1953: NATO vs Warsaw Pact is a game where World War III becomes a reality. Will once again this conflict become a panzer corps’ clash of steel, or maybe the strategic command will decide to nuke the enemy out of the globe.
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Mostly Negative (36) - 30% of the 36 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Nov 11, 2014

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Why Early Access?

“This game is a one person project about a military conflict that never happened, but could have. 1953: NATO vs Warsaw Pact is playable, however due to a lack of resources and a desire to make the game a reliable "what if" scenario, I have opted for an Early Access release.

The major task is to find enough proper data about the Order of Battle for the period, so I'm really hoping that the community will help improve the collected data.

Of course, one of the goals is to work with the community and gather feedback about the potential "storyline". So, by choosing to support us, you'll have real input into how the possible conflict unfolds.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“The final version of the game should be ready in roughly couple months. This may change, however, depending on community input. If there's a great deal of feedback about possible additional fictional content, the time line might expand.”

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

“As mentioned before, the final release will mostly differ in the amount of historical data implemented in-game. During the entire process I intend to work on balancing the game (based on player feedback) and implementing new events and possibilities for the background storyline.

So at this point, 1953 is a solid base for game, but during the coming months while the game is in Early Access, it will become richer with more possible pathways open to the player.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game is fully playable and all of its features are implemented. You can play the game as any country existing in Europe in 1953, or any combination of countries. And you can choose to play PBEM or hotseat for a mutli-player experience. However, as the scope of the game is very large, there will always be room for improvements in the AI, the Order of Battle, and side aspects of the game.”

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

“No. Early Access is going to give you the chance to play immediately and take part in shaping the game.”

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

“All kind of constructive feedback is more than welcome. Intel, Order of Battle, strength balancing, AI improvements, "what if" scope - all these fields can be filled by the community just by posting on the forum.

I'm really eager to hear your opinions on making this game better and to hear your feedback about improving your gameplay experience.”
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About This Game

1953: NATO vs Warsaw Pact is a strategic game about potential Cold War conflict just after the Stalin’s death. When the cruel tyrant has gone, Soviet warmongers has been finally able to start war with rotten West.
With the nuclear power in the hands of both sides there is a huge possibility to end the world as we know it. How this ends, depend only on the action taken by both sides.
World War III becomes a reality, will once again this conflict become a panzer corps’ clash of steel, or maybe the strategic command will decide to nuke the enemy out of the globe.


1953: NATO vs Warsaw Pact is a classic wargame dedicated to the hypothetical conflict between West and East. Something what we have been reading so many times.
Take a command over the whole alliance or just focus on leading single country.
In the game player is able to control any single country or any combination of countries and easily adjust difficulty level for each of them separately.
The game introduces the historical forces and economical potential in the post war Europe and a number of events which might actually happen if such conflict would arise.


  • A huge campaign map spanning the entire European theater with more than 40,000 hexes and massive armies with hundreds of units.
  • Epic Campaigns covering the entire war starting from 1953
  • Play against yourself, you can take the lead over two opposing factions
  • Use Diplomacy points to influence the war readiness and war entry of neutral nations. It’s even possible to cause coups changing the governments completely or to control your own populations ambitions for war.
  • Technology system with 5 areas of research. Upgrade obsolete units to modern weaponry.
  • Invest the atomic bomb and destroy the enemies will to fight or just make their cities to evaporate.
  • Play as any country, or any combination of countries with the AI controlling the rest. Fight the war as just the UK or maybe you fancy your luck as Romania, Hungary & Bulgaria! 30 playable nations.
  • Fog of war, dynamic weather, supply and many other factors give player realistic decisions to make throughout the war.
  • Use your resources to buy new units, repair, maintain and upgrade them, to research new technologies, invest in strategic movement, naval transport and amphibious landing craft.
  • Use strategic weapons to damage the enemies infrastructure.
  • Use convoys to keep cities and armies supplied.
  • Detailed & historical orders of battle with historical names for hundreds of land, air and naval units for full immersion.

System Requirements

    • OS *: Windows Vista
    • Processor: 1.4
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 800 MB available space
    • OS: W8
    • Processor: 1.8 Dual Core
    • Memory: 4096 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 2048
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1200 MB available space
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.

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