Realism aside, this is still miles behind Steel Beasts.
I'm interested to see if they'll incorporate playable infantry forces to make it a true combined arms experience.
ESim has been clear that Steel Beasts will not have infantry play ability
Its unlikely. Something similar to Steel Beasts will most likely be the closest it will get. The work that it would take to make a worthwhile infantry experience, I think, is beyond the capability of ED. They simply dont have the manpower for it. As it is, CA is very much a side project already. Although with the potential release of new helicopters I hope that ED takes a second look at infantry to make it a more worthwhile experience for helo pilots. Right now its a bit static.