War Leaders Go Beta
Developers of War Leaders: Clash of Nations send word that the upcoming strategy WWII game will soon enter beta status. The game combines both real-time and turn-based strategy modes to enable players to wage battle and maybe change the course of history during WWII. Its website has more details.
Forge of Freedom Announced
Those who like turn-based strategy games and the American Civil War can rejoice, because Matrix Games has announced Forge of Freedom, an upcoming strategy title based on the Crown of Glory engine.
As the leader of the Union or the Confederacy, you will be faced with historical decisions on the military, economic and diplomatic strategies to pursue. The diplomatic and economic systems have been streamlined and improved since Crown of Glory to be more user-friendly and also suited to the period. Rather than multiple minor nations, each state has its own Governor and they will make demands on you and shift their attitudes according to events. In addition, you will have to manage diplomacy with the European powers to try to sway them towards or against intervention. Over 1,000 historical generals are included along with an option to know their abilities ahead of time or have to find out the hard way, as happened historically. Railroads, rivers and cities all play important roles, as do elections which occur at both state and national levels. Every effort has been made to bring you as thorough a simulation of the American Civil War as is possible, from 1860 to 1865, from the skirmishes and raids in the West to the pitched battles in the East and the Naval blockade.
Further details on the game can be found on the publisher’s website.
Birth of America Announced
Strategy First today announced that it has signed Birth of America, a turn-based strategy title from SEP BOA, for release in North America.
The year 2005 marks the 250th anniversary of the start of the French & Indian Wars. Twenty years later, the America Revolutionary War erupted. These two events marked the real start of a new era in the Americas and the end of British Colonial rule.
In Birth of America, the player controls one of the major contenders of these 2 conflicts, trying to achieve military and political victory. It is a complete and detailed simulation of the two most important wars in Colonial America – from 1755 to 1783. The game covers all of North America, from Florida to Quebec and New England to Mississippi.
Control the military action of your nation. This includes such activities as drafting forces, building forts and depots, sieges and blockades, raiding enemy settlements and battles, both on land and at sea.
Naval units come in the form of warship squadrons and flotillas. You can also manage supply wagons, water transport, forts and depots. Wide diversity of troop types are implemented, including: light infantry; dragoons; siege artillery; rangers; Indian warriors; marines; militias; ships of the line; frigates and lake flotillas. There are more than ninety different models of units in all.
The game will feature 18th century North American map that covers 700 provinces with various terrains, climates and civilization levels; dozens of unit types; over 150 historical characters; 11 scenarios and 3 campaigns; and play by email option.
No release date was offered.
Dungeons & Dragons: Tactics Announced
D&D nerds can indulge in their obsession on the go: Atari has announced Dungeons & Dragons: Tactics for the PSP, marking D&D’s arrival on the handheld scene. Utilizing the 3.5 rule-set created by Wizards of the Coast, the game will allow players to take a party of six into a wide variety of environments to experience turn-based action. In development at Kuju, D&D: Tactics will be released this Holiday season.
Players will be taking on the role of a mortal child caught between the conflicts of two competing dragons. Alignment in the game is said to be critical, as it will affect the storyline. Base character classes will include Barbarian, Bard, Cleric, Druid, Fighter Monk, Paladin, Ranger, Rogue, Sorcerer and Wizard. Five Prestige Classes are available, as are two Psionic classes, the Psion and the Psychic Warrior. Players will be able to customize their characters and store as many as their memory stick can handle.
As expected, Tactics will include a co-op mode allowing like-minded gamers go through the single-player game as a team. There will also be a Deathmatch mode that will include a series of special arenas, as well as randomly-generated and populated Dungeon Bash, allowing one to fight another with their saved parties.
The game will be playable in Atari’s booth (#4003, Petree Hell) at E3.
Further information can be found after the jump in the form of a fact sheet.
Patches – Battlefield 2
An unofficial patch for Nival’s turn-based strategy title Hammer & Sickle has been released. The patch updates the game to v1.15 and addresses some outstanding issues with the game. Grab it from 3D Downloads, 3D Gamers, FileFront, Gamer’s Hell and Worthplaying. Nival has also released a v1.4 patch for Blitzkrieg 2, addressing a couple of bugs and balance changes in the WWII-strategy title.
Meanwhile, Steam News carries word that an update for Darwinia has been released via Valve’s broadband delivery service. The update adds difficulty settings, fixes a save game problem and updates the game’s German translation.
And finally, EA has released the much anticipated v1.21 patch for Battlefield 2, addressing a number of outstanding issues which are detailed here. Grab the full update from EA’s FTP server, 3D Gamers, AusGamers, FileFront, GameArena, Gameguru Mania, Gamer’s Hell, GameSpot, VGPRO, Worthplaying and Xtra Games.
The incremental patch can be grabbed from EA’s FTP server, 3D Downloads, 3D Gamers, AusGamers, FileFront, GameArena, Gameguru Mania, Gamer’s Hell, GameSpot, VGPRO, Worthplaying and Xtra Games.
As for the dedicated server – both Win32 and Linux versions can be downloaded off EA’s FTP server, 3D Gamers, Gameguru Mania, Gamer’s Hell and Worthplaying.
Panzer Command Unveiled
A Panzer Command: Operation Winter Storm product page unveils the upcoming turn-based WWII armored combat game. The title will feature both Germans and Soviets and will offer the opportunity to fight for both countries. Not much information can be gleaned from the page itself, but as a consolation, this page offers some screenshots from the project.