Wargamer Weekly: Relics of the Past

By Joe Robinson 24 Nov 2017 4

It’s a veritable firestorm of happenings this week, so I won’t delay you with my usual musings and thoughts other than to say our Sons of Cadia overview will be dropping on Monday. Tl;dr – it’s good and definitely worth buying if you like the Guard, although there were a couple of things I was personally disappointed with.

 

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We’ve got everything from DLC & patches to release dates incoming from the UK wargaming company this week, including a big new announcement.

The team that made Pandora: First Contact have been working on another Civilization-like game… in the Warhammer 40,000 universe! Say hello to Warhammer 40,000: Gladius – Relics of War. Apart from having the longest game name in history, it features four factions: Imperial Guard, Space Marines, Orks and Necrons.

Every faction has their own unique play-style and story as they compete for control of Gladius Prime against each other, and against the hostile nature of the world itself. No release date, but I’m sure we’ll hear more soon.

Next up; fresh from its release last month, Field of Glory II is already looking towards its first DLC. Titled Immortal Fire, this expansion focuses on the conflicts between the ancient Greek City-States and the Achaemenid Persian Empire. It features 8 new factions, 10 new units, 30 army lists 4 historical campaigns and one ‘what-if’ campaign looking at what may have happened had Alexander the Great not died in 323 BC.

Order of Battle: Panzerkrieg is doubly on our radar. First up, Matrix showcased the new units that will be available using some funky new-fangled interactive screenshot, and then a few days later announced that the expansion will be releasing on November 30th. We’re hoping to have our review ready in time for launch, but if not it’ll definitely be up first week of December.

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Speaking of releases, Shenendoah’s classic Battle of the Bulge has now conquered its final platform – PS4! The ‘lite’ wargame started on iOS and steadily advanced onto Steam, Xbox One, and now Sony’s flagship console has capitulated. We reviewed the PC version back in 2015.

Mare Nostrvm, the turn-based ancient naval warfare sim, has been updated to version 1.01. There are quite a few improvements and bug fixes, so check out the full change-log here. James handled our review of this game, so you can also check out what he thought.

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And last, but certainly not least, Matrix have kicked off their Winter sale, which is running from November 22nd till January 7th. 75% is the biggest discount we’ve seen so far, and most (if not all) of their catalogue has some kind of discount. There’s too much to talk about here, so just check out the official page for more information.

Other Sales & Deals

Of course, Matrix isn’t the only ones discount some games over the holiday season. The Steam Autumn Sale is also running through to November 28th. If you go to the main store page and type in ‘wargame’, a nice big list of titles have discounts right now, including:

Ultimate General: Civil War (33% Off)
Hegemony III: Clash of the Ancients (75% Off)
Steel Division: Normandy '44 (50% Off)
Supreme Ruler: The Great War (50% Off)
Unity of Command Trilogy Bundle (75% Off)
Hearts of Iron IV (60% Off)

There’s plenty more – just think of a game and it probably has a discount, unless it was released in the last month or so. Let us know if you spot any deals elsewhere on the internet as well!

IL-2 Sturmovik Returns

On Monday, Russian videogame developer 1C Studios announced that they are creating three new products as part of the IL-2 Sturmovik franchise of combat simulators. These will represent the first new titles since 2013’s Battle for Stalingrad, which received an expansion last year titled Battle of Moscow.

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Battle of Bodenplatte explores the air war during the end of 1944/45, while Flying Circus – Volumne 1 takes the series to WW1 for the very first time. Finally, a brand new direction will be explored in Tank Crew – Clash at Prokhorovka, which despite being land based is supposed to be compatible with the flight simulator products, creating a huge endless battlefield.

All these titles are coming under the newly created ‘IL-2 Great Battles’ brand, hinting that Tank Crew won’t be the first game to tackle non-aerial warfare.

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Don’t forget to check out the Hearts of Iron IV dev diary for this week – it looks at Communist China and the special events and mechanics the Chinese factions will be getting in the Waking the Tiger expansion. I’ve been dabbling in this again – playing as the Kingdom of Romania, so far it’s pretty fun. I’ve puppet-ed the Kingdom of Hungary and am in my own faction with Yugoslavia.

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You’ll also remember us talking about the new Steel Division free DLC –Back in Black. That was released on Wednesday. We haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, but let us know if you’ve been trying out the maps.

That’s all for this week’s update – enjoy! This article discusses games developed & published by members of the Slitherine Group with which we share an affiliation with. For more information please consult the About Us page.

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