A Tactical Battle Simulator that allows you to command thousands of soldiers as a Union or Confederate General. The game features the most accurately created map, a non-linear battle campaign, complex morale, innovative control mechanics and smart AI.
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Release Date: Oct 16, 2014

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November 23

Patch v1.6 Released

While we progress on a new game of the Ultimate General series we offer to you another update, in order to polish and improve the gameplay and AI. As you have asked, now the game should be equally challenging by playing with both sides. One reason for this is that melee and charges are far more decisive.

Furthermore, with all the new changes, the battles tend to play more dynamically as well as realistically, so virtually anytime you play the battle campaign may continue much differently, according to the tactics involved and the AI opponent. And of course the multiplayer battles got extra care in balances that you requested. So finally, here it is the patch v1.6 and its contents.

Ultimate General: Gettysburg v1.6 rev.1185 (Single Player) / rev.11181 (Multiplayer)

Gameplay & Other
  • Stronger charge. It should be more powerful now so that the cost vs benefit of a charge is balanced especially against artillery defensive positions.
  • Stronger melee.
  • Canister damage reduced slightly. It will help brigades to take down artillery batteries more easily and discourage players to bring cannons too much in front.
  • Increased damage of some large artillery battalions (It was too low).
  • Fine tuned morale so that units retreat not so often as before.
  • Units retreat less far behind.
  • Balanced Calef (It was an overpowered unit).
  • Balanced CSA Artillery to be a little more effective overall.
  • Fixes in targeting and LOS. Units now should make auto-lines, spot and target nearest threat without excessive micromanagement.
  • Better visual appearance of brigades as soldiers scale and bend formations on the terrain.
  • In both Multiplayer and Single player mode, units will shutter out of the map after more losses (previously maximum losses were 66% now are 80%).

  • Fixed artillery units positions that were too in front in some scenarios.
  • VP balances in "Conquer the Map" so that the Confederates can win by acquiring more locations excluding Cemetery Hill and Culp's Hill.
  • In "Union attacks Benner's Hill" scenario CSA got one extra battalion of artillery and Smith starts closer to Wolf's Hill. Additionally Benner's Hill is valued more so that the Union is forced to take it in order to win.
  • Balances of reinforcement arrival times in the multiplayer scenario "The Battle of Devil's Den". Now the CSA get early their units so that if Union overstretches too much is in danger to be flanked and crashed early on.
  • "Pickett's Charge" Scenario has more duration so that the Confederates have enough time to efficiently bombard the Union.
  • Reinforcement time tweaks for the first battle.
  • CSA reinforcements may arrive sooner so that forces fight with each other with a way closer to history but also without large pauses of action.

  • AI improvements so that it is better overall. Especially when it attacks it should concentrate forces more and be more decisive.
  • AI units should leave better distance from player and make effective fire lines that player will have difficulty to withstand.
  • AI should desire to flank and execute pressure on weak points more successfully.
  • AI will play more cautiously and engage its forces only at weak points of player's formations so that it has enough army throughout the whole battle campaign.

Confederate "Cautious" AI personality surrounding the player, making artillery lines and probing for formation weaknesses to attack.

Confederate "Determined" AI personality rushing to attack Peach Orchard with many strong brigades while the Union is vulnerable...

...Because the AI doesn't hesitate, the result is devastating for the player...

...Continuing the attack, the Determined AI keeps several of its units at safe distance while it concentrates at Cemetery Ridge.

Assaulting fortified positions such as Cemetery Hill is still very risky and can lead to enormous casualties, especially if the attack is executed vs a well prepared "Cunning" AI personality.

We would like to thank all volunteer testers who participated in the beta process of this patch and especially the following players:

Koro & YueJin: Both of them helped enormously to shape up the gameplay of multiplayer
1st.TN.Reg.Watkins: As usually he provided detailed reports and guidance for realistic gameplay
HammuRobby: Occasional feedback and rightful requests for a better balance overall
XCLBR: Reported some inconsistencies that were fixed
OLee O'Hara: Some very helpful reports about AI inconsistencies that were addressed
FraGG: Unfortunately he did not participate much as he would like but still was very helpful in all his reports and general opinions

We hope you really enjoy this update that was made to please your latest requests.
If you want to share your feedback then please write to us in our forums:
Game-Labs forum
Steam forum

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September 11

Hotfix patch v1.55

A new update that fine tunes and improves the gameplay while it fixes several inconsistencies and bugs that you reported. Better AI, improved melee, enhanced 3D visual perception of terrain and multiplayer balances are the most important changes included in this patch.

