Cold Waters: US Ships and More Playable Submarines Added

Killerfish posted news about new vessels for Cold Waters.

It has been a month since the massive South China Sea update was added and new content continues to be added to Cold Waters.

US Navy Ships

Two ships of the United States Navy have been added, the Belknap class guided missile cruiser and the Knox class frigate along with the Seasprite helicopter to provide air support.

Cold Waters New US Ship and Helo

More Player Submarines

To give these US assets someone to tangle with you can now play the Soviet Charlie I, Alfa and November as well as the PLAN Han classes.

Quick Mission Editor

Jump into the Quick Mission Editor to create skirmishes with the submarines, ships and aircraft you want to face off against. Play in the North Atlantic/Norwegian Sea theatre or the South China Sea/Pacific theatre as US, Soviet or Chinese nuclear submarines.

Cold Waters Quick Mission Editor

Medals for Soviet Navy and PLAN

Medals for the Soviet navy and Peoples Liberation Army Navy have been added to help the modding community create full campaigns featuring the new official playable submarines as well as numerous additional ones they’ve already added to the game through mods.

Medals 1 and Medals 2

Cold Waters New US Ship

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Cold Waters South China Sea free update available!

Cold Waters South China Sea free update available today!

It is nearly a year since Cold Waters was released and what a year it has been…
In that time we’ve made continuous updates, improvements and added additional content, all to the base game and all for FREE!

What’s New Trailer
Check out the “What’s New” trailer to see highlights of these major additions since release which include;

South China Sea Campaign
An all new campaign takes you to the warm waters of the Pacific where you’ll take on the People’s Liberation Army Navy of China in an attempt to maintain naval control and bring stability to the region.

New Player Submarines
By popular demand, the formidable Seawolf class is now playable along with the Los Angeles Flight 2 and Flight 3.

Crew Voices
Adding to the tension, immersion and putting you firmly in command, your crew now call out warnings, updates and verify orders you’ve given.

Point and Click Controls
We got a lot of feedback about the controls and listened to what players wanted, namely a full point and click interface with tool tips to command your submarine. So we added it (and made it fully modifiable to build the user interface you want).

Neutral Shipping
Not every contact is a target anymore! Fishing trawlers, container ships, tankers and whales roam the ocean making it crucial to correctly identify your targets before firing on them.

Improved Terrain, Cities and Air Bases
The terrain system has been completely overhauled to improve performance and visual quality. In addition, urban areas, cities, all new port facilities and air bases have been added, many of which may well be targets for your land strike missions.

Ship Recognition Manual
Can’t remember the difference between a Kanin and a Kashin, or a Luda and a Luhu? You won’t have to with the in-combat ship recognition manual, a comprehensive encyclopedia of the various ships and submarines outlining their capabilities, sensors and weapon systems.

New Vessels, Aircraft and Weapons
Over 35 new vessels, mostly comprising the People’s Liberation Army Navy as well neutral shipping, have been added in conjunction with new weapon systems and aircraft to support them.

Vertical Launching Systems
Available on the Los Angeles Flight 2 and 3, these batteries of missiles let you stock up on additional anti-ship or anti-land missiles which can be fired in rapid volleys.

Oil Rigs
Similar to neutral shipping, oil rigs are also dotted about the oilfields of the North Sea and South China Sea.

Youtube Trailer

Command: Commonwealth Collision announcement

Command: Modern Air/Naval Operations new scenario DLC has been announced, Commonwealth Collision.

India and Pakistan have been in an armed conflict since partition and independence, one that periodically flares into a major war, as it did in 1948, 1965, 1971, and 1999. The continuous sore point is Jammu and Kashmir, with low-intensity conflict having the potential to turn much sharper very quickly.

In early 2018, rocket strikes on Indian Army bases near the Pakistani border increase in intensity, one killing a group of visiting British officers. An unexploded round from the same salvo is examined and found to be a brand-new, advanced rocket, one that rag-tag militants could not possibly have access to. Pakistan’s waffling diplomacy angers the British military and public, and as the subcontinent edges closer to war, London has New Delhi’s back. But Beijing has Islamabad’s as well, with waves of modern Chinese equipment being “purchased” by Pakistan and being crewed by either “Volunteers” or “contractors” that mysteriously “quit” the PLA.

To counter this, the British have, in an effort comparable to the rapid, frenzied preparations that preceded the Falklands War, rushed the brand-new carrier Queen Elizabeth and its air-wing of F-35s into service. The fighter jet has been extremely controversial since the program began, and now it faces its baptism of fire. Likewise, the Indians have been pushing everything that can float into service, including making the unfinished carrier Vikrant capable of basic flight operations.

Last-minute peace negotiations fail, and on June 3, 2018, the subcontinent flares into war yet again. Most of the fighting is along a narrow, grinding front. The Commonwealth armies have adopted a broad front grinding approach, one designed to take advantage of India’s greater population and just as importantly, be less likely to lead to a spooked nuclear launch.

But their navies are going deep, with an improvised task force of three carriers striking strategic targets far beyond the border lines. They face Chinese technology and Pakistani defenders eager to sink the first carriers since World War II. Both sides have “cobbled-together” assets-the carriers and their wings are either brand new or limited, while the defenders can spare very few planes from the front.

The question is which ramshackle strike complex will triumph over the other.

Features
Playable as the India-UK or Pakistan-China alliances.
Battle with or against a fleet of multiple aircraft carriers that includes the brand-new HMS Queen Elizabeth and INS Vikrant, along with the Type 45 destroyer.
Attack or defend a target set that includes seaport facilities, a deployed brigade, and even an admiral in his personal aircraft.
Coordinate the efforts of units that vary wildly in capability. Each side has a mixture of western and eastern platforms that range from fresh and untested to old and obsolete in terms of individual quality. Knowing the strengths and limits of each one is key to victory.
Control such potential game changers as the CM-400AKG anti-ship missile, F-35 stealth fighter, Astute-class submarine, and Soar Dragon high-altitude drone.
Command a force with fewer resources than a Nimitz CSG or Backfire regiment, making intelligent planning and asset management necessary.

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GIMP v2.10 released!

GIMP v2.10 released! Your favorite open source and free image editing software.

here are some of the most notable changes:

Image processing nearly fully ported to GEGL, allowing high bit depth processing, multi-threaded and hardware accelerated pixel processing, and more.
Color management is a core feature now, most widgets and preview areas are color-managed.
Many improved tools, and several new and exciting tools, such as the Warp transform, the Unified transform and the Handle transform tools.
On-canvas preview for all filters ported to GEGL.
Improved digital painting with canvas rotation and flipping, symmetry painting, MyPaint brush support…
Support for several new image formats added (OpenEXR, RGBE, WebP, HGT), as well as improved support for many existing formats (in particular more robust PSD importing).
Metadata viewing and editing for Exif, XMP, IPTC, and DICOM.
Basic HiDPI support: automatic or user-selected icon size.
New themes for GIMP (Light, Gray, Dark, and System) and new symbolic icons meant to somewhat dim the environment and shift the focus towards content (former theme and color icons are still available in Preferences).

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Sharp 70inch 8k TV announced

Sharp has announced 70″ 8k TV. Now this obviously is a mere showcase tv hardware as there are no 8k content available from “tv sources”, you have to generate your own, view some high resolution images or rely on people releasing 8k content on the internet (which are not mainstream tv / movies).

But it is great to see how technology advances, it almost feel like 4k televisions came out just couple of years ago and now we already get the first 8k one 🙂

Personally I purchased my 4k computer monitor in early 2015, I got my 65″ 4k HDR tv only as late as february 2017.