I recently had the chance to interview Philip Timm from the
very well known mod Blitzkrieg
which recently came online after a long absence. After exchanging
a few emails, Phil not only agreed to do the interview, but also
agreed to give out some new screenshots - Exclusively to CNCSeries.Com! What
Jim: Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do?
Phil: Well My name is Philip Timm, I'm a 15 years old Dane
currently living in England. I came up with the idea for the Blitzkrieg
Mod, and am now it's chief director. I have been working on the
mod for about nine months, but 3-4 months ago we began all over.
(Due to the release of Yuri's Revenge)
Jim: I understand that Blitzkreig had some server troubles,
do you have a new website up?
Phil: Yes! Our former server was hacked so we were down for
quite a long time, during this time we focused on rebuilding the
mod, so we should be ready with a public release quite soon. The
new Website can be found at: http://blitzkrieg.westwoodnation.com/
Jim: Which sides are currently included, or which do you hope
Phil: The Allies, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union ... We
had plans about also including the Empire of Japan, but they might
not be realised.
Jim: What do you think will be revolutionary about your
Phil: The size and general quality of it, right from the beginning
my aim was to create a mod which would be as good and different
as a whole new game. Also we hope to include features which haven't
been seen in other Mods before, such as an effective dog-fighting
Jim: Are you worried about including the German side in
your game? Do you feel it could in anyway promote the relative stances of the sides involved?
Phil: Not Really, I do know some people might find it morally
wrong creating a game on a war where millions of lives were lost.
I don't find it wrong though, after all I think it is just as
bad playing games such as Counter Strike where you can run around
shooting Police forces.
We can try to close our eyes and censor everything, but I believe
that is worse. I don't think including the German side is wrong
morally or anything else, after all the German people of the Nazi
state fought for a cause they believed in at that time and you
have to respect that, however wrong it was on reflection. I do
find the German achievements through out the war very impressive,
like how they quickly conquered most of Western Europe, extremely
large parts of Russia and at the same time were able to fight
Britain and America in Africa: But this doesn't excuse the premise
behind their expansionism. We shouldn't close our eyes to what
have happened but learn from it, and make sure it won't happened
again, making it "illegal" to show what once happened
is more wrong then anything else in my opinion.
Jim: Will we be able to control "Super-Weapons"
such as a V-2, Jet Fighters, or the Atomic bomb?
Phil: Yes you will be able to: The German superweapon is a V-2
rocket which works like the Nuclear Missile in Red Alert 2, but
it only destroys the target it was pointed at, eg.A tank or structure.
Also the Atomic bomb will be available, as the allied superweapon,
it's a kinda paradrop, but what will be dropped is a single bomb,
an "old skool" A-bomb. Russia has no such superweapon.
Jim: Some personal preferences coming in here, will I be
able to sink the Graff von Spree in Blitzkreig?And the Tirpitz
and Bismarck? :-)
Phil: You might be, but that is far from for sure. I will
be able to answer this once we begin on the Campaigns.
Jim -Will you have a "Radar" or equivalent in
your mod, or stick with the "Fog of War"
Phil: When a radar has been build the whole map will be revealed,
however sneak attacks are still possible as infantry isn't invisible
Jim: Why did you choose to make a mod of WWII, which is
already saturated by wargames?
Phil: WWII is a very interesting era, technology and patriotism
was really at work throughout the war, and the size of the war
alone is almost beyond belief. I actually started this mod as a
personal interest as, ever since RA1 I had dreamed about a WW2
mod in Command and Conquer style - so it stemmed from my interest
in this conflict.
Final Thoughts: Some very mature and thought out answers
there, and it makes me sure this man knows what he's on about.
Blitzkrieg looks wonderful, as do these screenshots, exclusive to
CNC Series.com. For more details be sure to check out The
Official Blitzkrieg Website