Order of Battle: World War II is breath of fresh air for all strategy fans. It is a game that takes wargaming to a new level by upgrading every single game element and rebooting the genre for a new generation of players.
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Release Date: Apr 30, 2015

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June 14

Order of Battle: World War II is out!

You fought on the shores of the Pacific Ocean in Order of Battle: Pacific, but now the war is global!

Order of Battle: World War II, formerly known as Order of Battle: Pacific, is a bigger project with a wider scope and the goal of featuring multiple fronts of World War II, and it is OUT NOW!

It is available to everyone for free: it contains the initial bootcamp missions plus the first scenario of every DLC Campaign, and they are completely free. Players will be able to try the game, play several scenarios and decide if they’d like to get the DLC Campaign.

The original campaigns of Order of Battle: Pacific are now split into two different DLCs:

· The Order of Battle: U.S. Pacific DLC, featuring the American campaign.

· The Order of Battle: Rising Sun DLC, featuring the Japanese campaign.


Important: if you already own Order of Battle: Pacific you will be given these two DLCs, Rising Sun and U.S. Pacific, and retain any other DLC you already own!



Stay tuned for more news in the future: the expansion b]Winter War[/b] is in development, and there are plans for more amazing content…

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June 1

Order of Battle goes global!

Order of Battle fans, we have big news for you. The game previously known as Order of Battle: Pacific is being restructured into Order of Battle: World War II, a bigger project with a wider scope and the goal of featuring multiple fronts of World War II.

Order of Battle: Pacific is going to be split into three different products:

Order of Battle: World War II, featuring the bootcamp missions and the first mission of each DLC.
• The Order of Battle: U.S. Pacific DLC, featuring the American Pacific campaign.
• The Order of Battle: Rising Sun DLC, featuring the Japanese Pacific campaign.

Now hold on to your seats! Order of Battle WORLD WAR II will be available to everyone for free! It contains the bootcamp scenarios plus the first scenario of every DLC (including future ones), and they are completely free. You will be able to try the game, play several scenarios and decide if you’d like to buy the DLCs.

Important: if you own Order of Battle: Pacific you’ll be given free keys for the two DLCs, Rising Sun and U.S. Pacific, plus any other DLC you already own!


That’s not all: in order to unlock the fully-featured editor and every single faction in multiplayer only a single DLC purchase is needed!

Ok, here is an example of what you can expect from this system.

Below is the campaign screen that you’ll see if you’re a newcomer to the series and you have never purchased the base game. You have immediate access to the bootcamp campaign (at the top) and all of the other campaigns (which are DLCs) are grayed out but you can still click on them!



Let’s click on the US Marines campaign (at the bottom). A description is displayed on the left panel and now two buttons have appeared on the right. If you click on “Try Campaign”, you’ll be able to see the campaign screen and launch the first scenario, which is Solomon Islands.





So you can enjoy this scenario with absolutely no restrictions.



After a few hours of intense combat, you finally beat the scenario and switch to the next one in this campaign (which is Guadalcanal).



Now you can read the briefing, deploy your units and plan your future moves. But when you’ll press end turn, you’ll see the following screen. Either you want to continue your amazing wargaming experience and purchase the DLC to unlock the whole campaign or you can quit and go back to the main menu. In any case, your progression is saved so even if you decide to purchase the campaign later, you’ll be able to keep the experience that your units earned in the first scenario.





Also, as mentioned previously, the editor, multiplayer modes and community content are not available in the free version, but you only need to own one of the DLCs to instantly unlock this content!



Finally, here is an example of what happens when you buy (or already own) a DLC of Order of Battle: World War II. Every single campaign owned appears with bright colors in the campaign screen. Also instead of the buttons previously displayed, you now have a “Launch” button. Click on it and you’re ready for a full campaign of amazing scenarios!

