Team17 Digital and Absolutely Games today announced the turn-based tactics game Classified: France ’44 announced. Classified: France ’44, which will launch on PC, Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 in 2023, is inspired by the untold story of the Jedburghs – a group of heroic Allied special forces dropped behind enemy lines – and disparate brave resistance groups that crisscrossed northern France during the weeks and months leading up to the decisive Normandy landings on D-Day.
Classified: France ’44 offers an array of evolutionary gameplay mechanics for the turn-based tactical genre, including a much greater emphasis on using stealth to complete missions, an enhanced overwatch skill that offers more tactical options, and an engaging morale-based combat and suppression system that means every shot matters.
James Brooksby, CEO of Absolutely Games, said, “Myself and the team are big fans of tactical turn-based games and strategy games, which is why for Classified: France ’44 not only develop the genre and be ambitious in the game we created, but we also wanted to portray the largely untold story of heroism behind enemy lines in northern France before D-Day. The Allies created groups of the world’s first special forces who teamed up with the French resistance to cause destruction and chaos in the run-up to D-Day, something we can see through Classified: the tense and exciting campaign of France ’44 and our characters. We look forward to delivering our unique turn-based tactical game with its mix of tactical stealth, intense firefights, strategic campaign and strong characters.
Roger Carpenter, Head of Studios, Team17 Digital, said, “It is so exciting to work with James and his team at Absolutely Games to take the turn-based tactics genre to the next level and bring the pages of history back to the events of June 1944. us. They are very focused on delivering a campaign based on real-life events and the people who contributed to the beginning of the end of World War II, a campaign that will be delivered wholeheartedly when Classified: France ’44 is deployed on PC and consoles.