New Round-Up - Games, Games & More Games. And Some Resin.03 Mar 2017 0
Good lord, what hasn’t happened this week? New game announcements have been dropping like bombs during the London Blitz, and there has been a whole host other news and announcements coming through our door as well. Not that we have a door.
Let’s kick off our weekly wargaming (w)round-up!
New Game Announcements
Steel Divisions: Normandy ’44 – THE bombshell of the week, Paradox Interactive announced today that they’ve partnered up with none other than Eugen Systems for a new WW2-era real-time wargame.
Everything you know and love about the Wargame franchise is now being sent back to WW2, with other cool new features like a dynamic frontline system, and a steady unlock of units based on your Division selection. PC Gamer have run a great summary on the game already, and we’ll be bringing our own interview to you as soon as we can.
Codex of Victory – a few years ago Russian developer/publisher 1C used to be a bit of a house-name in terms of wargames, but they’ve since stepped back a bit to focus on key franchises and other genres. They’ve announced a new game though that seems to be a hybrid of real-time base –building and turn-based strategy, all wrapped up in a sci-fi theme. It’s releasing on March 16th so we’ll bring you a review as soon as we can.
Supreme Ruler: The Great War – Battlegoat is a great studio that has only really made the same game for the last 35 years. Supreme Ruler, their all-encompassing political grand-strategy wargame franchise, has seen many iterations since the first text-based game in 1982.
Now it’s heading to the WW1 with The Great War, and it will take everything you know and tolerate love about SR and shove it into the early 20th century. Expect lots of complexity, confusion and detail. Here’s a more comprehensive breakdown of features:
- World War I Campaigns for various major powers from the era.
- Take Control of any Nation in Sandbox Mode and impact the outcome of the conflict.
- Start in 1914 and progress well into the 21st century for an Epic Game-play experience.
- Challenge yourself with Set-Piece Scenarios for a faster-paced game.
- The butterfly effect... Influence the timeline and outcome of thousands of historical events.
- Use Diplomacy, Trade, Espionage, and Intimidation to influence the policies of other nations.
- Guide your Nation through the first war waged on a global scale.
- Modernize your economy to support whatever social and military policies you choose.
- Comprehensive Tech Tree features over 100 years of technology and equipment advances.
- Sophisticated Real-Time Strategic and Tactical Control of your Military Forces.
- Detailed historically-accurate Armies down to the Battalion level.
- Choose your level of control. Make all decisions or use your Cabinet Ministers to help.
- Battle the elements! Fully integrated weather model influences battlefield outcomes.
- Up to 16 players in Multiplayer over local network or Internet.
We even got wind that the new Europa Universalis IV expansion - Mandate of Heaven, is on its way "soon" AS WELL as news that the new Stellaris expansion – Utopia - will be dropping on April 6th.
Command LIVE: Korean Missile Crises
Matrix has always kept a shorter turn-around in terms of game announcements and releases, rarely giving up the launch date before it actually launches. You’ll remember we reported on the first new ‘LIVE’ DLC for CMANO in 2017. You’ll be pleased to know it’s now out!
The Korean Missile Crises scenario explores what could happen if Russia and the United States decide to act independently to put an end to Pyongyang’s ambitions, and you can find it here.
Can’t get enough of Afghanistan ’11? It’s one hell of a game, as Alex recently found out. The game's also not without its own complexities, with logistics and infrastructure will represent a key factor in your war against terror.
Matrix have posted an interesting video on how these features work, which you can watch below. The game is currently still in beta but is due out on March 23rd, so stay tuned for our review!
One Page Rules
One Page Rules have posted an update for their new in-house custom rules system, introducing new factions called ‘Battle Sisters’ and ‘Dark Elves’. They’ve also made some slight rules and errata tweaks as well.
These changes affect all of their home-brew settings (which are largely based off GW properties), and you can read more about it here.
The sci-fi/fantasy table-top wargame company behind some cracking IP’s like Kings of War and Warpath have announced that they will be casting their own Resin miniatures in-house for the first time. They already possessed the capability to create metal models in-house, so this is an expansion of their existing production capabilities.
Mantic have posted a really interesting blog as to the reasons for this move, as well as some behind-the-scenes insights into how this all works over on their website.
That's all for this week's round-up - anything we missed you feel should be included? Just post in the comments below! Happy Hunting!