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Strategic Studies Group

Video Game Developer



Strategic Studies Group, commonly known as SSG, is an Australian software development company that makes primarily strategy wargames. The company was founded by strategy game enthusiasts Ian Trout and Roger Keating. Ian was proprietor of a military books store and Roger had had several of his games published by Strategic Simulations Inc. The game that launched the company was Reach for the Stars 1983. This games is credited for having "effectively launched the genre of 4-X space games explore, expand, exploit, exterminate". Its success was followed by a string of other, mostly historical military games published throughout the 1980s for Apple II, Atari, Commodore 64, and IBM PC series of computers.

Titles included Reach for the Stars, Battlefront, Battles in Normandy, Halls of Montezuma, Europe Ablaze, MacArthur's War, Carriers at War, Rommel, Gold of the Americas, and Decisive Battles of the American Civil War. Several of these titles were also released for 16-bit platforms including the Amiga, Atari ST, Apple IIGS and Macintosh during the late 1980s.