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AI Game Programming Wisdom 4 by Steve Rabin

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2.1Company of Heroes Squad Formations Explained

Chris Jurney—Kaos Studios

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The squad formations in Company of Heroes are designed to provide very complex and believable motion for groups of soldiers moving through a highly destructible environment. This article explains how this was accomplished in enough detail that you can implement a similar system or just steal a few of the tricks for your next game. The techniques primarily apply to games with an overhead view where the positioning and tactical movement of units is of high importance.

Squad Makeup

In Company of Heroes, infantry units are grouped together in squads. Players are only able to issue orders to squads, so it is up to the squad AI to make the units look smart while ...

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