modes and units in this sequel is imperative for my tactical, strategical intellect... ps looking foward to the night mission, & when I heard that shells will ripple the water, thunder and lightning effects, & flash off guns in the background..... to me thats like a kid in the candy store.... Roll On April.........

spitfire_MK_IX
spitfire_MK_IX

no the british relly did burn the orignal 13 states to the ground as pay back that is why you have very few historic bulidings

PS3_3DO
PS3_3DO

RibMan the british didn't burn down half our country. Get you facts straight. The british ran away fast because we kicked their ass the first time. Hahaa

RibMan
RibMan

Haha! 1812, when we marched in and burned down half your country, including the White House.

Angre_Leperkan
Angre_Leperkan

Um. The Japanese invaded the Aleutian Islands, marking the first time since The War of 1812 that we were invaded on home soil. I wouldn't really consider an invasion of US territory a diversion, and I wouldn't call it "the only attention". They held those islands for a good amount of time.

brok
brok

The only 'attention' turned towards Alaska was as a diversion to help with the midway attack, and Coral Sea only stopped Japanese plans for a NAVAL attack on Moresby. They still tried to attack it long afterwards over the Kokoda track, but of course nobody knows or cares about that because the Allies there weren't Americans, right? Honestly if you can't play as the ANZACS in this game I'm gonna be mad. NOBODY seems to know how much we featured there, they think it was all the US and know nothing of the Brits in Burma. For pete's sake Papua was right on our DOORSTEP!

Wings_008
Wings_008

i hope there will be some historical Royal navy missions like saving the HMS repulse or USS indianapolis but this looks cool

__MuLder__
__MuLder__

Midway was great. Pacific is looking to be much better!

sergio_afonso
sergio_afonso

I dream about a game that would be a merge between "Battlestations" and "Total War"!!

wh1te_m4trix
wh1te_m4trix

I'm really looking forward to this, loved Midway and this improves a lot over it.

jjjosh
jjjosh

I'm not a big fan of strategy games but this looks incredible. I like the idea of being able to take over and control units in the first-person, I'm definitely going to pick this up.

gijas
gijas

Pacific's new gameplay features is "island capture." This is the feature that I'm looking forward to.

m1rock
m1rock

The ammount of detail going into this game is amazing. As a big fan of the origional and WWII games in general I am really looking forward to getting this.