Month: April 2024

men-of-war-2The eagerly awaited World War II RTS gets ready for its PC launch

Fulqrum Publishing and Ukrainian studio Best Way are excited to announce that their highly anticipated RTS title Men of War II releases on May 15, 2024 on PC. A date long-term fans may appreciate, as this marks the 10th anniversary since the full release of Men of War: Assault Squad 2.

Following a number of public playtests last year, the team at Best Way opted to spend extra development time to incorporate feedback from the community. The fans will be able to enjoy the fruits of this extra labor at launch, as the game has received numerous technical improvements and bug fixes, as well as balancing and various upgrades to audio-visual quality since the last Open Beta.

Men of War II will launch with three playable nations – the Soviets, Americans and the Third Reich – each with their own narrative campaign, as well as two further Historical campaigns, a dynamic Conquest campaign and a skirmish-like Raid mode. All of the single-player content can also be played in co-op with up to five players, and the game offers extensive PvP and PvE multiplayer options, including ranked match-making for all three battle setups (Battalions, Combined Arms and Classic Mode).

The new chapter in the evolution of the top-rated RTS franchise provides a World War II real-time strategy experience like never before with an unprecedented number of units with different specialisations to command, unyielding attention to historical fidelity, advanced enemy AI, new levels of visual and audio excellence; and with a plethora of customisable gameplay options and modes for single-player as well as PvP and co-op multiplayer, Men of War II appeals to both the hardcore RTS aficionado and the more casual fan alike.

Watch the new Men of War II Release Date Reveal Trailer HERE.

Men of War II will be available for PC via Steam, Epic Games Store, and other digital stores on May 15, 2024, retailing for $44.99 USD/£37.99 GBP/€44.99 EUR. For more information, visit the official Fulqrum Publishing website.

Winds of Change Add-On Arrives on May 8

The eventful centuries of the Renaissance, Reformation and Revolutions saw the unseating of many ways of life and the upending of traditional arrangements. In Europa Universalis IV: Winds of Change, you can explore new and exciting histories of many of these dramatic changes.

Winds of Change is an upcoming Expansion for Europa Universalis IV, Paradox Interactive’s flagship historical grand strategy game. Scheduled for release on May 08, 2024, Winds of Change adds more focus to key regions of the world. New mission trees, new government reforms and new national mechanics are in place for over a dozen nations.

Watch the Europa Universalis IV: Winds of Change – Official Announcement Trailer HERE.

Europa Universalis IV: Winds of Change includes new historical content for:

  • Major American Nations: The Aztecs, Maya and Inca all get significant updates, including an Aztec mechanic that promotes warfare and demanding sacrifices, new ways to unite the Mayan nations into one kingdom, Incan royal authority, and many other improvements and updates. These nations also receive special content to allow an alternate-history invasion of the Old World.
  • Major Trading Nations: Both The Netherlands and Venice see expanded historical flavor, including more detailed content for the creation and enlargement of the Dutch Republic, the Glorious Revolution uniting the Dutch and British crowns, the Venetian Council of Ten, and the glories of the Venetian Renaissance.
  • Gunpowder Empires: The declining Timurid Empire can either fully embrace Persian traditions or return to its horse empire roots through a life of plunder, and the rising Mughal Empire has new routes to unite all of India under its sway. The Central Asian Horde nations also get updates, including unique flavor for the Tatar, Mongol and Moghul Khanates.
  • Central Europe: Austria, Hungary and Bohemia get revised trees, including the possibility for the Austrian and Hungarians to form the dual monarchy of Austria-Hungary and for Bohemia to expand Hussite Power in the heart of the Empire, while all three can tailor the HRE to their liking.
  • Major Formable European Nations: New alt-historical options and content for the formation of Germany and Italy.
  • Minor Orthodox Empires: Surrounded by enemies, the Black Sea kingdoms of Theodoro and Trebizond seek to thrive and expand, potentially reviving Orthodox fortunes in the region.
  • Hisn Kayfa and Hormuz/Oman: The minor nation Hisn Kayfa, heirs of the Ayyubid dynasty, and major Gulf trading powers of Hormuz and Oman get unique mission trees to dominate the Middle East.
  • Europa Universalis IV: Winds of Change will be available on 08 May 2024 for the suggested retail price of $19.99/£16.75/€19.99. More game information is available at the official Europa Universalis IV website or vial the games official Steam page.

    scramble-battle-of-britainSlitherine has announced that signups for the beta testing phase of Scramble: Battle of Britain are now open.


