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We have already shown you strategy (Task Force Admiral), naval combat (Sea Power), tactics (Second Front).  It is now time to unveil another piece of the MicroProse lineup, FPS.

MicroProse signed a publishing deal with Drakeling Labs for their titles: Operation Harsh Doorstop and Warfare 1944, two very different upcoming FPS games. These two titles will not be the only FTP genre in our catalogue; we have several new titles developed in our own and third-party studios which we will announce in due course.

 

Interviews are available, or if would like access to code email me: frazer@fncpr.co.uk

 

Enough with the official stuff, let’s get to the games!

 

Materials available by Wetransfer zip files for both: Materials Links

 

Frazer Nash

 

Warfare 1944: Drakeling Labs

Warfare 1944 is a WWII stylized tactical shooter, which we are pleased to announce will launch in Early Access on Steam on the 7th of July. Warfare 1944 has been developed using the OHDCore framework for Unreal Engine 4.

In Warfare 1944, you fight on the frontlines of WWII, where you engage in large open environments with a variety of weapons and equipment during the pinnacle of WWII. Make smart decisions and lead your team to victory.

Warfare 1944 focuses on tactical gameplay. Bullets are deadly; one shot can kill. Team communication is essential, and Warfare 1944 features robust proximity voice communication which allows you to communicate with your fellow soldiers alongside you.

Wield a wide variety of weapons and equipment while you attempt to survive the chaos of war. Rally your friends to your team, and fight in massive battles across vast open landscapes. Keep your wits, and defeat your enemies. Warfare is unforgiving.

 

Steam Link

Operation: Harsh Doorstop Developer: Drakeling Labs

Operation: Harsh Doorstop is a free community project devoid of micro-transactions, paid downloadable content, or loot box mechanics. Deploy to eastern Afghanistan into a fictionalized conflict between Soviet and NATO forces during the summer of 1991.

Experience large-scale tactical warfare in Operation: Harsh Doorstop. Communicate with your team and emerge victorious in this brutally realistic competitive multiplayer title.

Utilise a wide variety of weapons and equipment to achieve dynamically changing objectives.

Operation: Harsh Doorstop is a love letter to the tactical gaming genre, built by a passionate community of developers and gamers alike … with no price tag. Support the Operation: Harsh Doorstop project and help bring tactical gaming to the masses.  Operation: Harsh Doorstop has been developed using the OHDCore framework for Unreal Engine 4.

 

Steam Link 

 

Materials available by Wetransfer zip files for both: Materials Links

LUMBERJACK’S DYNASTY – NEW GAMEPLAY VIDEO SHOWS NEW FEATURES
Good afternoon,
Today, publisher Toplitz Productions presents a new gameplay trailer for its forestry business and life simulation game — Lumberjack’s Dynasty. Recently released on Early Access (PC), the game introduces players to a more outdoorsy lifestyle, where they’ll work to take their family’s lumber business from almost defunct to a dominant dynasty.

Today’s new trailer showcases three key elements of Lumberjack’s Dynasty: social interactions, construction and maintenance, and quests. To succeed and build a booming business, players will need to build a community with their neighbors, while taking on various tasks, or quests, offered by the locals. Of course, running a timber business takes more than talking, and viewers of today’s trailer will get a first-hand look at the family farmhouse as it is being restored to its former glory.
Download or stream the video from the links below, and be sure to request a key for Lumberjack’s Dynasty now: https://www.fncpr.co.uk/subscription/

[DOWNLOAD] https://www.dropbox.com/s/j41q8pxppoe8noi/LD_TRAILER_2_Life%20of%20a%20Lumberjack.mp4?dl=0

[YouTube] https://youtu.be/b1jSxzHQMnM

Lumberjack’s Dynasty combines the traditional life simulation genre with elements of the role-playing genre, creating a modern forestry simulation game, Lumberjack’s Dynasty challenges players to manage forests, harvest timber, and produce high-quality lumber and other products for sale. They will get behind the controls of heavy logging equipment and harvest prime timber as they grow to become major producers in the lumber industry while ensuring the prosperity of their family for generations to come — creating a true dynasty!

A full press kit including key art, screenshots, logos, and announcement trailer can be found here:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/egxjjv2i4dmtis4/AACgbb9d4gqjKYcJRHB1fTuJa?dl=0

 

About Toplitz Productions
Toplitz Productions is an Austrian publisher and developer with one goal – to offer consumers games that feature “Heart and Soul”. The company is comprised of veteran game developers and executives and collaborates with multiple studios throughout the world. Featuring a mix of sports, strategy, adventure, and simulation games, Toplitz’ titles can be found on PC and major console platforms, offering something for every type of player.

Keep up with all things related to Toplitz Productions and Lumberjack’s Dynasty by following the company on Twitter, Facebook, their official website, and Instagram.

Materials

http://microprose.com/downloads/presskits/SeaPower_PressKit.zip

http://microprose.com/downloads/presskits/PressKit_SecondFront.zip

http://microprose.com/downloads/presskits/TFA_PressKit.zip

MicroProse is Back!

