Strategy and Wargaming

field-of-glory-empiresMark the date into your calendar (Julian Calendar of course), as Field of Glory: Empires will be released on July, 11th!

In a month you’ll be able to forge your civilization and lead it toward the heights of History!

Alexander the Great just died on the limits of the known world, and its dominions shatter in pieces. A tragedy for the Greek and Macedonian civilization, but a golden opportunity for a new leader to forge a new Empire from one of over 70 playable factions, each with its own set of national traits and units.

Are you still on the fence about Field of Glory: Empires? Maybe this short video will help you!

Get more information on the Field of Glory: Empires official product page at Matrix Games. Or visit the official Field of Glory: Empires Steam page.

Paradox’s Grand Strategy Wargame Marks Milestone Birthday

Three years ago, Paradox Development Studio expanded on its beloved Hearts of Iron series with the fourth version of the World War II simulation game. With a greater focus on long-range planning and alternate histories, Hearts of Iron IV quickly became popular with armchair generals and all those who think they have a better battle plan for France.

Hearts of Iron IV marks this anniversary with a relaunch of its official website. heartsofiron.com will now provide players with up to date information on the status of the game, as well as reveals of upcoming features and downloadable content and more to come!

We’ve also prepared a celebratory trailer that notes how much has happened over the last three years.

Earlier this week, Paradox released two new DLC packs via Steam for Hearts of Iron IV – a new pack of armor graphics for the major Axis powers and a radio pack that highlights new music for each of the major factions in an attractive music player.

The last three years have been a crazy journey for us, shaping HOI4 into its current form. We feel like we’ve done this alongside the players,” said Hearts of Iron game director Dan Lind, “I can’t wait to see what the coming years have in stock for us!

Paradox Development Studio thanks its community for the support they have offered Hearts of Iron over the last three years. There are still many stories about World War II (or alternate World Wars) that we have yet to examine, and we look forward to bringing them to life.

Hearts of Iron IV and many of its add-on packs are on sale (limited time only) for up to 60% off and available via the Paradox Store and on Steam.

Strategic Command is back, and this time it is bringing you the Great War!

strategic-command-world-war-1Matrix Games along with Fury Software have announced the latest Strategic Command title, Strategic Command: World War I, is currently in development.

Relive this momentous conflict from the opening shots of 1914 to the final offensives. From the bloody fields of Flanders to the sweeping advances in the east, the fighting in Italy, the Balkans and Middle East, Strategic Command: World War I covers all the main aspects and theaters of the war.

Improvements since our original WWI game:

  • This game features a greatly improved interface and a return to hexes.
  • It can be played in four languages: English, French, Spanish or German.
  • Friendly Majors can be set to be AI-controlled, and this selection can be adjusted at any time in the game. You can even switch sides should you wish to.
  • Games can be played via a PBEM++ Multiplayer server with a Challenge Lobby and seamless in game sending/receiving of turns.
  • The war is fought on a 20 mile per hex map of Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and the Atlantic, as seen in our recent WWII: War in Europe release, though with some special modifications suitable for WWI, such as the addition of Ypres and Gallipoli.
  • Victory will require developing new military doctrines to improve your commanders’ abilities, the combat effectiveness of your units, and even your ability to deploy new technologies like the Tank and Fighter aircraft.
  • You can minimize the Decision box to examine the map and assess the situation prior to responding to any Decisions, and many decisions have additional notes providing their historical context and advice.
  • Enhanced Fog of War clearly shows the limits of your units’ spotting range.
  • Dynamic Movement allows units that haven’t used up all their Action Points to be de-selected and re-selected again later, making planning your moves so much easier.
  • Naval Cruise allows you to move your naval units swiftly over longer distances.
  • Naval units can only be reinforced in stages, preventing instant repair following significant damage.

Get more details from the Strategic Command: World War I product page.

fields-of-glory-2-wolves-at-the-gateMatrix Games has announced that Wolves at the Gate – the fifth DLC in the Field of Glory II series – is available. Welcome to the Dark Ages!

Play with Fatimids, Khazars, Magyars, Vikings – and many more other factions – and deploy into the battlefield powerful units such as Huscarls, Byzantine Skutatoi, Berserkers, Varangian Guard, along with other historical formations of the time for a total of 55 new units!

Further, as said in a previous announcement, the accompanying free patch adds tons of new features and elements, including the new Allies mechanic. Click here to read the full changelog!

But the good news is not over!

To celebrate this important milestone, Field of Glory II (base game), Immortal Fire, Legions Triumphant, Age of Belisarius and Rise of Persia are getting a nice discount! Hurry up! You have until June 3rd to take advantage of the offer.

