Exciting War Games Coming in 2020

By Joe Fonseca 13 Feb 2020 7

There’s a lot on the horizon for PC wargamers in 2020! The big houses like Slitherine/Matrix and Paradox are showering us in DLC, updates, and new properties while indie developers are out in force, bringing us an ever-wider collection of projects near and dear to the developer’s heart. It’s a good year to be a wargamer.

The header image is from Steel Division 2's upcoming Fate of Finland DLC.

Upcoming War Games for PC 2020

  • Naval Battles Simulator
  • Nations at War
  • Lock'n Load Tactical Digital
  • 4th Generation Warfare
  • Shadow Empire
  • Panzer Corps 2
  • Radio General
  • Campaign Series: Vietnam
  • Klotzen! Panzer Battles
  • Waterloo 3D
  • Panzer Campaigns: Scheldt ‘44
  • Grand Tactician: The Civil War (1861-1865)
  • Strategic Mind: Blitzkrieg
  • Ultimate Admiral: Dreadnoughts
  • Ultimate Admiral: Age of Sail
  • Galactic Ruler
  • Cold War Game
  • Libertadores
  • Second Front
  • War Room: Afghanistan
  • Gates of Hell
  • Invasion Machine
  • Valor & Victory
  • Burden of Command
  • General Staff Wargaming System
  • Task Force Admiral Volume 1: American Carrier Battles
  • Carrier Battles 4 Guadalcanal
  • Fantasy General II Onslaught
  • Order of Battle: Red Steel
  • Hearts of Iron IV: La Resistance
  • Radio Commander: Squad Management

This list is surely incomplete so feel free to shout out a game you’re looking forward to in the comments.

Naval Battles Simulator

Release Date: February 26th, 2020

This project snuck up on us out of nowhere - Naval Battles Simulator seems to be another take on the Rules the Waves formula, offering an Operational view of naval warfare, only this time focusing exclusively on WW2. It seems more geared towards military operations than it does the logistical and economic policy making of running a navy, but you can build your own ships and decide how to use what military assets you have.

We know very little else other than what's on the Steam page, but good news is we won't have long to find out more!

Invasion Machine

Release Date: February 28th, 2020 (Early Access)

This is a real-time tactical war game set during a fictional conflict and place inspired by the wars in Afghanistan & Iraq. Gameplay looks like Men of War with a modern warfare veneer, and is focused around small unit tactics and some exploration/RPG elements in the sense that you don't JUST go around shooting people. I'm still not convinced by the theme of the game, but I also am very impressed by the tech that seems to be powering it.

We finally have some concrete news on the Early Access launch, which is set for the end of February. A full release might not be until 2021, but at least it will be playable for the wider audience. If you fancy taking it for a spin right now, you are allowed to hop on the developer's Discord and ask for access to the Alpha build. AFAIK this build is not going to be updated once the EA branch drops, so you can't use it to get the newer version for free, but It'll be useful as a 'try before you buy' thing.

4th Generation Warfare

Release Date: February 2020 (Early Access)

We've not had much contact with developer Eversim - a glance at their steam profile reveals a catalogue of mainly political-focused sim games going back to around 2014, none of which have been received particularly well. They remind me a bit of Battlegoat and their Supreme Ruler series.

Eversim are trying their hand once again this year with 4th Generation Warfarea more broad-spectrum politcal sim/wargame where you take control of a modern nation and lead it through turbulent modern times. As well as conventional armed forces, you will also be able to deploy cyber warfare, espionage, trade wars and other non-direct forms of 'power'. It looks quite indie, so we'll have to see if the past half-decade has taught them anything.

Panzer Corps 2

Release Date: March 19th, 2020

Panzer Corps 2 War Game

Billed as “The ultimate Second World War Strategy Game!” Panzer Corp 2 promises a perfected and proven Panzer General successor with a staggering amount of content. Every major European power, over 1,000 unique units, a 60 scenario branching campaign, a comprehensive multiplayer suite, and a detailed editor. Panzer Corps was quite the hit, and so far its sequel looks to be following in its footsteps.