You can read more info in our blog:

or below

Ultimate General: Gettysburg patch v1.55 (rev.10222/10203)
  • Better synchronization, more realistic movement of sprites.
  • Improvement of Brigade movement and visual mechanics.
  • Formation, collision detection improvements (affects targeting, retreat directions, melee).
  • Targeting improvements (affects AI positively, units block each other more realistically, hills become more important).
  • Intensified importance of hills in defense. Some positions like Cemetery Hill and Culp's hill will feel like fortresses now.
  • New better melee balance.
  • Better visual representation of pseudo 3D terrain. You will be able to perceive hill obstructions more accurately as unit formation bend and scale on terrain.
  • AI overhaul. AI should attack and defend much more efficiently with all personalities.
  • Some scene fixes including big error in "What if Buford had not held McPherson ridge" which resulted in a broken scenario.
  • Various fixes and balances for MP battles that were unbalanced. 
    - CSA  in "Pickett's charge" has now also Pettigrew and 3 other brigades at their disposal making things really challenging for the Union which get a few more artillery for compensation.
    - In "Union on the Offensive", CSA have 2 more brigades, and Union has less artillery.
    - In "Ewell advances" the CSA get 2 more brigades as reinforcements.
    - In "Devil's Den" reinforcement times for Union have been balanced.
    - In "Meeting at Cemetery Ridge" Union have one less brigade and CSA a few more artillery pieces.
  • Various balances and improvements in combat. Balance is carried to Multiplayer version of the game and provides equal opportunities for both sides.
  • Skirmishers less lethal in ranged combat.
  • Altered the arrival time of 1st day/1st battle units to fit more the historical facts.
  • Fixed occasional super damage bug when units were in melee that destabilised combat balance.
  • Fixed many overpowered artillery batteries for both sides.
  • Fixed several bugs that made AI to fight at disadvantage since almost always its altitude parameters were lower than the player's and there were also other multiple issues. Now the AI will fight to its full potential, as never seen before.
  • Fixed bugs that unbalanced multiplayer according to who was hosting.
This update has been shaped up thanks to the valuable feedback of many volunteer testers. We would like to honor the most active and helpful during this test phase by mentioning them below:

Koro (Unforgiving General who punished the AI until it was able to beat him and also provided relentless multiplayer testing)
1st.TN.Reg.Watkins (Careful General who with his historical tactics forced the game to play more realistically)
OLee O'Hara (Demanding General who took detailed notes of AI failures that helped to make it better)
JamesL (Veteran General who was only getting pleased when the AI was able to inflict more casualties than him)
YueJin (Methodical General who always gives unquestionable advices for a better gameplay)
Lincolns Mullet (Elite General, missing in action most of the time, but still his brief reports mattered)

Now lets see if you can beat the new AI! Provide your feedback in our forums:
Game Labs Forum
Steam forum

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“What I played was...fantastic.”

“One of the 20 best wargames of all time.”
PC Gamer

“Ultimate General: Gettysburg finds a perfect balance point between history, the depth that wargamers crave, and the effortless simplicity that makes it instantly appealing to a broad audience.”

About This Game

Ultimate General: Gettysburg is a Tactical Battle Simulator that allows you to lead thousands of soldiers in the famous Battle of Gettysburg as commander of either the Union or Confederate army. The game features the most accurately created map, complex morale, innovative control mechanics and smart AI. You have the freedom to use different strategies while the battle progresses. Your decisions and military performance play a crucial role in the result. Lead your army and win the Battle of Gettysburg!

It has been voted as Best Strategy Game of 2014 by PCGamesN.

Main Features

Smart AI Commanders
Ultimate General: Gettysburg does not use “AI gameplay cheats” because it does not need them. The game’s difficulty is accomplished only by nine distinctive AI personalities, each with their own advantages and special skills. AI Commanders are able to evaluate and gain tactical superiority in real time, reacting according to their different commanding skills, aggressively or defensively, heroically or cunningly and resemble different, competent human players.

