Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy v2.0 released!

December 12, 2012 · Filed Under News, Wargame · Comment 

Gentlemen, upgrade your war! The 2.0 Upgrade for Battle for Normandy converts and upgrades your existing game (and any installed modules) automagically to include the advanced CMx2 v2.00 game features! This includes features you may already love and enjoy in Combat Mission: Fortress Italy, but also a new exclusive feature allowing scenario designers to hand-pick specific uniforms on a unit by unit basis!

(Want to have a scenario with a mix of 101st Airborne and 82nd Airborne units? Now you can!)

Moveable Waypoints

Ability to assign special uniform types for select units types on a unit by unit basis.

Target Armor Arc Command
Expanded Floating Icon Categories
“Fog of War” Floating Icons
2D Editor Map Overlay
Auto-Assemble Road/Wall/Hedge Tool
Camera Jump to Groups Read more

Revolution Under Siege is Released

November 24, 2010 · Filed Under News, Wargame · Comment 

Crush the Bolshevik hydra or paint Mother Russia red! This is a Revolution Under Siege!

Matrix Games  and SEP REDS announced the release their new turn-based wargame on the Russian Civil War, Revolution Under Siege! Now gamers can re-fight this intense and pivotal conflict in this totally new and historically rich title based on the award-winning AGE game engine.

Revolution Under Siege also has a playable demo available so gamers can test out the trials and tribulations of Mother Russia for free! In addition, for an in-depth look at Revolution Under Siege be sure to check out the preview at the Wargamer.

David Heath, Director of Operations at Matrix Games, said “Revolution Under Siege brings the classic quality of an AGE engine title to a new and rarely-covered period – the Russian Civil War. With so many interesting factions battling for power, with backstabbing and plot twists as only history can provide and plenty of intriguing weapons at your disposal, Revolution Under Siege is a uniquely fascinating and fun wargaming experience!” Read more

Heroes in the Sky

September 16, 2010 · Filed Under News, Online, Shooter, Simulator, Wargame · Comment 

Highly Anticipated Online WWII Flight Combat Simulator Launches September 16th With All New Content

GamesCampus.com announced Heroes in the Sky. The official launch for the highly-anticipated MMOTPS, (Massively Multiplayer Online Third Person Shooter) WWII flight combat simulator will feature all new content including new maps, planes, a new level cap and much more. Players are invited to take flight and download the game for free at http://HIS.GamesCampus.com

The much anticipated aerial combat game – which features hundreds of thrilling war planes flying high above the battlefields of WWII – will launch with a variety of new features and content. All-new additions include a new level cap that will allow players a newfound access to better planes and gear by extending the level cap to 49 and all-new maps that will challenge players to bring their A-game as they prepare for conflict over the Pacific between the United States and the Empire of Japan.

New premium planes such as the ramjet-powered fighter Skoda Kauba SK P.14.01 and the Japanese Mitsubishi J4M1 Senden which has a four-blade propeller that moves it at 437 miles per hour will also be introduced. These masters of the sky will be available to both the Allied and Axis in celebration of the official launch, but only for a limited time this month in the game’s Premium Shop.

In addition, new bundle packs; Upgrade, Expansion and Occupational War -will be available at low prices to allow players to get to the top of their game with the least impact to their wallet! Finally, players wishing they could extend their items without the need to run back to the shop are in luck because players can now easily extend their items once they’ve learned their items have expired!

“Jumping into the cockpit to re-live some of the greatest aerial battles in history is something every flight sim fan looks forward to,” said Uyen Uyen Ton Nu, head of Marketing for GamesCampus. “With the help of our burgeoning online community which provided invaluable feedback during our open beta, and the slew of new features in the game, we have intensified the super-charged gameplay experience of Heroes in the Sky.”

Heroes in the Sky is an intense airborne MMOTPS that combines high impact PVE and fast paced PVP as it chronicles the events from the beginning to the end of World War II. PVP combat is taken to a new level as players must not only worry about the basic dangers from the front, behind, and sides, but also from above and below. Heroes in the Sky is dog fighting at its finest; cannon fires, machine gun blasts, missiles, and bombs flood the skies as up to 16 players shoot it out for air superiority! Featuring some of the most famous WWII aircraft in history, players will soar across the sky as they bomb cities, sink boats, burst blimps and more- all this and more unfolds as players compete to become the top Ace in Heroes in the Sky. Players will choose from a variety of intense and realistic planes including both experimental and field tested all while reliving history and participating in intense aerial combat.

