You are here: Home > News > News Archives > November 2000



Wednesday 29th November 2000

Crucial Entertainment launch a new store online

Crucial Entertainment have launched their online store.  If you wish to purchase Gods, Magic Pockets, Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe or Xenon 2: Megablast (for PC CD-ROM), please visit the Crucial Store at

Gods (Crucial)       Magic Pockets (Crucial)

Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe (Crucial)       Xenon 2: Megablast (Crucial)

GameSpot: Steel Soldiers Impressions
Posted: Wednesday, 29 November 2000

    Bitmap Brothers gives us a tour of its upcoming real-time strategy game. Screenshots inside.

    Bitmap Brothers and EON Digital Entertainment visited the GameSpot office today to let us play an early version of their upcoming real-time strategy game Steel Soldiers. The game is the sequel to 1996's popular strategy game Z, and it was previously known as Z2. The game takes place in the future, after a fragile cease-fire has been agreed upon by two powerful warring interplanetary corporations. Both corporations use robotic soldiers to fight their wars and gain more territory. Players assume the role of the commander of a group of robots when something goes awry with the cease-fire. Through a series of 30 missions that take place in a variety of locations, players will find out what happened with the cease-fire and who their real allies are.

To read the rest, please go here (page has been moved).

Extract taken from GameSpot Steel Soldiers Preview
Posted: Wednesday, 29 November 2000Robot - Front

    Tom Ham gets the inside scoop on The Bitmap Brothers upcoming RTS, Steel Soldiers, the sequel to Z, their 1996 classic.
    Ever since the first real-time strategy game appeared on the PC sometime ago, the genre has evolved quite significantly. We've seen battles go from ancient medieval lands to far away distant galaxies. The traditional two-sided war soon shifted and before we knew it, wars were being raged between clans, tribes, and even races. Melee weapons soon transformed into machine guns. The 2D isometric world of Command and Conquer gave way to real-time 3D landscapes of Total Annihilation. Going hand in hand with technology, the RTS genre has certainly progressed, much to our delight.

To read the rest, please go here.

Extract taken from - PC: Steel Soldiers
Posted: Wednesday, 29 November 2000

    The Bitmap Brothers mix it up with a little more hot metal-on-metal action.

    Strategy titles have long been the territory of the serious, somber gamer. While clever developers have recently brought us such eccentric gems as Sacrifice and Red Alert 2, for the most part, the realm of strategy has been dominated by cookie-cutter titles with little personality. But if Bitmap Brothers has its way, that's going to change very, very soon. One of the original quirky, humorous strategy games was Z, a frantic, action-heavy RTS released back in 1996. Early next year, gamers will be treated to Steel Soldiers, the sequel to Z, which promises to retain the peculiar wit of the original Z, and will hopefully mix in one hell of a satisfying metallic punch along the way.

To read the rest, please go here.

Extract taken from - PC


Thursday 28th November 2000

The Next Level: PC Steel Soldiers Announced
Posted: Thursday, 28 November 2000 17:45 EST

    Eon Digital announces its premier title for 2001

    EON Digital Entertainment, a progressive new PC and videogame publisher, announced today its first title for 2001, Steel Soldiers. Steel Soldiers is the sequel to 1996’s highly acclaimed, 500,000 unit selling Z (pronounced Zed), but is designed to be enjoyed equally by those both familiar and unfamiliar with its predecessor. The 3D-Action/Strategy game will be developed by the highly regarded Bitmap Brothers and will ship on PC CD-ROM to retailers nationwide in late February 2001.

To read the rest, please go here.

Extract taken from The Next Level Z Zequel to Z is Steel Soldiers
Posted: Thursday, 28 November 2000 1:43pm PST

To read the rest, please go here.

Extract taken from


Monday 20th November 2000 From Bitmaps To Polygons
Posted: Monday, 20 November 2000

    Over the years BritSoft developers the Bitmap Brothers have built up an enviable back catalogue of classic games, including the likes of the Xenon and Speedball series, and of course the innovative real-time strategy game “Z”. But since Z's release way back in 1996 they have been remarkably quiet, with only their recent PlayStation release "Speedball 2100" breaking the silence.

    Next year all that is set to change though, with the release of a sequel to Z, taking the successful formula into the third dimension. We spoke to the Bitmap Brothers' managing director Mike Montgomery to find out more...

To read the rest, please go here.

Extract taken from



Xenon 2000: Project PCF

Xenon 2000: Project PCF - Part Two in PC Format
Posted Friday, 20 October 2000

Part 2 of How To Code Xenon 2000: Project PCF in PC Format has been published. The second part has an overview of the game structure and takes a look at how to fiddle with your ships' weaponry.

Part 3 will be in the Christmas issue, out 6th December.

PC Format Z: Steel Soldiers Screenshots
Posted: Friday, 17 November 2000

    Z war eines der ersten Echtzeitstrategie Spiele. Nun schieben die Bitmap-Brothers Z2, aus markttechnischen Gründen Z: Steel Soldiers genannt, nach. Die Grafik ist zeitgemäß in 3D, und kleckert nicht mit den Effekten. Auf der offiziellen Homepage wurde nun die Screenshot Gallerie eingewieht, sieben Bilder aus dem Game warten auf euch. Auch 2001 steht wahrscheinlich im Jahr der Echtzeitstrategie Spiele: Ob WarCraft III, Z:Steel Soldiers, Dune III oder ein mögliches C&C IV, für jeden dürfte da etwas dabei sein.