Hunter Valley, Australia, 5th May 2020: MicroProse is back.

This would probably be enough to send shivers down the spine of every strategy and simulation gamer out there. MicroProse has always been about the games, and this announcement is intended to show everybody how we intend to take the market by the storm with original and high-quality games in the strategy and simulation genres. We are proud to announce three new games that are in development right now and on Steam.

This is only the beginning, though. Other announcements will follow soon as our line-up is constantly growing, together with our ambitious plans. Enough with bragging, let’s get to the games!

Sea Power – Developer: Triassic Games
Brought to you by the lead designer of Cold Waters, Sea Power lets you control NATO and Warsaw Pact forces in a modern naval conflict.

Whether it’s gunning it out with Boghammars in a surface duel, fighting off aerial attackers armed with long-range missiles, or hunting for enemy submarines with aircraft and surface ships, advanced weaponry and sensors are at your disposal.

Can you successfully hide your forces while detecting and tracking theirs? It is up to you to play an advanced game of cat and mouse on the high seas, to seize the initiative and attack with the advantage of surprise on your side. And at all times, you have to observe rules of engagement and take care not to cause an unnecessary incident that could lead to escalation. After all, you cannot really be sure just who that radar contact at 30.000 feet is, can you?

Second Front – Developer: Hexdraw
Second Front is the tactical WWII game that genre enthusiasts always wanted and never really got. Sporting a full-fledged 3D engine and an easy to use user interface, the game is easy to play but hard to master.

Playing a tactical game that is deeper than your average X-Com clone, with a competent AI and a powerful editor to create scenarios and campaigns has been the dream of tactical players for long.

Second Front comes with multiple campaigns covering different fronts of World War II and sporting German, American and Russian units. Scenarios are fought in a 60 turns battle cycle, from morning to night. Fight and rest or push your troops to the limit and press the attack. These are not set-pieces scripted battles but continuous emergent skirmishes with persistent loss, fatigue, and experience.

Task Force Admiral – Developer: Drydock Dreams Games

Task Force Admiral Vol.1: American Carrier Battles is a single-player experience centred on the command of an early Pacific War US Navy carrier task force.

As the overall commander, you are in charge of seeking the destruction of the enemy naval forces and preventing your opponent, the Japanese Navy, from accomplishing its objectives. To achieve your aims, you have at your disposal the most fearsome sea projection weapon known to Man in 1942: your carrier air groups and the task forces that support them.

Forget about the limitations of the past and let the best of wargaming and simulation blend and blossom together in this new take on command at sea! Re-live the great battles of the first year of the Pacific War as if you were there yourself.

In here there is no dice roll, no artificial skill-tree, no arbitrary stats, selective fog of war or supernatural crystal-clear communications. It is real-time crisis management for you, realism and historicity without concession, as little abstraction as can be, and loads of action, suspense and refreshing gameplay packed in the same single computer software.

About MicroProse
Founded in 1982, is a world-famous simulation software company, known for developing groundbreaking, classics and cult titles like, the Falcon, F15 Strike Eagle, Silent Service, Gunship, Grand Prix, Civilization, B-17 The Mighty Eighth and X-COM series and many more simulation products, that sold millions of copies each at retail. Today, MicroProse is not only remaking select classics from its past but also paving the road to next-generation, state of the art games that will create the memories and experiences of the demanding new generations of gamers.

One of the founding fathers of the gaming industry “Wild Bill Stealey” will be one of the Guest Speakers for PG Connects Digital on Monday, April 6 to Friday, April 10

Back in 1997, Edge Magazine published a 5-page feature – which was unprecedented in those days – on the up and coming titles from gaming company Interactive Magic, headed up by Wild Bill Stealey, Cofounder and former CEO of famous game company, MicroProse Software.  Edge focused on iMagic’s interest and launch of online games. In the final paragraph, they summed up the whole feature with these immortal lines “This online gaming will never work”. 

Edge had been invited to the Interactive Magic, (now iEntertainment Network Inc.), offices in Cary, North Carolina, U.S.A. to play WarBirds and hear how WarBirds had solved the issues of dial up bandwidth and had launched an operating MMO Game with up to 256 simultaneous players from around the world in one combat flying arena.  Edge still did not agree it would fly??

In the UK at that time, internet gaming was an expensive thing to dabble in; 50p per minute phone line charges, access charges to internet servers and subscriptions to play. Whereas, the US servers and local land charges were free. Hard to see how in so little time, internet gaming has become the norm. 

WarBirds has been operating since 1997, generating over $20 million in revenues, and continues to entertain World War II Combat Flight Simulation fans from around the world with brand new versions coming over the next two years.  WarBirds runs historical online events and now is doing a Baa Baa Black Sheep, Solomon’s Island Campaign online on Sunday nights at 2030 USA EDT time.

In 2020 iEntertainment Network Inc. announced they are working with the new MicroProse Ltd. company to bring back many of the famous simulation products of the original MicroProse Software.