Get more information about Wolves at the Gate on its official webpage.

steel-division-2Latest Steel Division 2 Beta to Feature 18 Divisions and Over 600 Units with Solo, Multiplayer, Co-op and More

Independent developer and publisher Eugen Systems announced today the launch of the biggest closed beta yet for Steel Division 2, the sequel to the critically acclaimed real-time strategy title Steel Division: Normandy 44. Starting today and scheduled to remain open and playable until the final game launches on June 20, 2019 (June 18, 2019 for players who pre-ordered the Digital Deluxe Edition of the game), the Steel Division 2 closed beta on Steam will offer players the most in-depth look at the title to-date.

As part of their extensive pre-order bonus offerings, the pre-order beta will feature 18 Divisions, and more than 600 units, giving players access to every unit and division that will come with the game when it launches.

Additionally, players of the pre-order will received two exclusive Divisions. These two Divisions are the Skijäger-Division, a heavily mechanized elite infantry division. It features the famous Sturmpanzer KV-2® heavy tank and the Panzerjäger Gazelle Exclusive Units. The next is the 3rd Guards Tank Corps, a fantastic Armored Division featuring the state-of-the-art 85mm AA/AT guns, as well as the very last of the IS-2 family, the IS-2 obr.44.

For full details on the launch of today’s Steel Division 2 continuous closed beta, please head to the page on Steam. For full details on pre-order bonuses for Steel Division 2 and immediate access to the current closed beta, please head to the official website at buy.steeldivision2.com.

Key Features for the Steel Division 2 Closed Beta on Steam include:

Four Game Modes

  • Conquest
  • Closer Combat
  • Breakthrough
  • 5-Player Online Coop

Five Maps

  • Orsha North
  • Vitebsk East
  • Tsell
  • Lyakhavichy
  • Autobahn zur Hölle

18 Divisions

  • 2nd Guards Tank Corps
  • 29th Tank Corps
  • 3rd Guards Mechanized Corps
  • Manoeuver Group “Tyurin”
  • Manoeuver Group “Bezugly”
  • 9th Guards Cavalry Division
  • 26th Guards Rifle Division
  • 44th Guards Rifle Division
  • 184th Guards Rifle Division
  • 5. Panzerdivision
  • 20. Panzerdivision
  • 78. Sturmdivision
  • 28. Jägerdivision
  • 14. Infanterie-Division
  • Gruppe Harteneck
  • Köruck 559
  • 1. Lovas Hadosztály
  • 12. Tartalékos Hadosztály

Steel Division 2 is the sequel to the critically acclaimed real-time strategy title Steel Division: Normandy 44. Set during Operation Bagration on the Eastern Front in the summer of 1944, Steel Division 2 pushes the limits of the World War II tactical experience, delivering new 1:1 scale Dynamic Strategic Campaigns. Command entire armies during Operation Bagration, covering the Soviet counter-attack against Axis forces in Byelorussia. Battle in the multiple skirmish modes on 25 maps and customize your battlegroups in the brand-new deck system, allowing for an unprecedented level of customization.

Steel Division 2 players can also look forward to a special surprise that will happen during the closed beta and are encouraged to follow the team at Eugen Systems. To stay up to date on the latest regarding Steel Division 2, be sure to visit the game’s official website.

sudden-strike-4Source: Blue’s News

The Kalypso Shop now offers Sudden Strike 4: Complete Collection a bundle of the World War II RTS sequel and all its available post-release content. Though this is fulfilled through Steam, sales are exclusive to their shop for now, this will eventually be offered through other storefronts. Here’s word on what they are calling the strategy bundle of the year:

Strategy gaming specialists Kalypso Media and developers Kite Games are thrilled to announce the release of Sudden Strike 4: Complete Collection – a brand-new, value-packed release of the publisher’s World War II strategy title. Launching exclusively for PC, Linux and Mac on the Kalypso Shop (general release for PC, PlayStation®4 and Xbox One to follow in late summer 2019), Sudden Strike 4: Complete Collection bundles the hit strategy game with all five DLC expansions: Battle of Kursk, Road to Dunkirk, Finland – Winter Storm, Africa – Desert Storm and The Pacific War.

This new edition provides unbeatable value for money with over 45 missions spread across 11 campaigns, more than 20 historic commanders offering various perks and abilities for your forces, and more than 200 different units to command as you battle on all sides of the historic conflict, along with a selection of competitive multiplayer modes. The new release also comes complete with all of the free updates, additions and improvements made since the original release.

This is Sudden Strike at its very best, and for a limited time will be available exclusively on the Kalypso Shop, before becoming available for digital and retail stores for all platforms in late summer 2019.

panzer-corps-2Matrix Games has announced that they are opening subscriptions to the beta of Panzer Corps 2!  You can now apply to the beta and help us in developing the game. If you are willing to test it, find bugs, offer feedback and criticism and you love Panzer Corps, we definitely could use your help.

