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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February 10

An introduction to Kriegsmarine!

Today we have decided to take a more in-depth look at the next DLC in the Order of Battle series: Kriegsmarine.


Why the Kriegsmarine?



Well, mostly three reasons.
First, the upcoming Skirmish Mode has several naval maps available. By giving Germany an extensive roster of naval units, the nation can be also used on these types of maps.
Second, we haven't had meaningful naval combat in any campaign since the release of the original Pacific War content. The Kriegsmarine DLC allows us to revisit this aspect of the game and gives us the opportunity to tweak and add gameplay mechanics to make naval warfare even more exciting.
Third… very few strategy games cover the Kriegsmarine in an extensive way. While its historical role was fairly small in comparison to the air and land battles waged by Germany, it none the less allows us to add a lot of exciting new units, scenarios and features to the game. It is an incredibly fascinating subject, and we felt it’d make for a unique and original DLC.


Unique situations and scenarios.

In the years before the start of the war, the Germans had big plans for their fleet. Through extensive building programs specified in "Plan Z", they envisioned to match the British Royal Navy by 1945. The Kriegsmarine campaign visits alternative history in which these plans are turned into reality.

It starts with historical battles such as the actions around the Norwegian coast, U-boat attacks on Allied convoys and the clashes with the Royal Navy. From there on it moves toward more "what-if" content, offering alternative history where Germany invests much more resources into its Navy. This allows large naval clashes with both the British and American navies toward the end of the campaign, as well as the possibility to build a powerful carrier fleet.



Fw 200, CV Jade, AV Greif, Bf 109 T, CL Königsberg, DD Type 1934, Ar 196, CV Graf Zeppelin, Ju 87 C


Original challenges.



Because the amount of units is lower than in land-based scenarios, each ship plays a vital role. And while land units can receive reinforcements quite easily, repairing a ship requires either the presence of a port or a repair ship. Mistakes that lead to heavy damage or the loss of a capital ship will thus have a big impact on each battle and the campaign as a whole.
The wide-open areas of sea and ocean, covered by fog of war also provide a constant feeling of tension and uncertainly. With the threat of hidden submarine attacks and unexpected carrier-based air strikes the tide of battle can turn quickly. All this adds an exciting game of "hide and seek" to naval warfare, and makes effective reconnaissance vital for success.


New units and mechanics.

One of the new mechanics introduced in this update is that battleships fire their main guns through a special ability. While the default attack uses smaller calibre secondary gun armament, this new ability gives access to the high range and massive hitting power of the main battery. Similar to torpedo attacks however, it has a cooldown of one turn, meaning you have to think carefully when to fire the big guns and against what. Combined with different firing animations from both the primary and secondary gun attacks, this certainly makes battleships feel more unique in the upcoming update.
Another one of my personal favorites is the Bussard-class seaplane tender. This ships carries a big crane in the rear and a rail-mounted catapult system along the deck for launching and maintaining large flying boats and floatplanes. It can be used as a sort of "pre-carrier" when combined with Heinkel He 59 floatplanes armed with bombs or torpedoes.


Scharnhorst, Bismarck, He 59, Bussard



Specializing.


The German naval expansion program of Plan Z is one of the unique specializations available in the KM campaign. It increases the amount of deployable naval units in scenarios and adds a one-time resource boost. More importantly however, it unlocks access to both the Flugzeugträger and Schlachtschiffe specializations. The first gives early-war access to the Graf Zeppelin aircraft carrier and carrier-based aircraft types, while the second allows the construction of H-class battleships and O-class battlecruisers to compete with late-war allied counterparts.
To reflect the unreliable German torpedoes in the opening years of the war, a "Torpedo Improvements" ability is also available. This increases the damage potential of all torpedo attacks, bringing them to the same level as the British variants.
Besides these, a whole range of previous specializations such as Flight School, Naval Academy, Drop Tank and Damage Control are also available.


(Support Ship), BB Deutschland, U-boat Type VII, U-boat Type XXI, BB H-class, BC O-class, U-boat Type IX, (BB Bismarck)

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January 26

Order of Battle to feature the Kriegsmarine!



Order of Battle returns to its roots with this DLC and it expands to the icy waters of the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, pitting the Kriegsmarine against the might of the Royal Navy and its allies.

Order of Battle: Kriegsmarine features a subject rarely touched upon by other games and never with such level of detail: you will follow the German navy in its years-long campaign to challenge the Allied supremacy of the sea.

This will put you in situations which you’ve never faced before in the Order of Battle series. You will fight as the underdog and support land operations, perform convoy-raiding missions, lure enemy ships into deadly ambushes and make extensive use of submarines. Fight through historical and what-if scenarios alike and demonstrate you are the real master of the seas!

The game will feature iconic ships such as the Bismarck and the Scharnhorst, introduces a wide range of submarines, naval bombers, flying boats, gun boats, destroyers, cruisers, and it’ll be even possible to make use of the Graf Zeppelin carrier!



Kriegsmarine will start its beta soon. We are looking for willing and active beta testers to help us finding bugs and give us suggestions. We need your help, so if you’re interested click here and join the beta.
This beta will also be the first testing phase of the new skirmish mode, a much-anticipated feature in Order of Battle.

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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

Just Updated



Blitzkrieg, the new DLC for Order of Battle: World War II, is OUT!

In this new DLC you take command of the German armed forces for the first time! Lead your army through 12 new exciting scenarios covering the first two years of war from the German perspective! With +200 new units, 9 new nations and plenty of new features!

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Buy a complete-your-set bundle containing all the 4 DLCs set in the Pacific theater at a huge discount - 40% off!

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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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