Naval Combat

destroyer-the-u-boat-hunterIn the highly realistic simulation you can now take up the fight with relentless enemy submarines and defend your vulnerable allied convoys on their way across the ocean

Today, publisher Daedalic Entertainment and developer Iron Wolf Studio announced that Destroyer: The U-Boat Hunter is now available worldwide through Steam Early Access for PC. Whether you are a veteran sim expert or newcomer to the genre, the historically accurate WW2 simulation offers authentic and thrilling anti-submarine warfare during the infamous Battle of the Atlantic.

Destroyer: The U-Boat Hunter is an innovative, cross-genre destroyer simulation which truthfully depicts the struggle of escort groups protecting allied convoys against German U-boats during the Battle of the Atlantic. Take full control of a Fletcher-class destroyer with all the crucial responsibilities of an anti-submarine destroyer attack team, using authentic instruments and attack procedures – or choose to automate certain tasks to focus more on the operational side of things. From identifying enemy vessels in the distance and plotting their projected inbound trajectories to positioning and commanding allied forces to intercept and attack enemy hostiles, players experience the full spectrum of anti-submarine warfare.

Check out the new gameplay tutorial video HERE.

Destroyer combines the thrill of commanding an anti-submarine warship with the tactical challenge of managing a whole escort group protecting convoys against relentless wolfpacks. The game goes to great lengths to appeal to fans of realism and immersion, at the same time offering a great experience for beginners in the genre as well. Whether a military sim veteran or a fledgling captain, immerse yourself in a cinematic naval warfare experience and feel the thrill of the hunt!

Destroyer: The U-Boat Hunter is now available on Windows PC via Steam Early Access. For more information, please visit the official Steam game page.

rule-the-waves-3Matrix Games and Naval Warfare Simulations are partnering to release the upcoming grand fleet management, design and battle simulation Rule the Waves III. This new cooperation between two of the most renowned brands in the wargaming community will bring new life to a franchise recognized as the best-in-genre by thousands of players worldwide.

“We are thrilled to start a new collaboration with NWS,” said Erik Rutins of Matrix Games.“ We strive to give more visibility to key wargaming franchises and make them available to a broader public, and Rule the Waves has always been one of our favorite series in naval wargaming. We look forward to working with NWS to expand its audience and allow more players worldwide to enjoy this title’s depth of gameplay and accuracy”.

NWS is a US-based developer and publisher of both digital and physical naval simulations. The release of Rule the Waves 3 is the first collaboration between Matrix Games and NWS. The game will release on the Matrix Games store, Steam, and other third-party stores by the end of the first quarter of 2023.

The beta testing phase is starting today and interested players can sign up HERE.

Rule the Waves III is a simulation of naval ship design and construction, fleet management and naval warfare from 1890 to 1970. and will place you in the role of ‘Grand Admiral’ of a navy from the time when steam and iron dominated warship design up to the missile age.Rule the Waves III will let you design and build the ships of your navy, and lead them into battle when war erupts. You will guide your navy’s deployment, construction and operations during a period of great technological innovation and political tensions. While the game derives much of its technology and events from ‘actual’ history, you will find that you forge your own new history each and every time you play!

 Features:

  • Campaigns start in either 1890, 1900,1920 or 1935 and can run through 1970.
  • Monthly strategic turns with Battles resolved in a realistic tactical naval battle resolution system.
  • Manage your naval budget, and deal with interfering Kaisers, presidents or navy ministers as well as a variety of historical events including naval treaties.
  • Realistic design of ships ranging from corvettes to battleships and aircraft carriers.
  • Research and technical development will determine ship design and tactics.
  • Espionage will keep you up to date on the progress of competing navies
  • Submarines, airships, aircraft and missiles will all appear and change the naval balance of power.
  • Build, train, maintain and fight with your own ‘ideal’ navy.
  • Construct coastal fortifications, airbases and other defenses
  • Play as USA, Great Britain, Germany, France, Russia, Italy, Japan, Spain, Austria-Hungary, or China.

Rule the Waves III Product Page

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modern-naval-warfareSlitherine has announced that a new Modern Naval Warfare game, developed by Maslas Bros Studio, is coming soon.

Modern Naval Warfare is the next generation naval combat simulator, which will immerse you in the dark and unforgiving world of the modern high-tech naval battlefield.
Keep track of your enemies, hunt or escort convoys, undertake covert operations and unleash devastating land strikes.
You will be in command of United States’ latest and most lethal Nuclear Attack Submarine the SSN-774 Virginia Class in such detail that will blow your mind.
Play in cooperative mode and assign your friends, into a wide variety of highly detailed stations or face them as enemies.
Choose from a wide range of weapons and play hide and seek into the underwater valleys of the South China Sea.

Watch the Modern Naval Warfare introductory trailer HERE.

Modern Naval Warfare Coming soon, Wishlist on the Official Product page or Steam.

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aircraft-carrier-survivalFull version coming to Steam in Q2 2021

Independent developer CreativeForge Games will release Aircraft Carrier Survival on Steam in Q2 2021. The Prologue is being launched today for free.

Aircraft Carrier Survival is a simulator set in World War II in which you take control of the aircraft carrier, its crew, officers, and planes as you choose the right equipment, crew, and escort for each mission.

In Aircraft Carrier Survival you’ll have to focus on making the best decisions to survive in a hostile environment in the middle of the ocean. Plan your missions, target your enemies and keep most of your crew safe from attacks.

Manage crew and officers
Assign a crew and choose what your officers should focus on. Your ship has many stations to man, and proper management will be the key to executing your plan, whether by taking on an enemy directly, sneaking past them, or taking an alternative route to completely avoid contact.

