Strategy and Wargaming

hearts-of-iron-4-la-resistanceEspionage Focused Expansion to Hearts of Iron 4 Only a Month Away

The codes have been cracked and your agents are ready to move. The enemy will do their best to uncover your mission, but you’ve been preparing for this day for months. You will expose the collaborators and bring the vengeance of the oppressed to the very doorstep of the occupier. You are La Résistance. And the date of the operation has been set.

Paradox Development Studio is ready to announce that La Résistance, the next expansion to Hearts of Iron IV, will be available for all generals and spymasters on February 25, 2020. Hearts of Iron IV, Paradox’s best-selling strategy wargame about World War II, will now be supplemented by an expansion that highlights the challenge of governing unruly conquests and the power of well-placed spies.

Features of Hearts of Iron IV: La Résistance include:

  • New Focus Trees for France: New National Focuses for Free France and the Vichy Regime, as well as an option for conservatives to restore the old French Monarchy.
  • More in Depth Spanish Campaign: New National Focuses for Republican and Nationalist Spain, including an expanded Spanish Civil War that can spiral into a wider conflict.
  • Portuguese National Focuses: New unique focus tree for Portugal. Restore Portuguese naval power, strengthen the overseas empire or intervene in the Civil War next door.
  • Espionage: Use your Intelligence Agency to train spies to specialize in certain types of information warfare and send them on special operations, or develop passive resistance to enemy espionage.
  • Support Resistance: Use your agents to assist allied resistance movements, giving them what they need to damage the enemy.
  • Collaboration Governments: Use your agents to prepare the ground for collaborators to fill the void once you’ve conquered your target.
  • Code Cracking: Decrypt enemy communications to gain short term battlefield advantages.
  • Recon units: Scout planes can provide useful information on nearby areas while armored cars help in detecting and suppressing resistance activities.

Hearts of Iron IV: La Résistance is now available for pre-order on Steam and Microsoft Store for $19.99 and will be available at Steam, Microsoft Store and the Paradox store on February 25, 2020.

panzer-corps-2Slitherine Games has revealed the release date you were all waiting for: Panzer Corps 2 will be released on March 19th. View the Panzer Corps 2 Release Date Announce Trailer HERE.

It will also be possible to pre-order the game starting on February 6th. Pre-ordering Panzer Corps 2 will give you access to a series of exclusive assets and a nice discount on the final price.

Yesterday was in general a big day for Panzer Corps 2. Slitherine Games had the producer of the game, David Sharrock, live on their Twitch channel for over a hour (watch the replay in case you missed it), during which he showcased plenty new features and new, never seen before gameplay footage.

Furthermore, as we had announced, Pixelated Apollo streamed part of the single player campaign for the first time ever. You can watch his take on the invasion of Poland HERE.

We have two more pieces of news for all Panzer Corps fans.

  • We are opening a Discord channel! As you know Panzer Corps 2 will have Live multiplayer, so the Discord channel will be a great place to find online opponents. It will also be a gathering place for all fans to discuss the game and interact with the devs. Join the Discord channel HERE.
  • DasTactic is going to start a Let’s play series of streams on our Twitch channel later this week. Tune in on our Twitch channel on Thursday January 24th at 6 pm GMT for the first episode.

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

panzer-corps-2This is the announcement you were all waiting for. Join us on Twitch on Monday January 20 for the announcement of the release date of Panzer Corps 2.

Shards, producer for the game, will be live in studio and showcase all the innovations in Panzer Corps 2, as well as answer all your questions. Live on Monday January 20 at 5 pm GMT on our Twitch channel.

Then, following our stream, at 6 pm GMT the strategy youtuber Pixelated Apollo will be streaming the single player campaign of Panzer Corps 2 for the first time ever. We will host him on our own channel, so you can just stay once our stream is over and watch a full scenario of Panzer Corps 2 in action.

command-modern-operationsCommand: Modern Operations has reached an outstanding milestone. The Open Beta for Build 1121.4 has introduced a major new feature: the Fog of War (FOW) for Tacview 3D view.

When God’s Eye view is disabled, the Tacview window will now display only own- and friendly-side units plus any detected contacts. Displayed contact shapes start from generic semi-opaque placeholders and then switch to more specific (and solid) shapes when/if they are sufficiently classified/identified. If God’s Eye is active, all units are shown as before. (Known current issue: Switching side or toggling God’s Eye status forces the Tacview window to close and re-open).

Check here the full changelog and instructions to download the beta update.

Important note for Steam users. You can apply this update manually on top of your Steam installation. This new beta will soon also be available on the Steam beta branch, and after it checks out also on the normal distribution branch.

field-of-glory-empiresMatrix Games has announced the start of the Field of Glory: Empires – Diplomacy Open Beta.

Field of Glory: Empires developers didn’t rest on their laurels. As previously anticipated, the next big thing about Empires is the Diplomacy Update, designed to enhance greatly the way the game makes players and AI kingdoms interact through diplomatic efforts. You won’t have to wait any longer as today it is the day.

Since this update is significantly massive and would probably affect the overall balance and gameplay mechanics in multiple ways, we opted for releasing the Update as a public Open Beta. Everyone willing to help us with feedback and thought is very welcome to download it and to try it.

The update is a separate installer, meaning that it will be like downloading a separate game, so no one will be forced to play with the Update in place if that is not his intention.

