Order of Battle: World War II Now Available

By Alex Connolly 16 Jun 2016 0

Two tidy World War II strategies hit the tarmac this month. Paradox Interactive's Hearts of Iron IV deployed, and Jim Cobb is currently putting it under his critical eye in the WG FOB for review. The other is the retooled Order of Battle project. Originally known as Order of Battle: Pacific, developers The Aristrocrats decided to dream a little bigger and replaced 'Pacific' with 'World War II'. In much the same way as DCS developed their DSC World platform as an à la carte system for DLC, Order of Battle has become a hub for all current and future expansions. The fine part is, the base game is free.

That includes bootcamps and the first scenario from every currently available and future expansion, too. If you already own expansions such as U.S. Pacific or the Rising Sun DLC, you'll receive keys to unlock them via the World War II menu. Multiplayer is not included in the base platform, but only requires a single DLC pack to unlock both the full game editor and every single faction for online play.

Jim found much to love in the original Pacific release, so I'm willing to bet this broader scope will allow for some further creative theatre depictions. The Winter War expansion is readying up as the series' first European footfall, with four hefty expansions already telling their own stories of war in the Pacific. 

For reference and tantalisation, here are each of the released expansions and their inherent scenarios. Now go and see what the fuss is about.

Order of Battle: U.S. Pacific

  • Pearl Harbor
  • War Plan Orange-3
  • Bataan
  • Marshalls-Gilberts Raid
  • Coral Sea
  • Midway
  • Guadalcanal
  • New Georgia
  • Philippine Sea
  • Leyte
  • Okinawa
  • Tokyo

Order of Battle: Rising Sun

  • Pearl Harbor
  • Road To Manila
  • Bataan
  • Java Sea
  • Java
  • Coral Sea
  • Midway
  • Guadalcanal
  • New Caledonia
  • Brisbane
  • New Zealand
  • Melbourne

Order of Battle: U.S. Marines

  • Tulagi
  • Guadalcanal
  • Munda Point
  • Blissful & Goodtime
  • Bougainville
  • Gilbert Islands
  • Marshall Islands
  • Saipan
  • Guam
  • Palau
  • Iwo Jima

Order of Battle: Morning Sun

  • Beiping-Tianjin
  • Operation Chahar
  • Shanghai
  • Xuzhou
  • Lanfeng
  • Wuhan
  • Nanchang
  • Changsha
  • South Guangxi
  • Guandong Offensive
  • Chongqing
Tags: Operational

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