Today we are releasing Build 562, a new public update for Command. This is a recommended update for all existing players.
The full release notes are available on the release thread on the Matrix Games forums.
This update is defined by two significant improvements.
1) Speed. Major portions of the core execution pipeline have been re-architected to optimize performance and scalability. The boost is most noticeable on "heavy" scenarios (not just in terms of number of units but also activity, e.g. numerous concurrent pathfinding processes, everybody jamming and scanning everybody etc.). Stability is also improved.
2) Air Refueling fixes. You asked for smarter and more dependable refueling AI & mechanics, and we listened.
The list of tweaks & improvements is too long to list here, but three major changes stand out:
a) Crews are now context-aware in their logic of picking the most suitable tanker. Depending on what the aircraft is supposed to be doing (enroute to mission, returning, free-roaming, on patrol, on support circuit etc.) the optimal choice is often significantly different.
b) Tankers are now smart enough to avoid overbooking (and thus getting completely drained). They now reject refueling requests that they estimate they will not be able to service.
c) Aircraft returning from a mission (e.g. strikers on the RTB leg) will opt to bypass available tankers and head straight for their home bases if possible. This lightens the load on available tanker assets and eliminates the need to manually change the "use refuel" doctrine mid-mission. If they do need to refuel on the return leg they do as before.
And as you no doubt know by now…. this update is paving the way for even better things coming in the future. Stay tuned.
Miguel Molina has released a new revision of the Command community scenario pack, the compendium of Command scenarios crafted by the user community. The new release contains nine brand-new scenarios:
- The Old Regime and the New Nation, 1966: Franco’s regime is reluctant to abandon its colonial possessions and responds forcibly to provocations from Nigeria. This hypothetical scenario features the combat swan song of the famous He-111 bomber.
- Team Mysore, 2017: Tensions between India and Myanmar have continued to mount. Indian intelligence indicates that Myanmar plans to attack Indian-flagged merchant vessels. Available Indian forces, centered around the new destroyer Mysore, are limited and far closer to Myanmar threats than any support. Will they be enough?
- Marinha do Brasil – PASSEX 2010 – Carl Vinson, 2010: Based on an actual 2010 exercise. Take command of a Brazilian diesel submarine, penetrate a US carrier group’s defences and claim the big prize, the carrier itself.
- Growler vs Growler, 2014: EA-18G Growler, the USN’s top-line SEAD and electronic attack aircraft. S-400 (NATO: SA-21 “"Growler”), the most modern operational long-range Russian SAM system. FIGHT!
- Team Dido, 1964: Based on the historical conflict between Indonesia, Malaysia and the UK. The British government offers increased assistance to Malaysia including two of its RN frigates in the region. But Indonesia may up the ante more than usual this time.
- Shangri-la Comes Calling, 1965: In the mid-1960s, tensions increased dramatically between Egypt and the United States. With Egypt threatening maritime traffic in the eastern Mediterranean, the United States has decided to act pre-emptively. An air strike against an Egyptian air base has been selected as a suitable demonstration of American resolve. The Shangri-la carrier group is the nearest available force for this operation.
- Memphis Goes North, 1981: During 1981, the submarine USS Memphis completed an around-the-world cruise. This scenario assumes that during this time she was also called upon to assist in the completion of a covert CIA mission.
- Helping Brothers, 1990: Egypt is in social unrest and riots due to the ascendance of extreme Islamic elements. The country is on the brink of civil war. The military government try to control of the situation by means of martial law. Libya decides to support the Islamist rebels by supplying weapons and sends a small convoy with supplies for them. Egypt will have none of this.
- Frozen War, 2014: Chile and Argentina are at it again over oil exploration in the Antarctica. Can things get hot in the coldest part of the world? Yes, they can.
As always, the community scenario pack is available for download at the WarfareSims download section: http://www.warfaresims.com/?page_id=1876
With the new scenario pack release, the total number of released Command scenarios is now 172!
Author: Miguel Molina ‘Meroka37’
Chile vs. Argentina
Date/Time: 22nd August 2014 / 08:00:00 Zulu
Playable Sides: Chile, Argentina
During 1995 the Chilean government decided to send several expeditions to explore the Antarctic region for oil reserves. These explorations ended in a low level conflict with Argentina, the issue was resolved under UN.
In 2014, in spite of agreements to abandon any kind of oil survey in the area signed, an oil Chilean company with the back up of British companies resumes the search for oil.
Argentina has obtained reports about these plans and also about the Chilean base from which all exploration team operates.
After an ultimatum by Argentina to Chile to cease what it is seem as illegal behavior, the old conflict is back.
NOTE: Let the scenario run for 1 second before start giving orders to units.
Author: Miguel Molina
Egypt, which has been involved for a long time in social unrest and riots due to the pretension of some extreme Islamic parties to reach the power by the use of force is in a brink to a civil war; the military government try to hold the control of the situation by means of martial law. Libyan leaders decide to support theses parties by supplying weapons.
In this scenario Libyan government sends a small convoy with supplies for the Egyptian rebels.
Hint: Run the scenario for 1 second before start giving orders to units.
Author: Mark Gellis
In 1981, SSN 691 Memphis completed an around-the-world cruise. This scenario assumes that during this time she was called upon to assist in the completion of a covert mission.
*** OPERATIONAL: IMMEDIATE ***
ATTN: Commanding Officer, Memphis
One of our HUMINT assets based in the People’s Republic of China believes his cover has been compromised and has requested immediate extraction.
Unknown. Expect some Chinese coastal patrols and naval units to be in your area.
Memphis is the only American vessel in the area available for this mission.
1. Proceed to Point Alpha, marked on your tactical map, as quickly as you can without risking detection by Chinese forces.
2. Rendevous with our agent, who will approach the Memphis in a small boat.
3. Proceed as quickly as possible, without risking detection, to Point Beta, marked on your tactical map. Remain at Point Beta until you receive further instructions.
Avoid detection. If you are detected, withdraw immediately. Do not allow the Memphis to fall into Chinese hands.
Do not initiate hostilities with Chinese forces. You may only fire in self-defense.
COMMAND AND SIGNAL
Signal: EMCON Condition A (No Emissions)