RTS fans, prepare to start drooling. Square Enix released an E3-exclusive trailer for the upcoming game Supreme Commander 2. Check the video out (we recommend sitting down first), wipe the drool from your chin, and come back to read the rest of this article.
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Done? Okay, let's get some back story down first. The original Supreme Commander was a paradigm-shifting RTS that changed the way we think of 'scale' in strategy games. SC and its expansion pack were (and still are) huge system hogs, and even on high-end machines lag was an issue during larger battles. The most innovative feature of the Supreme Commander series so far has been their unmatched zoom function. Players can zoom out far enough to see the entire map and command massive, continent spanning battles. You can also zoom in close enough to see the individual cockpits of your giant robotic death-machines.
From what we can see in this video, everything that made Supreme Commander great will be back in Supreme Commander 2. The graphics have seen a huge upgrade, and the detail visible on individual units is very high. Despite this attention to detail, the scale of SC2 looks even greater than it was on the original.
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Unfortunately, the gorgeous graphics probably mean that SC2 is going to be even more of a system hog than its predecessor. We can expect huge, beautiful battles and a whole lot of lag if you're running anything that's not a top-of-the-line gaming rig. Still, even with the lag issues this game looks fantastic. Its too early to tell if Square Enix has another classic on their hands, but this trailer is a pretty positive sign.