Strategy and Wargaming

victory-at-sea-atlanticAs the highly-anticipated release of Victory At Sea Atlantic approaches, Evil Twin Artworks is thrilled to unveil a groundbreaking feature that promises to revolutionize the gaming experience: the dynamic weather system. Set against the backdrop of World War II’s Atlantic theater, this system introduces a level of realism and strategy never before seen in naval warfare games.

The Unpredictable Elements of War

During World War II, the Atlantic Ocean was infamous for its unpredictable and unforgiving weather conditions. In Victory At Sea Atlantic, players will experience firsthand that the elements are not merely a backdrop but a formidable force that can shape the outcome of battles.

Real-Time Weather Dynamics

The Evil Twin Artworks development team has dedicated extensive effort to create a dynamic weather system that authentically mirrors the unpredictable nature of the Atlantic. Weather patterns evolve in real-time, affecting every aspect of gameplay, from visibility to ship handling and combat tactics.

The Fury of the Seas

Imagine the scenario: You’re on the brink of a crucial naval battle, and reports indicate a ferocious storm approaching. Massive waves relentlessly pound against your ships, causing them to pitch and roll dramatically. Water splashes dynamically interact with your vessels, immersing you in the chaos of battle. The sensation of saltwater spray hitting your face is palpable as you navigate through the tempest.

Night Battles Ignite the Darkness

Night battles take on a new level of intensity as ships set ablaze emit a fiery glow that not only adds visual drama but also impacts visibility. Players will face the challenging task of spotting enemy vessels through the darkness and smoke, making split-second decisions that can tip the balance of power.

Depth Charges and Explosive Water Plumes

Submarine warfare becomes even more thrilling with the introduction of depth charges. When detonated, these charges send massive plumes of water spray into the air, obscuring vision and introducing an element of danger to underwater combat.

Environmental Challenges

In Victory At Sea Atlantic, the weather itself becomes a formidable adversary. Navigating through heavy rain, dense fog, and treacherous storms presents constant challenges. Visibility can change from combat to combat, making surprise attacks and ambushes a constant threat.

Strategic Adaptation

Adapting to these ever-changing weather conditions becomes essential for victory. Players must make crucial decisions, such as risking a night engagement with reduced visibility to take advantage of cover or waiting for clearer weather, even if it means allowing the enemy to slip away. Submarines are especially elusive in adverse weather, requiring players to exercise caution when deploying sonar.

Community Collaboration

Evil Twin Artworks has always valued the input of its dedicated community, and the dynamic weather system in Victory At Sea Atlantic is no exception. Player feedback has been instrumental in shaping this feature, ensuring that it aligns with the expectations and preferences of our players.

A Game-Changer in Naval Warfare

The dynamic weather system in Victory At Sea Atlantic goes beyond mere visual aesthetics; it fundamentally changes how players experience naval warfare. It immerses them in the harsh conditions faced by sailors during World War II, adding an exciting layer of realism and strategy to the game.

Evil Twin Artworks invites players to embark on this thrilling journey when Victory At Sea Atlantic sets sail in Early Access on Steam. Stay tuned for more updates and insights as we continue to explore the intricate mechanics and features of the game.

victory-at-sea-atlanticEvil Twin Artworks is thrilled to announce a significant expansion of naval firepower in our upcoming release, Victory At Sea Atlantic. In this highly-anticipated World War II naval warfare game, players will have the opportunity to command some of the most iconic and historically significant British ship classes from the era.

The Powerhouses of the Royal Navy

Victory At Sea Atlantic brings to life the naval theater of World War II, and at the heart of the action are the mighty British ship classes that played pivotal roles during this historic period.

County Class: The County-class heavy cruisers, known for their versatility and powerful armament, will be at your disposal. These ships served with distinction, and players will have the chance to command vessels like HMS London.

Queen Elizabeth Class: The Queen Elizabeth-class battleships, armed with formidable 15-inch guns, will be a cornerstone of your fleet. These battleships, including HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Warspite.

Ark Royal Class: The Ark Royal-class aircraft carriers, including the iconic HMS Ark Royal, provided crucial air support during key naval battles. Players will have the opportunity to utilize these carriers for air operations, much like the Ark Royal’s involvement in the hunt for the German battleship Bismarck.

Flower Class: Small yet vital, the Flower-class corvettes escorted convoys across the Atlantic, protecting them from U-boat attacks. These nimble vessels, with their distinctive “flower” names, played a significant role in safeguarding vital supplies.

Hood Class: The Hood-class battlecruisers, epitomized by the renowned HMS Hood, were symbols of British naval might. Players will relive the history of these mighty vessels and perhaps even the fateful encounter with the German battleship Bismarck.

Hunt Class: The Hunt-class destroyers, known for their speed and maneuverability, served as effective escorts for convoys and played a significant role in the Battle of the Atlantic.