MicroProse Software was originally launched in the summer of 1982, active military pilot, Wild Bill Stealey, and systems engineer, Sid Meier, both employees at General Instrument, released their first game Hellcat Ace.  Hellcat Ace sold over $1 million dollars in sales over the next two years. By 1986, with the launch of Gunship, MicroProse grew to over $10 million in annual sales, went public, and was sold to a private equity firm in 1993.

MicroProse Software Inc. published over 250 games, many of which are now regarded as groundbreaking, classics and cult titles, including the Civilization and X-COM series. Many of their internally developed titles were vehicle simulation and strategy games, like F-15 Strike Eagle, F-19 Stealth Fighter, Silent Service, M1 Tank Platoon, and many more.

Bill is now out to remind everyone that he was pushing boundaries back in the day. And as part of this campaign, Bill will be one of the guest speakers for Steel Media behind Pocket Gamer Connects first online-only Digital conference to the games industry event. 

PG Connects Digital is set to take place from Monday, April 6 to Friday, April 10 this year, it will distil the spirit of PG Connects and its Big Screen Gaming partner conferences into digital form.

Networking is an essential part of the games business, there are usually industry events happening somewhere in the world literally every week. However, right now, not everything is running as usual. While many smaller and mid-range events are going ahead as normal (and PG Connects in Seattle, Hong Kong, Helsinki and Jordan are very much included), some of the bigger events like Taiwan Games Show, MWC, GDC and E3 have been cancelled or postponed, and many people are unable to travel quite as freely.

This will all be carried out to fit around your schedule and from the comfort of your office computer, wherever you are in the world. You can register for tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pg-connects-digital-1-tickets-98035584071. And there is more information unfolding daily at https://www.pgconnects.com/digital/. 

Expert Insight

As one of an expected 750+ delegates, you will have access to an innovative online platform for five days in April.

For the first two days you’ll be able to select from a program of great live video content full of insight and practical advice across themed conference tracks. You can watch the tracks live or catch up on the recorded videos within your own time, and if you’re online while the speakers are performing you’ll be able to interact live with them and the other viewers with questions and comments.

Already confirmed to speak: Taewon Yun (Super Evil Megacorp), Langer Lee (mixi), Simay Dinc (Recontact Games), Michail Katkoff (Rovio), Mariela Tzvetanova (Imperia Online), Sabrina Carmona (King), Harri Manninen (Play Ventures) and loads more.

More names and topics will be revealed over the next month, but you can expect the usual inspiring talks from over 60 speakers who will educate and inspire through an agenda of themed tracks set to cover monetization and growth, global game trends and company culture, development tools and stories and strategies to thrive in the modern gaming market be it mobile, PC, console or XR.

24-Hour Networking For All

Aside from the talks, you’ll have until the end of the digital conference week to connect with other attendees, to meet, discuss, do deals and make plans using the all-new online meeting system.

Plus, the Digital site will also be running online variants of celebrated Big Indie Pitch, Publisher SpeedMatch and Investor Connector activities, that will bring together specific groups with specific needs.

More details and tickets are available from the official site at https://www.pgconnects.com/digital/. Group bookings and sponsorships are available from lisa.bisset@steelmedia.co.uk. To discuss speaking at the Digital conference, please contact patty.toledo@steelmedianetwork.com. For all other questions, please contact support@pgconnects.com.

NOTES FOR EDITORS

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Speaker images available on request

ABOUT STEEL MEDIA

Steel Media Ltd is a consumer and b2b technology publisher and events company based in the UK. Its biggest consumer brand is PocketGamer.com, the longest running and biggest games site dedicated to the mobile and handheld scene. It also publishes a range of b2b sites, including mobile industry portal PocketGamer.biz, PCGamesInsider.biz, plus recent additions InfluencerUpdate.biz and BlockchainGamer.biz. Steel Media Ltd also organizes many international events, including the world-renowned Pocket Gamer Connects conference series and the Big Indie Pitch events in locations from the UK and the USA to Hong Kong and Helsinki. In 2016, PG Connects became the biggest dedicated mobile games industry conference series in Europe and has stayed on top ever since. More than 25,000 industry professionals have attended the live Connects international conference series since 2014. Previous speakers and delegates from all the key industry players include Supercell, King, Space Ape Games, Niantic, SYBO, Tencent, Mythical Games, Unity, Jam City, Skybound, Apple, Rovio, Disney, Super Evil Megacorp, Wargaming, Kabam, NetEase, NTT Docomo, Ubisoft, Facebook, Google, Square Enix, Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Gameloft, Sega, Capcom, Twitter, Snapchat, Twitch, NaturalMotion, N3TWORK and many, many, many more.  Since October 2019, Steel Media Ltd has been part of the Enthusiast Gaming group.

