Strategy and Wargaming

europa-universalis-iv-cradle-of-civilizationParadox Outlines Features Coming in Cradle of Civilization – Release Date Announced

Paradox Development Studio announces that Cradle of Civilization, the newest expansion to its flagship grand strategy game Europa Universalis IV, will be available to all wannabe conquerors on November 16, 2017. In less than a month, the million-plus explorers, traders and conquerors that make up the Europa Universalis community will see deeper gameplay and more detailed modeling of the tumultuous Middle East and Central Asia.

Cradle of Civilization will come with a host of new features, centered on the great empires that rose and fall in the fertile valleys that stretch from the Nile to the Indus. But let’s listen to Europa Universalis IV Game Director Jake Leiper-Ritchie outline the exciting changes in this developer video.

Cradle of Civilization continues the Paradox Development Studio mission to explore and explain the world beyond most textbooks, giving many great societies their chance to shine and open new and exciting ways for players to experience the early modern era.

Europa Universalis IV: Cradle of Civilization will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.99.

For more information, please visit the official Europa Universalis IV website.

sudden-strike-4-road-to-dunkirkChallenging new campaigns and powerful units arrive in new DLC expansion

Kalypso Media is pleased to announce that The Road to Dunkirk, the first official DLC for its recent WW2 RTS Sudden Strike 4, is available now on Windows, Linux, Mac* and PlayStation®4, with a limited-time discount of 10% available to Steam customers for one week after launch. This exciting new DLC offers four new singleplayer missions based around one of the most intense and dramatic conflicts in the entire war, as the Allied forces made a desperate bid to rescue British, French and Belgian troops trapped in the eponymous French town, surrounded by the German army with seemingly no hope for escape.

In the German side of the campaign, players must break through the French defenses in the Battle of Lille to capture the town of Dunkirk and ultimately hunt down and destroy a British battleship. In the Allied campaign, players will launch a counter-offensive during the Battle of Ypres-Comines and attempt to evacuate as many soldiers as possible during Operation Dynamo itself. To aid in the battle, players will have two new commanders to choose from: French war hero Charles de Gaulle and British Expeditionary Force division commander Harold Alexander, further adding to your strategic options for each mission.

Last but not least, Sudden Strike 4: Road to Dunkirk also introduces 10 all-new units for players to deploy, including the German SIG 33 Bison artillery, the French Char B1 heavy tank, the British A10 Cruiser Mk. II medium tank and destroyer HMS Ivanhoe.

Watch the Sudden Strike 4: Road to Dunkirk release trailer HERE.

Sudden Strike 4: Road to Dunkirk is available now as DLC for the Windows PC, Linux, Mac and PlayStation®4 versions of Sudden Strike 4 via digital distribution platforms for £7.99GBP / $9.99USD / €9.99EUR. On Steam, the DLC will be available at a 10% discount for one week, until 10:00 PST on 27th October.

Gary Grigsby’s War in the East has been updated to version 1.11.00! This version adds a tremendous amount of changes, among all:

  • Improvements to stability, and speed of play vs the AI.
  • Removal of several exploits.
  • More information about losses in battle, and overall losses.
  • Reduced garrison micromanagement.
  • Manpower statistics in logistics phase log.
  • Better automatic manpower and ground element management resulting in stronger units.
  • Data export to CSV.
  • Balance adjustments.
  • UI improvements.
  • New “CV Mode” game option.
  • New ground element types.
  • 74 new features, 41 bug fixes, 33 scenario changes, and 240 data changes.
  • Note: Games started or saved with 1.11.00 are no longer backwards compatible with older versions.

But the changelog is truly huge, so be sure check it out here!

You can download the patch from here.

fields-of-glory-2“Famous men have the whole earth as their memorial.” – Pericles

Few games have been able in the past to truly capture the magnitude and the complexity of Ancient Warfare.

Field of Glory II, the latest masterpiece from the creators of gems like Pike and Shot and Sengoku Jidai, is one of these games, and it is finally available!

Fight in over two centuries of constant warfare, witnessing the Rise of Rome to become the dominant power in the Mediterranean Sea, from 280 B.C. to 25 B.C.

The game offers an incredible degree of choice: With over 78 Army Lists and 48 Factions to choose from, randomly generated maps, and a wealth of different scenarios, no two battles will look or play the same.

Your skills will be tested against a challenging AI through 4 historically-based Campaigns where strategic decisions will have a real impact on the upcoming battles, and decide everything from your opponents and allies to the kind of map. Or jump into one of the most flexible systems to create your perfect Custom Battle or Campaign!

Do you want to know more about the different gameplay modes? Click here!

The game ships with a wonderful full-colour hardcover manual, but if you want to wait to see what it looks like, look at this abstract!

