Experience the brutality and randomness of war as an Allied tactical commander in the Pacific Theater during World War 2. Train, equip, and command a squad of soldiers as you fight against the fanatical Imperial Japanese Empire.
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Why Early Access?

“Releasing on Steam Early Access allows us to gauge players' feedback, which provides invaluable insight on what needs to be done with the game. We believe developing games is an iterative process, in which each iteration of the game is shaped by feedback from actual players. We hope to add as much content as we can, in order to provide the ultimate experience in unfair, random, brutality that Mud and Blood 2 players have come to love.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Skirmish Line will be developed until we are satisfied with the product. We estimate the early access period to stretch roughly 6 months, but development time may vary wildly.”

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

“We will continue to add content to Skirmish Line over the course of Early Access. In addition to polishing the game, we hope to add more enemies, more units and equipment, holiday events, and continue to develop Campaign mode.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current version of Skirmish Line has two polished game modes: Arcade mode and Classic mode, along with a very basic Campaign mode. The game is fully playable, with medals and achievements available.”

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

“We may adjust the price accordingly, depending on the amount of new content and features added.”

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

“Community feedback is very important to us. We hope to incorporate our players' feedback, adjusting the difficulty, fixing bugs, and adding interesting content for our players to enjoy. To this end, we will be active on the Steam forums, reading as many posts and comments as we can. In addition, we have an official wiki for players to contribute articles and guides.”
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May 22

Build 0.84 Peleliu

Build 0.84 Peleliu features a large host of changes, from changes to the melee combat, line of sight mechanics, and some preliminary changes to the Campaign mode. Rather than delay the patch any longer, we will be updating 0.84 gradually, adjusting and fine tuning the difficulty in Campaign mode.

General
-Unit bar now displays armor value of various vehicles and structures.
-Updated cover indicators to be more visible.
-New enemy support strike: 400mm Rocket Mortar!
-New enemy type: Takasago Volunteers!
-Added the "Flammable" trait for soldiers wearing foliage camouflage, making them more likely to burn!
-Soldiers engaged in melee will no longer be pinned if fired upon.
-Damage from melee combat is now increased proportionately by the difference between the attacker's melee skill and the defender's melee skill, making skilled melee troops extra effective against unskilled troops. This difference is taken from the soldier's unmodified skill point values.
-Increased variability between each attack session in hand to hand melee to make melee slightly less predictable.
-Smoke will now block line of sight for vehicles and emplacements.
-Japanese Officers now have reduced spotting range when using binoculars during weather events.
-Increased base "dying" time from 25 seconds to 30 seconds.
-Increased ribbon bonus death resistance time from 4 seconds to 5 seconds;
-New Steam Achievement: The Other Airborne
-New Steam Achievement: Indefatigable
-New Steam Achievement: Combat Architect

Defense in Depth and Sector Defense
-New Challenge: It's Only a Flesh Wound - Receive 2 additional Command Points per wave but healing is reduced to 10% of its normal rate.
-New Order: Request Immediate Support!
-New Order: Cancel Artillery!
-AT Gun Emplacements can now be constructed.
-Special Forces training for Militia units now grants Molotov Cocktails!
-Decreased price of US Flametrooper from 45 to 40 Command Points.
-Decreased price of Raiders from 60 to 55 Command Points.
-Raider squad deployment now begins with 4 Raiders but begins the match with -120 Command Points.

Campaign
-Added retreat function for missions.
-Removed BAR and Johnson LMG from purchase.
-Supportgunner option added for campaign mode.
-Reduced price of Medic from 8000 to 5000 Supply Points.
-Reduced amount of enemy spawns in early missions.

Bug Fixes
-Fixed a bug where multiple artillery strikes may be called on by selecting a supply drop order.
-Fixed a bug in Sector Defense where soldiers in melee could force a screen advance.
-Fixed a bug where issuing a taunt order could stop an enemy wave from completing its spawn cycle (particularly noticable with enemy paradrops).
-Fixed a bug where certain Challenge effects were applying in Campaign mode.
-Fixed a bug where the Command Button was not working properly in Sector Defense.

Hotfix 0.841
-Increased camo value on Takasago Volunteers from 0 to 0.25.
-Fixed a bug with Paramarines landing without parachutes.

