Realistic, immersive, breathtaking. WARNO is the ultimate World War III battle simulator from the masters of strategy, Eugen Systems. A Cold War turns decisively hot as you command hundreds of units on a beautiful and brutal battlefield. Outsmart, outfight, and lead your forces to total victory.
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Release Date:
Jan 20, 2022

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“At Eugen Systems, we love making strategy games, especially if they are as complex, multilayered, and realistic as our titles. WARNO - short for Warning Order - will be much the same. We learned along the way that inviting players and the community to support us, and doing betas often, helps tremendously in fine-tuning and polishing our games to a level that we want them to be.

We have been doing betas of our titles back to R.U.S.E. and Wargame: European Escalation (the one that started it all) over 10 years ago. As an independent studio, we aim to be completely self-sufficient. Steam Early Access allows us to do this in a way we could never imagine before. But we know we can’t do it alone, and that’s why we need our dedicated community and player base to give us a hand.

As a small game development team, with years of experience making in-depth strategy games, we know that time and resources can help make a good game perfect. We want to kick off with Early Access - to give our community and players, veterans and new ones alike, a running start with WARNO. We create our new game with and for our players. With their guidance, frequent interaction, and hopefully honest feedback, we will be able to make the best next-gen World War III battle simulator.

Early Access does not mean buggy or unfinished. Our goal is to offer a game that is stable and fun to play from the get-go. We aim to have the same recommended specs needed as for Steel Division 2, our previous World War II RTS. Rather, our vision is to roll out different major features and segments, each playable from start to finish, during our Early Access program. We want to grow WARNO together with our community so that over time it becomes the best version of itself… much like a fine bottle of red wine (we are French after all).”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Please be aware that after WARNO’s Early Access launch, we aim to work continuously on the game until the foreseeable future - and beyond. However, game development can be a tricky beast, so timelines and schedules are difficult to predict.

Regardless, we want to have the basic scope of WARNO completed within 6 months. If the players are satisfied, we will want to release WARNO in full after 6-8 months. This doesn’t mean the development stops, far from it.

Our Steel Division 2 community (hey guys!) knows that we have been launching expansions and DLCs, with three more on the way, since the launch of our World War II real-time strategy game in June 2019. We released everything from new divisions, tons of units, new strategic campaigns, maps, and much more. We are now at number 13 of our free DLCs!

We’ve also supported Wargame: Red Dragon (welcome!) with a variety of expansions and Nation Packs, delivering new units from all over the world, including the most recent Nation Pack: South Africa.

WARNO’s future after Early Access promises to be equally rich and fulfilling. Much like our other titles, we aim to deliver new free content, updates, expansions, and DLCs for many years after release.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Phew, where to start? Launching WARNO, at the very beginning, you will have a good, solid fun time with our Skirmish mode and two nations and their arsenal filled with Cold War-era late 80s appropriate units. Later down the line, we intend to include all the modes and features that make our games great (and maybe add some new ones), including more maps, more nations, many more units, strategic campaigns, more game modes, etc.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“As we mentioned before, the start of the Early Access version will give you a full game experience, which we hope to expand and enhance step by step in the months to come.

You will be able to play with two nations, the U.S. armed forces (NATO) and the Soviet Army (Warsaw Pact). We feature the multiplayer mode of 1v1 to 10v10. You will also have access to Skirmish mode, playable solo (against the computer), cooperative, or online.

And that's only the start. Expect the Early Access period to be filled with new Army General campaigns, scripted Operations, more units, more nations, more maps, etc.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“No, there is no intention to change the pricing of WARNO after the Early Access launch. After the full launch of WARNO, out of Early Access, we will continue to develop and release plenty of free content. Expect some major paid-for expansions and DLCs along the way as well!”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We wouldn’t be here without our community and players, and as they know, we actively listen to them every step of the way when it comes to the development of our games. We have a dedicated Strike Team of superusers who help us fine-tune, test, and provide feedback, and we check and read all the commentary on our WARNO forums, dedicated Discord, Instagram as well as Twitter and other social media channels. There is more: we likely will ask for more detailed comments in questionnaires or have the players vote on which feature or element needs to be included next.

We know what we are doing, but we know much better which way to go with the help of our players. We expect them to be very active and support us with making WARNO a great game!”
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About This Game

Are you ready to take command?

Deploy into an authentic, expansive, and meticulously researched Cold War real-time strategy game with WARNO. As the spiritual successor to the acclaimed Wargame series, WARNO is the ultimate next-gen World War III battle simulator.

