Strategy and Wargaming

supreme-ruler-ultimate-boxBattleGoat Studios has released a major update to its flagship strategy game title “Supreme Ruler Ultimate“, featuring new content, modern world updates, and a set of world-building and editing tools.

The original Trump Rising DLC brought the world a hypothetical future featuring President Donald Trump. Today’s Trump’s World update adds a new 2018 Sandbox featuring modern day tensions and relationships, plus new opportunities and threats. Commented Lead Programmer George Geczy, “Starting in the modern day, players can take on the provocations of Russia, Iran, North Korea, and much more. They can play as the US to Make America Great Again, or take on the challenge of other countries trying to make their way in a rapidly changing and unstable world.”

Existing Sandboxes and Campaigns have been updated with new leaders and relationships resulting from recent elections and geo-political changes. Gameplay has also been updated with a number of new features, AI improvements, and other additions, including regular tweets by President Trump to the rest of the world (some are real, some are not – will you be able to tell which are which?) Continue building a wall with Mexico if you desire, or else search for new ways to influence, or maybe alienate, the rest of the world!

The 2020 future scenarios have also been updated to reflect real world changes while presenting hypothetical situations including “Divided States” (the US has collapsed along political lines) and “Global Crisis”, a world where individual nations become increasingly isolationist and aggressive.

In addition, BattleGoat is pleased to release the Supreme Ruler Map Editor and Content Editor tools, for the first time allowing players to not only modify existing maps and sandboxes, but to create entirely new past, present and future scenarios, and even entirely new worlds.

Availability: The Supreme Ruler Trump’s World Update is available immediately as a FREE update to Supreme Ruler Ultimate. The Supreme Ruler Map Editor and Content Editor tools are also being released for free to all players.

You can purchase Supreme Ruler Ultimate via Steam.

Indian Themed Dharma Add-on Coming Next Month

europa-universalis-iv-dharmaThe riches and intrigue of Indian politics are the focus of Europa Universalis IV: Dharma, the newest expansion to Paradox Development Studio’s classic historical grand strategy game. Will you defend the subcontinent against foreign commercial empires? Can you set up a European trading empire in one of the richest lands on the globe?

You will get your chance to build a new world-spanning empire on 06 September, 2018, less than a month from today. You can watch the Europa Universalis IV: Dharma – Release Date/Story Trailer HERE.

Features in Europa Universalis IV: Dharma include:

  • Design Your Government: Unlock reforms that will define how you govern your kingdom or republic, earning free policies and boosting the power of some estates.
  • Reworked Policy System: Policies get a new look in the free update, but Dharma will include special bonuses that make this system even more attractive.
  • Trade Company Investments: Upgrade and improve the provinces tied to your trade companies, conferring bonuses both to the European master and neighboring Indian nations.
  • New Cossack Government: Exclusive for owners of The Cossacks expansion.
  • New Indian Mission Trees: Unique mission paths for the most important Indian sultanates and kingdoms.
  • New Indian Estates: Alongside a free update to the estate system, India gets five new castes. Raise the brahmins to reduce unrest in a province or install Jain governors for a boost to income while reducing manpower..
  • New Mughal Culture Bonus: The Mughal Empire can assimilate and accommodate newly conquered cultures with ease.
  • Charter Companies: Europeans can buy a foothold into trade charter zones in Africa and Asia, if they can find a prince that trusts them.
  • Upgraded Trade Centers: Invest in the development of your Centers of Trade

And more, including: new ways to suppress rebellion, the monsoon season, new uses for colonists in non-colonial development, scornful insults, multiplayer teams, new art, and a host of new achievements.

As usual with Paradox expansions, Dharma will be accompanied by a large update, free for all Europa Universalis players. The Mughals update will include a more detailed map of the Indian region, a renewed Estate system, and a new approach to Policies.

victory-at-sea-pacific‘Evil Twin Artworks’, the award winning indie team behind PC RTS classic, ‘Victory At Sea’ discuss the difficulties in developing an open world sandbox for their upcoming RTS, Victory At Sea Pacific.

When we first started developing Victory At Sea Pacific we took the stance that it would be similar to the original, where you focused on one fleet,” said James Carroll, Director at Evil Twin Artworks. “However as the scale of the game increased it became obvious that the player would be better off taking control of the entire Pacific Theatre.

One of the hardest aspects of building an open world RTS covering the entire Pacific war was creating a sensible system that would allow the player to manage the whole thing. If we had any brains we would have made the top level turn based, with the individual battles played out in real time.