Hotfix 0.842
-Added an option to remove Molotov Cocktails.
-Adjusted drop area for Paramarines to be safer.
-Taunts can no longer be triggered by hotkey in the Tutorial and Campaign mode.
-Martyrs are now armed with Molotov Cocktails by default.
-Increased default grenade throw chance on Allied infantry from 0.2 to 0.25.
-Increased number of shells dropped in Mortar Barrage from 6 - 10 to 8 - 12.
-Increased number of shells dropped in Howitzer Barrage from 6 - 10 to 7- 11.
-Rocket infantry, US Machine Gunners, Knee Mortar troops, and Santa Claus now have "Occupied Hands" as their default melee, resulting in reduced melee attack rates and damage.
-Increased Santa's melee range from 25 - 50 to 30 - 60.
-Decreased price of Palisade from 35 to 25 Command Points.
-Fixed an issue with Japanese localization that was breaking the game.

Hotfix 0.8421
-Fixed a bug that was preventing the Combat Architect achievement from being achievable.
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Hotfix 0.8422
-Increased price of Martyrs from 16 to 25 Command Points.
-Increased health of Martyrs from 75 to 80 hit points.
-Decreased base Molotov throw chance from 0.25 to 0.2 on Martyrs and Conscripts.
-Fixed a bug where Martyrs would disobey the player and charge at tanks.
-Fixed a bug where Medics would stop healing if they tried to heal a Martyr.
-Fixed an issue where Martyrs were not being highlighted when selected.
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April 26

Build 0.83 Saipan

Saipan features a massive update to the Defense in Depth game mode, in the form of the Defense Preparation Mechanic. This new mechanic will further distinguish the two endless defense modes. For more details, please read this page.

Build 0.83 is a milestone update for the development of Skirmish Line. It has been a little over half a year since our Early Access launch, and we have concentrated most of our efforts in improving the two endless defense modes.

Originally, we promised at least 6 months of further development during the Early Access period. Re-evaluating that promise, we realize that we severely underestimated both the amount of work and potential for the game. To this end, we are committed to another 6 months of development, with a shift in focus towards finishing the Campaign mode.

Note: Korean localization is not yet fully updated!

General
-Defense Prep Mechanic added to Defense in Depth.
-Implemented a basic cover detection system.
-Added memo page in the Command menu for quick instructions on how to play.
-New challenge: Jack in the Box - Quadrupled supply drop rates but receive 4 less Command Points per wave.
-Added new enemy type: Imperial Guards rifle infantry variant!
-Added new enemy type: Imperial Guards flametrooper variant!
-Added new enemy type: Imperial Guard rocket infantry variant!
-Added new enemy type: SNLF Flametrooper variant!
-Added new enemy type: SNLF rocket infantry variant!
-Modified existing assault waves for inclusion of new Imperial Guard variants.
-Modified existing SNLF assault waves for inclusion of new SNLF variants.
-New Banzai wave: Shovel Brigade!
-New Assault wave: Imperial Guard Flame Unit!
-Added new support option: Airdropped Minefield!
-Added new support option: Engineering Crate!
-Combat Stimulant individual order added!
-Support Gunners can now spawn from Random Squad deployment and Supply Crates.
-Slightly increased likelihood of enemy infantry spawns on waves 100+
-Increased enemy passive artillery chance factor from 1.35 to 1.5 (roughly 30-75% more likely).
-Increased damage reduction bonuses from Officer-led Banzai troops from 0.75 to 0.7 (5% increase).
-Decreased accuracy reduction bonuses from Trenches and Foxholes from 0.7 to 0.75 (5% decrease).
-Decreased max accuracy reduction from cover from 0.4 to 0.3 (10% decrease).
-Increased time between heals on Medic from 2.25 seconds to 3 seconds.
-Increased max firing time for all cannon based vehicles by 25%.
-Increased price of Gunship Support from 36 to 38 Command Points.
-Added new ribbon: Good Conduct Ribbon!
-Added new ribbon: Ranger Tab!
-Marine Raider ribbon now grants +2 Command Points for every screen advanced on Sector Defense.
-Increased price of Special Forces Training on Defense in Depth from 25 to 30 Command Points.

Bug Fixes
-Fixed a mis-matched ribbon image.
-Fixed a bug where Sarge being getting burnt would not trigger a morale penalty.
-Fixed a bug where an exploded Signaler would keep the radio in use.

Minor Fixes
-Rearranged ribbon layout.
-Reduced size of expended cartridges.

