DARPA’s Anti-Submarine Warfare Crowdsourced Simulator
Ever wanted to help DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) and the US Navy develop new and original anti-submarine warfare tactics? Well here’s your chance, because that’s exactly what DARPA’s is hoping you will do with the release of their latest serious game. Just a few days ago DARPA released its free online crowd-sourced simulator game called the ACTUV Tactics Simulator developed by Sonalysts which is available for download at the following link.
Here’s DARPA’s challenge to you, to quote, “Can you come up with a way to keep track of elusive submarines that has never been thought of before? Can you outsmart an enemy submarine commander and keep him from escaping into the deep?” If you think you can, you are invited to put yourself into the virtual driver’s seat of one of several Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV).” They go on to explain that “This software has been written to simulate actual evasion techniques used by submarines, challenging each player to track them successfully.”
By the looks of it this is a full blown submarine simulator game including both single player and multiplayer campaigns, and even a leader board for all those competitive statistic inclined individuals out there. They even have a section setup on the SUBSIM forums where you can share your experience and insights. We’d love to hear from those who have given it a whirl, drop us a comment and let us know how it stacks up to other submarine simulators out there.