You can view the Field of Glory II release trailer HERE.

Are you still on the fence? We’re having a live stream on our Twitch Channel and we may have some spare keys to give away, so be sure to come have fun with us!

Last but not least, we have a new Discord channel for whoever wants to join this game’s community, you can find it HERE! (You can use Discord on your browser, but we suggest you to download the desktop version since is way more stable and reliable)

Get more information about the game from its official product page!

sudden-strike-4-road-to-dunkirkThe fight continues in upcoming DLC based on one of WW2′s most dramatic conflicts

Following on from the successful launch of Sudden Strike 4 on Windows, Linux, Mac and PlayStation®4, Kalypso Media is excited to reveal the first official DLC expansion for its WW2 strategy heavyweight. Sudden Strike 4: The Road to Dunkirk will launch for Windows PC, Linux, Mac and PlayStation®4 via digital distribution platforms on 20th October. The DLC offers four new singleplayer missions based around one of the most intense and dramatic conflicts in the entire war, as the Allied forces made a desperate bid to rescue British, French and Belgian troops trapped in the eponymous French town, surrounded by the German army with seemingly no hope for escape.

In the German side of the campaign, players must break through the French defenses in the Battle of Lille to capture the town of Dunkirk and ultimately hunt down and destroy a British battleship. In the Allied campaign, players will launch a counter-offensive during the Battle of Ypres-Comines and attempt to evacuate as many soldiers as possible during Operation Dynamo itself. To aid in the battle, players will have two new commanders to choose from: French war hero Charles de Gaulle and British Expeditionary Force division commander Harold Alexander, further adding to your strategic options for each mission.

Last but not least, Sudden Strike 4: Road to Dunkirk will also see the introduction of 10 all-new units for players to deploy, including the German SIG 33 Bison artillery, the French Char B1 heavy tank, the British A10 Cruiser Mk. II medium tank and destroyer HMS Ivanhoe.

View the Sudden Strike 4: Road to Dunkirk Announcement Trailer HERE.

Sudden Strike 4: Road to Dunkirk will be available as DLC for the Windows PC, Mac, Linux and PlayStation®4 versions of Sudden Strike 4 on 20th October 2017 via digital distribution platforms for £7.99GBP / $9.99USD / €9.99EUR.

crusader-kings-2-jade-dragonPrice of Crusader Kings II Expansion Set in Green Stone

His most grand and royal eminence, the Emperor of China, has sent an ambassador with intelligence on what to expect once you make his acquaintance in Crusader Kings II: Jade Dragon. In a new feature video from Paradox Development Studio, Henrik Fahraeus, the Game Director for Crusader Kings II goes through some of the changes and new systems coming in Jade Dragon, the newest update to Paradox’s best-selling medieval strategy game.

Jade Dragon expands on Crusader Kings II by introducing the power of a meddling foreign emperor, whose great energies cannot be contained in China alone. Can you channel this imperial ambition to bolster your own kingdom? Maybe you will become strong enough to claim the Middle Kingdom for your own dynasty.

Paradox has also announced that Jade Dragon will be sold for a suggested retail price of $14.99. The expansion will be available later this fall.

For more information about Crusader Kings II: Jade Dragon, visit the games official website.

command-shifting-sandsCommand: Modern Air Naval Operations is renowned to be the most advanced modern military simulator in the market.

We are happy to share with you that the last expansion for Command: Shifting Sands, is coming out on October 19th, in just two weeks!

Prepare to be challenged in 17 thrilling campaign scenarios covering all the major conflicts between the State of Israel and his neighbors!

The state of Israel has endured contentious warfare for its entire existence. No sooner had it been declared in May 1948 than it became involved in a struggle for survival, fighting its neighbours in a ferocious clash. This was the first Arab-Israeli war, but it would be far from the last.

Shifting Sands traces the history of the successive Arab-Israeli conflicts: from the sidelines of the Suez crisis, through the lightning Six-Day War, the guerilla-like War Of Attrition and the strategic surprise of the Yom Kippur War, all the way to the historic Osirak raid and the epic air battle over the Bekaa Valley.

The campaign covers both the battles that happened and the clashes that did not, but could have; all of the snapshots of the ever-shifting sands of a fragile balance in arguably the most violently fluid region of the planet since WW2.

Get more information from Command: Shifting Sands from his official Product Page!

stronghold-2-steam-editionFirefly Studios has announced that Stronghold 2: Steam Edition is now available to download and play! Discounted by 15% during launch week and released as FREE update for existing owners on Steam, this new remaster is designed to future proof one of your favourite Stronghold games. With new content, enhanced graphics and a reworked UI the Steam Edition brings Stronghold 2 into the modern era for both veterans and Stronghold newbies.

Watch the Stronghold 2: Steam Edition – Launch Trailer HERE.