To prevent it from being overwhelming the player is introduced to the Bridge in stages, bringing a huge amount of control and customisability, as well as emphasising the cat and mouse aspects of running naval battles over such a vast area.

To find out more you can visit their blog HERE.

The Steam page for Victory At Sea Pacific can be found HERE. Get more game info on the Victory At Sea Pacific official website.

panzer-strategyTake a look at the new gameplay video!

Starni Games studio is excited to announce that its hardcore wargame Panzer Strategy, currently available on Steam Early Access, is getting a full release on PC on September 1 – on the day World War II began. To celebrate the announcement Starni Games is releasing a new gameplay walkthrough video where you’ll have a look at the forth game scenario – “The Battle of France”.

Panzer Strategy is a historical wargame that combines classic turn-based strategy gameplay with modern looks. The game offers a never-before-seen level of tactic options. Prepare your own strategy, develop the army and fight your way through the real battles of World War II.

Scenarios in Panzer Strategy are precisely recreated from the archive maps and historical reports. Tanks, troops, artillery, aircraft and all the other forces start at the exact places where their real-life commanders had placed them. Armies in the game use historically accurate vehicles and weaponry, each with a unique set of actual traits. Every bit of Panzer Strategy is carefully crafted to stay true to the WWII history.

Panzer Strategy utilizes Unreal Engine 4 technology. For the first time in the wargame genre players can command armies so realistically recreated in full 3D on the battlefields so rich with details. Now the warfare of WWII is more immersive than ever.

Panzer Strategy is not only the most graphically advanced and historically accurate wargame to date – it’s the strategy itself that makes it stand out. The genre is famous for its complex gameplay. Panzer Strategy pushes the boundaries offering diverse tactic options and more than a hundred of customizable units. Moreover, the game adds a range of new mechanics to the mix: army commanders with unique abilities, headquarters management, fuel and ammo supply. Panzer Strategy is designed to create the most flexible strategy gameplay in the genre. You’ll experience the duty of WWII commander in full manner – with battle preparations, supply management and ruthless clashes.

More information about Panzer Strategy can be found on the games official website.

victory-at-sea-pacificThe Evil Twins discuss some of the mechanics behind the ports and shipyards in their upcoming RTS Victory At Sea Pacific.

‘Evil Twin Artworks’, the award winning indie team behind PC RTS classic, ‘Victory At Sea’ discuss some of the mechanics behind the ports and shipyards in their upcoming RTS Victory At Sea Pacific.

The lifeblood of the upcoming Victory At Sea Pacific campaign are the 70 plus ports available to the player,” said James Carroll, Director at Evil Twin Artworks. “We’ve added more levels of strategy around them than in the original, we wanted them to be more than something that is there to be attacked. The features include searchlights that can track hostile aircraft at night, and airfields that give the player greater scouting and attack ranges.

Not only a safe haven in a storm, they are an important part of the offensive in Victory At Sea Pacific, making them vital for sending convoys to supply the frontline.

To find out more you can visit the blog HERE.

The Steam page for Victory At Sea Pacific can be found HERE. Get more game info on the Victory At Sea Pacific official website.

victory-at-sea-pacificETA discuss the 120 ships and planes available on launch in their upcoming Real Time Strategy

In planning Victory At Sea Pacific we knew we wanted sizeable fleets that players could build from,” said James Carroll, Director at Evil Twin Artworks. “The original Victory At Sea ended up with 80 ship classes, but due to the huge difference in scale we knew we needed to give the player greater options in Victory At Sea Pacific.

Evil Twin have so far created over 120 ship classes and plane types for launch and are already developing more.

This game has some unusual ships coming, including the Japanese I-400 submarine,” continued James. “It was the largest Submarine of WW2 and was capable of launching planes!

To find out more and see the list you can visit the blog here.

About Victory At Sea Pacific

Victory at Sea Pacific sees you engage in tactical search and destroy naval warfare across WWII’s Pacific ocean in this huge open world Real Time Strategy. From commanding the entire Pacific Theatre to zooming in to take control of individual planes and ships, Victory at Sea Pacific puts the player in the heart of one of the most desperate campaigns of the Second World War. In Victory at Sea Pacific you can covertly recon enemy positions and launch large-scale amphibious assaults by sea and air against the chosen targets.

The Steam page for Victory At Sea Pacific can be found here. Get more game info on the Victory At Sea Pacific  official website.

tigers-on-the-hunt-normandyIt’s time to turn the tide of the war, once and for all! Are you ready to lead your brave soldiers in the early hours of the biggest airborne and amphibious assault ever made?

