Atari has announced that Sid Meier’s legendary Command Series of strategy games, originally released in the 1980s under the MicroProse label, are now available on Steam.
The Command Series grew from observing actual table top US military scenario exercises. As a result, the games challenge players to manage assets, strategically place and move them around the battlefield map, and outmanoeuvre the enemy. Victory requires careful strategic thinking and fast responses to rapidly changing battlefield conditions.
Crusade in Europe, originally released in 1985, is the first title in the series and features real-time battles testing the skills of would-be commanders. Five different scenarios, from D-Day to the Battle of the Bulge, recreate the tactical decisions faced by commanders in the European Campaign.
Decision in the Desert, also released in 1985, features five historically accurate scenarios from World War II’s North African Campaign (1940 to 1942). Each scenario features multiple variables to create “what-if” situations, different levels of difficulty, and in-depth historical background information.
Conflict in Vietnam, the third title in the series and released in 1986, begins with the defeat of the French colonial army and ends with the Viet Cong victory over the South Vietnam forces in 1972. Five major battles from the Vietnam War challenge generals as they harness airmobile forces, artillery and air strikes against guerrilla warfare.
Atari CEO, Wade Rosen, said: “The Command Series titles are celebrated and played by a loyal following of retro and real-time simulation fans. We are excited to make these tactical wargames more widely available and accessible to a new generation of players.”
Decision in the Desert, Crusade in Europe and Conflict in Vietnam are available now priced $6.99 each on Steam.