ABOUT ENTHUSIAST GAMING

Enthusiast Gaming (TSX.V: EGLX)(OTCQB: ENGMF)(FSE: 2AV) is building the world’s largest network of communities for gamers and esports fans. Already the largest gaming network in North America and the United Kingdom, the Company’s business is comprised of three main pillars: Media, Events and Esports. Enthusiast Gaming’s digital media platform includes 100+ gaming related websites and 900 YouTube channels which collectively reach 150 million visitors monthly. The media network generates over 30 billion ad requests and over 1 billion page views per month. Enthusiast’s esports division, Luminosity Gaming, is a leading global esports franchise that consists of 7 professional esports teams under ownership and management, including  the Vancouver Titans Overwatch team and the Seattle-based Call of Duty team. Collectively, the integrated ecosystem reaches over 200 million gaming enthusiasts on a monthly basis. Enthusiast Gaming’s event business, owns and operates Canada’s largest gaming expo, Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo, EGLX, (eglx.com) and the largest mobile gaming event in Europe, Pocket Gamer Connects. For more information on the Company, visit www.enthusiastgaming.com. For more information on Luminosity Gaming, please visit luminosity.gg. 

Players will control large machines with an original license from Ponsse.

Get ready to live the lumberjack-lifestyle, as publisher Toplitz Productions has set a mid-April 2020 Early Access release date for its forestry business simulation, Lumberjack’s DynastyIn this game, players will enjoy an outdoorsy lifestyle, living on an old family homestead in need of loving restoration as they set out to build a burgeoning timber business that will last for generations. Lumberjack’s Dynasty will give players unique and challenging story quests to complete as they restore their inherited family home to its former glory and build a timber empire their in-game family will be proud to carry on with. 

Lumberjack’s Dynasty combines the traditional life simulation genre with elements of the role-playing genre, creating a modern forestry simulation game, Lumberjack’s Dynasty challenges players to manage forests, harvest timber, and produce high-quality lumber and other products for sale. They will get behind the controls of heavy logging equipment and harvest prime timber as they grow to become major producers in the lumber industry while ensuring the prosperity of their family for generations to come — creating a true dynasty!

A full press kit including key art, screenshots, logos, and announcement trailer can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/cs5nah0wbls4ahw/AAAzEEK0SilOlyb2MiUT_iJva?dl=0

Keep up with all things related to Toplitz Productions and Lumberjack’s Dynasty by following the company on TwitterFacebook, their official website, and Instagram.

Presskit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/cs5nah0wbls4ahw/AAAzEEK0SilOlyb2MiUT_iJva?dl=0

Or Wetransfer: https://we.tl/t-Lug7zy98Et

Pressekontakt: frazer@fncpr.co.uk

Militracks also postponed due to Corona, although in its place is Militracks Special Market Garden Edition 19th 20th September.

Militracks also postponed due to Corona. The annual event Militracks of War Museum Overloon has been moved from May to September. But it does get a special touch.  

The Overloon museum is currently closed. What should have been a great year because of the 75th anniversary of the liberation now threatens to be a year along the financial abyss for the museum. Because also the event Militracks has to be moved because of the circulating coronavirus. This was due to take place in May. Nevertheless, the museum hopes to make a virtue of an emergency, as the event is postponed to 19 and 20 September.

That weekend is traditionally also the moment when the liberation operation Market Garden is commemorated. And especially for this edition Militracks will not only present German equipment but also moving Allied equipment. The German equipment was mainly technically superior in the Second World War. But the Allies endured the art of producing tanks in large numbers. In the end, the Allies were able to emerge victorious because they could send seemingly unlimited tanks to the front.

At Militracks, these parties are facing each other again, with which the museum puts together another historical beating picture. And it hopes to bring visitor numbers back to normal levels later this year. This is necessary in order to continue to look forward to the future with confidence. 

A historical ‘whodunnit’ for the post-truth world

In 1945, 20 crated Spitfires were reportedly buried in Burma.

In 2012, through the determination of Lincolnshire farmer David Cundall, David Cameron negotiated an agreement with Myanmar President Thein Sein to recover them.

The Buried Spitfires of Burma is a cracking read … written with great flair’
– Sir Tony Robinson

 Supported by witness testimonies, archaeologists and Wargaming.net, the team stared into the Burmese trench in January 2013 and found… nothing. And that was only the beginning.

‘An entertaining tale packing a warning’
– Al Murray

Shedding light on this search and the tensions between those who believe the myth and those who require evidence, archaeologist Andy Brockman and Wargaming.net’s Tracy Spaight reveal the bizarre treasure hunt for one of Britain’s most iconic pieces of history.

Spanning seven decades and three continents, The Buried Spitfires of Burma is proof of the importance of archaeology in uncovering the truth when the lines between history and fiction are blurred.

The Buried Spitfires of Burma: A ‘Fake’ History

Andy Brockman and Tracy Spaight

Forewords by Sir Tony Robinson and Al Murray

1st May 2020

£20.00

Hardback ISBN 9780750993852

Need a copy for review please let me know. 

