Axis & Allies 1942 Online Launches Into Early Access Today31 Jul 2019 1
While there have always been ways to play iconic war game Axis & Allies over the internet, there hasn’t really been a decent, bespoke digital adaptation of the game since the original one was made in 1998. With board game ports in general very much in-voque, however, it was only a matter of time before someone decided to look at some more well known war game titles.
I’ll be honest, out of everyone who could have brought Axis & Allies to PC, I didn’t think it’d end up being Beamdog. Just looking at their developer profile on Steam highlights how their expertise mainly lies in the realm of tactical RPGS, but they are also known for making good games and now they’ve launched Axis & Allies Online into Steam Early Access:
Their digital version uses the rule-set from the Second Edition of Axis & Allies 1942, hence the game's updated name to Axis & Allies 1942 Online. It features hotseat multiplayer for 2 – 5 people, as well as online multiplayer and AI opponents so you can play solitaire. The Early Access build is apparently pretty much feature complete, with the EA period only due to last a few months.
Certain Steam-specific features, like Trading Cards and Friends Lists, have yet to be implemented, and of course any bugs and UI issues that crop up will be addressed, but I doubt anything more substantial is needed before the game’s 1.0 release.
We haven’t had a chance to take this for a spin yet, but from the trailer and images it looks like a fairly faithful recreation of the game board, with some slick animations and visual effects to prevent things feeling a bit dry.
We’ll update this story with any more information as needed, and we’ll get someone to do a full report on the game as soon as we can.