Damage control
Your damage control teams can handle fire outbreaks, torpedo strikes, hull flooding, enemy bombardment, airstrikes, and suicide attacks from enemy planes, but not all of them at once. Assess which threats need to be dealt with first in order to survive.

Survive and fight back
Use maneuvers, aircraft, anti-aircraft turrets, and whatever else you can to survive the enemy attack. Make sure that any enemy who dares to attack you will end up in the depths of the Pacific.

Hard decisions
Will you risk all lives on the vessel to save the one in need? Do you have what it takes to make a decision on the spot? No matter what, some sacrifices will be necessary and the only source of redemption is victory.

Mission planning
Use intel collected during recon missions to prepare pilots and aircraft for large operations. Target enemy land bases and even their entire fleets. Identify opponents before choosing attack directions and deciding the sequence of targets and maneuvers.

Features

  • Take control of an aircraft carrier in World War II.
  • Manage the crew, the officers, and the planes.
  • Choose the right equipment, crew, and escort for each mission.
  • Survive in a hostile environment in the middle of the ocean and fight back against your enemies.
  • Plan your missions, target your objectives and keep most of your crew safe from attacks.

1971-indian-naval-frontRevive the war between India and Pakistan

Independent game development studio Neosphere Interactive in collaboration with Design Media & Edutainment Solutions announces the release of 1971: Indian Naval Front on Steam in Q2 2021. Visit the 1971: Indian Naval Front Steam page for new video and screenshots.

In 1971: Indian Naval Front you can revive history and experience the clashes in the Indian Ocean between India and Pakistan during their war in the seventies.

1971: Indian Naval Front will enable you to take part in pretty much all the Indian Navy operations executed during the 1971 War including transmission of intel through morse codes”, says Hitesh Ramchandani, co-founder at Neosphere Interactive.

The Campaign Mode (Single player) is played from the perspective of Indian Navy, where the player engages in different combat missions like Maritime Interdiction Operations, Naval Air Squadron Sorties, Search and Rescue and others. All the missions are based on actual incidents which took place during the war.

Multiplayer version which will come out as an update later this year, comprising 3 Game modes, the multiplayer gameplay promises to have fast-paced and engaging air and sea battles. All the Game modes have been designed with competitive gaming in mind.

Features

  • Play with iconic ships of the Indian Navy like INS Vikrant, INS Rajput, INS Brahmaputra, INS Veer, etc.
  • Experience real world missions in the form of a campaign like Operation Trident, taking out PNS Ghazi, destruction of airfields, etc.
  • Wreak havoc from the air using the Hawker Seahawk Breguet Alize jets of Indian Navy.
  • Fly the classic Westland Sea King helicopter for recon and search and rescue missions.
  • 15 levels of naval and air combat missions.
  • Transmit Morse Codes to deliver intel as part of the Military Intelligence team.

destroyer-the-u-boat-hunterDestroyer: the U-Boat Hunter is an interactive war thriller which seamlessly blends tactical anti-submarine warfare simulation with a gripping storyline. Take command of a meticulously reconstructed Fletcher-class destroyer and lead your crew against nazi U-boats in the Battle of the Atlantic!

It’s all in your hands, captain!

The game is set in 1942, i.e. when the convoy system was finally introduced by the US Navy in response to operation ‘Drumbeat’ and the bloodbath that the U-boats had caused along the US east coast. The player will take full command of USS Janson (DD-524), a fictional Fletcher-class destroyer based on USS Kidd (DD-661), which will lead the escort group of an important convoy. It will be assisted by three AI-controlled destroyers that the player will be able to give orders to. From setting the formation, through ordering attacks and search plans to picking up survivors.

Our goal is to build a credible, highly authentic game environment. To that end, we are aiming at recreating naval warfare technology and US naval combat doctrine from the 1940s, as well as portraying day to day activities of the crew, their problems, and interpersonal relations. These motifs will be incorporated into the main plot, and will be based on actual stories and anecdotes by US Navy veterans” says Bartosz Pluta, CEO of Iron Wolf Studio.

Simulator with a cinematic feel

The plot of Destroyer: The U-Boat Hunter will be conveyed via highly detailed cutscenes which strongly tie into the game’s choice and consequence mechanic. The captain’s strategic decisions, as well as certain story-related aspects of the game will be controlled by the player, with consequences for both the situation in combat and plot development. Gameplay as such will focus on several key locations on-board: the combat information centre, the bridge, the sonar room, the engine room, and observation posts. The player will be able to switch between these locations at any moment in the course of the battle.

One of the main premises that we keep to in our design is something that we call ‘realistic combat awareness’. What it means is that there will be no way to see through the fog of war other than by using authentic equipment and procedures. There is no ‘bird’s eye view’, and the player will be far from omniscient. We believe this is especially important in recreating anti-submarine warfare, where advantage in combat is achieved mainly through detecting, locating, and keeping track of enemy presence” adds Artur Salwarowski, vice-president of Iron Wolf Studio.

Key features of the game:

  • Platform: PC
  • Genre: tactical milsim with interactive story element.
  • Realistic radar, sonar, and navigation instruments.
  • A choice and consequence mechanic will allow players to make key decisions as the plot develops.
  • Xsense and Face Ware technologies (motion capture) will be used in cutscenes to ensure high quality character animation.
  • The first episode in the series will focus only on anti-submarine warfare – the studio is planning to release further episodes which will take place in the Pacific Theatre and expand the gameplay by adding surface and surface-to-air combat.

Destroyer: The U-Boat Hunter is published by Iron Wolf Studio. The release date will be announced soon. Find out more about the game on its Steam webpage.