The Combat Mission devs are working with the MoD to bring more diversity into the game

By Joe Robinson 06 Oct 2020 6

Combat Mission: Shock Force 2 recently made the jump to steam, and is also a game that’s becoming a frequent staple of the defence industry's training regime. The UK’s DSTL, a research arm of the British Government’s Ministry of Defence that houses their wargaming team, makes use of the software alongside other games like Command, as well as physical tabletop set-ups.

A recent initiative currently doing the rounds in defence circles, especially when it comes to professional wargames and their contribution to the defence industry, is trying to include a more diverse range of voices and representation. The Derby House Principles (Derby House, Liverpool UK was the location of the Western Approaches Tactical Unit during WWII) have been supported by many leading professional wargame institutions, and now those principles are being brought into Combat Mission.

In partnership with Slitherine and the developers over at Battlefront, DSTL is recruiting for a new range of voice talent to add the ambiance to the game.

Specially, they are looking for:

Anyone who identifies as a woman:

white British
non-white British
Commonwealth accents
another country/ethnicity accents not already covered (even if you’re not British)
any other under-represented group (eg LGBT+)

Those who identify as men and are:

non-white British
Commonwealth accents
another country/ethnicity accents not already covered (even if you’re not British)
any other under-represented group (eg LGBT+)

Countries the British Army recruits from:

Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Brunei Darussalem. Cameroon, Canada, Cyprus, Dominica, Fiji, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Ireland, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Swaziland, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Vanuatu, and Zambia.

This will also go hand-in-hand with a new range of unit models that will also be added to the game, to allow female and non-white combat personnel to be represented.

I’m not actually 100% certain if Combat Mission runs a separate build of the game that’s only for the defence industry. Command is known for its ‘Professional Edition’, but I’m not sure if Combat Mission has the same.

It is there-fore unknown at the moment if these new models and voice lines will be made available for regular customers.

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