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Named in what appears to be a bid to play with search engine terms, Wargame Airland Battle is now available to those who pre-order. The sequel to the simply excellent European Escalation will appear on the 22nd of the marvelous month of May, and until then there’s a beta going on. Eugen explain: “The early access Beta gives an exclusive and immediate access to the ‘Destruction’ multiplayer mode, with the first 4 playable maps and pre-made army decks for all 12 nations of the game. Enough to plunge happily into the battle before everyone else, and participate in the last online tweaks before the official start of the conflict next month!”
Recent battle-zooming trailer below. It’s fancy. (more…)
Eugen send word that they’ve released a free DLC (aka “a patch”) for Wargame. It contains a new game mode, they explain: “Wargame’s DLC features “Economy”, a new game mode available in both multiplayer and AI matches with new objectives for commanders worldwide. To earn victory in this mode, you will have to reach a certain number of Command Points before your opponents (points obtained by taking control of areas in the field). These points can also be used to deploy reinforcements, and a hard choice will quickly be imposed: continue your march toward victory or batten down the hatches and build your defenses!” There are also five new maps. Better still, the game is currently super cheap. So now’s the time to start the downloading of this excellent piece of Cold War RTS.
Wargame: European Escalation, released on PC earlier this year, was great. Developed by the team behind RUSE, and very much in the spirit of the just-as-excellent World in Conflict, W:EE took us back to the Cold War with a gorgeous, intimate look at fictional tussle between NATO and the Soviet Bloc.
Next year, it'll be getting a sequel, called...Wargame: AirLand Battle. I know, I know. They're European, let's give 'em a break. Adding new factions and new units - with an emphasis on aircraft, with 150 new planes in the sky - it shifts the focus of the war away from Germany and towards Scandinavia.
It'll be out on PC sometime in 2013.