Each one of the AI generals is a formidable, non-scripted opponent who can actively try to flank you, secure strategic locations with artillery, keep reserves and reinforce areas that it attacks or defends. The AI will try to win the battle with tactics that fit to its personality. For example a defensive opponent may not attack ferociously in the first engagement and progressively advance its forces in the next battles.

What players say: “Fantastic AI - don't know what kind of brain you put in this game but it works”

Multi-Day Dynamic Battle
On the morning of July 1st 1863, the two armies meet near Gettysburg. Reinforcements arrive from historically accurate directions as the battle progresses, however, random events, delays and tactical differences are always a possibility that can change the results of each engagement compared to history.

Can you re-enact Pickett’s Charge? What if Lee attacked the center of the Union Army early in the morning of July 2nd of 1863 instead of attempting to flank the extreme left in the afternoon? What would happen if Meade counter-attacked on July 4th 1863? These questions and more can be answered within the game engine of Ultimate General: Gettysburg.

The battle is dynamically fought in time phases and can last up to 4 days. Each day can be separated by up to 3 time phases and the armies’ condition and positioning on the map are saved.

According to battle events, you have the possibility to take decisions that can change the tide of the battle based on your prior tactical prowess. For example, when leading the Confederates, on the morning of July 2nd, you can choose to attack at Cemetery Hill and not make a delayed flanking maneuver at Peach Orchard… if you have managed to take Seminary Ridge the previous day! You can even choose to defend and wait for your AI opponent to take the initiative between days. These choices greatly increase the number of possible battle outcomes and challenges.

What players say:“9 different AI profiles, multiple outcomes, multiple strategies, casualties carry over. This game is a different experience every time. Well worth it, can't wait for the next one.”

Easy Controls & Unit Self-Awareness
Drag simple movement arrows to command large forces easily. Units do not need your micromanagement because they are able to act on their own initiative and re-align, switch targets, withdraw and form battle lines without player input. Consequently, you are able to give generic commands to your units and can rely on them to fight efficiently without the need for “babysitting”.

What players say: “Innovative movement system - this is by far an awesome system they developed. It’s not only insanely easy to learn, but also incredibly innovative”

Detailed Map of Gettysburg
Utilizing satellite images and historical maps, every major location, house, ridge and hill are depicted as accurately as possible within the game’s unique art style. If you are an American Civil War enthusiast, you will be especially happy to notice the amount of precision and information that the map provides. Not only will you be able to better understand the historical layout of the map, you will also be able to make use of each location and landmark in battle, thanks to the simulation of cover, concealment, terrain and high ground in the game.

What players say: “Incredible Gorgeous Map - I had to capitalize that because this map is by far one of the best maps of Gettysburg I have ever seen either in a game or even in books”

Advanced Line of Sight
Elevation and obstructions affect unit visibility realistically. Units may make use of concealment and cover to survive artillery barrages, stage ambushes and more, but beware – the AI will attempt to do the same to you. The units enter or exit the Fog of War gradually with a fade in/out effect that helps you perceive their hiding and course seamlessly.

What players say: “The way Game Labs implemented Line of Sight in this game should be held as an example to other developers to do the same”

Numerous Tactical Factors
In Ultimate General: Gettysburg, you will realize that army units are not “machines” that blindly follow orders, but they need to conserve strength and courage for decisive battle actions. Every basic tactical element that is expected for a strategy game is incorporated into gameplay. Most importantly, morale is affected by many factors including flank or rear attacks, casualties, volley shocks, artillery fire and fatigue.

What players say: “... positioning of units matters. You really bring the struggles of 19th century warfare to life here”

Historically Accurate Forces and Leaders
Ultimate General: Gettysburg includes the full order of battle for the Union Army of the Potomac and the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. Unit sizes range from the small artillery batteries to vast infantry brigades with cavalry and skirmishers in between.
All brigades have troop numbers and differing competencies based on historical facts. Additionally, all artillery battery numbers and types are correctly simulated. Lastly, major generals and officers actively participate in the battlefield to organize and support the armies and appear in after action battle reports to help you monitor battle progress.

