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Happy New Year!

First, let’s get the obvious out of the way.  Despite last year being Battlefront’s 20th anniversary of its first Combat Mission release, we’re happy to say goodbye and good riddance to 2020!  The past year of pandemic, political strife, economic disruption, toilette paper shortages, record setting fires, 2 albums from Taylor Swift, and other near misses with the apocalypse are now behind us.  We look forward to a better and brighter 2021 to start off our 3rd decade of Combat Mission fun.

Despite all the bad stuff that happened in 2020, for us at Battlefront it was a very productive year.  True, we didn’t have much in the way of new releases and that’s no doubt a disappointment to you all.  Fortunately you won’t have to wait much longer for something new.

The first thing you’ll see in 2021 is an end to the long wait for Red Thunder’s first additional content; Fire & Rubble.  See below for some screenshots.  This new Module is huge and soon we’ll have the webpages up to detail specifically what’s in it.  Preorders will kick in at the same time.  We’re nearly there!

The next release is Slitherine's re-release of Black Sea.  You’ll see signs of the Black Sea release on Matrix Games’ website very soon.  Other Combat Mission games are scheduled to be re-released steadily at the rate of one Family a quarter, with Battle for Normandy being next up.  As with Shock Force 2, all Battlefront customers get automatic and free access to the Slitherine Steam versions. 

No doubt it’s been noted that we did not announce or release an Engine Upgrade for 2020.  As things look right now, we are headed for Engine 5 Upgrade later this year.  I can’t promise that any of the features being added to the military version will get into your hands, however I expect a couple will.  Definitely not the one that requires a dedicated high end system with 12GB of free RAM and hours of thumb twiddling time while numbers are crunched.  Oddly enough, we don’t see it being a commercially viable feature.

Speaking of the military contract work, there's more than anticipated.  I can’t say much about it other than it’s going very well and we are structuring our development time to make sure our focus remains on the commercial work that you all get to enjoy.  It’s a balancing act for sure.  That said, let me reassure you that we view you guys as our core business and that means if push comes to shove the military folks will have to take a number and wait patiently for our attention.

Let’s see… is there anything else on the horizon that I can tell you about?  Nope, not at the moment.  The year is still young.

And with that, a huge thanks to all of you who have supported us over these many years.  Without you we’d not be here welcoming everybody to another year of Combat Mission.

THANK YOU!

Steve

And without further ado… F&R Bones!

 

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4 minutes ago, mjkerner said:

Are you kidding, I’m the first to comment? Lol, 11 minutes and no one else has jumped on this?

They will, but right now they are all outside playing with their kids or grand kids like I suggested earlier :D

Hee hee

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26 minutes ago, IanL said:

They will, but right now they are all outside playing with their kids or grand kids like I suggested earlier :D

Hee hee

you're kidding it's 9pm and it's 0 degrees outside !!! 😀
I think it's engine 5 that leaves everyone perplexed
I don't think nobody expected it

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24 minutes ago, Falaise said:

you're kidding it's 9pm and it's 0 degrees outside !!! 😀

I am yes. But here it is 330pm and its also 0 degrees but on the Celsius scale so it's perfect for snow fort building.

24 minutes ago, Falaise said:

I think it's engine 5 that leaves everyone perplexed
I don't think nobody expected it

Yeah me neither 🙂

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3 minutes ago, Battlefront.com said:

Thanks!  We knew we could count on you both your pointless negativity to start the year off right.

Steve

Old screenshots, Steve and we've nearly been there for the past two years...🙂. But you're welcome.

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