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Reviews

“Fast, approachable, and challenging, it is everything I want in a wargame.”
9/10 – PCGamesN

“Overall, this is the Pacific Theater of Operations Panzer General many gamers have been waiting for”
88% – Armchair General

“Order of Battle: Pacific is the best strategy title of the year so far”
8.5/10 – Softpedia

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Order of Battle: World War II, formerly known as Order of Battle: Pacific, is a bigger project with a wider scope and the goal of featuring multiple fronts of World War II, and it is OUT NOW!

It is available to everyone for free: it contains the initial bootcamp missions plus the first scenario of every DLC Campaign, and they are completely free. Players will be able to try the game, play several scenarios and decide if they’d like to get the DLC Campaign.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/312450/

About This Game

The free version of the game gives you access to the unique Boot Camp campaign as well as a taste of the first chapter of every other campaign pack. This means that new free missions will appear as soon as a new campaign gets released!

Order of Battle: World War II is breath of fresh air for all strategy fans. It is a game that takes wargaming to a new level by upgrading every single game element and rebooting the genre for a new generation of players. Detailed terrain, rich animations and a slick interface, all within a traditional setting and with the elements that are familiar to experienced players - Order of Battle: World War II follows in the footsteps of all time classics, such as Panzer General.

With a selection of over 700 unique looking and behaving units, players can build and manage their army, fleet and air force throughout the campaigns set in the various theatres of operations during WW2. A unique system of specializations allows players to customize their forces with special units, bonuses and abilities that reflect the difference in strategies and mentality of the various factions.

A set of unique Commanders – split between Generals, Pilots and Captains – is gradually unlocked in the campaigns. These can be attached to specific units to provide unique bonuses to anything in their command range. While good use of unit types and tactics remains the player's priority, clever use of Commanders can tip the balance in an offensive operation or buy just enough time in defense to turn the tide to your favor.

In Order of Battle: World War II, a unique supply system also plays a key factor that directly affects the combat efficiency of the units. Landing on an enemy island without any support ships will prevent the invasion forces from building a solid beachhead, and breaking the supply lines of your opponent, isolating his units and making encirclement maneuvers are the strategies required to achieve an ultimate victory.

Add an intuitive in-game scenario editor, up to 4 player multiplayer support through Hotseat or Slitherine's PBEM++ server system and you have a game with endless re-playability.

  • Classic turn based, hex based gameplay with an intuitive UI and great depth.
  • Play in dynamic campaigns with unit carryover and multiple "what-if" scenarios.
  • A rich 3D world with detailed animations and effects. Turn-based wargaming has never looked this good!
  • 20 different Specializations give a unique feel to each faction including Banzai Charge, Bushido Code and even the Manhattan Project.
  • Over 700 different unit types, including infantry, tanks, ships and aircraft, each with unique visuals and animations
  • Attach unique commanders to your units to give them additional offensive and defensive bonuses
  • A deep but intuitive supply system allowing breakthroughs & encirclements.
  • 4 player multiplayer over PBEM++ and hotseat, supporting last-man-standing, teamplay and cooperative against AI scenarios.
  • An extensive, user-friendly in-game scenario editor with a what-you-see-is-what-you-get design.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: XP, Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: Pentium 4 or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 Mb DirectX 9 video card with shader model 2.0
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.7+
    • Graphics: DX9 (shader model 2.0)
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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SLAYAH
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Not very good, the game's AI is scripted and it does terrible things that it shouldn't. It will just sit in one place till it is triggered when the forces that are sitting doing nothing could change the outcome of the game. I watched it several times just run away from a plane or ship with 1pt of life left when it could have destroyed it eaiily and had plenty of life to do it and take the hits it would have taken and does take anyway on the next turn.

It looks and plays alot like Panzer Genarl and Panzer Corp. It just has some fundamental differences in the aftermath of battles based on what you and the AI did.
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AmestrisXavier
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
What I think of the game? Confusing and annoying. Confusing because of the control scheme [A little like the 'getting-more-units-while-not-wanting-to-play-the-tutorial', and 'not-wanting-to-play-the-boring-tutorial.] and annoying because of the same movement sound for a unit.
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Beastlykilla4u
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
You need to buy DLC to play online, which in my opinion is a very crappy idea and drives away players.
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jdrumsr
( 28.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
I should like this game. I should enjoy my time playing it. I don't.

