I just found out this game to be available on GamersGate for pre-order and I'm doing some research before doing so. I've read all the previews you linked on the main forum and one bit on the PC Gamer (http://www.pcgamer.c...back-in-action/) preview caught my eye:
This worry is not remotely allayed by my second major concern: Back in Action does not feature fog of war. You can see every enemy soldier on every map, so you don’t need to worry about blundering into ambushes or getting outmaneuvered. Night combat, one of the deadliest and most intense parts of JA2, now seems more like a cosmetic difference than a tactical one.
The date for the preview was December 15th 2011. This is clearly at odds with this post here
After the strong community response (and the good points the community made about it being importand for the overall gameplay) Fog of War was implemented into the game again.
I am sorry this information has not been communicated more agressively.
Please note that FoW doesnot look particularly impressive on promotion pictures, so there might be screenshots coming up without it.
But nevertheless, the game WILL feature fog of war!
On the comments of the PC Gamer preview, Rob is asked by one reader on this topic and he answers:
I specifically asked PR about fog of war and was told that it would not be in the final game. Disappointing, but it looks like it is definitely not going to be available.
So, is Back In Action going to be released without Fog Of War mechanics? Not even as an optional setting? Is this a communication breakdown between devs and PR?
Looking forward to your answer and good luck with the release,