J Class: The J-class destroyers, like the HMS Javelin, were versatile vessels serving in various roles, including anti-submarine warfare and escort duties.

King George V Class: The King George V-class battleships, featuring the impressive 14-inch guns, were among the most potent battleships in the Royal Navy. Players will have the honor of commanding vessels like HMS King George V, instrumental in the sinking of the German battleship Bismarck.

Town Class: Town-class light cruisers, such as the HMS Belfast, were known for their speed and firepower. These cruisers served in various theaters, earning a reputation for their versatility.

Ruler Class: The Ruler-class escort carriers, exemplified by the HMS Activity, were essential in providing air cover for convoys, countering U-boat threats, and protecting vital supply lines.

York Class: The York-class heavy cruisers, typified by the HMS York, were formidable vessels with powerful armaments. Their service spanned various theaters, including the Mediterranean and the Atlantic.

Victory At Sea Atlantic offers players an immersive experience where they can command these iconic British ship classes, each with its own rich history. The game faithfully recreates the challenges and triumphs of naval warfare during World War II, allowing players to make history on the high seas.

Visit the Victory at Sea Atlantic Website for more information.

men-of-war-2Fulqrum Publishing and Ukrainian studio Best Way announce today that the highly-anticipated next instalment in the beloved strategy franchise, Men of War II will see its full release next year, in 2024 via Steam, Epic Games Store and other digital store fronts. The decision to postpone its originally planned September 2023 release date was made after a careful analysis of the large amount of data and feedback gathered through a series of public playtests running through March to August, as well as issues found in the final rounds of internal testing.

The game is already content and feature complete and the public playtests confirmed the high quality of the core gameplay. However, the sheer scope of the title, which contains 3 narrative and 2 historical campaigns, Conquest and Raid dynamic campaigns, each playable in 4 variations of competing nations, 15 PvP and 8 PvE multiplayer modes with over 20 maps and more, means that the developers were not yet able to bring Men of War II to the state of technical perfection they strive towards for its release – especially when faced with the continuously difficult conditions in their home country of Ukraine.

Maxim Kamensky, Producer of Men of War II at Best Way, explains:

We loved working with our dedicated community of fans during multiple Playtests and we gathered immense amounts of data and feedback. In fact, we received so many great suggestions we decided to implement, that the original schedule did not allow us to iron out all the bugs and issues in time for the September release. We feel that our fans deserve to receive a game in a completely polished and bug-free state and ask them for just a little more patience to allow us to deliver such a high quality product.

Men of War is a franchise that helped define the WWII Strategy genre, and players rightfully have extremely high expectations of Men of War II,” said Nikolay Baryshnikov, CEO of Fulqrum Games, “Best Way is as passionate about the game as its fans and we are happy to support them in their endeavour to create the best game in the series to date. Delaying the launch is never pleasant, but it is always the preferred option to releasing a product that might not meet the players’ expectations.

More game information is available on the Men of War II webpage.

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crusader-kings-3Even in the distant past, children were the future. Heirs and spares secured the wealth and prestige of a royal house, carrying on legacies forged over centuries of careful education and child-rearing. Starting today, Wards & Wardens adds greater depth and interactivity to this crucial part of successfully surviving Crusader Kings III.

In Wards & Wardens, you will experience dozens of new events connected to childhood, parenthood, and education, including the complicated situations that can arise with a young ruler on the throne.

Watch the Crusader Kings III: Wards & Wardens Release Trailer HERE.

Crusader Kings III: Wards & Wardens includes:

Childhood Education Events
Visiting Universities for adult characters
More Childhood Personality Events
Hostage Events for foreign children placed at your court
Child-rearing events with courtiers, including a new court position, the Wet-Nurse.
Child Regency Events for the training or usurping of rulers who have not reached adulthood.
Four New Music Tracks

This pack also includes a free update for all Crusader Kings III players, with a new hostage system, the new Eccentric character trait, new event art and new animations.

Crusader Kings III: Wards & Wardens is available now at major online retailers for the suggested retail price of $4.99/£4.29/€4.99.

More information is available on the official Crusader Kings III: Wards & Wardens webpage.

Tell Exciting New War Stories This October

The wartime histories of Europe’s four northernmost nations make captivating reading. There are tales of resistance and collaboration. Some advocate for neutrality while others fight against the darkness. Heroes are everywhere as they stand with the oppressed, or take arms against an overwhelming enemy. On October 10, you can relive or rewrite these stories in Hearts of Iron IV: Arms Against Tyranny.

When the world cannot help you, sometimes winter is your only ally.

Arms Against Tyranny is a new expansion pack for Hearts of Iron IV, Paradox Interactive’s critically acclaimed and best-selling grand strategy wargame set in the years around World War II. In Arms Against Tyranny, players can explore deeper historical immersion when playing Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. The Finnish Winter War against the Soviet Union takes center stage as you try to mobilize a sparsely populated nation to defend the homeland against almost impossible odds.