I've never played a game against an AI that so obviously knows every unit I have and knows every movement I make beyond FOW.

I've never played a game where an AI could deploy units in wilderness hexegaons and out of thin air.

I wouldn't recommend this over Panzer Corps.
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JuiceRabbit
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Game "hangs" when loading. I only see a black screen and have to kill the process. I have deleted game and reinstalled but same issue. Pathetic!
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Captainslow
( 60.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
This is a very well executed and fun wargame. It's similar the Panzer General series, so if you liked those, you'll enjoy this.
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plasmajam
( 53.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I have been playing wargames since the Avalon Hill days...Jutland, Squad Leader, Wooden Ships and Iron Men, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich...Just to name a few. I can honestly recommend this game to WW2 turn-based enthusiasts. I enjoy the fact that I can always come back to the game after a while and make my turn. NOTE: You may think the game is a pushover at first or you may go into it completely serious, calculating every move you make to the finest detail, either way, ignore the AI's ability to turn it around and bite you in the rump at your own peril. AAA+++Highly Recommended 9.5/10
ADDITIONAL NOTE: I bought my wife a brand new unlocked iPhone and I was supposed to go down to get her a wireless plan the first thing this morning. I woke up at 7am and my Order of Battle was still on my computer from last night; "Oh, let me play a turn or two and then I'll go to Verizon to get her iPhone all set up." It's 1:31 in the afternoon now. The only reason I quit was because my fleet ran into waters that were heavily mined and radar picked up sea and air activity headed my way. Maybe they will be gone when I get back :)
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rage93021
( 316.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Great strategy game. Little buggy sometimes, crashes now and again but not enough to really be a big deal. Great scope, plenty of dlc and free content and challenging on the higher settings.
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Gizzmoe
( 16.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I had no high expectations when I read "Free to Play" and I certainly didn't expect much content in the free version, but to my surprise the scenarios that come with it offer a lot of variation unit-wise and location-wise, from land battles on various ground, to air warfare and large sea battles.

Those free scenarios alone will probably give you at least 30 hours of fun, if you are a "What if"-guy like me. In case those aren't enough you can buy the full campaigns at a fair price.

Pros:
+ Much variation for a free game
+ Decent AI
+ Easy to play, not so easy to master
+ Much better than "Panzer General"
+ Good manual
+ Nice graphics with 3D map, there's also an optional 2D "old-school" view
+ Nice sound and music
+ Very stable, no crashes yet (Windows 10 x64)
+ Comes with a scenario editor
+ Free community-made scenarios and campaigns available
+ The price of the DLC's is ok, I have bought the "Morning Sun" campaign, but haven't tried it yet

Cons:
- I have played it for 8 hours so far and have found nothing yet that annoys or bothers me. That's very unusual for me, I'm a picky 45 yo wargamer ;)
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alel
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
+great turn based tactics
+worthy free trial
-crash if alt+tab, can't find resolution
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
53.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
This is one heckuva turn-based strategy game. Veterans of the genre will be impressed by the eye-candy and depth. It's essentially Panzer Corp: Combined Arms reworked to be pretty and have a supply system that makes sense and adds a new dimension to the classic gameplay. Newbies to turn-based strategy will be shocked by the accessibility and learning curve - I can't think of any turn based game easier to learn, but harder to master.