    Scramble Battle of Britain is a turn-based tactical dogfighting game that puts you at the heart of the action. Lead your squadron of pilots in a desperate battle for air supremacy. Fully-simulated flight physics and powerful camera tools let you plan and execute your attacks with perfect precision.

    The prestigious battleship Wisconsin enters the high seas

    Wargaming, the publisher and developer of the world’s leading naval battle MMO World of Warships, is setting the scene for the construction of the historic American battleship Wisconsin in the Dockyard, a real naval ship museum. Alongside this new shipbuilding process comes a special Event Pass with two 20-level progression lines to commemorate the Japanese Golden Week holidays, and the revival of the fan-favourite Asymmetric Battles!

    Leading April’s content update comes American Tier X battleship Wisconsin in the Dockyard. Equipped with nine precise 406mm main battery guns in three turrets, and both high speed and concealment on her side, she’s the perfect vessel for fast-paced gameplay. To mitigate damage risks from the ship’s weaker armour Wisconsin comes prepared with speciality combat instructions that decrease consumable preparation and reload time, along with the main battery gun reload time.

    To unlock Wisconsin, players must complete 30 phases of the shipbuilding process, 28 of which can be completed via Dockyard combat missions. Along the way, players will also be rewarded with another American battleship, West Virginia 1944.

    To help continue support for the restoration of the turret of the real USS Wisconsin, a naval ship museum visible in Norfolk, Virginia, several in-game bundles will also be available to purchase, with 100% of the proceeds donated to The Nauticus Foundation, and World of Warships is proudly sponsoring as well the entry tickets for all veterans and service members visiting Nauticus during the April month.

    Watch the Update 13.3: Wisconsin at the Dockyard trailer HERE.

    Celebrate the Japanese Golden Week holidays

    To commemorate the Golden Week holidays coming to Japan at the beginning of May a brand-new Event Pass drops its anchor in Warships’ waters, offering new rewards for players to unlock and enjoy. Set across two 20-level progression lines, players can discover a wealth of rewards including such as signal Containers and Golden tokens.

    Across the two progression lines, rewards include two different Commanders, Andrei Teodorescu from Romania with six skill points and Ashikaga Teru from Japan, a permanent bonus package for Tier VII ships, and four different camouflages. As part of additional festivities, players can get hands-on with a brand-new camouflage for the duration of this update, which features a special destruction animation.

    Asymmetric Battles rise again from the depths

    For fans of player-versus-everyone gameplay, the revival of Asymmetric Battles delivers even more intense naval battles. From 11 April until 16 May, players can get back in on the action as they take on an armada of 12 bots. With the same ruleset as previous Asymmetric Battles, players can select from Tier VI-X ships of any type, assembling fleets of five in the pursuit of naval domination.

    April’s update also continues Early Access to Commonwealth cruisers, before becoming researchable in the Tech Tree in update 13.4. This update also welcomes three new Brawls from 22 April until 29 April, available in a nine-against-nine format for Tier X destroyers, cruisers and battleships.

    You can find the full patch notes HERE.

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    headquarters-world-war-iiPrepare to storm the frontlines of one of World War II’s most iconic campaigns, as Headquarters: World War II is out now on Steam. This brand new turn-based strategy title from Slitherine Software and Starni Games enables players to experience both sides of the Normandy Campaign in tense battles as the UK, the USA, or Germany.

    Set during the Normandy landings, Headquarters: World War II features three-plot driven campaigns (United Kingdom, United States, and Germany), that span nine operations each. Alongside these three campaigns, the game features a Skirmish Mode, a Map Editor tool, a random map generation tool, and a Multiplayer Mode for up to four players.

    In Skirmish Mode, players can test their skills against AI on six different skirmish maps. Quick thinking and versatility are required here, as these maps contain different victory conditions. The game also supports multiplayer battles for up to four players both with real-time connection or using Slitherine’s CombatHQ system.

    With units boasting multidimensional armour and terrain offering diverse advantages, every decision carries weight on the battlefield. Positioning is essential to consider, as fences and other obstacles can be used for directional cover and attacking from different elevations of terrain will have an impact on the player’s line of sight and overall combat effectiveness.

    Utilising the power of Unreal Engine 4, all units and scenery within Headquarters: World War II are created with the finest attention to detail.

    These striking visuals help to add a touch of realism to the horrors of war, with players encountering sights such as burning tank hulks, ruined houses, shell craters, smoke, death, and destruction.

    Watch the release trailer HERE.

    field-of-glory-kingdomsSlitherine has announced that Field of Glory: Kingdoms will be released this June.

    Field of Glory: Kingdoms is the new game from award-winning studio AGEOD, makers of some of the best grand strategy games of all times. It is set in 1054, just after the Great Schism, and it encompasses more than two centuries of epic European, African, and Middle Eastern history.

