Order of Battle: Pacific expanding into Finland with Winter War

27 Apr 2016 0

Is it just me, or is Order of Battle: Pacific expanding more often than my waistline? Seriously, it's only April and we've already received two expansions, Morning Sun and U.S. Marines, this year. Don't look now, but another expansion is incoming, this one focusing on the role of Finland in World War 2. It's called Winter War and covers the Winter War of (1939-40), the Continuation War (1941-1944), and the Lapland War (1944-45). The game will put you in the skis of the Finns but will also have you controlling the German or Russian forces depending on how alliances flow.

The game will introduce 14 new scenarios as well as the usual allotment of new units. It will also introduce something we haven't seen in the series before: snow. Blurb time:

New Campaign:

  • Ladoga Karelia
  • Tolvajärvi
  • Karelian Isthmus
  • Suomussalmi
  • Raate Road
  • Summa
  • Arctic Fox
  • Ladoga Karelia '41
  • East Karelia
  • Someri
  • Viipuri
  • Tali-Ihantala
  • Viipurinlahti
  • Lapland
New Units:
This expansion adds more than 90 new units to the game, including Finnish ski troops, panzerfaust-equipped infantry, German Panzer IV and StuG III combat vehicles, several variations of the Soviet T-34, KV-2 152mm-armed heavy tanks and a whole range of iconic aircraft such as the Me Bf-109, Fw-190, Yak-7, Il-2 Sturmovik and Fokker D.XXI.
New Climate:
As the name suggests, Winter War brings a completely new climate to the Order of Battle series: winter. Snow impacts the movement speed of units, ice can be crossed by ground units but cannot be entrenched and frozen rivers no longer provide a natural defensive barrier. Combined with the already unique landscape of Finland, these new features provide a challenging new gameplay experience.

No word on the release date for Winter War, but it is currently in beta. If you want to help polish it before release head over and sign up. Of course, you can always pick up the base game, Order of Battle: Pacific, for PC/Mac from Steam.

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