Hotfix 0.831
-Reduced collider size of bunkers.
-Fixed a bug where certain defenses from Defense Preparation that would disappear.

Hotfix 0.832
-Increased max hitpoints on Gurkhas from 120 to 125.
-Slightly increased melee damage of Gurkha Kukri weapons.
-Fixed a bug where Medics were overhealing Militia but underhealing Gurkhas.
-Fixed a bug that would occasionally lock up player controls.

Hotfix 0.833
-Fixed a graphical issue with the Imperial Command Officer's KIA sprite.
-Fixed a bug where Chinese voice lines would be played for Assault/Banzai waves even though there are fewer Chinese soldiers than other soldiers.
-Fixed a localized text which would display the Options tab as a second Command tab on Sector Defense.
-Fixed an oversight where Bazooka troops would never show up from supply crates.
-Modified some of the existing Defense Preparation layouts.

Hotfix 0.834
-Reduced price of Smoke Grenades from 3 to 2 Command Points.
-Reduced price of Brass Knuckles from 8 to 7 Command Points.
-Roll Call will now show a dark red exclamation mark for soldiers with less than -10 hitpoints.
-Roll Call will now take into account a soldier's max health potential.
-Reduced melee skill range for Bazooka troops from 10 - 35 to 5 - 15.
-Reduced melee skill range for Machine Gunners from 10 - 20 to 5 - 15.
-Dead bodies will now properly be gibbed if hit by an explosion.
-Fixed an issue where crates were not being destroyed by explosions.

Hotfix 0.835
-Added a medical symbol for Roll Call indicators for Medics.
-Korean localization updated.
-Fixed some missing text issues with the Russian localization.

Hotfix 0.836
-Fixed an issue with enemies spawning randomly on the map on Sector Defense.
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About This Game

As an Allied tactical commander in the Pacific Theater, you are in charge of fending off the fierce Imperial Japanese military whilst adapting to an ever changing environment. Build trenches, call in artillery, upgrade your squad, and lead them to victory.

Skirmish Line is a Mud-and-Blood-like game, taking core fundamentals such as as a bird's eye view camera, semi-autonomous units, and heavy randomization. Skirmish Line aims to deliver an updated playing experience, featuring new mechanics and content. Both fans of Mud and Blood and new players alike will find the game challenging as they face off against the fanatical Imperial Japanese army, featuring a host of exotic weapons, vehicles, and of course, the infamous Banzai charges.

Skirmish Line is a brutal and difficult endless defense game featuring three modes:

Defense in Depth
Defend three positions in succession against the relentless Imperial Japanese Army. If the enemy overruns, you will retreat to the next position. Should you find the enemy assaults too overwhelming, you may manually fallback to the next position. Do you retreat in order to preserve the lives of your men, or do you put up a determined defense in order to hold valuable ground?

Point Defense
For a more traditional experience, Point Defense is stylized after Mud and Blood 2. Advance forward to find favorable terrain or to gain valuable command points to spend on new soldiers, weapons, and defenses. But be careful, there is no retreat, no fallback positions in this mode!

Campaign Mode
Build and manage your own squad in a persistent campaign, spanning multiple missions. You will be pressured by the overzealous theater commander to succeed on your missions at all costs, pitting the lives of your men versus the mission's objective. As you progress, you will be sent on more dangerous missions. Use your renown as a field commander to purchase powerful upgrades in order to keep your squad alive and to complete the mission.

NOTE: Campaign mode is still under active development. We will be making extensive changes on this feature during Early Access.

Ribbons, Medals, and Rank
Complete extraordinary feats to earn ribbons and medals. Each ribbon or medal offers benefits to your squad. Gain access to special weapons, soldiers, and new tactics as you rank up.



Official Wiki
We understand that Skirmish Line can be a very difficult game. We have an official wiki for players to share their knowledge.

Official Disclaimer
Skirmish Line takes direct inspiration from Mud and Blood 2 but is not an official Mud and Blood game nor is it affiliated with that of its primary creator, Urbzz. For the official series, check out the Mud and Blood Network!

System Requirements

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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista or greater
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU @ 2.0GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 7800, AMD HD 4600, Intel HD Graphics 3000 or above
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.10+
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU @ 2.0GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 7800, AMD HD 4600, Intel HD Graphics 3000 or above
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU @ 2.0GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 7800, AMD HD 4600, Intel HD Graphics 3000 or above
    • Storage: 500 MB available space

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