Winner of Best Director of a Documentary Feature at the

London International Film

Awards 2020

MEDIA CONTACT: https://buriedinburma.com/

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Toplitz Productions, today release the  first insider video for Medieval Dynasty

If you require code please fill in the link: https://www.fncpr.co.uk/subscription/

Today, publisher Toplitz Productions is giving you a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of their upcoming feudal survival/life-simulation game Medieval Dynasty with a new Developer Diary video. In this new video, Junior Producer Sascha gives you an overview of what makes Medieval Dynasty different from other simulation games, especially those focused on the feudal era. Viewers will experience how players start out — not as kings and queens, but as peasants, who work to build their small hovel to a thriving medieval town. Through clever crafting, social interactions with locals, and skilled resource management, budding medieval rulers will go from a lowly peasant to Lord of the Land, all while surviving brutal winters, sweltering summers, and the daily dangers that were a part of life in the middle ages.

Watch or download the Medieval Dynasty Developer Diary video by clicking the links below:

LINK:  https://youtu.be/KTIAiUBg1Xw

DOWNLOAD: https://www.dropbox.com/s/0wbq9j0mjc2us2v/MD%20Dev%20Diary%20VO_FHD.mp4?dl=0

A mysterious land ruled by nobles and the clergy rule, where trade between the nations has introduced not only prosperity, but envy, greed, and distrust, awaits those who embark on their journey in Medieval Dynasty. Use the ever-changing landscape to turn your small plot of land into a home, a village, and a kingdom that will stand the test of time, as you and your descendants create a dynasty to rule for generations to come!

Begin with the simple life, by farming, hunting, and foraging, as you build a home for your family. Entice others to live near and work for you, build your home, a village, and ultimately a thriving city where your dynasty will reign for generations.

A massive medieval open 3D world awaits… grab your axe, hammer, or hunting bow –– and craft your legacy!

Medieval Dynasty will be available for PC in Early Access via Steam in 2020. Eager to start your own medieval legacy? You can wishlist the game on Steam here: http://bit.ly/medieval-dynasty

A press kit which includes logos, key art, screenshots, and trailers, can be found here:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/jl4kvcs07cw12xs/AADdPe0fTYvUto9t_df89GJva?dl=0

For more information about Medieval Dynasty, please visit its official website, found here: http://toplitz-productions.com/medieval-dynasty.html

Keep up with all things related to Toplitz Productions and Medieval Dynasty by following the us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and our official website.

Thank you in advance for sharing the new video with your readers. If you would like to talk with Toplitz’s team to learn more about Medieval Dynasty, please contact frazer@fncpr.co.uk

and we will be happy to coordinate.

LUMBERJACK’S DYNASTY – NEW GAMEPLAY VIDEO SHOWS NEW FEATURES
Good afternoon,
Today, publisher Toplitz Productions presents a new gameplay trailer for its forestry business and life simulation game — Lumberjack’s Dynasty. Recently released on Early Access (PC), the game introduces players to a more outdoorsy lifestyle, where they’ll work to take their family’s lumber business from almost defunct to a dominant dynasty.

Today’s new trailer showcases three key elements of Lumberjack’s Dynasty: social interactions, construction and maintenance, and quests. To succeed and build a booming business, players will need to build a community with their neighbors, while taking on various tasks, or quests, offered by the locals. Of course, running a timber business takes more than talking, and viewers of today’s trailer will get a first-hand look at the family farmhouse as it is being restored to its former glory.
Download or stream the video from the links below, and be sure to request a key for Lumberjack’s Dynasty now: https://www.fncpr.co.uk/subscription/

[DOWNLOAD] https://www.dropbox.com/s/j41q8pxppoe8noi/LD_TRAILER_2_Life%20of%20a%20Lumberjack.mp4?dl=0

[YouTube] https://youtu.be/b1jSxzHQMnM

Lumberjack’s Dynasty combines the traditional life simulation genre with elements of the role-playing genre, creating a modern forestry simulation game, Lumberjack’s Dynasty challenges players to manage forests, harvest timber, and produce high-quality lumber and other products for sale. They will get behind the controls of heavy logging equipment and harvest prime timber as they grow to become major producers in the lumber industry while ensuring the prosperity of their family for generations to come — creating a true dynasty!

A full press kit including key art, screenshots, logos, and announcement trailer can be found here:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/egxjjv2i4dmtis4/AACgbb9d4gqjKYcJRHB1fTuJa?dl=0

 

About Toplitz Productions
Toplitz Productions is an Austrian publisher and developer with one goal – to offer consumers games that feature “Heart and Soul”. The company is comprised of veteran game developers and executives and collaborates with multiple studios throughout the world. Featuring a mix of sports, strategy, adventure, and simulation games, Toplitz’ titles can be found on PC and major console platforms, offering something for every type of player.

Keep up with all things related to Toplitz Productions and Lumberjack’s Dynasty by following the company on Twitter, Facebook, their official website, and Instagram.