As far as the whiner reviews, ignore them. This is worth a try, and if you didn't get what you paid for ($0), that's a statement of your character, not the game.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
75.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
I would like to start off with saying I a form of dyslexia from a head back tramua I received in 2004 so excuse the grammer and spelling ,with this being said I want give this game a fair honest review . I am the person when reading reviews I look at how long the player played the game , amount of games as well as how many reviews .
I have been wanting this game for 6 months or more but could not afford the full price . I pay for my games do not get them in exchange for a 30 minute play and possitive review.
Okay first seen a lot of negitve game reviews about FREE Game and all you get is the "Boot Camp " on steam I did too . But since I play a lot of the games from Matrix I subscribe to the news letter ,They stated you get the first senerio of every DLC or base game . I deleted local content here went to Slitherine down loaded there version , Bam got all the first senerios .
and a Steam code as well as registerd copy from them . I forget the marine mission but was nice fast good learning mission . You get Pearl Harbor in the WWII pacific campiagn , You do not do to much but learn some movement activation of air fields then you get to dog fight , you get slaughterd But save a battle ship at least one .
It takes you into the next mission as you set up says need to buy this DLC .
Okay what they did was brak up the game give you a tatse of it lowered prices on the different campiagns now offered .
I bought one the WWII pacific it follows the major battles . I am about 4-5 mission into the game still learning and redoing the mission for 4th time on easy . This is much like a board game before computers you need think out your moves and replacments renforcements ,upgrade as well . you get only so many and depends on the mission also .
The game follows real time for new Items you can deploy .
Now I like turn based startery games ,graphics are 9/10 the game and developers try to balence game play with real life /game life .
example people have complianed about dive bombers being able to bomb drop several times until fuel runs out there is a counter saying how many turns you have left before you need get back to a friendly landing site ,if not you start losing planes until they all go down. They (Devs) explian this in the forum on the web site.
I am still learning all the little details this game has to offer, such as a button you slick on the chosen unit to rest/sleep . when not in front line this is handy to simulate a Hot meal and shower . My dad was in every major engagement as a marine . They were almost always short of supply ,medical, weapons Supply plays big part in the game make sure you have good supply for the ZOC in combat areas .
I seen some compliants about a poor AI , saying units attack for no reason under manned will lose . Hey this is the Japanese Marines fanatics . Play more then one senerio and find out the unit that just charged you . well you WON but you got no rest suffered a "shock" rating used vauable supply for your attack. now you resupply for a turn meanwhile the AI moved in fresh supplied troops into the gap you lost the advatage .
I found out the hard way keep your resource points up and units ready in reserve . You get beaten just by not being able to throw in 1-2 units of fresh troops for others to R&R .
another gripe I read you can add units any place Nope at the starting point and in cities areas that have enough Supply to support them . exception are Marine Raders and airborne . they do not suffer from supply penilties . they are not cheap but when you need keep a couple to get in behind the Japanese to mees there supply /

I could go on and on this game is not COH2 or the assult squad serise , RTS game it is not . not meant to be It is the old style board games you played with your dad when growing up before computers . The computer does the math , and has a tuff AI system that you may not under stand why you need do this !! because later in the war it will make life easier .
Example . I saved a few Battle ships at Pearl damaged but afloat . Surprise at Coral sea I got one where there was not one in History . It gave me the advantage I needed to win , not just a draw Needed take two jap carriers I took out 3 and some heacy capital crusuers damaged the Yamottoe (SP) from 10 yo a 2 so it will not come into the game for a long time if it does at all .
Okay sugestion down load from Slitherine to get all the free stuff regirster here . Play it sleep on it then pick out one DLC you like for 10 bucks on DLC cannot go wrong You will also get a few Mods free installed "Battle of Britian "by devs
Oh it looks really simple a senerio maker . you can even submit battles to the forum
sorry for ramble Just hate negitive reviews when the person plays it for less then a hour or does not even ? where are the rest of free dlc stuff
Bob C
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
This is one of the finest wargames I have ever played, it really is that good. Best of all, you can play the tutorials, and a battle from each available campaign, for FREE. Go ahead and try it. If you do not like it you may have wasted 30 minutes, but not a single cent. Fans of games like Panzer General should love this. However, IMO, this is much better than Panzer General . I cannot stress this enough, simply give it a try and see for yourself.
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
Recommended
179.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
A great game. It offers an interesting look at some of the less explored theatres of World War 2: the campaign in the Pacific and China. A new DLC has been announced that looks at the Winter War.