Created exclusively for Steam, Stronghold 2: Steam Edition comes packed with Steam multiplayer support, achievements, enhanced visuals, a new map pack, digital art book, soundtrack and Steam trading cards. The Steam Edition also updates Stronghold 2 with full Steam Workshop integration, allowing to you easily create and share custom maps with friends. Recreate iconic real-life castles, battlegrounds from medieval history and scenes from your favourite fantasy epic!

Stronghold 2 already in your Steam library? Then simply launch the Steam client and enjoy all Steam Edition features in a FREE update!

europa-universalis-iv-cradle-of-civilizationCradle of Civilization Expansion for Europa Universalis IV Focuses on Muslim Empires

Paradox Interactive and Paradox Development Studio today announced Europa Universalis IV: Cradle of Civilization, a new expansion to the best-selling grand strategy game about exploration and empire in early modern history. For millennia, empires have battled over the deserts and valleys where humankind once took its first tentative steps towards to something larger. From Sennacherib to the great khans, the crossroads of trade and learning have also been the highways for armies and warlords. Now, in the shadow of the collapse of Timur’s great empire, new powers are staking their claim to be the heirs to the Cradle of Civilization.

Europa Universalis IV: Cradle of Civilization adds greater depth to the Muslim nations that occupy the lands between the Nile and the Indus. With new governmental powers and game options, the major powers of the region will each feel even more distinct from each other.

Features in Europa Universalis IV: Cradle of Civilization include:

  • Mamluk Government: In a diverse empire, where the slaves are now masters, new sultans must rely on cultural power to stay viable.
  • Persian Theocracy: Persian nations can use the power of the faith to bolster their regime.
  • Tribal Federations: The Black and White Sheep tribes in Armenia and Mesopotamia must expand to exploit the unity of local clans.
  • Army Professionalism: The Age of Mercenaries slowly transitions to the Age of Standing Armies as you recruit new generals and drill your peacetime army.
  • Iqta Taxes: Muslim governments can impose new taxes every 20 years for special bonuses.
  • Trade Policies: Instruct your merchants to take actions in trade nodes to increase your trade power or military advantage.
  • Islamic Schools: The wide range of Sunni and Shia disciplines offer unique perks to their disciples and transforms international relations across the Middle East.
  • And Much More: The Cradle of Civilization expansion will be accompanied by a free update for all EU4 players, including a new map with many new nations.

Cradle of Civilization continues the Europa Universalis IV tradition of letting players explore new histories and cultures, giving starring roles to empires often forgotten in textbooks. Cradle of Civilization will be available in late 2017 for the suggested retail price $19.99.

Watch the Europa Universalis IV: Cradle of Civilization Announcement Trailer HERE.

For more information, please visit the official Europa Universalis IV website.

command-shifting-sandsWarfareSims and MatrixGames are proud to announce Shifting Sands, the third DLC/Standalone to be released under the Command label!

Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, … few places in the world could claim the title of being one of the most conflict-ridden regions such as the Eastern Mediterranean. Religious and geopolitical fractures are ravaging the region since the end of the British Mandate over Palestine in 1948.

Countless conflicts have erupted all over the years -in particular between the State of Israel and its Arab neighbours – constantly changing warfare’s nature.

Only fast-thinking commanders will be successful, in a world where threats are never static and last conflict’s triumphant strategy will lead you to disaster in the next!

Command: Shifting Sands traces the history of the Arab-Israeli conflicts following the proclamation of the State of Israel: from the sidelines of the Suez crisis, through the lightning Six-Day War, the guerilla-like War Of Attrition and the strategic surprise of the Yom Kippur War, all the way to the historic Osirak raid and the epic air battle over the Bekaa Valley.

  • 17 campaign scenarios (14 historical and 3 hypothetical) written by Paul A. Bridge, ex-Royal Navy officer and author of the award-winning “Northern Inferno” campaign.
  • Witness the dramatic changes in warfare hardware and tactics first-hand: the combat debut of the modern anti-ship missile and the countermeasures to it, the revolution in offensive counter-air operations, the emergence of the surface-to-air missile (SAM) and the development of SEAD (suppression of enemy air-defences) systems and tactics to deal with the new threat.
  • Explore the great historical what-ifs of the Middle East theatre: The US responds forcefully to the attack on the Liberty, the Soviet and US fleets clash over their supported allies, and Israel resorts to nuclear weapons as the defensive fronts collapse.

Get more information about Command: Shifting Sands from its official Product Page!

Command: Shifting Sands can be played as a separate game (with the possibility to upgrade it to the base game with all the available database and scenarios at any point in time). Alternatively, it can be integrated as a new set of scenarios for owners of the original Command: Modern Air/Naval Operations Game of Year Edition!