Materials

http://microprose.com/downloads/presskits/SeaPower_PressKit.zip

http://microprose.com/downloads/presskits/PressKit_SecondFront.zip

http://microprose.com/downloads/presskits/TFA_PressKit.zip

MicroProse is Back!

Hunter Valley, Australia, 5th May 2020: MicroProse is back.

This would probably be enough to send shivers down the spine of every strategy and simulation gamer out there. MicroProse has always been about the games, and this announcement is intended to show everybody how we intend to take the market by the storm with original and high-quality games in the strategy and simulation genres. We are proud to announce three new games that are in development right now and on Steam.

This is only the beginning, though. Other announcements will follow soon as our line-up is constantly growing, together with our ambitious plans. Enough with bragging, let’s get to the games!

Sea Power – Developer: Triassic Games
Brought to you by the lead designer of Cold Waters, Sea Power lets you control NATO and Warsaw Pact forces in a modern naval conflict.

Whether it’s gunning it out with Boghammars in a surface duel, fighting off aerial attackers armed with long-range missiles, or hunting for enemy submarines with aircraft and surface ships, advanced weaponry and sensors are at your disposal.

Can you successfully hide your forces while detecting and tracking theirs? It is up to you to play an advanced game of cat and mouse on the high seas, to seize the initiative and attack with the advantage of surprise on your side. And at all times, you have to observe rules of engagement and take care not to cause an unnecessary incident that could lead to escalation. After all, you cannot really be sure just who that radar contact at 30.000 feet is, can you?

Second Front – Developer: Hexdraw
Second Front is the tactical WWII game that genre enthusiasts always wanted and never really got. Sporting a full-fledged 3D engine and an easy to use user interface, the game is easy to play but hard to master.

Playing a tactical game that is deeper than your average X-Com clone, with a competent AI and a powerful editor to create scenarios and campaigns has been the dream of tactical players for long.

Second Front comes with multiple campaigns covering different fronts of World War II and sporting German, American and Russian units. Scenarios are fought in a 60 turns battle cycle, from morning to night. Fight and rest or push your troops to the limit and press the attack. These are not set-pieces scripted battles but continuous emergent skirmishes with persistent loss, fatigue, and experience.

Task Force Admiral – Developer: Drydock Dreams Games

Task Force Admiral Vol.1: American Carrier Battles is a single-player experience centred on the command of an early Pacific War US Navy carrier task force.

As the overall commander, you are in charge of seeking the destruction of the enemy naval forces and preventing your opponent, the Japanese Navy, from accomplishing its objectives. To achieve your aims, you have at your disposal the most fearsome sea projection weapon known to Man in 1942: your carrier air groups and the task forces that support them.

Forget about the limitations of the past and let the best of wargaming and simulation blend and blossom together in this new take on command at sea! Re-live the great battles of the first year of the Pacific War as if you were there yourself.

In here there is no dice roll, no artificial skill-tree, no arbitrary stats, selective fog of war or supernatural crystal-clear communications. It is real-time crisis management for you, realism and historicity without concession, as little abstraction as can be, and loads of action, suspense and refreshing gameplay packed in the same single computer software.

About MicroProse
Founded in 1982, is a world-famous simulation software company, known for developing groundbreaking, classics and cult titles like, the Falcon, F15 Strike Eagle, Silent Service, Gunship, Grand Prix, Civilization, B-17 The Mighty Eighth and X-COM series and many more simulation products, that sold millions of copies each at retail. Today, MicroProse is not only remaking select classics from its past but also paving the road to next-generation, state of the art games that will create the memories and experiences of the demanding new generations of gamers.

One of the founding fathers of the gaming industry “Wild Bill Stealey” will be one of the Guest Speakers for PG Connects Digital on Monday, April 6 to Friday, April 10

Back in 1997, Edge Magazine published a 5-page feature – which was unprecedented in those days – on the up and coming titles from gaming company Interactive Magic, headed up by Wild Bill Stealey, Cofounder and former CEO of famous game company, MicroProse Software.  Edge focused on iMagic’s interest and launch of online games. In the final paragraph, they summed up the whole feature with these immortal lines “This online gaming will never work”. 

Edge had been invited to the Interactive Magic, (now iEntertainment Network Inc.), offices in Cary, North Carolina, U.S.A. to play WarBirds and hear how WarBirds had solved the issues of dial up bandwidth and had launched an operating MMO Game with up to 256 simultaneous players from around the world in one combat flying arena.  Edge still did not agree it would fly??

In the UK at that time, internet gaming was an expensive thing to dabble in; 50p per minute phone line charges, access charges to internet servers and subscriptions to play. Whereas, the US servers and local land charges were free. Hard to see how in so little time, internet gaming has become the norm. 

WarBirds has been operating since 1997, generating over $20 million in revenues, and continues to entertain World War II Combat Flight Simulation fans from around the world with brand new versions coming over the next two years.  WarBirds runs historical online events and now is doing a Baa Baa Black Sheep, Solomon’s Island Campaign online on Sunday nights at 2030 USA EDT time.