The game is visually and mechanically very good. The map is extremely easy to understand and the flow of operations is quite clear. The mechanics are quite familiar to hex-based wargames, but the addition of supply and fatigue mechanics make the game deeper and more interesting.

I've been through all the campaigns (some more than once). I'm looking forward to the new DLC (and hopefully more interesting campaigns down the line).
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
64.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Lots of complaints about the game only being a tutorial..some people should have read what you get for the free download better and maybe stick with the Pay To Win crap you get on your cellphone or tablet. You get the tutorial and access to the first missions in the campaigns..try it out. If you like historical strategy then this game is for you, if you like strategy then this game is for you, if you like a good challenge then this game is for you. If you have played Battle Academy or Panzer Corps then you will enjoy this game. I purchased when it came out, just got back to it, tried the scenarios on the campaigns I do not have and now intend to add those. Great strategy game...add Winter War and Japanese Invasion of China and you have 2 campaigns that you do not see much of elsewhere, with lots more to come I am sure. Try it out, know what you are getting for Free, and take it from there. 10/10
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
This is a fantastic wargame. Ignore the most recent bad reviews from the spoiled brats who want to get a full game for free. This is an awesome beer 'n' pretzels type wargame of the same style as the classic Panzer General but it's far, far better. It's even a level above the more recent Panzer Corps which is also a reimagining of Panzer General. This new version allows you to play the Boot Camp campaign which is 4 or 5 scenarios plus the first scenario out of each DLC which currently stands at 4 so you should have about 8 or 9 scenarios to play for the price of free! Give the game a shot-you won't regret it at all.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Very fun pacific war based game! needed one of these, the pacific needed more love. Beutiful Sound great graphics and accurate to history 3d models! feel like a mor in depth version of HOI4 battle systems but way way better
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
I had no high expectations when I read "Free to Play" and I certainly didn't expect much content in the free version, but to my surprise the scenarios that come with it offer a lot of variation unit-wise and location-wise, from land battles on various ground, to air warfare and large sea battles.

Those free scenarios alone will probably give you at least 30 hours of fun, if you are a "What if"-guy like me. In case those aren't enough you can buy the full campaigns at a fair price.

Pros:
+ Much variation for a free game
+ Decent AI
+ Easy to play, not so easy to master
+ Much better than "Panzer General"
+ Good manual
+ Nice graphics with 3D map, there's also an optional 2D "old-school" view
+ Nice sound and music
+ Very stable, no crashes yet (Windows 10 x64)
+ Comes with a scenario editor
+ Free community-made scenarios and campaigns available
+ The price of the DLC's is ok, I have bought the "Morning Sun" campaign, but haven't tried it yet

Cons:
- I have played it for 8 hours so far and have found nothing yet that annoys or bothers me. That's very unusual for me, I'm a picky 45 yo wargamer ;)
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
53.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
I have been playing wargames since the Avalon Hill days...Jutland, Squad Leader, Wooden Ships and Iron Men, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich...Just to name a few. I can honestly recommend this game to WW2 turn-based enthusiasts. I enjoy the fact that I can always come back to the game after a while and make my turn. NOTE: You may think the game is a pushover at first or you may go into it completely serious, calculating every move you make to the finest detail, either way, ignore the AI's ability to turn it around and bite you in the rump at your own peril. AAA+++Highly Recommended 9.5/10
ADDITIONAL NOTE: I bought my wife a brand new unlocked iPhone and I was supposed to go down to get her a wireless plan the first thing this morning. I woke up at 7am and my Order of Battle was still on my computer from last night; "Oh, let me play a turn or two and then I'll go to Verizon to get her iPhone all set up." It's 1:31 in the afternoon now. The only reason I quit was because my fleet ran into waters that were heavily mined and radar picked up sea and air activity headed my way. Maybe they will be gone when I get back :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
316.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Great strategy game. Little buggy sometimes, crashes now and again but not enough to really be a big deal. Great scope, plenty of dlc and free content and challenging on the higher settings.
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