‘CLASSIFIED: FRANCE ’44’ PREPARING FOR DEPLOYMENT
Discover the behind enemy lines story leading up to the D-Day landings in Absolutely Games’ turn-based tactics game full of sabotage, espionage, and evasion.
Team17 Digital and Absolutely Games have today announced the turn-based tactics game, Classified: France ’44. Launching on PC, Xbox Series X|S, and PlayStation®5 in 2023, Classified: France ’44 is based on the untold story of a group of heroic Allied special forces dropped behind enemy lines – and disparate brave Resistance groups working across Northern France during the weeks and months ahead of the decisive Normandy landings on D-Day.
Classified: France ’44 features a series of evolutionary gameplay mechanics for the turn-based tactical genre, including a much greater emphasis on the use of stealth to complete missions, take advantage of an enhanced overwatch ability that provides further tactical options and utilise an engaging morale-based combat & suppression system that means every shot matters.
Classified: France ’44 features a series of evolutionary gameplay mechanics for the turn-based tactical genre, including the ability to take a stealthier approach to completing missions, utilise an engaging morale-based combat & suppression system that means every shot matters, and take advantage of an enhanced overwatch ability that provides further tactical options during enemy encounters.
Classified: France ’44 Key Features
- Engage in tactical realism: Combined with tactical stealth play, fights are designed to replicate real-world military strategy, with combat relying on suppressing your enemies with morale damage, then flanking pinned targets to finish the job
- Discover an untold story: Follow a campaign based on some of the heroic exploits of the Allied special forces and French Resistance factions ahead of the Normandy landings.
- Define D-Day’s success: In the games non-linear and highly replayable campaign, gain the trust of disparate political factions, manage your growing team, face challenging dilemmas, and ultimately, raise a Resistance force that will make or break the D-Day landings
- Fight on: Classified: France ’44 will include a mission editor for the community to craft and share missions using the very same tools that the game itself was built in (PC only) and look forward to the upcoming DLCs
James Brooksby, CEO, Absolutely Games, said: “Myself and the team are huge fans of tactical turn-based games and strategy games, and so for Classified: France ’44 we not only wanted to evolve the genre and be ambitious in the game we have created, but also, we wanted to depict the largely untold story of heroism behind enemy lines in Northern France before D-Day. The Allies created groups of the world’s first special forces who teamed up with the French Resistance to cause destruction and mayhem in the lead up to D-Day, something that we can tell through Classified: France ‘44’s tense and exciting campaign and our characters. We’re looking forward to delivering our unique turn-based tactical game with its mix of tactical stealth, intense firefights, strategic campaign, and strong characters.”
Roger Carpenter, Head of Studios, Team17 Digital, said: “Being able to partner with James and his team at Absolutely Games to elevate the turn-based tactics genre and peel back the pages of history to the events of June 1944 is so exciting for us. They are very focused on delivering a campaign based on real-life events and people who helped bring about the beginning of the end of World War II, one that will wholeheartedly deliver when Classified: France ’44 is deployed on PC and consoles.”
About Absolutely Games
Formed in late-2019 by industry veterans, each with over 25 years’ experience, Absolutely Games is set to be a new powerhouse of strategy and tactical video games. Consisting of 27 talented developers and with a focus on a strong vision, culture, and belief in excellence, the studio prides itself on developing evolutionary, high-quality gaming experiences for PC and consoles. Its first title will be Classified: France ’44, a historical strategy experience set in the run up to D-Day, coming to PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S consoles. Visit absolutelygames.net for more information in the future.
About Team17 Digital
Founded in 1990, Team17 Digital is a leading developer, video games label, and creative partner for developers around the world. Part of Team17 Group plc, which floated on AIM in 2018, Team17 Digital has an extensive portfolio comprised of over 120 titles, and fully encapsulates the spirit of independent games. Team17 Digital’s portfolio of multi-award-winning and award-nominated in-house brands include Hell Let Loose, Golf With Your Friends, The Escapists, and the iconic Worms franchise, alongside its games label partner titles, including the award-winning games Blasphemous, Greak: Memories of Azur, and Overcooked! franchise. Visit www.team17.com for more information.
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