What are you waiting for? Click here to sign up!

Panzer Corps 2 is currently in development using Unreal Engine 4, to allow an impressive leap forward in both technological capabilities and visual impact. Hundreds of World War 2 units will be shown with a level of quality and detail never seen before in a wargame.

The move to a fully 3D engine is a natural evolution of the game, but the core gameplay will always remain true to its roots: pay tribute to the classic gameplay of a distant golden age of strategy gaming, refine it, perfect it and use the most recent technologies to enhance these experiences and bring them to a new generation of gamers. In other words, strike the perfect balance between tradition and innovation, both in visuals and gameplay.

Get more information on Panzer Corps 2 from its official product page.

steel-division-2Today’s gameplay trailer takes an in-depth look at the new single-player, turn-based Army General mode

On behalf of French independent developer Eugen Systems, we’re excited to share a brand-new gameplay trailer for Steel Division 2. Today’s gameplay trailer takes an in-depth look at the new single-player, turn-based Army General mode.

Focusing on Baranovichi, the fourth campaign of the game, players can choose to be in the role of the German or Red Army. The date is July 3, 1944. The German Army finally received reinforcements to set up a defense to stop the Red Army’s progression. But Hitler ordered a counterattack toward Stowbtsy to reopen the road to Minsk. The player objective is to hold Stowbtsy and capture Baranovichi.

In today’s trailer, players will get a close look at how turn-based strategy, in the title’s 1:1 recreation of World War II theaters of war, transitions into real-time battles in areas of conflict. With a detailed demonstration of selecting battalions, choosing formations, spending action points, and some of the strategic elements that will affect those decisions, viewers will see how Eugen Systems’ focus on strategy, historical accuracy, gameplay, and detailed maps and units come to life in Steel Division 2.

Steel Division 2 is the sequel to the critically acclaimed real-time strategy title Steel Division: Normandy 44. Set during Operation Bagration on the Eastern Front in the summer of 1944, Steel Division 2 pushes the limits of the World War II tactical experience, delivering new 1:1 scale Dynamic Strategic Campaigns. Command entire armies during Operation Bagration, covering the Soviet counter-attack against Axis forces in Byelorussia. Battle in the multiple skirmish modes on 25 maps and customize your battlegroups in the brand-new deck system, allowing for an unprecedented level of customization.

Players who pre-ordered a Digital Deluxe Edition of Steel Division 2, can now look forward to playing the final version of the game on June 18, 2019 before the wide release of the Standard Edition on June 20, 2019.

Starting on May 29, the Steel Division 2 beta will remain open and uninterrupted until the final game launch on June 20.

To stay up to date on the latest regarding Steel Division 2, be sure to visit the game’s official website.

armored-brigade-nation-pack-italy-yugoBy John McArdle @ Wargamer

The recently released “nation pack” for last November’s Armored Brigade is a great example of why you can never have too much of a good thing. The two nations included in the DLC, Italy and Yugoslavia, bring Armored Brigades already fulsome roster up to nine cold war combatants.

What’s more, players who purchase the nation pack will also have access to the new 61×61 Km map of the Italian-Yugoslav border, making for plausible randomly generated missions between the starring nations of the DLC. Or should I say plausibly generated campaigns, as Veitikka Studios, to coincide with the release of the nation pack, co-released a free dynamic campaign generator, adding an aspect to Armored Brigade that was sorely needed since launch.

Read on…

fields-of-glory-2-wolves-at-the-gateMatrix Games has announced that a new installment for Field of Glory II is coming and it is “darker” than ever. Wolves at the Gate depicts the epic struggles that newly forged European kingdoms had to face for their survival during the “Dark Ages”, a long period of recurrent conflicts that eventually gave birth to Europe.

This age was marked by the volcanic expansion of the Umayyad Caliphate and its fights against the Byzantine Empire, the last bastion against the Islamic advance in the middle-east. In Europe, Charlemagne, King of the Franks, and then crowned Emperor of the Romans, built the foundations of the Carolingian Renaissance and the beginning of the Translatio Imperii in the West.

But no-one was prepared for the endless waves of ruthless and merciless raiders and warriors that from the end of the eight century onward ravaged almost the totality of the Continent and the Mediterranean. Christendom’s towns and holy places were in constant danger from the depredations of the Vikings and Magyars, as well as the on-going Saracen threat. The Vikings were to carve out colonies in Ireland, the Danelaw in England, Normandy in France and the Kievan Rus in Russia. The Magyars were eventually to cease their raids and become the Christian kingdom of Hungary.

The Wolves have arrived. Is this end of Christianity, or is it just the birth pangs of a new world order?

Get more information about Wolves at the Gate on its official webpage.