Pre-orders are now available at a 15% discount vs. the full retail price for the 'Field Marshal/ edition, which comes with a bunch of goodies as well as a chance to try out the game early for 48 hours next week! Read here for more details.

Radio General

Release Date: March 2020

Radio General

If you loved the abstract nature of last year's Radio Commander but thought it could do with being in a conflict that wasn't the Vietnam War, you're in luck. Radio General is essentially the same concept except it's WW2... and you're a General, I guess. The single-player campaign follows the 1st Canadian Army, which rarely gets much love from WW2 entertainment. There will also me multiplayer and a map editor.

Klotzen! Panzer Battles

Release Date: Early 2020 (allegedly)

Klotzen Panzer Battles Release Date

An indie hex game in the vein of the classic Panzer GeneralKlotzen! boasts a massive branching campaign with flexible AI and variable scenarios, and over 600 unique unit types. One to keep an eye on as it comes together. We thought this was going to land half-way through 2019 but it's gone a bit MIA so no idea what's actually happening with it at the moment.

Ultimate Admiral: Age of Sail

Release Date: Early 2020

ultimate admiral age of sail

Players have control over both naval and land forces during the height of the age of sail (1775-1815). Naval battles, landing operations, and land battles are at your fingertips with fleet and crew management taking a prominent role. With how beloved Ultimate General: Civil War is, here’s hoping Age of Sail continues the trend. Let's also hope that between this and Dreadnoughts below, the development team aren't spreading themselves too thin.

Ultimate Admiral: Dreadnoughts

Release Date: Early Access Release - Q1/2 2020

ultimate admiral dreadnought battles

We’ve got a preview of Ultimate Admiral: Dreadnoughts for you to look over for details, but know that this flashy new title from the developers of Ultimate General: Civil War will allow players to design warships and battle across a global campaign. Purchasing a copy now will net you access to the pre-release build.

Strategic Mind: Blitzkrieg

Release Date: Spring 2020

Starni Games are back with another game in their Strategic Mind series, this time returning to their Panzer Strategy roots with Strategic Mind: Blitzkrieg. This seems a bit like a 'Let's try this again kind of deal', although SMB shows the action from the Axis side this time around. Honestly, we weren't big fans of Panzer Strategy, nor of Naval-focused Strategic Mind: The Pacific. There's every chance Blitzkrieg will have learned the right lessons from the past two games, but all we can do for now is wait and see.

Grand Tactician: The Civil War (1861-1865)

Release Date: Summer 2020

Grand Tactician The Civil War Release Date

From the indie developer behind 2015’s The Seven Year’s WarGrand Tactician: The Civil War is a real time strategy game offering a strategic campaign mixed with real time battles, reminiscent of the Hegemony series. The Civil War promises a grand campaign in which players manage their nation, recruitment, and supplies as they maneuver armies. Real time battles are to deal with major engagement that can last up to days.

Waterloo 3D

Release Date: "Holidays" 2020

Waterloo 3D Release Date
An intriguing indie project that sees players leading either the French, British, or Prussians during the Waterloo Campaign. Battles consist of fully rendered units from the battalion to the division level across a 3D map in real-time. Reminiscent of Scourge of War: Waterloo but with superior graphics. The development team are currently working on giving Waterloo 3D some Brigade-level combat logic, a battle planner, and better AI path-finding that's authentic with Napoleonic-era tactics.

Lock'n Load Digital

After having a very nice chat with Mr. Heath at Lock'n Load, we've re-established communications and have learned a bit more regarding the state of Lock'n Load's current digital line-up, most of which afawk is due out this year. Along with the below two, there is a third game in the works - the Victory & Glory ACW game is also being adapted, but it's still early days on that one.

Nations at War Digital

This was teased in February with a new trailer, as far as we understand is currently awaiting approval on Steam before things start moving. We think this is due out first, going by David's comments, but we're not 100% sure.

