Strategy and Wargaming

battle-fleet-ground-assaultSource: Blue’s News

Mythical City Games announces Battle Fleet: Ground Assault, a turn-based strategy war game will come to Steam on May 1st. This is continuation of the Battle Fleet series takes the World War II turn-based strategy to dry land, featuring tank combat in spite of retaining the “Fleet” nomenclature. They also announce that an update will come later this year to add full virtual reality support, saying VR and desktop players will be able to do battle against each other. This teaser trailer offers a look at gameplay, and the announcement includes more details:

Mythical City Games announces today that the sequel of the popular turn-based military strategy game “Battle Fleet 2” will be released on Steam May 1st. Battle Fleet: Ground Assault is a new and unique turn-based strategy war game, designed for cunning tank based military maneuvers and challenging new battles, that brings a whole new tactical strategy experience to the genre.

Battle Fleet: Ground Assault takes some of the most exciting tank theaters of war from WWII and puts them on your desktop in this action packed turn-based strategy game. Battle Fleet: Ground Assault boasts a wide array of historically accurate WWII vehicles and tanks as well as different play environments that provide topographical challenges during combat.

In the teaser trailer you can see squads of tanks locked and loaded as they take to the front lines of the fight. The gameplay captures the excitement and power of these lethal war machines. The video shows off the wide range of rural and urban fighting environments as well as showcasing the fully destructible environment and buildings. With 20 historically accurate tanks to choose from, the sky is the limit as you mobilize your forces to the enemy frontlines.

winspmbt-winspww2They’re here! Shrapnel Games and Developer Camo Workshop announce that the 2018 winSPWW2 and winSPMBT upgrade patches are now available for download! We are bringing a storm of brand new content, revisions, and bug fixes that will leave you militarily motivated. Some enhancements are only available to Enhanced users. These exciting Upgrades (winSPMBT to v.12.0 and winSPWW2 to v.11.0) bring a powerful punch to tactical wargaming on your PC!

Head on over to the Shrapnel Games website and check out the press release detailing the full list of changes in these two great games!

strategic-command-classic-ww2Another title from the classic Strategic Command Series it’s coming and will be released on Matrix next week! This time, it’s Strategic Command: Blitzkrieg that’s hitting the shelves, but the deal is far bigger than you might think!

In fact, this matrix edition is the Gold Edition of the Original Strategic Command: Blitzkrieg and Weapons  and Warfare combined! It also has the Patton Drives East expansion and Strategic Command: Pacific Theatre!

This huge re-release will be out very soon, on April 5th!

Brace yourself for Strategic Command Classic: WWII!

From the product page:

Combining the ease of play, accessibility and addicting gameplay, Strategic Command Classic: World War II adds tons of features in a single game.

Weapons and Warfare (the expanded & enhanced version of the original Blitzkrieg)

Rewrite history with 6 full length, open ended campaigns beginning at key stages of World War II. Begin the war from the historical invasion of Poland in 1939, Denmark and Norway in 1940, Russia in 1941, Stalingrad in 1942, the invasion of Sicily by the Allies in 1943 or the epic beach landings of D-Day in 1944.

Pacific

Players will be able to wage war across the massive expanse of the Pacific Ocean. From British occupied India, Tibet, Nepal and China in the West to Pearl Harbor and the West Coast of the US and Canada. WWII Pacific Theatre features a very large map, at 198×82 tiles in size.

Patton Drives East

Patton Drives East allows players to explore the historically possible what ifs of WWII such as:

  • What if the Western Allies and the Soviet Union went to war after defeating the Axis?
  • Could America liberate a Europe subjugated by the Axis?
  • What if the Western Allies had accepted a surrender from Germany and together they would fight against the USSR?”

Important!

This is not a new game. We are taking over from Battlefront as the publisher of this game.

The Gold Edition allow players to play:

  • Blitzkrieg + Weapons and Warfare
  • Pacific Theatre
  • Patton Drives East

Find out more about Strategic Command Classic: WWII on the games official webpage.

desert-war-1940–19421940. While in Europe the German war machine seems unstoppable, in the desert of North Africa the British and its Commonwealth Allies are not willing to concede an easy victory to the Axis. Italian forces – even if initially numerically superior – are not adequately trained or equipped for a prolonged war in such environment, and soon they send request for aid to avoid complete defeat. Berlin answers to the call and a blocking force led by General Erwin Rommel is organized and dispatched to the Libyan shores.

Now, the day has come. Are you ready for Desert War?

