Sudden Strike debuts on the Mac in 2017
Honestly, when the press release for Sudden Strike 4 used the phrase “beloved real time strategy series,” I was thinking, “Beloved by whom?” I’ve never heard of it, and I’m pretty knowledgable about Mac games.
Of course, that’s the thing. The original Sudden Strike was released for the PC in 2000. The latest in the series—Sudden Strike: The Last Stand—arrived for the PC in 2010, with nothing but PC in between. Only now, with the announcement of Kalypso Media and Kite Games’ Sudden Strike 4, will Mac and Linux gamers get their hands on this World War II themed “beloved real time strategy series.”
Developed as a full-fledged series entry and not a remake or reboot, Sudden Strike 4 sends you off on three extensive campaigns set amongst the battlefields of World War II. Commanding the British and American, German or Soviet troops, you will lead over 100 different units into battle, including the German bomber Heinkel He111, the Russian T-34 tank, the British Hawker Typhoon fighter plane and the notorious German Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger. In a first for the Sudden Strike series, you can now choose from one of nine individual commanders, such as George Patton or Bernard Montgomery, who will each allow for different approaches to combat and boast unique abilities.
That paragraph from the press release should exactly at whom this game is aimed. If you know what the Heinkel He111 and Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger are and who Bernard Montgomery is, Sudden Strike 4 should be on your radar. The game will ask you to prove your tactical expertise in over 20 demanding single player scenarios, the challenge-focused skirmish mode, and (of course) a multiplayer mode. Rewards are offered for “clever and tactical play,” included bonus content such as historical film footage of the era. Like this:
Sudden Strike 4 will off history and war buffs:
- realistic real-time strategy gameplay with tactical depth and a historical setting,
- three campaigns with over 20 missions to test your tactical skills and experience the fury of significant WWII battles,
- combat on the battlegrounds of the biggest military conflict in history,
- and more than 100 authentic units – including the Königstiger tank, the Katyusha rocket launcher and the Hawker Typhoon fighter plane.
PC gamers will also get modding support with Steam Workshop integration. We won’t, because I guess Mac and Linux gamers don’t rank high enough.
Sudden Strike 4 can be pre-purchased on Steam for $42.49 after a 15% discount, and will unlock:
- An exclusive skirmish map: The Battle for Kursk (one of the biggest tank battles of World War II)
- A digital copy of the official soundtrack recorded by the Hungarian Studio Orchestra
- The Official Digital Art Book featuring the game’s artwork, including the work of Simon Robert, best known for his work on the hit TV series Game of Thrones
Then, you’ll just need to wait until it’s released in Q2 2017.