Strategy Informer: Firstly, could you introduce yourself to our readers?
Fireglow Team: Yes, we are the Fireglow Sudden Strike 3: Arms for Victory Team that has
a pretty nice experience in the WWII RTS games development.
What are you doing to make sure Sudden Strike 3: Arms for Victory
is a game the community wants?
Fireglow Team: The first step is rather easy. We dig the web to find what do the
community wish to see in the new generation Sudden Strike games, we
analise reports and requests that the gamers send in emails to us and
write in our forum, and decide which proposals are really interesting
for all players, and which ones are just a passing short-living idea.
And second one is quite hard. We thinking and discussing, what gamers
would like, what they really would love. Hopefully, we have some success
We've heard about some of the features of Sudden Strike 3: Arms
for Victory, is there any we don't currently know about that you'd
like to inform us about?
Fireglow Team: We are trying to keep the community in touch our best. Of course, it's
possible that we omitted something, but if our memory serves us, all
features were already announced and described.
We would like to stress anyway, that the most important feature we
suppose to be the game quality.
What can you tell us about the graphical and physics features?
Fireglow Team: Our main principles in graphics that the product should be realistic and
spectacular. To achieve this, we implemented the real world inertial
effects, which results in very natural movement of vehicles and planes,
we use particles systems with realistic gravity model when rendering all
the explosions. Of course, reflection and semitransparence effects make
marine scapes spectacular either. Free 3D camera allows to look at game
objects in details, retaining the opportunity to observe beautiful
features of landscapes. On the other hand, we paid much efforts for
general look and feel to resemble Sudden Strike 2, which seems to be
very important for us.
What kind of support to you plan to give once the game is released?
Fireglow Team: There are many kind of supports planned. At first, it's general customer
support, customers would be able to ask questions and get answers. Then,
of course, it's community support at forum, including fan clubs. Next,
there would be patches and additional materials, including fan works.
And this list is not complete.
Can you tell us about the single-player aspect of the game?
Fireglow Team: We wrote many details earlier, so it's hard to add anything important.
We can only repeat the main idea: we do our best to make the game
interesting, good-looking, and of a good quality; and considering our
experience in the industry, we have some hopes that players would be
quite happy with the result. The Sudden Strike 3: Arms for Victory
gameplay will be flesh of Sudden Strike 2's flesh, with numerous
innovations expected from a modern game.
Could you also tell us about the mutli-player aspect of the game?
Fireglow Team: Multiplayer games will be focused around strategic objects. Capture of
port may prevent opponets from getting reinforcements, and many other
gameplay variations like this. From technical point of view, we are
going to use GameSpy's game lobby technologies for matchmaking. There
should be support of clans and ratings.
Is there going to be any changes to the current system
requirements for Sudden Strike 3: Arms for Victory?
We don't see, why these might be. A good modern gamer's PC would be
Can you give us an assessment of the health and long-term viability?
Fireglow Team: The game contains enough detailed damage system. That is, there is great
differences in effects for a tank if its track or tower is damaged.
There are several tricks to keep your units longer - infantry is able to
cover in bunkers, or in forests.
You've said that we'll see smart AI in Sudden Strike 3: Arms for
Victory, can you tell us about the AI?
Fireglow Team: Generally AI is generally conditions-based, with some pattern
recognition. There are three distinct levels of AI - unit level, group
level, and game level. The script part of AI is based on the LUA language.
Could you tell us about the units and campaigns that will be
featured in Sudden Strike 3: Arms for Victory?
Fireglow Team: There are 5 campaigns: in Crimea (for Russians), in Normandy (for
Americans and for Germans), and in Solomon Islands (for Americans and
Japanese). In all the campaigns, naval units and sea ports will play a
very important role. They are original and have much functions.
Battleships are very serious battle units, and air carriers, if used
smartly, are able to solve the air strike problems. Transport ships are
very helpful in tranferring resources, but they are useless if port is
lost. So it's necessary to be able to control these units to win.
What has been the hardest part of development so far?
Fireglow Team: The workflow planning is the most difficult for us. All other parts are
somewhat creative, and planning is just a boring routine work that kills
creativity. As for the Sudden Strike Next7 engine parts, one of the most
resource-eating part was the 3D landscape, with which other objects had
to interact. Another touch task was to create an effective renderer. We
spent much time to complete experiments and development of path finding,
but finally we found and interesting and efficient decision.
How well is development going? What have you guys got left to do?
Fireglow Team: The development is in its final stage now. We are finalizing multiplayer
and user interface, we are testing and balancing the game, and then we
are going to localise it.
As a gamer, what's your favourite part of Sudden Strike 3: Arms
for Victory, what makes you proud to have helped create it and why
is it any better then the current Strategy War games out there?
Fireglow Team: Since the original Sudden Strike, we were not focused on creation of
bases, but we elaborated tactics instead. And this time we made even
more efforts to make the tactics really interesting. There are many
games that copy Sudden Strike's look and feel, and we think, the same
situation will be with Sudden Strike 3: Arms for Victory. The most
interestion feature for is large territories, and that events are
non-predictable. The situation is being constatly changed as a result of
any player's action, and due to the territory size, if a player lost
some battle in one certain place, he has hope to compensate it somewhere
else; so, the player has much space for maneuvers.
Do you think it's likely we'll see some changes to the current
Fireglow Team: As always in the game industry - we hope not, but there might be some
shifts due to the marketing, production and distribution issues. The current set release date is Q4, 2006
Is there anything you'd like to say to the the Sudden Strike 3:
Arms for Victory community before we wrap this up?
Fireglow Team: We are grateful for your interest in the game, and hopefully we will be
able to provide more materials to you and to the community enough soon.