Theatre of War 2: Africa 1943

February 15, 2010 · Filed Under News, Strategy, Wargame · Comment 

Excalibur Publishing Ltd is set to release ‘Theatre of War 2: Africa 1943’, a next generation real time strategy WWII battle on February 26. The battle is set in Tunisia in 1943 after the Second Battle of El Alamein.

The German Afrika Korps have finished counting their losses and reinforced by the Italian Army they are preparing to once again battle the Allied Forces. Lead by the legendary General Erwin Rommel the Axis Forces have a small window of opportunity to seize control and go up against the allied forces to secure the sector.

The player will lead Rommel’s Afrika Korps in the final campaign against Eisenhower and Montgomery. Adding to the realism of the game you must control anti-aircraft vehicles and stationary anti-aircraft mounts

Robert Stallibrass of Excalibur Publishing says: “The developers at 1C and Battlefront have put an incredible amount of effort in creating this sequel and making it as realistic as possible. They have listened closely to comments in the gaming world and used these to create this fantastic RTS that will not only appeal to strategy gamers but also to WW2 enthusiasts.”

The product will retail at £29.99, is available on pre-order at www.excalibur-publishing.com and will officially hit the shelves in all major game retailers on 26 February 2010.

Development of Arsenal of Democracy complete

February 6, 2010 · Filed Under News, Strategy, Wargame · Comment 

Paradox Interactive announced that development of BL-Logic’s sprawling World War II strategy game, Arsenal of Democracy, has been completed, and that the game will be released via all major digital distribution outlets on February 23 for $19.99. A new trailer describing the game and its features has also been released.

Arsenal of Democracy was developed by BL-Logic, a team comprised of passionate fans of the Paradox’s landmark Hearts of Iron series. The game takes players to World War II with total economic, diplomatic and military control over the nation of their choosing, giving them the chance to rewrite history and change the course of history’s greatest global conflict. Arsenal of Democracy offers players unparalleled historical detail alongside the most in-depth and realistic representation of the multitude of challenges faced by the leaders of the time.

Johan Andersson, Executive Producer at Paradox Interactive, said of the game, “Arsenal of Democracy is proof of what happens when a group of dedicated individuals plays something for years and years – in this case, Hearts of Iron II – and then has the opportunity to add their own ideas, their own features—in order improve it… It’s a true labor of love.”

Arsenal of Democracy is scheduled for release on February 23 for $19.99. It will be available via all major digital distributors, including Direct2Drive, GamersGate and Steam.

A new trailer to celebrate the release-date announcement is available for viewing here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZ8vef3GwUA

Arsenal of Democracy main features:

  • Rewrite history at the helm of any nation during World War II in a variety of other scenarios in single-player or multiplayer modes
  • Topple your enemies using advanced combat mechanics on land, in the air and at sea, based on historical research and the work of military theorists
  • Master the most detailed and flexible economic and production systems found in any Hearts of Iron game
  • Keep your war efforts operating smoothly with a realistic logistics and trading subsystem
  • Engage in espionage, intelligence, diplomacy and global trade to give your nation a decisive edge
  • Determine your country’s National Identity, Social Policy and Ethnic Culture
  • Create your own campaigns, units, countries, minister traits, national ideas and more with extensive mod capabilities
  • Experience classic Hearts of Iron gameplay improved with a fine-tuned technology tree, better game balance, advanced statistics and polished graphics

Strategic Command WWII Global Conflict goes gold

January 25, 2010 · Filed Under News, Wargame · Comment 

It’s not only Global, it’s “Gold”! Strategic Command WWII Global Conflict, the latest and biggest game in the acclaimed Strategic Command series of World War Two grand strategy games, has just gone “gold”, and is available for pre-orders immediately. “Gone gold” means that Hubert and his team have entered the “release candidate” stage where the code is prepared for release, and the printed materials such as the box and the game manual are going to print.

The game is expected to be released for download within 4-6 weeks. Mail delivieries usually take 1-2 weeks longer. However, you can place your pre-order already now, and you’ll not only be one of the first to get the game once it’s released, you will also get the limited edition* printed manual AND you will save $10 in the process!

When you pre-order, you will be able to download the game immediately when it’s released (in fact, a little before the official release announcement is made, giving you a head start on the crowd) AND you will receive the box, CD and limited edition* printed manual in the mail a little later.

