Upcoming Wargames 2020

By Joe Fonseca 09 Apr 2020 10

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.

Upcoming War Games for PC 2020

  • Aurora C#
  • Nations at War
  • Shadow Empire
  • 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
  • Galactic Ruler
  • Cold War Game
  • Libertadores
  • Second Front
  • War Room: Afghanistan
  • Gates of Hell
  • Valor & Victory
  • Burden of Command
  • General Staff Wargaming System
  • Task Force Admiral Volume 1: American Carrier Battles
  • Carrier Battles 4 Guadalcanal
  • Order of Battle: Red Steel
  • Radio Commander: Squad Management

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

Aurora C#

Release Date: Most likely April

aurora c

Editor Joe has only recently discovered the madness that is Aurora 4Xand he's kind of looking forward to the release of the game's successor, Aurora C#. The developer has said April should be the release, and is so far on track, but given this is a passion project through and through this could easily slip till later.

Nations at War Digital

Release date: Currently in Steam Early Access

nations at war

This game was teased in February and has recently launched in Steam Early Access. Based on the award-winning board game series of the same name, Nations at War Digital is about platoon level combat in WW2.

Radio General

Release Date: April 9th, 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.

Cold War Game

Release Date: 'Early' 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.

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

strategic mind blitzkreig

Starni Games are back with another game in their Strategic Mind series, this time returning to their Panzer Strategy roots with Strategic Mind: BlitzkriegThis 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.

Galactic Ruler

Release Date: Q2 2020

Galactic Ruler Release Date

The makers of Supreme Ruler: Ultimate and Supreme Ruler: The Great War are taking their grand strategy style wargame into outer space. Explore a procedurally generated galaxy, found colonies, interact with other factions, and fight pausable real-time space and planetary battles. Galactic Ruler will come with multiplayer support for up to 15 players, as well as diplomacy and research.

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.

Shadow Empire

Release Date: TBD 2020

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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.

Libertadores

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. Now that the Steam page is operational, it's nice to just stare at it and all of the pretty pictures.

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: Currently in Early Access

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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

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.

Field of Glory: Empires - Persia

Release Date: TBD 2020

Field of Glory: Empires, the grand-strategy wargame from AGEOD that's using Slitherine's internal engine, is finally getting a new piece of DLCPersia is set during the years 550 - 330 BCE, with a focus on ancient Greece and the rising power of Persia. It will come with new factions, new mechanics and a new campaign start. We don't have any information on a release date yet.

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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