The Wargamer's Guide to 2018

By Admin 26 Apr 2018 0

2017 was a quite a year for wargaming, I for one am still trying to catch up on all the releases I missed. But sadly wargaming, like time or a London bus, waits for no man. We here at Wargamer have comprised a list of what we have to look forward to in the coming year.

Close Combat: The Bloody First

Developer:  Matrix Games
Release Date: 2018

Before you say anything, yes we're am aware this was on 2017s guide as well, but given our recent hands-on experience with the game and the fact there's even a store page now, we're reasonably confident this will be out this year. For those of you who’ve forgotten or are simply unaware, Close Combat: The Bloody First promises to be a much needed step forwards for Matrix’s venerable series. 

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The series’ ancient 2D Close Combat engine has been thrown out and was originally replaced by Unity 3D. However, at some point the devs then opted to start the game anew (hence the delays) on Slitherine’s in-house, 3D Archon engine (an evolution on Battle Academy’s Engine) due to its comparative flexibility.

You should read our coverage for more in-depth details, however the action will take place in Tunisia, Sicily and finally Normandy. You can read a full break-down of the scenario list here.

Klotzen! Panzer Battles

Developer: Maxim Games
Release Date: Summer 2018

Another game taking on the storied legacy of Panzer General, Klotzen! Panzer Battles is an ambitious project on the way from Maxim Games, who bringing their own approach to the turn-based operational wargame to PC.

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EIC Joe spoke with studio director Zoran Stanic earlier this year, and it sounds as though Maxim are planning on a large, challenging campaign that will have branching points that will change the outcome of the war based on which tracks you wind up heading down. Scenarios themselves will also feature a degree of randomness, with weather conditions and other variables changing with each playthrough. Klotzen! Panzer Battles is due out this summer.

Panzer Corps 2

Developer: Matrix Games
Release Date: 2018

Another classic making the jump over to 3D, Panzer Corps 2 will be utilising the now very popular Unreal 4 engine. Brought to us by Flashback Games (PG Forever, Panzer Corps, Warhammer 40k Armageddon) it’s suffice to say that even with engine change Panzer Corps 2 will likely remain faithful to its predecessor.

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No date in 2018 has been specified but Flashback Games have already stated in Q&A a blog post that they’re confident Panzer Corps 2 will be released this year. In the meantime, you might want to check this article out which contains everything we know about the game so far.

Burden of Command

Developer: Green Tree Games
Release Date: 
2018

Wargaming as a whole can often be a clinical affair, with the men and units under your command feeling more chess pieces than people. Green Tree Games are looking to address that with their debut title Burden of Command.

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Whilst tactics and positioning are still important, your relationships with the men under your command are pushed to the forefront of Burden of Command. Events, or “crucibles”, will often force you to choose between your men and the mission. Green Tree Games have painstakingly researched the psychology of soldiers to ensure that your units and the men how lead them act accordingly.

There’s no confirmation yet last official word was that GTG are aiming for a 2018 release.

Campaign Series: Vietnam

Developer: CS Legion
Release Date: 
Summer 2018

Campaign Series Legion are returning to the 20th century with Campaign Series: Vietnam. It promises to cover conflicts in the region from 1948 all the way up to 1985. So far all we know is the nations included in the game’s order of battle which include heavy hitters such as the US, North & South Vietnam and the PRC.

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There’s no details on a release date yet, but apparently it’s been in the works for a while and Campaign Series Legion’s site states and estimated release of summer 2018.

UBOOT

Developer: Deep Water Studio
Release Date: 
2018

I know we included this one last year, but after all, nothing is certain in game development. UBoot (U-boat) is billed as a sandbox survival simulator aboard a Second World War German U-boat, reminiscent of FTL or a more grimey version of Bomber Crew. Recently delayed, Uboot is set to release in 2018, no more details are available.

303 Squadron: Battle of Britain

Developer: Atomic Jelly
Release Date:
8th May, 2018 (Early Access)

This one isn’t really a “wargame” per se, but I we still have a proud tradition of covering war-themed simulation games, from ArmA to IL-2. In the wake of Poland’s capitulation in 1939 many of its pilots fled to France and then eventually England. There they were integrated in the RAF, helping England fight off hordes of German bombers during the Battle of Britain.

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Atomic Jelly are promising to bring the story of the 303rd Squadron (the most famous and successful of the 16 Polish RAF squadrons) to life with their upcoming title. Outside of realistic air combat, 303 Squadron: Battle of Britain is promising a detailed reconstruction of RAF Northolt that players can explore, not to mention being able to carry out repairs and maintenance on your fighter planes.

Armored Brigade

Developer: Matrix Games
Release Date: 2018

Matrix Games picked up this freeware title last year and have thrown some money at it to make it more acceptable as commercial product, It sports several improvements over the original project, and you can check out our hands-on impressions of the game here.

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Changes include dynamic campaigns, reworked graphics and UI and improved AI. Matrix and Veitikka have kept tight lips on the release date, as always, but we're confident it'll be out this year - sooner rather than later as well. If you're wondering about its freeware origins, the late Mr. Cobb did a write-up for us just after the announcement.

Unity of Command 2

Developer: 2x2 Games
Release Date: 2018

Back in 2012, 2x2 games proved that hex wargames don’t always have to be oblique affairs that require inordinate amounts of patience and time. Unity of Command was an accessible title loved by both newcomers and experienced wargamers alike.

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Unity of Command 2 looks like it’ll be trying to take quite a few strides forwards rather than living in its predecessor's shadow. Instead of the cold fields of Russia, Unity of Command 2 will be covering the western front and has switched over from 2D to 3D.

Other promised changes include units carrying over from previous battles (so no more killing most of your army and still winning since you still hold the objective) and more offensive AI. Unity of Command 2 still has no solid release date, but the devs stated their confidence in a 2018 release.  

Rule the Waves II

Developer: Naval Warfare Simulations
Release Date:
2018

The original Rules the Waves is a wonderful Great War-era war game (and one of the best WW1 Naval Games of all time) that combined both Fleet construction/management, and combat as you managed a nation's navy from 1900 - 1920, with the main goal of not getting sacked and furthering our country's ambitions.

The sequel was announced earlier this year and will span from 1900 all the way to 1950, opening the game up to WW2 naval concerns, as well as some early modern stuff as well. We don't know anything else about the project at this point other than owners of the first game will be able to buy the sequel at a discount upon its release.

Seen any other cool wargame projects you want us to do a shout out for? Let us know in the comments and we'll update the list ASAP!

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