The new version of the game will include updated graphics, new units and multiplayer options including online co-op and competitive modes with support for up to four players. A number of other improvements and upgrades are also being made to the game, although complete details have not yet been released.
“Since its original release on TurboGrafx-16 in 1989, Military Madness has stood the test of time as one of the longest-lived turn-based strategy games in history,” said Hudson Entertainment Vice President Sabine Duvall. “The new Military Madness will give fans of the original a modern version of this classic strategy game, while gamers new to the series will get to enjoy being armchair generals for the first time.”
Why is this important? Because unlike most games, Military Madness actually lives up to the hype. The mix of unit types is almost perfectly balanced, while the maps allow for a surprising variety of both offensive and defensive strategies. Hudson’s success with the game is even more remarkable considering that there was nothing else like it on the market at the time and its chess-like combination of simplicity and depth has kept it a relevant strategy title even 20 years after its original release.
Military Madness, with the subtitle Nectaris (the name of the Japanese version), is rated T (Teen) by the ESRB and is scheduled for launch this summer.