Two years have passed since Gorbachev’s overthrow in a coup by hardline communists, and now, in the dark summer days of 1989, the Cold War finally turns hot. The armies of NATO and Warsaw Pact have deployed in a divided and tense Germany. Conflict is imminent. The only thing left is to wait for the inevitable Warning Order that will begin it all. War is coming home, commanders…

WARNO - Warning Order - lets you command your customized battlegroup and lead hundreds of Cold War-era units to victory on dynamic, tactical battlefields. Choose between the arsenals of NATO or the Warsaw Pact, and fight across a multitude of solo and online modes against challenging AI or human opponents in massive 10v10 battles. Show your mettle as a strategic commander in the turn-based Army General campaigns depicting a devastating, techno-thrilling World War III in Western Europe.

Take Command of Your Battlegroup

  • The Cold War-era armed forces of six nations - aligned to NATO or Warsaw Pact - can be led into a hyper-detailed World War III: U.S., West Germany, United Kingdom, and France square off against the Soviet Union and East Germany. From conscripts and main battle tanks to mobile SAM systems, self-propelled artillery, scout helicopters, strike aircraft, and fast interceptors, each WARNO nation has its unique arsenal of vehicles, planes, and soldiers.
  • More than 1000 different military units are featured, such as the mighty M1A1 Abrams, the British MCV-80 Warrior, French Gazelle scout helicopters, German Leopard tanks, Spetsnaz special forces, SU-25 Frogfoot, the East German KPz T-55AM2 or Mil Mi-24 Hind helicopter gunships. In the Armory, each unit can be inspected and compared in detail.
  • An array of famous military formations and brigades, each with their unique identity, act as the parent division of your personal battlegroup. Use the units available, choose your economy of forces, and customize your troops in WARNO’s enhanced battlegroup building system.

A New Dimension to War

  • Experience 5 massive turn-based strategic Army General campaigns centered on the NATO’s CENTAG and Warsaw Pact’s Central Group of Forces area of responsibility in 1989, placing you right in the heart of the war near the infamous Fulda Gap.
  • The Army General campaigns let you command hundreds of units and military formations, down to the platoon level, including the U.S. 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment and 3rd Armored Division, West German 5. Panzerdivision, Soviet 79th Guards Tank Division and 27th Guards Motor Rifle Division, and the East German 7. Panzerdivision.
  • 8 scripted Operations will allow you to undertake daring tactical combat missions that tell captivating stories of an all-too-real conflict.

Immerse Yourself

  • Witness an ever-evolving battlefield that never looked more beautiful, from the detailed environments to the brutal destruction unleashed. The latest incarnation of Eugen’s proprietary engine simulates modern land and air combat in Western Europe to the fullest extent.
  • The maps are rich with tactical options and objectives, from hills, small villages, dense forests, meandering rivers, bridges, and industrial zones to be captured. Be wary of ambushes or outflanking maneuvers as you continuously advance the dynamic frontline that contributes to a side’s victory or defeat.
  • Lead your chosen battlegroup into battle as an expert commander, taking advantage of all the available tactical tools. Combat in WARNO is an all-encompassing contest of smarts, tactics, and mastery of your units.

Combat Evolved

  • Take to war across a wide variety of game modes, including stand-alone Skirmish missions playable in solo, cooperative, or multiplayer.
  • Battle against an enhanced and challenging AI or pit your tactical prowess against other human players, in intense ranked 1v1, 2v2 to 4v4 team matches to all-encompassing 10v10 battles.
  • Take advantage of a host of quality-of-life enhancements catering to new players and veterans of Eugen Systems’ previous titles. This includes issuing commands during pre-combat deployment, Rules of Engagements, AI-assisted Smart Orders, and much more.

WARNO in Steam Early Access will be constantly updated with new content, including new features, mechanics, units, scenarios, campaigns, and more!

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS *: 64-bit Windows 11 / 10 / 8.1 / 7 with Service Pack 1
    • Processor: TBD, we aim for minimum system requirements similar to Steel Division 2
    • Graphics: TBD, we aim for minimum system requirements similar to Steel Division 2
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 50 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS *: 64-bit Windows 11 / 10 / 8.1 / 7 with Service Pack 1
    • Processor: 4 cores Intel | AMD CPU (Intel i3-8100, AMD Ryzen 3 1200)
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia Geforce GTX 1060 3 GB (Legacy: Nvidia Geforce GTX 780), AMD Radeon RX 580 (Legacy: AMD Radeon R9 290X)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 50 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.

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