Fortifications are coming to Steel Division 207 Feb 2019 0
Do you know what one of my favourite things is? Forts. Forts and Fortifications… I don’t know what It is, but anything involving the construction and tactical placement of defensive infrastructure is… well. Probably not for polite company. But MATE.
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Of all the improvements I was expecting to come in Steel Division 2, place-able fortifications honestly wasn’t one of them. So the news within today’s dev diary came as something of a pleasant surprise.
It’s only for the equally revamped ‘Breakthrough’ mode in skirmish (and any dug-in army in Army General mode), but during initial set-up defenders will be able to deploy a modest range of defensive works to help them resist the coming tide. From the dev diary:
- Barbed wire: Pretty self-explanatory. A nice stretch of barbed wire will slow down any enemy troops - tanks and vehicles included. Great to funnel units into kill zones. Barbed wire is “painted” on the map and measured in meters, and on average, a unit card will give you 3 kilometers of barbed wire (sounds a lot, but trust us, you will have to be careful where you deploy).
- Trenches: Works the same as barbed wire when it comes to constructing it. Trenches will shelter infantry, and to give an indication to our Normandy 44 veterans, will offer a similar amount of protection as being garrisoned in a house. You will have roughly 1.5 kilometers of trench available.
- Gun pits: Gun pits are like trenches, but instead of infantry, they are singular points which will protect large pieces of equipment such as anti-tank guns, AA guns or artillery. Gun pits come empty but offer good all-around protection, and you can remove your guns during a battle if needed.
- Bunkers: Hardened structures which are essentially stationary weapons with armor. They are fixed positions, very well-protected, but with only a limited field of fire. They come in different shapes and sizes, from a machine-gun bunker to a light anti-tank rifle bunker, or even an AT bunker with a 76.2 mm gun, for instance.
I used to really like the fact the British in the original Company of Heroes game could build trenches, and easy-to-place earthworks etc… is something I felt was missing from games like Men of War. You could quick build a line of sandbags, and place some barbed wire and mines, but that was about it.
So, there you go. It’s as the old saying go – the best way to a man’s heart is through is carefully sighted and designed trench system.
Steel Division 2 is due out on April 4th, 2019.