In 2020 iEntertainment Network Inc. announced they are working with the new MicroProse Ltd. company to bring back many of the famous simulation products of the original MicroProse Software.

MicroProse Software was originally launched in the summer of 1982, active military pilot, Wild Bill Stealey, and systems engineer, Sid Meier, both employees at General Instrument, released their first game Hellcat Ace.  Hellcat Ace sold over $1 million dollars in sales over the next two years. By 1986, with the launch of Gunship, MicroProse grew to over $10 million in annual sales, went public, and was sold to a private equity firm in 1993.

MicroProse Software Inc. published over 250 games, many of which are now regarded as groundbreaking, classics and cult titles, including the Civilization and X-COM series. Many of their internally developed titles were vehicle simulation and strategy games, like F-15 Strike Eagle, F-19 Stealth Fighter, Silent Service, M1 Tank Platoon, and many more.

Bill is now out to remind everyone that he was pushing boundaries back in the day. And as part of this campaign, Bill will be one of the guest speakers for Steel Media behind Pocket Gamer Connects first online-only Digital conference to the games industry event. 

PG Connects Digital is set to take place from Monday, April 6 to Friday, April 10 this year, it will distil the spirit of PG Connects and its Big Screen Gaming partner conferences into digital form.

Networking is an essential part of the games business, there are usually industry events happening somewhere in the world literally every week. However, right now, not everything is running as usual. While many smaller and mid-range events are going ahead as normal (and PG Connects in Seattle, Hong Kong, Helsinki and Jordan are very much included), some of the bigger events like Taiwan Games Show, MWC, GDC and E3 have been cancelled or postponed, and many people are unable to travel quite as freely.

This will all be carried out to fit around your schedule and from the comfort of your office computer, wherever you are in the world. You can register for tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pg-connects-digital-1-tickets-98035584071. And there is more information unfolding daily at https://www.pgconnects.com/digital/. 

Expert Insight

As one of an expected 750+ delegates, you will have access to an innovative online platform for five days in April.

For the first two days you’ll be able to select from a program of great live video content full of insight and practical advice across themed conference tracks. You can watch the tracks live or catch up on the recorded videos within your own time, and if you’re online while the speakers are performing you’ll be able to interact live with them and the other viewers with questions and comments.

Already confirmed to speak: Taewon Yun (Super Evil Megacorp), Langer Lee (mixi), Simay Dinc (Recontact Games), Michail Katkoff (Rovio), Mariela Tzvetanova (Imperia Online), Sabrina Carmona (King), Harri Manninen (Play Ventures) and loads more.

More names and topics will be revealed over the next month, but you can expect the usual inspiring talks from over 60 speakers who will educate and inspire through an agenda of themed tracks set to cover monetization and growth, global game trends and company culture, development tools and stories and strategies to thrive in the modern gaming market be it mobile, PC, console or XR.

24-Hour Networking For All

Aside from the talks, you’ll have until the end of the digital conference week to connect with other attendees, to meet, discuss, do deals and make plans using the all-new online meeting system.

Plus, the Digital site will also be running online variants of celebrated Big Indie Pitch, Publisher SpeedMatch and Investor Connector activities, that will bring together specific groups with specific needs.

More details and tickets are available from the official site at https://www.pgconnects.com/digital/. Group bookings and sponsorships are available from lisa.bisset@steelmedia.co.uk. To discuss speaking at the Digital conference, please contact patty.toledo@steelmedianetwork.com. For all other questions, please contact support@pgconnects.com.

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ABOUT STEEL MEDIA

Steel Media Ltd is a consumer and b2b technology publisher and events company based in the UK. Its biggest consumer brand is PocketGamer.com, the longest running and biggest games site dedicated to the mobile and handheld scene. It also publishes a range of b2b sites, including mobile industry portal PocketGamer.biz, PCGamesInsider.biz, plus recent additions InfluencerUpdate.biz and BlockchainGamer.biz. Steel Media Ltd also organizes many international events, including the world-renowned Pocket Gamer Connects conference series and the Big Indie Pitch events in locations from the UK and the USA to Hong Kong and Helsinki. In 2016, PG Connects became the biggest dedicated mobile games industry conference series in Europe and has stayed on top ever since. More than 25,000 industry professionals have attended the live Connects international conference series since 2014. Previous speakers and delegates from all the key industry players include Supercell, King, Space Ape Games, Niantic, SYBO, Tencent, Mythical Games, Unity, Jam City, Skybound, Apple, Rovio, Disney, Super Evil Megacorp, Wargaming, Kabam, NetEase, NTT Docomo, Ubisoft, Facebook, Google, Square Enix, Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Gameloft, Sega, Capcom, Twitter, Snapchat, Twitch, NaturalMotion, N3TWORK and many, many, many more.  Since October 2019, Steel Media Ltd has been part of the Enthusiast Gaming group.