    Kingdoms continues and expands the concept of national traits, just like its predecessor Empires did, but significantly broadens it both in number and diversity. The assumption here is that certain nations (or often groups of nations with the same culture) had specific traditions or approaches that cannot be covered by general rules applicable to everyone. Thus, it represents a blend of pragmatism and humility, recognizing that a game cannot replicate the entire complexity of the real world, and therefore, abstractions and simplifications are necessary.

    Find out more about Field of Glory: Kingdoms from this press release.

    crusader-kings-3Legends of Crusader Kings III Introduces People to Lifestyles with Character

    Paradox Interactive’s award-winning medieval grand-strategy game Crusader Kings III has long been a favorite of newcomers to the Paradox stable of dynamic historical games. Its deft mix of deep strategy, period flavor, and character-centered role-playing appeals to a wide range of game-playing styles. Today, the Crusader Kings III team is launching a month-long activation on their channels aimed at making the game even more welcoming to curious people – with a free update coming in May. No need to be intimidated by the map, the numbers, or the sea of scowling faces.

    Over the next month, Crusader Kings III will reintroduce a few familiar characters from one of the game’s most popular starting bookmarks. This campaign is designed to highlight the diversity of play options and story-telling possibilities available in the game. Even the most warlike of players must deal, from time to time, with other role-playing approaches if they want to get the most out of their experience.

    Watch the announcement trailer HERE.

    At Paradox, we’re not under any illusions that our grand strategy games are immediately approachable, but we’ve always been proud that Crusader Kings III has been able to attract a wide range of types of players,” says Crusader Kings III Game Director, Alex Oltner. “Its ‘story generator’ qualities have proven very effective at getting a certain type of player into the larger themes that typify our largest titles. Legends of Crusader Kings III is intended to further lower the barriers by putting the different playstyles up front, showcasing the potential variety to curious people intimidated by taking that first step into historical grand strategy.

    Legends of Crusader Kings III takes advantage of the game’s most distinctive feature – rich character personalities and biographies that encourage different play styles. In Crusader Kings III, a warrior-king is encouraged to pursue different goals with different advantages than a ruler adept at managing money or scheming against their foes. Legends of Crusader Kings III revises the popular 1066 “Rags to Riches” game start by highlighting five rulers as exemplars of the five key traits of Crusader Kings III characters.

  • Diplomacy: Petty King Murchard of Munster in Ireland uses his strong relationship-building skills to anchor his drive to unite the island under one crown.
  • Stewardship: Duke Vratislav of Bohemia rules a rich land at the heart of Central Europe, helping development and construction in his realm.
  • Learning: Duchess Matilda of Tuscany promotes scholarship in her Italian lands, leading to better education and quicker research.
  • Intrigue: Emir Yahya of Toledo is at the center of scheming and manipulation in the combative arena of Iberian politics.
  • Martial: Duke Robert of Apulia has his sights set on the conquest of the rich lands of Sicily, and is just the warlord for the job.
  • Each leader is recontextualized with greater emphasis on their different playstyles, including a few new events for some of these characters to deepen immersion. They will have updated appearances and biographies, setting them apart from the hundreds of other possible characters to choose from.

    The Legends of Crusader Kings III update will be available in May to everyone who owns the game. Meanwhile, visit the website to discover the five legends and their stories, or forge your own!

    scramble-battle-of-britainSlitherine Games has released the Scramble: Battle of Britain – Flight School, Episode #3 (part 2) video.

    Watch Flight School, Episode #3 “”Physics Class” (part 2) HERE.

    Read the full article HERE.

    Scramble Battle of Britain is a turn-based tactical dogfighting game that puts you at the heart of the action. Lead your squadron of pilots in a desperate battle for air supremacy. Fully-simulated flight physics and powerful camera tools let you plan and execute your attacks with perfect precision.

    Scramble: Battle of Britain breaks the chaos of a dogfight into short, thrilling chunks of action. Set in a dynamic 3D airspace, this simultaneous turn-based dogfighting game minimizes time and reflex demands while retaining the intricate details of aerodynamics and physics-based simulation unique to the piloting experience. Players strategically plan the maneuvers of their aircraft during simultaneous turns and witness the outcomes in real-time.

    Engage in intense aerial battles as Luftwaffe and RAF fighter squadrons clash over the English Channel. Plan your flight paths, execute breathtaking maneuvers, rewind time to evaluate battle damage, and outsmart your opponents with strategic brilliance and captivating aerobatics. Get ready to take control of the skies!