Wargamer Weekly: Wolves of the North

By Joe Robinson 10 May 2019 0

Matrix/Slithrine have pretty much dominated the news beat this week: first they had their latest monthly stream, then they announced a new game, followed up by more announcements… by comparison, everyone else appears to be dead.

I’ve been pretty absent from the wargames front recently – Imperator: Rome is still taking up much of my time. I actually want to finish the Rome game I started for review before I update and lose the save. I’ve also been continuing in my quest to become the new World of Warships expert for the site, although did fire up Armored Brigade the other day. I need to give that game more attention.

We’ve got some great content planned for the rest of the month, so keep your eyes peeled to the frontpage!

Meanwhile, in the world of wargaming…

New Field of Glory 2 expansion

I was starting to worry about Field of Glory 2 – amidst all of the other stuff Matrix has been up to I wondered if they’d forgotten about it.  Worry no longer however, as the premier turn-based tactical war game is getting another DLC pack – Wolves at the Gate.

Wolves at the Gates

Featuring new factions, units army lists and more, it’s a pack roughly themed around the Dark Ages and the transitionary period between the end of Roman rule in the west and the emerging feudal Kingdoms in Europe. New factions include Vikings, Saxons Franks and the Abbasid’s showcase the growing power of the 8th century.

Full details can be found on the product page, and there’s also mention of an accompanying free patch that will include a new ‘Allies’ feature.

Other Matrix Games / Slitherine News

To recap the rest of the week, there was the Close Combat footage that came out of the third Home of Wargamers stream, Matrix announced a new game called WarPlan (best name ever) and of course the Italy-Yugoslavia Nation Pack for Armored Brigade released. I’ve got John on the case, so hopefully we’ll have our review ready soon.

Last, but certainly not least, there’s a new dev log for Fantasy General II covering the Empire:

Unity of Command 2

A new dev diary for the war game that will never be released this week, along with a fancy new trailer. The diary update looks at a scenario based around the Battle of Metz in September 1944, and then goes on to look at some of the smaller updates they’ve been doing.

Of specific focus is the next stage of their AI development – switching to a system that can read by people who aren’t programmers (to assist in adding to the AI’s playbook).

Japan ’45 Released

We forgot to cover this when it actually happened, but we thought we’d let you know that Wargame Design Studio has completed a new game – Japan ’45. This JTS-style scenario covers the first part of the ultimately cancelled invasion of Japan (has the nuclear bomb thing not worked out).

Japan 46

We’ve got the other Joe digging into it as we speak, so again keep an eye out for our review within the next couple of weeks.

That's all for this week's update - let us know if you've spotted anything else, otherwise have a great weekend!

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