What is a WarPlan, and how do we get one? New WW2 Grand-Strategy Simulation Announced09 May 2019 0
Matrix Games have a new game announcement for us: WarPlan is an “incredibly accurate” World War 2 simulation that aims to incorporate 50 years of learned experience through playing WW2-era board war games, although they don't mention which ones.
Developed by newcomer Kraken Studios It looks like we’re getting another grand-strategy WW2 wargame that sites somewhere around Strategic Command and Hearts of Iron. They also claim to possess a flexible engine and huge database, so we could also be talking about a CMANO-but-WW2 experience (and with more user-friendly visuals).
We highly suggest you go to the product page, because there’s a lot of detail there already about what this game aims to deliver, as an example, here are the unit scales:
- 70 different potential countries
- Map scale 30 miles / 50km per hex using a Peter's map scaling which better represents real distances
- Land scale 15k - 60k men
- Air scale 300-400 air craft
- Naval scale 2 capital ships + support ships
And here are some details about the map:
- Hex based map and movement.
- 15 different types of terrains subdivided in to sizes with each different features including motorized and non-motorized movement, airfield capacity, and defensive bonuses.
- 12 different resource types
- 5 different strategic resources
- Fog of War – detection levels determine information of units.
- 5 different weather conditions
And there’s lots more: Solo vs. AI, Hotseat + PBEM multiplayer, an Editor… WarPlan must have been in development for quite some time as well, as it’s already ready for beta testing: you can sign up here.
I’d say that means we could be looking at a 2019 release, but smaller war game studios tend to struggle more at keeping to development deadlines, so ultimately we’ll have to wait and see.
More information as we get it!