ABOUT ENTHUSIAST GAMING

Enthusiast Gaming (TSX.V: EGLX)(OTCQB: ENGMF)(FSE: 2AV) is building the world’s largest network of communities for gamers and esports fans. Already the largest gaming network in North America and the United Kingdom, the Company’s business is comprised of three main pillars: Media, Events and Esports. Enthusiast Gaming’s digital media platform includes 100+ gaming related websites and 900 YouTube channels which collectively reach 150 million visitors monthly. The media network generates over 30 billion ad requests and over 1 billion page views per month. Enthusiast’s esports division, Luminosity Gaming, is a leading global esports franchise that consists of 7 professional esports teams under ownership and management, including  the Vancouver Titans Overwatch team and the Seattle-based Call of Duty team. Collectively, the integrated ecosystem reaches over 200 million gaming enthusiasts on a monthly basis. Enthusiast Gaming’s event business, owns and operates Canada’s largest gaming expo, Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo, EGLX, (eglx.com) and the largest mobile gaming event in Europe, Pocket Gamer Connects. For more information on the Company, visit www.enthusiastgaming.com. For more information on Luminosity Gaming, please visit luminosity.gg. 

Players will control large machines with an original license from Ponsse.

Get ready to live the lumberjack-lifestyle, as publisher Toplitz Productions has set a mid-April 2020 Early Access release date for its forestry business simulation, Lumberjack’s DynastyIn this game, players will enjoy an outdoorsy lifestyle, living on an old family homestead in need of loving restoration as they set out to build a burgeoning timber business that will last for generations. Lumberjack’s Dynasty will give players unique and challenging story quests to complete as they restore their inherited family home to its former glory and build a timber empire their in-game family will be proud to carry on with. 

Lumberjack’s Dynasty combines the traditional life simulation genre with elements of the role-playing genre, creating a modern forestry simulation game, Lumberjack’s Dynasty challenges players to manage forests, harvest timber, and produce high-quality lumber and other products for sale. They will get behind the controls of heavy logging equipment and harvest prime timber as they grow to become major producers in the lumber industry while ensuring the prosperity of their family for generations to come — creating a true dynasty!

A full press kit including key art, screenshots, logos, and announcement trailer can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/cs5nah0wbls4ahw/AAAzEEK0SilOlyb2MiUT_iJva?dl=0

Keep up with all things related to Toplitz Productions and Lumberjack’s Dynasty by following the company on TwitterFacebook, their official website, and Instagram.

Presskit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/cs5nah0wbls4ahw/AAAzEEK0SilOlyb2MiUT_iJva?dl=0

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Militracks also postponed due to Corona, although in its place is Militracks Special Market Garden Edition 19th 20th September.

Militracks also postponed due to Corona. The annual event Militracks of War Museum Overloon has been moved from May to September. But it does get a special touch.  

The Overloon museum is currently closed. What should have been a great year because of the 75th anniversary of the liberation now threatens to be a year along the financial abyss for the museum. Because also the event Militracks has to be moved because of the circulating coronavirus. This was due to take place in May. Nevertheless, the museum hopes to make a virtue of an emergency, as the event is postponed to 19 and 20 September.

That weekend is traditionally also the moment when the liberation operation Market Garden is commemorated. And especially for this edition Militracks will not only present German equipment but also moving Allied equipment. The German equipment was mainly technically superior in the Second World War. But the Allies endured the art of producing tanks in large numbers. In the end, the Allies were able to emerge victorious because they could send seemingly unlimited tanks to the front.

At Militracks, these parties are facing each other again, with which the museum puts together another historical beating picture. And it hopes to bring visitor numbers back to normal levels later this year. This is necessary in order to continue to look forward to the future with confidence. 

A historical ‘whodunnit’ for the post-truth world

In 1945, 20 crated Spitfires were reportedly buried in Burma.

In 2012, through the determination of Lincolnshire farmer David Cundall, David Cameron negotiated an agreement with Myanmar President Thein Sein to recover them.

The Buried Spitfires of Burma is a cracking read … written with great flair’
– Sir Tony Robinson

 Supported by witness testimonies, archaeologists and Wargaming.net, the team stared into the Burmese trench in January 2013 and found… nothing. And that was only the beginning.

‘An entertaining tale packing a warning’
– Al Murray

Shedding light on this search and the tensions between those who believe the myth and those who require evidence, archaeologist Andy Brockman and Wargaming.net’s Tracy Spaight reveal the bizarre treasure hunt for one of Britain’s most iconic pieces of history.

Spanning seven decades and three continents, The Buried Spitfires of Burma is proof of the importance of archaeology in uncovering the truth when the lines between history and fiction are blurred.

The Buried Spitfires of Burma: A ‘Fake’ History

Andy Brockman and Tracy Spaight

Forewords by Sir Tony Robinson and Al Murray

1st May 2020

£20.00

Hardback ISBN 9780750993852

Need a copy for review please let me know. 

Winner of Best Director of a Documentary Feature at the

London International Film

Awards 2020

MEDIA CONTACT: https://buriedinburma.com/

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