Watch the Pre-Order Trailer for Hearts of Iron IV: Arms Against Tyranny HERE.

Features of Hearts of Iron IV: Arms Against Tyranny include:

New Finnish National Focus Tree: Walk the diplomatic tightrope of a democratic nation trapped between threats, develop a capable defensive army, or pursue alternate historical paths of collaboration with the neighboring tyrants.
New Swedish National Focus Tree: Resource rich and fiercely independent, Sweden can be the center of a unified Scandinavian resistance, or a game-changing ally in the ongoing battle of ideologies.
New Danish and Norwegian Focus Trees: With the benefit of hindsight, can you prepare these small nations for the storm of war that is about to wash upon their shores?
Military Industrial Organizations: Customize your armaments industry by encouraging national corporations to specialize in the types of weapons and technology you desire for your armed forces.
International Arms Market: Become the quartermaster of the world by selling arms and equipment to the warring nations, receiving civilian factory capacity in return.
And more: New unit art, 10 new songs, customization of Special Forces units and greater divisional specialization.

If you pre-order Arms Against Tyranny, you will receive a special bonus music track, a new arrangement of Säkkijärven polkka, produced by Magnus Ringblom. This Karelian-Finnish folk song was famously used by Finnish troops to prevent the Soviet army from detonating radio-activated mines. Played on repeat from radio vans, the Säkkijärven polkka jammed the Soviet radio transmitters to such an extent that the Finnish army was able to clear the minefields. Ringblom’s new arrangement is a tribute to ingenuity of the Finns as they tried to repel a larger foe.

The release of Arms Against Tyranny will be accompanied by a major free update to Hearts of Iron IV, available to all Hearts of Iron players. This update includes free changes to Finland’s historical National Focus tree.

Hearts of Iron IV: Arms Against Tyanny will be available on 10 October 2023 for the suggested retail price of $19.99/£16.75/€19.99.

For more game information please visit the official Hearts of Iron IV website.

men-of-war-2Fulqrum Publishing and Ukrainian studio Best Way are happy to announce the Final Beta weekend for the highly-anticipated real-time strategy title Men of War II will begin on Thursday, August 10, and conclude on Monday, August 14. This Final Beta weekend marks the third time fans will have access to the game ahead of the release on September 20th, 2023, via Steam, Epic Games Store and other digital store fronts. It will be available to download for free via the Men of War II Steam page, where players can immediately head to and sign up for access today.

During the open beta, players will be able to experience Men of War II’s Classic Modes, a highly-requested feature from the community, which will take players back to the multiplayer experience of previous Men of War games. Players will be able to simply select which nation they want to play as, and will immediately have access to all that nation’s units in each match. There are no battalions and echelons, with the player calling in their forces based on a combination of each unit’s individual timer, as well as the player’s own pool of resources.

Meanwhile, fans looking for a new experience can check out the Realism Mode, which offers a higher chance of disabling and capturing enemy vehicles, fewer visual cues concerning the visibility and health of their units, a more limited range of fire for weapons and many more gameplay changes.

This Final open Beta is based on community feedback from thousands of players who have already played, tested, and provided their thoughts on the previous two public tests on everything from unit balance to optimization improvements. The version in this Beta will closely mirror the full release experience, with further features, lots of content, and other modes added at launch. The developers will continue to work on polishing and balancing based on fresh player feedback from this Beta. Players’ progress and saves in this open beta test will not carry over to release.

More game information is available on the Men of War II webpage.

victory-at-sea-atlanticEvil Twin Artworks is proud to announce its newest game, Victory at Sea: Atlantic, a naval combat game set in the Atlantic Theatre of World War II.

Victory at Sea: Atlantic builds on the success of our previous naval combat games, Victory At Sea and Victory at Sea Pacific. In this game, players will experience an immersive naval combat experience that includes an epic new weather system, highly detailed ship models and more in depth tactics.

One of the most exciting new features of Victory at Sea: Atlantic is the overhauled combat mechanics for ships, submarines, and aircraft. In addition, players will be able to engage in aircraft bombing raids on land targets and undertake espionage and sabotage of enemy targets.

Our team has worked hard to create a new campaign mode that includes the management of energy, food, and population, adding a new strategic dimension to gameplay and making protection of the Atlantic trade route vital to victory. Players will need to navigate enemy wolf packs that stalk Allied shipping lanes as they strive to complete their missions.

Victory at Sea: Atlantic also boasts enhanced AI and improved performance, making it a game that is not only visually stunning, but also incredibly responsive and fun to play.