What players say: “Immersive American Civil War feel: sounds, portraits and general historical authentic really make this one of the most immersive historical games I have played, and I am a total history buff”

Furthermore, every inch of the map has a strategic role. Sloping, terrain type and obstructions affect unit movement realistically. Elevations, ridges and hills provide excellent firing positions and give increased sight, morale and accuracy to troops stationed there.
By placing your units close to each other, they become more resilient to charges and flank attacks but get more vulnerable to projectile fire. Thus, forcing your enemy to keep his lines dense while you shell him with artillery can be a valid tactic. As the condition of your units changes dynamically during the battle, the effectiveness of your whole army is affected. For example, units fire more coordinated volleys when they have high morale and have more discipline and tight formations.

These and many more deep gameplay mechanics are packed into a simple and intuitive GUI that aims to ease the game experience for the player without overwhelming with complex statistics.

Evolving Multiplayer Experience
The game currently offers 18 maps for 1vs1 matches and is continuously improved according to user feedback.

What players say: “Well, actually, the AI in this game is about the best ever seen (except for chess), and there is a working multiplayer with about always at least one battle going.”

Ultimate General: Gettysburg is developed by Game Labs and designed by Nick Thomadis, known for his successful and popular “DarthMod” series.

How to Play

Please read our guide

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 7 32-bit
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU 1.6Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512Mb VRAM, Minimum 1024x768 resolution, Intel HD 3000 and higher, GeForce 8800 and higher, AMD Radeon X1600 and higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0 compatible
    • Additional Notes: 2gb memory is needed for 32-bit operating system, 4gb memory for 64-bit windows
    • OS: 10.7
    • Processor: 2.0 Ghz Dual Core CPU or faster
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce or AMD gpu or Intel 4000 and higher
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 10.10 or later
    • Processor: 2.0 Ghz Dual Core CPU or faster
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce or AMD gpu or Intel 4000 and higher
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
73 of 81 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
With very simple 2D models and flat, weird map, this game creates the sence and feeling of real line battlefront and strategy, more than any of the Total War games. The replayability is outstanding. It will take you only around 100-150 minutes to finish the campaign (the battle of Gettysburg), but every time you approach it, the outcome is diffrent - everything change, based on your decisions, strategic points captured, and casualities. You may choose different scenarios, and enjoy something totally different. I highly recommend playing this game, especially if you enjoy the smell and sound of exploding gunpowder.
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721 of 1,099 people (66%) found this review helpful
166 people found this review funny
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Is Steam going to remove this game due to its depiction of the historically accurate Confederate battle flag? People in this country are losing their minds blaming symbols and inanimate objects everytime something bad happens...

I've decided to post a slightly more in-depth review now that the whole "lets ban games because flags offend people" nonesense has blown over. I will, however, keep the politically charged opening statement because, as you can see from certain comments about this review, it caused quite a frenzy among ignorant people.

For anyone who is an RTS fan this game will be right up your ally. It is not a long game, but has far more replayability than just about any other RTS out there. It has deep strategy elements and surprisingly smart AI, especially for an indie game. The graphics are not mind blowing but they are well implemented. My lowest score is for the multiplayer, becuase I wish it was more than 1v1.

Graphics: 7/10
Sound: 8/10
AI: 9/10
Gameplay: 9/10
Multiplayer: 6/10
Stability: 10/10

The game has little to no bugs and I have never experienced a crash. If you are a fan of hard but rewarding gameplay then get this game and support developers who stood up against ignorance!

PS If you are easily offended or do not understand history then please go back to CS:GO or COD and save yourself the brain strain.
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122 of 168 people (73%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Take the battles from Total War, strip the graphics down to their basics and compensate with better maps, throw in some elements from the 'choose your own adventure' genre when planning your strategy, and what you end up with is a short but brilliant game. Buy it before it gets banned for daring to include Confederate iconography in its correct historical context.
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368 of 572 people (64%) found this review helpful
161 people found this review funny
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Games Awesome, great game play and it's even better now cause it offends people. It is my kind of game.
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201 of 311 people (65%) found this review helpful
48 people found this review funny
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
I bought it because the devs had the guts to stand up politely but firmly to Apple's fascism. I bought it from Steam instead of the gimmicky-other-game site because Steam had the guts to feature it in a tasteful way on their store page. Hope it's good so I can buy another copy for a friend.

Plays best while listening to the Dukes of Hazzard theme song.
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