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We get a fair bit of news here and there about games getting delisted, publishers moving on from games and shutting them and more but what about game preservation? A nice bunch of classics with The Warlords series and the five original Close Combat games are now on Steam.

Some fun gaming history here, especially for me, as I used to love the early Close Combat games with them being some of the first strategy games I played. Although, I think Dune 2 has that record for being my actual first, they weren't too far behind.

From the press release:

"We're committed to preserving classic games and ensuring they're easily accessible. The Close Combat and Warlords series were hugely popular in the 90s, influencing many later hits. Their presence on Steam offers a chance to revisit or discover this part of video game history." – says Artem Shchuiko, co-founder of SNEG.

"One of Slitherine's founding values is also to preserve the history and tradition of computer wargames, as we are first and foremost enthusiasts of wargaming. Thanks to Sneg's efforts, both veteran players of these titles and those who want to try them for the first time in their lives will have the opportunity to do so with a version that is as updated and functional as possible on modern PCs, while at the same time not altering the original experience." – Marco Minoli, Director of Publishing Slitherine

Pictured - Close Combat

Thanks to their work you can now get:

  • Close Combat
  • Close Combat 2: A Bridge Too Far
  • Close Combat 3: The Russian Front
  • Close Combat 4: The Battle of the Bulge
  • Close Combat 5: Invasion: Normandy

Either individually or as part of the Close Combat Classic Collection.

And also:

  • Warlords I + II
  • Warlords III: Darklords Rising

Again either individually (well 1+2 together or 3) or as part of the Warlords Classics bundle.

From what they said they've been updated to "fully optimized to the requirements of modern computers and operating systems" and they "made every effort to eliminate technical issues, with changes based on fan and community feedback".

I imagine they should work quite well in Proton.

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pb May 15
A lot of fun hours spent playing Warlords (I) with the whole family. I wonder if they work in Remote Play Together or whatever it's called. I already bought these ports at GOG, but it's not the same to play alone. Might buy again for online play, though. Lord Bane FTW! :P

Last edited by pb on 15 May 2024 at 9:21 pm UTC
Is it just me or does anyone else feel weird when someone called Slitherine talks about their founding values?
chaussettes May 16
I remember trying to play some close combat games semi-recently using wine and I'm not sure they work. Maybe they would with proton but otherwise my understanding is these games do not function on linux
Quoting: chaussettesI remember trying to play some close combat games semi-recently using wine and I'm not sure they work. Maybe they would with proton but otherwise my understanding is these games do not function on linux

I'm pretty sure I had Panthers in the Fog working through Proton a while back. I don't remember having to do much to make it work, but I think I was running in windowed mode so the aspect ratio wasn't stretched.
MaximB May 17
I played Warlords 2 and 3 a lot, they were a few of my favorite games at the time.
I bought the Steam package of all 3 games, and although they do run on Linux via proton, from my experience they are far from being optimized.
Believe it or not, but those ancient games run slowly on my machine (that runs Dead Island 2 without issues), and the mouse moves weird\not smooth.

Last edited by MaximB on 17 May 2024 at 10:30 am UTC
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