German publisher CDV recently visited the GameSpot offices to show its upcoming real-time strategy game, Sudden Strike. The single-player campaigns let you take command of Russian, German, French, American, or British forces. You can lead each side from the beginning of the war to victory, except when playing as the Germans, whose campaign has been cut off at 1942. The units and scenarios have been crafted with careful attention to realism - the 2D graphics are highly detailed, and feature impressive explosions and fluid unit animations.
In terms of gameplay, Sudden Strike appears reminiscent to Atomic Games' Close Combat series of wargames. Sudden Strike rewards careful tactics and planning, yet shows a strong influence from mainstream real-time strategy games in its interface and fast pacing. Each map can include up to 1000 units at a time - this strategic level allows for some epic scenarios, such as a re-creation of one part of the D-Day landing. Multiplayer competition will also be a major part of the game, and will support up to 12 players and four teams.
CDV is said to be in talks with Bethesda to publish the game in the US. The German version was recently completed, and the US localization is well underway. Sudden Strike should ship to US stores in late October.