It could be said that for every action, there's a reaction. In the case of this week's update, we have the action of bringing you some bad news, but the reaction is a heavy dose of good news. So we're going to give you the bad news first. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the surprise at the end of the update.
The 1.2 patch is in progress. We had originally hoped to release it as early as today, but some last minute problems are preventing that. Expect the patch very soon.
That wasn't so bad was it? Ready for the good news? Then keep on scrollin'...
The First Battlefield 1942 Expansion Pack
After seeing a flurry of rumors and speculations being circulated around the net, we're now ready to present the facts about our Battlefield 1942 expansion pack. What better way to do this than by bringing the news to the heart of Battlefield 1942 -- the fans and players.
Battlefield 1942: The Road to Rome
Electronic Arts is excited to announce the expansion pack, Battlefield 1942: The Road to Rome for the PC. The multiplayer-focused expansion pack will give players more of what they have grown accustomed to with the original Battlefield 1942 title, including more maps, more vehicles, and more fighting forces.
The Road to Rome will focus exclusively on the largely underpublicized Italian and Sicilian campaigns of WWII. Players can choose to fight on six new maps including Operation Husky (Sicily) and the battles for Anzio and Monte Cassino. Each map comes with highly detailed environments such as Italian houses, Mediterranean trees and even the Monte Cassino Monastery.
Controllable vehicles are the heart of the Battlefield 1942 experience and The Road To Rome will feature eight new vehicles in addition to the more than 30 in the original title. These include the German BF-110 and British Mosquito twin-engine fighter-bombers. Also debuting are Italian and new British and German tanks and anti-tank guns. New hand-held weapons include the Italian Breda assault rifle, British Sten SMG and bayonets on rifles.
Staying true to the Battlefield 1942 massive multiplayer legacy, The Road To Rome will support up to 64 players (on select maps) and give them the ability to fully experience World War II combat. Playing as several infantry classes, gamers can control many weapons available to the Axis and Allies and command numerous land vehicles, ships and aircraft. Two new fighting forces include the Free French Forces and Italian forces.
Currently under development by Swedish-based Digital Illusions. Battlefield 1942: Road to Rome is scheduled to be released in early 2003 under the EA GAMES brand. The original Battlefield 1942 is required to play The Road to Rome.
NVIDIA Battlefield 1942 Servers
Electronic Arts and NVIDIA have partnered to have the multiplayer PC title Battlefield 1942 hosted on 10 NVIDIA high-speed gaming servers. Gamers logging into Battlefield 1942 for tour of duty can play on NVIDIA's high-bandwidth, low-latency online gaming servers, configured with NVIDIA StreamThru networking technology and the award-winning ASUS A7N8X nForce2-based motherboard.
Optimized for NVIDIA graphics processors, Battlefield 1942 is a first person, team-based multiplayer game that places gamers in the midst of a raging WWII battlefield with 35 authentic vehicles under their control. Pick a sidearm of choice and get behind the wheel of a variety of vehicles, ships, and aircraft to go to war on land, sea, and air during some of the most famous and pivotal battles of the Second World War.
For online gaming, the pairing of AMD Athlon XP and NVIDIA nForce2 delivers the fastest, smoothest and most stable platform. Each NVIDIA server leverages the unparalleled memory bandwidth of nForce2 to enable a greater number of simultaneous connections than any other Battlefield 1942 server solution.
Look for the following NVIDIA nForce2 servers listed in the internet multiplayer interface of your copy of Battlefield 1942:
For more info on these servers visit the NVIDIA web site.