The Diplomacy Version can be downloaded in the members area section accessible through the “My Page Area”. We have created a dedicated sub-forum thread here, whare you will also find out more about the Field of Glory: Empires – Diplomacy Update.

strategic-command-world-war-1By Bill Gray @ Wargamer

This was a great Thanksgiving weekend for a couple of reasons. The first was not only that the wife and daughter took off for a weekend of Black Friday shopping, but more importantly, I wasn’t with them. The second was that left me an entire three days to put Slitherine/Fury Software’s Strategic Command: World War I, a sequel/do-over of their classic game of the same name. God bless us everyone, I had a blast, and not just from a creeping drumfire barrage.

Read on…

strategic-command-world-war-1The Great War Begins

Strategic Command: World War I is released and it’s time for you to relive the War the should have Ended all Wars.

Choose which bloc you want to lead, The Triple Entente or the Central Powers, and witness firsthand the importance of strategic planning coupled with the need for cooperation between all the nations on your side.

Discover new groundbreaking technologies, employ new tactics on the battlefield and try the hardest as you can to break the enemy’s morale with any action!

Unique World War I gameplay mechanics have been implemented for an ever greater dose of realism and historical accuracy. Develop impenetrable trench systems, block enemy sea routes with naval mines, use early aircraft models to scout the enemy and direct focused artillery fire on them. Or undermine the enemy’s will to resist through diplomacy and political intrigue before striking.

Watch the Strategic Command: World War I Release Trailer HERE.

Grab the game now on the Matrix Games Store, and on SteamStrategic Command: World War I is also part of the “Strategic Command Complete” Bundle.

imperator-romeSource: Blue’s News

A free weekend for Imperator: Rome is currently underway on Steam, offering three days to sample this historical grand strategy game for Windows, Linux, and macOS. If this inspires you to cross the Rubicon to buy the game, it is on sale for 33% off. Here’s word on this chance to carpe diem:

Imperator: Rome is the newest grand strategy title from Paradox Development Studio. Set in the tumultuous centuries from Alexander’s Successor Empires in the East to the foundation of the Roman Empire, Imperator: Rome invites you to relive the pageantry and challenges of empire building in the classical era. Manage your population, keep an eye out for treachery, and keep faith with your gods.

command-modern-operationsMatrix Games has announced that Kushan Gaming has recently volunteered to curate the community scenario pack for Command: Modern Operations.

This release will work for both CMO and CMANO. More information available on this page.

You can download the pack from HERE.

For Steam users, a Steam Collection for the entire pack has been set up – Community Scenario Pack (Official).

Kudos to Kushan Gaming for this excellent job!

23 scenarios have been added so far:

  • Operation Eagle Guardian, 2019
  • Operación Gomorra, 2010
  • SandBox Nations #1
  • Plum Blossoms Do Not Fall Lightly, 2025
  • Mediterranean Fury 1 – The Road to Byzantium
  • Mediterranean Fury 2 – Syrian Surprise
  • Mediterranean Fury 5 – Serbia Right!
  • Black Sea, 2019
  • Battles of the 3rd WW, Tattletale, 1991
  • The V-Bombers
  • The Battle of Palmdale, 1956
  • Iwo Jima Goes to Mozambique, 2024
  • Operation Scarlet Lance, 1966
  • The Hustlers
  • Hat Yai Air Raid, 2019
  • The Great Arctic War – Arctic Cod Conflict, 2030
  • The Battle of Chiapas, 2020
  • WW3 D-Day Part 1
  • The Penang Affair, 1955
  • Close down Mukran, 1985
  • South of Crete, 1985
  • For The Honour Of The Republic, 1991
  • Incirlik, 2021

order-of-battle-red-steelIt is the winter of 1942, and the Red Army is about to turn the tide of World War II.

Order of Battle: Red Steel brings you back to the most pivotal chapter of the war. Take command of the forces of the Soviet Union and push back the Wehrmacht, for the Motherland!

It is the second installment of the “Red” trilogy of DLCs which put you in the shoes (or boots) of generals like Zhukov or Konev. The new campaign starts just when Red Star ended, and those who want can play Red Star and Red Steel in sequence, importing their savegames from one campaign to the next and retaining their core army, unlocked commanders and specializations.

Red Steel has 16 new scenarios. Action begins in January 1942 with Soviet attacks at Staritsa, still not far from Moscow. During the harsh Russian Winter, you will need to remain on the offensive as the German army staggers, until the tide begins to turn again in spring 1942.

Then we make a little detour to the Crimean Front, which offers a somewhat different challenge due to its peculiar geographical features.

In summer 1942 the Wehrmacht launches a new grand summer offensive which finally leads to the crucial battle of Stalingrad. This battle plays a major role in Red Steel, and the various developments related to it are featured in several scenarios from autumn 1942 to January 1943.

In the last stage of the campaign, the Germans recover again with another victory at Kharkov. The final scenario gives the player a glimpse of the Kuban air battles, where Luftwaffe and VVS – the Soviet air force – clashed in intense air combat with massive numbers of aircraft involved over the Kuban region in the Caucasus.

Red Steel also adds new unlockable Commanders as well as new Specializations focused on the Lend-Lease aid program, allowing you to get access to American and British planes, tanks and trucks.

Order of Battle: Red Steel is bound for release in Q1 2020. You can take part in the Beta by applying HERE.