Desert War: 1940 – 1942 is an operational level, ground-centric wargame that recreates the epic tank battles fought between the Axis and Allies for possession of Libya and Egypt.

In this wargame, you’ll have the chance to relive the key battles that exalted mechanized warfare in North Africa, where nothing can be left to chance.

Be ready to outsmart your adversary, as you plan your moves simultaneously, thanks to the innovative WEGO system! Will you wait for reinforcements, leaving the initiative to the enemy or will you try to exploit his mistakes, possibly risking your entire frontline?

Make best use of yourAir, Naval, and Ground Assets to turn the tide of battle at your favor!

Desert War: 1940 – 1942 Tutorial Guide

Training is fondamental. Without that, even the best eqipped troops can be prey of a better prepared enemy. You must know your own troops, their potential and limits.

As a commander, you must adapt your plan to un expected situations and quickly, because time is essential and the more you wait the more chances you are leaving to the enemy to exploit your mistakes.

This is even truer in desert warfare, where the harsh environment conditions have a direct impact on communication, movement and more. This is why we are very proud to give you an important tool for your future assignment: the Desert War Tutorial Guide, written and assembled by user and beta tester John “Slick Wilhelm” Dahlen.

This Guide will be a very important instrument for you (although it doesn’t replace the manual) as there you can find precious tips and explanation on how make best use of your assets.

The Desert War Tutorial Guide is now available in (.pdf format) HERE.

hearts-of-iron-iv-waking-the-tigerBy Joe Robinson @ The Wargamer

Despite the fact that Hearts of Iron IV still has some fundamental issues with its design, the HOI team at Paradox Development Studios are certainly doing a great job distracting us by doubling-down on what actually works (and fleshing out areas of the world bit-by-bit). That’s not meant to be an insult – Dan Lind and his team have been doing great work with what they have, but most fans acknowledge there are problems, even now. Thanks to the recently released Waking the Tiger expansion however, those problems feel a little less pressing.

Read the Review Here

europa-universalis-iv-rule-britanniaCommand the Tides in Europa Universalis IV: Rule Britannia

The old king of legend couldn’t control the waves with a flick of his hand, but you, his heirs, can master them with the power of your navy and the reach of your trade fleets. The destiny of millions is in your hand in Rule Britannia, the newest immersion pack for Paradox Development Studio’s classic historical strategy game Europa Universalis IV.

Watch the release trailer HERE.

Rule Britannia brings greater depth to the lands of England, Scotland and Ireland while offering tools that will deepen the experience of Europa Universalis IV no matter where you choose play. The mission system has been completely reorganized (with new unique missions for the British and Irish nations), and any nation with a fleet can choose a naval doctrine that will boost its galleys, reduce its maintenance cost or strengthen the power of its trading ships.

Features of Europa Universalis IV: Rule Britannia include:

  • New British Missions: Exclusive Mission Trees for England, Scotland, Ireland and Great Britain, embedded in the new Europa Universalis IV mission system (coming with the 1.25 update).
  • Innovativeness: Earn rewards for being the first nation to unlock new knowledge, including lower power costs.
  • Naval Doctrine: Adopt a general strategy for your fleets, giving you bonuses to ship maintenance, trade power or battle performance.
  • Anglicanism: A new Protestant faith can appear in England with new bonuses and religious choices.
  • New Units: New army designs for British and Irish nations, including independent Northumberland and Cornwall.
  • New Music: The epic score of history has been filled out with new music to backdrop your quest for world supremacy
  • Knowledge Sharing: Help your lagging allies or subjects by promoting the spread of institutions in their realms.
  • Trade Steering: Force your defeated enemies to have their merchants fill your coffers.

Europa Universalis IV: Rule Britannia is now available in the Paradox store and on Steam for the suggested retail price of $9.99.

check-your-6Matrix Games have announced today that Check Your 6! has been released.

Born from Scott Fisher’s board game and developed by “The Lordz Games Studio”, Check Your 6! will bring you in the middle of World War II’s air battles.

Play as the British or as the Germans in 18 different missions covering air battles, and protecting and destroying important objectives. Use 14 different aircraft, each with its own strength and weakness, with a huge number of weapons that allow the player to attack with different precision and ranges.

Check Your 6! is also available on Steam, but remember that if you buy the game from the Matrix Games Store you’ll receive a Steam key for free!