To read the rest, please go here (page has been moved).

Taken from


Friday 10th November 2000

The Adrenaline Vault: Speedball 2100 Review
Posted: Friday, 10 November 2000

It recevied a 3 1/2 star rating.

    Many players who pick up Speedball 2100 will be unaware of the lineage of this title. The first in the series appeared on the Atari ST in the late 1980's and was considered one of the best two player games available for the system. The title was quickly ported to other platforms, including the Commodore 64, Sega Genesis, Gameboy and later the Amiga with the subtitle Brutal Deluxe. Fans of those early versions will find themselves on familiar ground with the PlayStation release, as most of the gameplay and story conventions have been faithfully preserved for the update.

To read the rest, please go here.

Extract taken from The Adrenaline Vault


Monday 6th November 2000

Amazon UK: Bitmap Brothers Interview
Posted: Monday, 06 November 2000

Amazon UK have placed an interview in the Games section a little while ago. You can also find links to a few of our games.

    Playability, Playability, Playability

    An interview with Mike Montgomery, MD of Bitmap Brothers

    Originally starting on the ZX 81, Mike Montgomery is the MD for the Bitmap Brothers and has been responsible for some of the milestones in gaming history such as Gods, Speedball and Z. He works with a small team of designers in Wapping, South London creating games that concentrate above all else on playability.

To read the rest, please go here or go to the Amazon UK page here.

Extract taken from Amazon UK


Friday 3rdt November 2000

Beserk: Z: Steel Soldiers Preview
Posted: Friday, 03 November 2000 has a preview of Z: Steel Soldiers on their site.  To check it out please go here.



Wednesday 1st November 2000

The Adrenaline Vault: Z2 Renamed
Posted: Wednesday, 01 November 2000 08:38am CT

    Hard charging Bitmap Brothers’ real-time strategic action title, Z2, has undergone a name change. The sequel is now titled Z: Steel Soldiers for three reasons: The title will be acceptable across all territories where the game will be sold; the new designation will attract gamers unfamiliar with the bristling original; and potential brand name problems with a German car manufacturer, which could release the Z3, are sidestepped, FGN Online reported. In production at Bitmap’s London studios, Z: Steel Soldiers has all the tactical and arcade moxie of the first title along with smarter AI, more weapons and vehicles, larger maps and 3D graphics. It is slated for release in Quarter 2 2001 on the PC.

To read the rest, please go here.

Extract taken from The Adrenaline Vault


GameStreet: Z2 changes name
Posted: Wednesday, 01 November 2000

    The sequel to the Bitmap Brothers RTS Z, will now be known as Z: Steel Soldiers and is due for release on PC-CD ROM in Spring 2001. Plotwise though, despite a 500 year gap, little has changed. There is now an uneasy cease-fire between the two vast war machines of TransGlobal Industries and the MegaCom Corporation. Thankfully, from a gaming point of view, this is soon shattered and fighting can commence.

    As you'd expect, the action is RTS based but with some sexier arcade elements. So, while territory and buildings are still crucial you'll also have to use the 3D environments to your advantage. There are also naval and airforce units, including helicopters and jets, to play with. Graphically the build we saw at ECTS was solid, and if the AI of the original game can be maintained and improved, PC strategy fans should be in luck.

Taken from GameStreet


DailyRadar UK: Z2 Gets A New Name
Posted: Wednesday, 01 November 2000 16:25pm GMT

    Do you want us to tell you what it is?

    We'll keep you waiting a little while so as to build the excitement. The Bitmap Brothers have announced that their sequel to Z, due to be published by EON Digital Entertainment, has been re-christened.

To read the rest, please go here (page has been moved).

Extract taken from DailyRadar UK


November 2000

Edge: Z: Steel Soldiers Brief Preview
Posted: November 2000

Edge has a small preview of Z: Steel Soldiers in their Novemver 2000 issue.

    Sequel to hugely popular futuristic wargame Z shows up at ECTS displaying all of the improvements you'd associate with a five year development gap

    Those who rightfully regarded Z's AI to be one of the title's strengths over the competition will be delighted to hear the sequel is smarter still. Before you had a chance to realise this firsthand, you're likely to have noticed that the game is now in 3D. The visual difference between the latest installment and the original may have a lot to do with the latter's infamous release date delays, but the undulating texture-mapped landscape, the detailed warring machinery, and some tremendous lighting effects, shouldn't fail to surprise.

Extract taken from Edge magazine


PC Format: It’s not called Z2
Posted: November 2000

    The sequel to Z is renamed as further game details emerge from the front line...

    Our chums at the Bitmap Brothers can reveal that the sequel to classic wargame Z will not be called Z2. It will be given the altogether more satisfying title Z: Steel Soldiers. And it will hit the shelves in spring 2001.

To read the rest, please go here.

Extract taken from PC Format magazine


Related Links

Game Sites:

DailyRadar UK
GameStreet - PC
PC Format
The Adrenaline Vault
The Next Level

Bitmap Brothers pages

Magic Pockets
Official Speedball 2100 Site
Official Z: Steel Soldiers Site
Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe
Speedball 2100
Xenon 2: Megablast
Xenon 2000: Project PCF
Z: Steel Soldiers


Amazon UK
Crucial Entertainment
Crucial Store
Empire Interactive
EON Digital Entertainment
Take 2 Interactive




Printer Friendly Version




Top of page