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Akella, one of Eastern Europe's esteemed veteran game development and publishing companies, celebrated 14 years of existence yesterday, since their establishing in 1993. But instead of dwelling on memories past for too long, the Russians got straight back in business today, by announcing a new action game from Primal Software - the makers of Heavy Duty (as well as Besieger and I of the Dragon before that).

Their new project is most likely titled 2025: Battle for Fatherland, although the press release also calls it 2025: Battle for Motherland at one point... In any case, it's about some futuristic battle, for some familial familiar piece of land. 2025 will play out as a third-person action game with extensive unit customization and a vast arsenal of weapons, with a particular focus on mech robots. And here are some more details about it:

"The game plot takes us to a very near future - 2025 - that will embrace countries with fire, explosions, deaths and threatening enemies. Nations face hazard of terrorism that rules the world! You can just watch your nation getting suppressed and crushed or... you can fight, fight as fiercely as your muscles endure.

The main character is a brave soldier of Peacemaking Forces who can't stand this passive non-involvement any longer. To destroy aggressively acting and lurking within terrorist hordes (hostile troops, separate units and mechs) he has a diverse arsenal at his disposal including tanks, jeeps, and mechs. The latter can use antitank and sniper's weapons. Missions vary so it's up to a gamer to decide which tactics to apply - crash every living malicious creature with the fire storm or kill invaders one by one in sharp guerilla attacks. The game intrigues will enable a player to go through organized resistance, betrayal, clandestine rebellion actions, and more."

While there are no screenshots available so far, Akella did mention that the developers will apply Heavy Duty's game engine, so at least we have some visual hints of things to come.

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