Visit the Victory at Sea Atlantic Website for more information.

supreme-ruler-2030BattleGoat Studios is very excited to announce July 25th 2023 as the official release date for our upcoming title Supreme Ruler 2030. Supreme Ruler 2030 is a next generation Geopolitical Real-Time Strategy game for PC, developed by BattleGoat Studios and distributed through Steam.

The game offers players the opportunity to choose a region and take on the role of that nation’s leader. Nearly all present day countries and regions will be represented, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Players have control over the finances, industries, military, research and diplomacy of the selected country. Gameplay is in variable speed real time, allowing actions while paused for planning and faster speeds to watch the action unfold. Government ministers are there to assist players, allowing them to manage what they want, and automate less important decisions.

During the recent Steam NextFest, thousands of strategy game enthusiasts played our Demo scenario “Battle of Russia”, featuring a near-future crisis and civil war following the death of President Vladimir Putin. The full game will include four future Campaigns as well as four Sandbox maps, including an isolationist near-future world in 2030, a Sandbox based on the current geo-political conditions of 2023, and a “Shattered World” future where nations have collapsed into regional conflicts.

Expanding on past titles the game includes a rebuilt game engine for 64 bit support, DirectX 11 graphics, and a more robust AI for both military and country management. Improvements for lighting, effects, water and terrain provide a better visual experience. Performance improvements allow faster gameplay. Revised storylines, military inventory, research tree, country relationships and heads of state create an entirely new Supreme Ruler experience.

The Supreme Ruler series is the longest-running PC game franchise still in active development, with the series having just celebrated 40 years since the original release of the text-based “Supreme Ruler” game for the TRS-80, and 15 years since the release of the award-winning Supreme Ruler 2020, which set a new bar for scale and scope in strategy games.

For more game information visit the Supreme Ruler 2030 Steam page.

men-of-war-2Highly anticipated RTS to feature incredible wealth of content – multiple single player epic campaigns, tons of multiplayer modes, robust mod support, and more at launch

Fulqrum Publishing and Ukrainian studio Best Way are today thrilled to announce that the highly-anticipated next instalment in the beloved strategy franchise, Men of War II is coming to PC on September 20th, 2023 via Steam, Epic Games Store and other digital store fronts. Along with the release date, a new trailer unveils a plethora of never before disclosed content; even more, including gameplay features highly requested by fans of the previous Men of War games, will be showcased soon.

Watch the Men of War II Release Date Trailer HERE.

Epic Narrative Campaigns

At launch, the game will feature three huge single-player narrative campaigns, which will guide the player through explosive fictional stories set against a historically accurate background. Featuring plotlines from three global powers – the Americans, Soviets and Germans – players will utilise military strategy to lay waste to their adversaries and fulfil various tactical objectives.

The American campaign, ‘The Falaise Pocket’, sees players taking on the role of Allied troops facing the task of eliminating German forces west of the Seine.

‘Thwarted Blitzkrieg’ is the Soviet campaign, and follows an almost hopeless situation for the USSR, as they struggle to slow the encroaching German tank forces.

In the German campaign, ‘On Their Own Soil’, players act as an old soldier amidst the collapse of the Third Reich, following the difficult road of retreat and loss, in a war that was never truly his own.

Each story chronicles the breadth of struggle and conflict from the historical backdrops that they are set upon, giving the player a realistic experience with intense real-time battle action.

Alongside these heart-stopping narrative battles, six further bonus standalone missions provide players with even more heart-stopping action.

More game information is available on the Men of War II webpage or via Steam.

crusader-kings-3Community Chosen Wards & Wardens Pack Tapped for August

In a dynastic system, it is very important to leave the throne in the right hands. In most cases, you can’t choose your children, so it is crucial that you instruct them in the lessons of life and leadership while they are still willing to listen. In Crusader Kings III: Wards & Wardens, the rough road of royal childhood is yours to experience.

Wards & Wardens is a new event pack for Crusader Kings III, chosen by the Crusader Kings community in a vote last winter. This event pack focuses on the perils and potentials of being a child ruler, educating the children at court and furthering your learning in adulthood. This event pack is scheduled for release on 22 August 2023, and is included as a part of Crusader Kings III’s Chapter II content pass.

Crusader Kings III: Wards & Wardens includes:

Childhood Education Events
Visiting Universities for adult characters
More Childhood Personality Events
Hostage Events for foreign children placed at your court
Child-rearing events with courtiers, including a new court position, the Wet-Nurse.
Child Regency Events for the training or usurping of rulers who have not reached adulthood.
Four New Music Tracks

This pack also includes a free update for all Crusader Kings III players, with a new hostage system, the new Eccentric character trait, new event art and new animations.

Crusader Kings III: Wards & Wardens will be available on 22 August 2023 for the suggested retail price of $4.99/£4.29/€4.99.

More information is available on the official Crusader Kings III: Wards & Wardens webpage.