Matrix Games announce that Normandy, the second expansion of the acclaimed tactical wargame Tigers on the Hunt, is now available.  Tigers on the Hunt: Normandy contains 2 Campaigns and 6 different battles, for a total of 8 challenging scenarios!

The scenarios feature many historical tactical situations from the Normandy Landing, ranging from the heroic deeds of the 6th Company C of 2nd Ranger Battalion at Pointe de la Percée, the British fighting at Le Hamel, Pegasus Bridge, and more!

To celebrate this important milestone, the base game and the Kursk DLC are getting a nice 50% discount!

Hurry up, the offer ends on Thursday July 12th!

Tigers on the Hunt: Normandy is a DLC of Tigers on the Hunt , and requires the base game to be played.

sudden-strike-4-finland-winter-stormFinland – Winter Storm brings sub-zero conflict to Kalypso’s strategy heavyweight

Kalypso Media is excited to announce the release of the next chapter in its World War 2 strategy heavyweight Sudden Strike 4. Finland – Winter Storm releases today on Steam and GOG, and is based on the events of the Russian advances on Finland during and after the Winter War, up until the Vyborg Offensive in 1944.

Offering two new mini-campaigns and six missions, the DLC faithfully recreates some of the war’s most important conflicts between the Finnish and Soviet forces. In the Soviet campaign, players will attempt to capture the village of Suomussalmi, protect the railway to Murmansk against a German-Finnish offensive and break through the Finnish defensive lines during the Vyborg Offensive. In the Finnish campaign, you must retake and hold the village of Suomussalmi while crushing Soviet reinforcements, seize back the Lähde sector and hold the final defense line in the Battle of Tali-Ihantala.

Alongside the new campaigns, Finland – Winter Storm also introduces three new doctrine commanders to choose from; artillery expert Vilho Petter Nenonen, tank general Ruben Lagus and renowned general Karl Lennart Oesch, all of which introduce new strategic options for tackling this latest set of challenges. You’ll also have 19 new vehicles to deploy, including new rescue vehicles, the Russian KV-1 and BT-7M, and the Finnish Stug III G and Flak 36.

Finland – Winter Storm is available now on PC (Windows, Linux and Mac via Steam and GOG) and will be included in the upcoming release of Sudden Strike 4: European Battlefields Edition on Xbox One on 26th June 2018.

To celebrate the release, Kalypso has prepared a new trailer showcasing the new DLC in all its glory.

tigers-on-the-hunt-normandyJune, 1944. Europe has been under the Nazi heel for 4 long years. Even if the Eastern Front is crumbling and the Red Army counterattacks are in full swing, the German Armed Forces are still a formidable opponent and are making very costly every inch of ground conquered.

Only a breach into the Festung Europa and the creation of a second front could ensure the beginning of the end of the Third Reich.

Tigers on the Hunt: Normandy is a DLC contains 2 Campaign Game Scenarios for Tigers on the Hunt, featuring 6 different battles.

The scenarios feature many historical tactical situations from the Normandy Landing, ranging from the heroic deeds of the 6th Company C of 2nd Ranger Battalion at Pointe de la Porcée, the British fighting at Le Hamel, Pegasus Bridge, and more!

Stay tuned for further updates!

field-of-glory-2-age-of-belisariusThe Western Roman Empire might have fallen, but the fight for its legacy is far from over. In its old provinces, Romano-Barbaric kingdoms are established and, even if political fragile, their ambitions are well known. While the Ostrogoths managed to unite in a single Kingdom Italy and the Balkans, the Vandals have claimed North Africa and have become a major naval threat to Byzantium, the direct heirs of the Eastern Roman Empire.

Under the command of valiant generals such as Belisarius and Narses, the Byzantines will fight tooth and nail to prove to anyone on Earth that the Imperium of Rome is still a force to be reckoned with, and can perhaps be restored to its former glory.

Field of Glory II: Age of Belisarius, the new DLC in the series that is reviving highly historically accurate wargaming, is now available!

This expansion adds 11 new factions, 17 new units, 29 new Army Lists, 4 new historically-based campaigns and more! Further, the accompanying free patch adds tons of new features and elements (did somebody say “STEAM achievements“?). Click here to read the full, massive changelog!

But the good news is not over!

To celebrate this important milestone, Field of Glory II (base game), Immortal Fire and Legions Triumphant are getting a nice discount! Hurry up! You have until June 13th to take advantage of the offer.

Finally, if you are eager to give yourself a challenge, the Age of Belisarius Tournament is opening its gates for recruitment! Click here to see the rules, and if you want to join click here!