Lock'n Load Tactical Digital

This is the other big title from LnLP on the horizon. The digital adaptation of the best-selling Lock'n Load Tactical board game is currently in Beta, and there are roughly six modules completed for it right now. Details on how much more is left to go were a bit vague, but this could be out by the end of the year.

Shadow Empire

Release Date: TBD 2020

Shadow Empire Release Date2

A detailed sci-fi genre mix. Shadow Empire promises a “unique mix of military wargame, 4X, procedural generation and role playing elements.” The idea of 4X game that dedicates a lot of resources to making a good wargame has me eagerly looking out for new info.

Campaign Series: Vietnam

Release Date: TBD 2020

Campaign Series Vietnam Release Date
A turn-based, tactical/operation war game focusing on the conflicts fought in South East Asia (1948-1979). A Detailed game engine expanded and modified for this entry, Campaign Series: Vietnam promises to cover seven conflicts with painstakingly researched maps, Orders of Battle, and special circumstances. Personally, I’m excited to see developer Campaign Series Legion tackle such under represented conflicts like the Sino-Vietnamese War of 1979 and the Cambodian Civil War. All on top of the full run of Indochina conflicts.

It's worth noting that as much as we're expecting it to land this year, we were also expecting it to land last year (because the developer said so). Hard to imagine there's much more holding things up, with with smaller studios like CSL anything could happen, so take this with a pinch of salt.

Panzer Campaigns: Scheldt ‘44

Release Date: TBD 2020

Scheldt 44 Release Date

Set in Holland from September ’44 and covering (shock!) not Operation Market Garden, this title will focus on the Allied attempt to clear the port of Antwerp to allow the push east to continue. As usual there is a huge number of scenarios and massively detailed Orders of Battle for the combatants. Scheldt’44 also includes the first use of irregular troops in a Panzer Campaigns title.

It's worth noting that between JTS and Wargame Design Studios, there's a few more games coming down the pipeline as well - we'll expand this section with more information on those at a later date.

Galactic Ruler

Release Date: TBD 2020

Galactic Ruler Release Date

The makers of Supreme Ruler: Ultimate and Supreme Ruler: The Great War are taking their grand strategy style war game into outer space. Explore a procedurally generated galaxy, found colonies, interact with other factions, and fight pausable real-time space and planetary battles

Cold War Game

Release Date: TBD 2020

Cold War Game Release Date

Real-time tactics game in the same vein (and visual style) as Wargame. The emphasis seems to be on good multiplayer suitability. The full release promises campaigns for both NATO and Warsaw Pact factions and a destructible world. We'll be watching this one with interest.


Release Date: TBD 2020

Libertadores Release Date

A new game from AGEOD veteran Miguel Santacruz, Libertadores focuses on the wars of independence in Spanish America. Players control either Patriots or Royalists in a style reminiscent of the classic AGEOD drag and drop system. A physical boardgame is in production as well.

Second Front

Release Date: TBD 2020

Second Front Release Date

A turn-based ETO WWII game with charming boardgame-looking hex map and 3D graphics. Second Front boasts over 200 unit types, a full campaign and individual scenarios.

War Room: Afghanistan

Release Date: 'Coming Soon'

War Room Release Date

This RTS puts players in the role of a US Army Commander in a fictional region of Afghanistan. Focus on fighting insurgency, taking care of your soldiers and civilians, and experience the game’s real events inspired story across a 1,000km² map. War Room promises an insight into the wars in the Middle-East that hasn't been dealt with before.

Gates of Hell

Release Date: TBD 2020

Gates of Hell Release Date

Another MIA from 2019, I literally have no idea what's going on with this project. I thought it was being made by Best Way, the original creators of Men of War and the studio that made the engine it's running on... except now the Steam Page lists a studio called Barbed Wire Studios and then there was this recent dev update talking about 'Independence'... so maybe Best Way are just looking after the engine like they did last time?

Hopefully, the spiritual successor to Men of War will release sometime this year, although maybe not if the companies don't stop worrying so much on who's dependant on who.

