Close Combat - Gateway to Caen

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Close Combat: Gateway to Caen is a great release in the critically-acclaimed Close Combat series.
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About Close Combat - Gateway to Caen

About this game

Close Combat: Gateway to Caen is a great release in the critically-acclaimed Close Combat series. Gateway to Caen focuses on the largest, concentrated British offensive since the Normandy landings in an attempt to penetrate the German lines west of Caen and cross the Odon River to get the stalled advance moving again.

With Close Combat: Gateway to Caen you can play at the strategic and tactical level, putting yourself in the boots of both the generals and the platoon commanders. You can move or combine your battlegroups on the strategic level and decide the outcome of battles on the tactical level. You will command squads in close combat situations, using small arms, mortars, machine guns, armored cars, and tanks to triumph against the enemy. You command artillery and mortar barrages and even air strikes. You will get to know individual solders, platoons, battalions, and the larger brigades and battle groups which they comprise.

Players can experience the desperate situation of the outnumbered, but well-armed Panzergrenadiers, or the daunting offensive mission of the fully-supported British infantry advancing across the treacherous Odon Valley. At your command are Churchill, Cromwell, Firefly, Sherman, Stuart tanks and more. Panther, Tiger, Stug, and Mk.IV tanks will arrive to support German Panzergrenadiers as they try to hold the line against a concerted British attack.

The historic scope of Operation Epsom is captured in single battles, operations, and the grand campaign. The strategic battlefield offers over two dozen individual battlefields with over three dozen accurately portrayed German and British battle groups. British infantry regimental history is reflected in name among the various battalions. You can deploy your battalions as they actually fought in the struggle for the Odon. The game includes all new maps and a range of upgraded effects.

The Setting
With the success of the Allied landings at Normandy and their domination of air and sea, expectations were high that the momentum would continue on land. It was not to be so. Though initially surprised and overwhelmed, the German Army quickly recovered, mobilized, and, counterattacked. Field Marshal Rommel formed a capable defense in Normandy that made the Allied advance costly. Superior Allied artillery and air power failed to crack the German lines. Though the Norman City of Caen was originally a British D-Day objective, its capture would elude and frustrate Montgomery’s 21st Army for weeks to come. Operation Epsom was Field Marshall Montgomery’s first concentrated attempt to go around the city and the Odon River, and break through the strengthening German bulwark. The newly-arrived British VIII Corps, supported by 700 guns of the Royal Artillery made a go of it along a four-mile front between Rauray and Carpiquet. Defending that front was the infamous 12th SS Panzer Division. Though reduced by weeks of heavy fighting they remained a potent and experienced foe. The Germans had offensive plans too, but the British struck first, and the 2nd SS Panzer Corps, the last of Germany’s offensive reserves in Normandy, was instead committed to stopping the British breakthrough along the Odon. Can you, as Montgomery and his commanders, re-chart the course of the Normandy campaign and prevail against Germany’s SS Panzer divisions? Can you as the Germans, once again stop Montgomery, or eclipse history and push the British back entirely?

Features

  • Thirty new battlefield maps accurately reflect the Odon Valley west of Caen, France.
  • 65 vehicles, 36 infantry units, 77 weapons.
  • New vehicles and guns including Churchill, Cromwell, M-10 Achilles, and Firefly tanks; 17-pdr AT guns, Loyd Carriers, and more.
  • Revised terrain files that represent the specific conditions of the Odon battlefield: tall cornfields and hindered, muddy movement during rainy weather.
  • New features including Rolling barrages and dug-in/camouflaged tanks and anti-tank guns.
  • Historic regimental names and battalion organization.
  • Mount troops or guns on vehicles.
  • Integrated multi-player lobby and match-making forums.
  • Enhanced Scenario Editor - Create your own "what if" Scenarios.

Game Details

Release Date:
June 06, 2014
Developer:
Slitherine Ltd.
Publisher:
Slitherine Ltd.
Supported Languages:
English
Steam Deck Support:
Unsupported
Franchise:
Close Combat
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Product Requirements

Minimum:

  • OS: Windows Vista /7/8/10
  • Processor: 800 MHz CPU
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 256MB Video RAM
  • DirectX: Version 9.0
  • Storage: 3 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: DirectX 9 compatible and capable of 1024 x 768 resolution or higher

Recommended:

  • OS: Windows Vista /7/8/10
  • Processor: 1.5GHz+
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 512MB
  • DirectX: Version 9.0
  • Storage: 3 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: DirectX 9 compatible and capable of 1024 x 768 resolution or higher

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are you ready for a challenge? 8% of GameFAQs users said Close Combat - Gateway to Caen is Simple or Easy. 25% of GameFAQs users said the difficulty is Just Right. 67% of GameFAQs users said Close Combat - Gateway to Caen is Tough or Unforgiving.
No, Close Combat - Gateway to Caen is not currently playable on Steam Deck.
Minimum:
  • OS: Windows Vista /7/8/10
  • Processor: 800 MHz CPU
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 256MB Video RAM
  • DirectX: Version 9.0
  • Storage: 3 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: DirectX 9 compatible and capable of 1024 x 768 resolution or higher
Recommended:
  • OS: Windows Vista /7/8/10
  • Processor: 1.5GHz+
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 512MB
  • DirectX: Version 9.0
  • Storage: 3 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: DirectX 9 compatible and capable of 1024 x 768 resolution or higher
Close Combat - Gateway to Caen was released on June 06, 2014
Close Combat - Gateway to Caen is published by Slitherine Ltd.
Close Combat - Gateway to Caen was developed by Slitherine Ltd.
Fanatical users tagged Close Combat - Gateway to Caen as Strategy, Simulation, Wargame, and RTS
Fanatical users tagged Close Combat - Gateway to Caen as World War II, Tactical, Historical, and Realistic
Yes. Fanatical users tagged Close Combat - Gateway to Caen as having Singleplayer
Yes. Fanatical users tagged Close Combat - Gateway to Caen as having Multiplayer
Yes, Fanatical users tagged Close Combat - Gateway to Caen as Strategy
Yes, Fanatical users tagged Close Combat - Gateway to Caen as Simulation
Yes, Fanatical users tagged Close Combat - Gateway to Caen as Wargame

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