Also today Matrix Games has released two quick video tutorials, one talking about Basics and UI, while the other one talks about Movement and Combat.

hearts-of-iron-iv-waking-the-tigerAre you ready to beat back the imperialist aggression of the world’s bullies? Paradox Development Studio is happy to announce the release of Waking the Tiger, an expansion to Hearts of Iron IV that makes major improvements to many aspects of the game, while drawing players’ attention to the Chinese Front.

The Chinese Republic is barely 25 years old and has still not found the unity it seeks. But now, pressed by Japan, China’s factions might find in war the common cause that eluded them in peace. New leaders and focus trees for Nationalist China, Communist China, the warlord states and the Japanese vassals add more depth and history to one of history’s forgotten fronts.

Hearts of Iron IV: Waking the Tiger includes:

  • Chinese National Focuses: Divided and under threat, China has great reserves of manpower and diplomatic flexibility
  • Chain of Command: Unite your armies under a field marshal who can take advantage of the many skills of the generals under his direction.
  • Decisions and Missions: Historical decisions and national missions give you new places to spend Political Power, as you deal with domestic politics or start special projects.
  • Commanders’ Traits and Abilities: Commanders’’ traits can now unlock powerful Command Power abilities, allowing great flexibility and creativity.
  • Updated Axis Focus Trees: Alternate historical paths for the German Reich and Imperial Japan, including parliamentary rule in Japan and the return of the Kaiser to Germany.
  • Acclimatization: Over time, troops will learn how to survive in the desert or harsh winters, giving these veterans an edge on the battlefield.
  • And More: Capturing battlefield equipment, and a revitalized air war system that has room for Volunteer air wings.

As usual, the expansion will be released alongside a major game update that is freely available to all Hearts of Iron IV players.

Watch the Hearts of Iron IV: Waking the Tiger Release Trailer HERE.

Hearts of Iron IV: Waking the Tiger is available now at the expansions webpage for a suggested retail price of $19.99.

field-of-glory-2-legions-triumphantValour is superior to numbers. – Vegetius

When there is something greater than your own life to fight for, then there is no time for turning back. You must take your sword, your shield, say goodbye to your natural family, for you are joining men who will become your brothers in battle.

With them, you will fight until final victory or total defeat, sharing the destiny of your nation. Will you follow your brethren wherever the path of duty could lead?

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

From the first Emperor, Augustus, until the collapse of the Western Roman Empire in 476 AD, this new DLC features five centuries of constant war.

Take part in expanding the Pax Romana or fight it tooth and nail!

Witness the final disintegration of Western Roman power under pressure from the Germans and Goths (themselves attempting to outdistance the rising power of the Huns), and the desperate attempts of 5th-century leaders to hold at bay the barbarian tide, using armies at least partly consisting of barbarian troops.

This DLC greatly expands the base game content adding 10 new factions 19 new units, 24 new army lists, 10 new Epic Battles and 36 new Quick Battles!

With Legions Triumphant, the Custom Battles and the Sandbox Campaigns modules now include all 132 army lists.

4 new historically-based campaigns:

  • Third Century Crisis
  • King of Kings (Sassanid Persia)
  • Stilicho
  • Empire of the Huns

 Grab Field of Glory II: Legions Triumphant now!

Don’t forget to check out the changelog for the free patch accompanying the release! Version 1.2.5 brings many improvements to the campaign system with tons of new features, including the ability to name your units! Click here to check the full change list.

order-of-battle-sandstorm1941. Erwin Rommel is appointed commander of the newly created Deutsches Afrika Korps, with the goal of supporting Italy in their campaign against the Allied forces in North Africa.

It is the beginning of a great military campaign which will show the world the military genius of Rommel, a series of great accomplishments which will earn him the immortal nickname of the Desert Fox.

Order of Battle: Sandstorm, the new DLC in the Order of Battle series, will let you relive those years.

You will need exceptional strategical ability to succeed in the brand new campaign – one of the longest ever in Order of Battle, 14 scenarios! Beware, you will be outnumbered and time is against you. Deceive your enemy, then outmaneuver and vanquish them before you run out of supplies.

Sandstorm greatly expands the roster of Italy, adding many unique units as well as specializations. It also introduces a brand new terrain type to Order of Battle, Arid, as well as new terrain rules to represent the hazards of fighting in a desert environment (has anyone mentioned sandstorms?).

Sandstorm is currently in development and it’s about to enter Beta. If you would like to follow its development and give us a hand in testing it, please apply for the beta here.

We will show you more of the DLC soon, so stay tuned!