Part V - The new millennium
Early in 2001, MicroProse passed into history (and was then revived in 2020). The previous year, Hasbro Interactive released Wayward Design's B-17 Flying Fortress: The Mighty Eighth, a simulation destined for classic status. It focused on the multi-crew experience, with the ability to man any position in the Flying Fortress. Featuring state-of-the-art graphics, detailed crew animations and a full 3D environment, B-17 blended the action and role-playing genres. It featured a dynamic campaign system but its release was marred by the exclusion of key features such as multiplayer support and detailed engine management; the engine management issue was later addressed in a patch.
Simultaneously, Rowan finished Battle of Britain (BoB), a sweeping simulation of the air battle over England that integrated strategic game played from a simulated wartime Operations Room. BoB offered huge aerial battles with up to 1,000 aircraft in the skies, a fully dynamic campaign system, top-notch flight models and the ability to influence the course of history.