This “download & mail delivery” offer will cost \$55 after the release, and you can pre-order it now for \$45, a \$10 savings!

Click here to pre-order Strategic Command WWII Global Conflict: http://www.battlefront.com/sc_global

Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943

January 19, 2010 · Filed Under News, Strategy, Wargame · Comment 

New Strategy War Title Set During 1943 Kharkov Defense Operation signals impending start of Paradox Interactive Convention 2010

Signaling the start of a week laden with announcements, Paradox Interactive is proud to announce – Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943, a new war strategy title that places players in the heart of the Kharkov Defense Operation during World War II. With the ability to play as either German or Russian forces, Achtung Panzer puts the destiny of the USSR and Wehrmacht armies in one’s hands.

Featuring a masterful reconstruction of the battlefront setting of Kharkov, players will engage in unique combat that offers the highest level of authenticity. With the incorporation of highly flexible AI, players will have the opportunity to choose new strategies based on opponent behavior with every new round of gameplay. The inclusion of realistic missile trajectories and destructible environments is set to keep all army commanders hanging on the balance of the historic struggle. Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943 delivers a thorough recreation of the battle with precisely detailed soldier units, weapons, artillery units and vehicles based on actual military archive materials and WWII chronicles.

Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943 Features:
• 6 scenarios taking place in 1943 during Kharkov Defense Operation
• 2 playable opposing forces: USSR army and Wehrmacht
• Play as up to 250 soldiers and officers and up to 40 vehicles in each tactical battle
• Detailed, destructible environments
• 87 unit types: infantry, artillery, support vehicles, battletanks and aviation units
• More than 40 carefully reconstructed weapons and vehicles of WWII armies
• 2 control modes: turn-based strategic mode and real-time tactic mode

Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943 will be available Q1 at major digital retailers.

View the announcement trailer for Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943 here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1Ka9zYGEzY

A demo for Operation Barbarossa now available

November 26, 2009 · Filed Under Demo, News, Strategy, Wargame · Comment 

Try your hand at commanding thunderous Soviet tanks in the battle for Berlin

Matrix Games and Binary Evolution Studios are thrilled to release a playable demo for their new WWII strategy release Operation Barbarossa – The Struggle for Russia. The demo is available from the Operation Barbarossa downloads page in addition to Gamer’s Hell and Worth Playing.

Operation Barbarossa - The Struggle for Russia

The demo will give players the ability to play through the tutorial and first scenario in the campaign as the Germans. A separate scenario is also available so players can command the mighty Red Army as they attempt to seize Berlin from its hardened defenders.

David Heath, Director of Operations at Matrix Games, said “This new demo for Operation Barbarossa offers just a small snapshot of the fantastic “General” series style gameplay that comes with the full game and its campaigns and scenarios. Couple that with the powerful yet easy-to-use editor and you’ve got a remarkable game system with outstanding replayability! Operation Barbarossa has everything that made the old classics great, but as a new supported game series with a full editor, the sky is the limit.”

On June 22, 1941 an avalanche of 153 German divisions crash into the Soviet Union and the largest military operation in history is begun: Operation Barbarossa. In this elegant turn-based strategy game, compelling gameplay combines with gripping history to create an addictive mix.

Aimed at all levels, from those who have never played a wargame before to those who know the history of World War II in detail, this is an entertaining and mentally challenging game of combined arms strategy. Your armor, infantry, artillery and air units will follow you through the most crucial battles of the Eastern Front. You will be able to choose from 47 different upgrades and improvements for your units as well as add new forces based on your success in the campaign.

Take command in two German and one Soviet campaign as well as individual scenarios and determine the fate of the Eastern Front. When you’ve played through all the campaigns and scenarios, try your hand at the editor to create new scenarios for yourself or to share with others!

Officers – The Matrix Edition now available

November 18, 2009 · Filed Under News, Wargame · Comment 

Defeat the Axis Menace! Epic battles across massive maps are now rolling onto hard drives everywhere!

Matrix Games and GFI are thrilled to announce that Officers – The Matrix Edition is now available for purchase!

Officers – The Matrix Edition

Officers – The Matrix Edition puts you in command of the Allied forces in the largest conflict of our time. Take control of the US and British armies in order to strike back and defeat the Axis menace on the Western front of Europe. With over 1500 units on maps up to 10 square miles, Officers is the first WWII real time strategy game to let you fight on a truly massive scale. Historical battles like Operation Overlord, Millennium, and Cobra will put your tactical skills to the test using combined forces from infantry and engineers to tanks, artillery and bombers. Recommended for all gamers, the fun historical gameplay of Officers – The Matrix Edition will bring a smile to new strategy gamers and veteran wargamers alike.

