Panther Games was awarded a contract to provide analyst/tech writer services for the new Defence Service Delivery Platform ( DSDP ) project being conducted for the Australian Department of Defence Chief Information Officer’s Group by Hewlett Packard. The project involves a major upgrade of Defence’s service desk capability. Panther Games was responsible for managing all document configuration and deliverables and for developing sections of the Integrated Logistic System Instruction. The project ran from late May to end of August 2010, culminating in the opening of the new service centre in Canberra. The project was completed successfully on time and within budget.
BFTB has shone since its release with a number of reviews from top games sites rating the game as the best wargame on the market.
Review on Out of Eight (15 June 2010)
8/8 - Historical strategy fans should be playing this title for a long time thanks to its realism, detail, AI, and editing possibilities.
Review on Eurogamer.dk (03 June 2010)
9/10 - [Translated from Danish] ...a competent and flawless release that makes an already excellent war game even better.
Review on Cyberstratege (29 June 2010)
8/10 - [translated from French] ...it manages to be extremely innovative and has no real competition in its field with its innovative design choices.
Review on Gamers Hall (09 June 2010)
88% (Silver Award) - [Translated from German] "From The Bulge" is an intricate and comprehensive strategy... and a clear recommendation for hardcore gamers.
Review on PC Gamer (10 August 2010)
84% - Serious military strategy games don’t come any better than this.
Review in PC4WAR magazine (August - September 2010 N°45edition)
9.5/10 - [translated from French] ... Battles from the Bulge is the best wargame on the actual market!
Link: Net4war.comReview on Armchair General (27 September 2010)
97% - Many games have the various elements Command Ops: Battles from the Bulge has: detailed unit features, timed objectives, issuing orders in a queue to upper echelon entities. However, Panther Games integrates them in such a way that this game sets the standard for all World War II tactical games
Panther Games in association with Matrix Games is pleased to announce the release of the first official comprehensive 4.1.235 patch update for the award winning WWII operational-level wargame, Command Ops: Battles from the Bulge.
This update includes fixes for a number of crashes and freezes that affected some players in addition to resolving some AI issues. Also coming in this update are a few tweaks to the scenarios and assorted other bug fixes.
David Heath, Director of Operations at Matrix Games, said “Command Ops: Battles from the Bulge is extremely popular with both gamers and critics and it’s no secret why. Those who have played it feel it is the most realistic simulation of operational command ever developed for the computer. This update is like a fresh coat of wax on a sports car - it polishes the gameplay and smooths out any rough edges that showed up in the initial release.”
Panther Games is proud to announce the release of their latest game titled Command Ops : Battles from the Bulge ( BFTB )
BFTB is the fourth title of the now rebranded Command Ops series ( formerly Airborne Assault ) and this title brings wargamers the pinnacle of historical accuracy and realism in operational command on the subject of one of the most intense and important engagements of the Second World War.
Players will enjoy a raft of new features that brings the realism to life as you assess, plan, order and react at the operational level just like a real Corps, Division and Brigade commander.
Make sure you get the latest scoop on all the latest news, reviews, tips and chat about BFTB from the official BFTB forum. Also check out the latest screen caps and multimedia videos and downloads including tutorial and game concepts videos, the Google Earth battlefield tour and the upcoming game demo on the BFTB product webpage.
The game is currently for sale via the Matrix Games store:
Panther Games on 20 October 2009 was officially announced by Defence Personal Minister, Greg Combet, as one of 54 new companies, academic institutions and government agencies to be inducted into the Rapid Prototyping Development and Evaluation Program ( RPDE ) as an associate member.
Panther Games joins an illustrious and diverse group of companies, institutions and agencies that have formed into a collaborative venture to assist the Australian Defence Force ( ADF ) resolve challenging and demanding problems quickly.
RPDE or ‘Rapid’ as it is known combines the best of the Defence and Industry sectors by providing the cooperative environment and framework for these different sectors to interact. Cognitive information and knowledge exchange is effectively and efficiently achieved and utilized to deliver swift answers to the complex ADF problems.
Panther Games in this process has been recognised for its excellence in its capacity for ongoing research and development ( R&D ), that it has refined and excelled at for the past 25 years.
In late 2008 Panther Games joined a select group of organisations on the Simulation Support Services Standing Offer Panel ( SSSSO ) for the Australian Defence Simulation Office ( ADSO ). Panther Games will participate on the panel as a category 2 member.
The SSSSO panel was set up 3 years ago by the Department of Defence through ADSO in conjunction with JDSSC with the sole purpose of ascertaining simulation support services for the purpose of enhancing Defence wide simulation capabilities.
Panther Games was seen as an ideal specialist simulations organisation that had unique capabilities to offer the panel for various different future projects.
The Australian Defence Simulations Office ( ADSO ) of the Department of Defence has contracted Panther Games Pty Ltd to provide a Defence wide license for the use of their operational warfare simulation, Conquest of the Aegean ( COTA ).
COTA covers the historical World War 2 battles in Greece and Crete. Its revolutionary design, powerful artificial intelligence and intuitive user interface have seen it win a swag of awards including the Wargamer.com’s Best Wargame 2006 and Best Developer 2006, War Historical’s Wargame of the Year 2006 and CyberStratege’s Laurier d’Or 2006.
COTA will support the Australian Army Military History training program. Army members can gain a greater understanding of the conflicts through first hand “experience” by undertaking “scenarios” or battles from the Aegean Campaign.
Panther Games president, Dave O’Connor says: “We are delighted to provide COTA under license to Defence and are looking forward to an influx of new players. Use of simulations in military training has increased rapidly, especially here in Australia. There has been a noticeable increase in the awareness of the benefits to be gained from using simulations in training and our company looks forward to further cooperation in this area.”
The Wargamer's Readers Choice Awards are the premier awards for the commercial wargames industry. This year Panther Games won three awards.
"Wargame of the year voting was tight. 2006 was a good year for wargamers and a number of excellent titles were released. Taking the gold was an operational real-time wargame from Panther Games, Conquest of the Aegean. With exceptional AI, historical and hypothetical scenarios, and a sleek interface, wargamers favored it with the gold."
Full details at The Wargamer.
The War-Historical users group has awarded Conquest of the Aegean the Gold medal for Wargame of the Year 2006. In this year's annual poll COTA scooped over one third of all votes cast, making it a clear standout favourite.