Wargamer Weekly: Summer Wars

By Joe Robinson 01 Jun 2018 0

There’s actually a lot of pretty cool news this week, so we’ll get right to it. We’ll be at the UK Games Expo this weekend, although in an unofficial capacity. Still, if you think it might be me, feel free to come up and say hello.

Meanwhile, in the world of wargaming…

Unity of Command Dev Diary 16

We’ve finally been treated to a new dev diary from Tomislav on Unity of Command 2. Good news is they’ve now got fully workable scenarios that they can play from start to finish.

The dev diary goes into more detail as to the game’s current technical status, the gameplay loop and some new mechanics they’ve included, as well as some interesting edge cases in how Fog of War can interrupt the usual flow of a unit’s turn.

It also comes with another gorgeous screenshot which we’ve thrown in the header. Check out the full diary here.

Humble ArmA Bundle

The last ‘wargame’ bundle we reported on from Humble was kind of tame, but this latest one will be right up the alley of our hardcore sim/shooter fans.

Dedicated 100% to Bohemia Interactive’s ArmA franchise, you’ve got the potential to grab a lot of game for tour money.

HumbleArma

$1 Tier: Gets your Arma: Cold war Assault, Arma: Gold Edition & Arma Tactics

$15 Tier: Gets you the above, plus the Arma 3 base game, and the Karts, Helicopters & Marksman DLC.

If you pay more than the average, which at the time of writing is $16.88, you get the above plus:

  • Arma 2
  • Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead
  • Arma 2: British Armed Forces
  • Arma 2: Private Military Company
  • Arma 2: Army of the Czech Republic

$20 Tier: Gets you all of the above, as well as ArmA 3: Apex

If you want to get a good read as to the ArmA 3 DLC and what kind of value you’re getting through Humble, we suggest you check out Ian’s excellent DLC buying guide.

The default charity for this bundle is the American Red Cross.

Matrix Games

There’s only really one ‘wargame-y’ thing worth highlight this week, Field of Glory II’s next DLC pack – Age of Belisarius – is almost upon us. You’ll be able to forestall or hasten the fall of the Roman Empire on Thursday, June 7th. We’ve already got Colonel Bill on the case, so you can expect his expert analysis on launch day, with any luck. You can refresh yourself as to what’s in the pack here.

News from the (Battle)front

Battlefront have emerged from the woodwork to give an update on their on-going Combat Mission projects, Rome to Victory and Combat Mission Shock Force 2.

Turns out they’ve been a bit short-staffed and completing these projects has taken a lot longer than expected. Rome to Victory has been put on hold while they concentrate on Shock Force 2.

There’s a separate post detailing the situation with Shock Force 2, and what the buying options are. Owners of Shock Force 1 can upgrade for $35, and they expecting to ship the game no later than end of July 2018.

Valor & Victory Digital

We’ve been contacted by the developer of the rather excellent Kursk - Battle at Prochorovka, which the late Mr. Cobb reviewed for us.

Valor Victory

Turns out Lance is developing a digital version Barry Doyle’s Valor & Victory the 1-2 player WW2 Squad/Tactical hex & counter wargame. He’s looking to produce two version – a free sample with a single map and a couple of scenarios, and then the full-on retail version with six maps and as many scenarios as can be fit into the game.

Release is due by the end of the year, although Lance plans to release regular development builds over on Itch.io, which you can start grabbing right now.

That's all for this week's round-up, enjoy your weekends!

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