Gamers can now enjoy an enhanced Officers experience with a game The Wargamer acclaims as “massive real time strategy action and huge battles.” The various improvements and changes to the game that are only available with The Matrix Edition include:

• Better campaign difficulty balance especially on “Easy” and “Normal”
• An improved and expanded manual
• Improvements to unit pathfinding for both friendly and enemy AI
• Many map tweaks and changes which fix problems with units drowning themselves when ordered to cross a river or other body of water
• A number of additional bug and stability fixes

David Heath, Director of Operations at Matrix Games, said “Our enhanced release of Officers lets you experience the true scale of World War II with tons of units and massive maps. There’s a huge amount of gameplay here and the historical setting makes for a great strategy game and an enjoyable experience. Watching battles of this scale unfold with fantastic graphics and an intuitive interface makes for a unique, and fun, experience.”

Blazing speed and blunt force will only secure victory if you extend your supply lines and capture enemy weaponry and warehouses. Take the high ground and use terrain to your advantage with fully realistic physics and ballistics – only sound tactical maneuver will keep your men alive!

Features include:

• Lead the Allied forces across gigantic battlegrounds up to 10 square miles
• Control over 50 authentic infantry, armor, artillery and aircraft units
• Experience the most massive battles of World War II with up to 1500 units at once
• Use real tactics with terrain and combined forces with authentic vehicle and infantry characteristics
• Destroy nearly anything, anywhere with advanced physics and a fully interactive environment
• Keep your supply lines guarded and capture enemy resources and weapons

ORDER OF WAR set to invade North America on September 22, 2009

September 3, 2009 · Filed Under News, Strategy, Wargame · Comment 

Square Enix Announces Ship Date for Its First WWII Real-Time Strategy Game

Square Enix, Inc. announced that ORDER OF WAR(TM) will ship to North American retailers on September 22, 2009.

ORDER OF WAR is a brand-new IP set during World War II and is being developed exclusively for the PC platform by strategy game specialist Wargaming.net. This will be Square Enix’s first release of a western-developed game outside of Japan and kicks off the launch of upcoming titles being developed through partnerships, including SUPREME COMMANDER 2 by Gas Powered Games and FRONT MISSION EVOLVED(TM) by Double Helix Games(TM). These titles are part of Square Enix’s commitment to offer a broader variety of games across different genres.

As Square Enix’s first foray into the hugely popular genre of historical real-time strategy, ORDER OF WAR takes strategy games to new heights and features massive-scale battles brought to life with unprecedented cinematic intensity. Players will take command of an entire army including ground troops, artillery, tank divisions and aircraft in all-out strategic assaults. The single-player mode can be played out in two campaigns – American forces versus German forces in occupied France and German forces versus Soviet forces in Poland and versus American forces in France. Missions will be based on key historic events and operations from 1944.

The free, single-player demo – “Road to Paris” – is currently available for download at http://www.orderofwar.com/. In this introductory demo, players are tasked with commanding American troops in an attempt to destroy German outposts amid tank and infantry attacks and clear the road to Paris.

ORDER OF WAR

In the summer of 1944, the Second World War entered its endgame when the Allies launched two major operations that would drive back German forces on both the Western and Eastern Fronts at once.

In the ultimate test of military strategy, ORDER OF WAR will challenge you not only to lead America’s finest to victory in the west, but also place you in command of German forces charged with repelling the Red Army’s seemingly unstoppable offensive in the east.

Even the keenest military minds will find that it’s one thing to make history, but quite another to change it.

Do you have what it takes to command?

Features
— Experience WWII warfare on an epic, cinematic stage; that truly captures the intensity and scale of the battlefield
— Take command of an entire armed force consisting of up to 1,000 soldiers, tanks, armored vehicles, artillery and airplanes
— Players can choose between two different campaign modes offering completely different storylines, missions, objectives and environments
— Experience the unique dynamic camera that allows players to command troops over huge geographical scale whilst maintaining movie-like vistas and detail
— In-depth gameplay modes: two different campaign modes, multi-player, Deathmatch and Skirmish

For more information on ORDER OF WAR, please visit the official website at http://www.orderofwar.com/.

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