Valor & Victory

Release Date: TBD 2020

Valor Victory2

We thought Yobowargames getting picked up by Slitherine while working on his digital port of Valor & Victory would mean we'd see it released by now, but I'm hoping the delay means that he's been given more time and resources to get things right. The physical hex-and-counter war game is highly regarded, and so far it looks like Yobo have done a good job porting it over to digital. Can't wait to see the finished product!

Burden of Command

Release Date: "When it's Done Right"

burden of command

I've listed this here mainly so that I don't forget about it. Green Tree Game's narrative driven WW2 'Command Simulator' is less about testing your tactical or strategic decision making, and more about testing your abilities as a leader. While this will of course involve combat decision, most war games ignore the many facets that go into a 'Go/No Go' decision in any combat scenario, especially when it's made in the heat of the moment. We look forward to trying this out properly.

General Staff Wargaming System

Little Bighorn in Scenario Editor

Dr. Ezra Sidran is still plugging away at the latest iteration of his wargames simulation software. Bringing with it a lot of tools, AI coding and general academic heft, this is going to be an all-purpose tool for people to create (or recreate) battles and test out any number of things. It will have a very powerful editor, and will roughly cover three main era-groups - Ancients, Black Powder and Modern.

Task Force Admiral Volume 1: American Carrier Battles

Release Date: When it's (well) done

Task Force Admiral

Lead your carrier Task Force in important battles like Coral Sea, Midway and Guadalcanal in a 3D environment with beautifully rendered ships and aircraft. I’ve been following this one closely and am impressed by the depth of their research and dedication.

Carrier Battles 4 Guadalcanal

Release Date: 2020?

This is a quick entry, but the excellent WW2 Pacific mobile war game Carrier Battles 4 Guadalcanal is still on track to get a PC (and Android) version after a successful Kickstarter last year. They've recently (as of mid-feb) put out a call for Alpha testers, so you never know this one might turn up by the end of the year.

Upcoming Expansions & DLC

Hearts of Iron IV: La Resistance

Release Date: February 25th, 2020

HOI4 La Resistance

The latest expansion for Hearts of Iron IV offers up new national focuses for French, Spanish, and Portuguese factions, expanded resistance and collaborationist mechanics, code breaking, and recon units as well as an deeper Spanish Civil War. Adding some depth to some of HOI4’s more static elements, La Resistance is looking like a nice shakeup.

Steel Division 2: Fate of Finland

Release Date: Around March/April 2020

Fate of Finland

Steel Division 2's next DLC will look at the northern/Finnish front in 1944, and the renewed soviet offensives in 1994 around the Karelian Isthmus. It comes with a new historical campaign, new units, six new divisions and bunch of other new bits of content as well. It was announced mid-January and was due out "within the next two month" during the announcement, so hopefully we won't have too much longer to wait.

Fantasy General II Onslaught

Release Date: Q1 2020

Fantasy General 2 Onslaught Image

Expansion to the (IMO) excellent revival of Fantasy Hex wargaming, Onslaught will add 13 new aerial units and a brand new procedurally generated campaign.

Radio Commander: Squad Management

Release Date: April 2020

Radio Commander Squad Management

Radio Commander was definitely a highlight of 2019, offering a very unique take on the idea of war games and acting as a fascinating exercise in command & control simulation. It's getting a DLC pack later this year that will further enhance the management aspects of the game, including experience, perks, levelling up and rotating soldiers in and out of units. Look out for Squad Management in April.

Order of Battle: Red Steel

Release Date: TBD 2020

OOB Red Steel

The second in the trilogy of OOB DLC dedicated to the entirety of WWII from the Soviet Union’s perspective. Beginning in January 1942 and ending with the battle of Kharkov in early 1943. players will command armies outside Moscow, in the Crimea, through the hellish battle of Stalingrad before facing a resurgent Germany at Kharkov. As a sequel, players of Red Star can import their core army and commanders.

We'll be updating this article regularly, so keep an eye out - also please do let us know if you think we've forgotten anyone - it can be hard to keep track sometimes!



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