Achtung Panzer!

Or to give it the full title, Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943. Paradox have just announced the strategic WWII tank game, explaining that it’s “a new war strategy title that places players in the heart of the Kharkov Defense Operation during World War II.” You’ll play as either German or Russian forces, and it’s got a bit of the Total War thing going on, with a turn-based strategic mode, and a real-time tactical combat mode on the ground. Tim Stone says he rather enjoyed the Russian demo last year, so it’s hotly tipped for wargamers. It’s looking rather handsome, too, as you can see in the trailer below.


  1. Dr_Ham says:

    If by handsome, you mean craptacular, then it is indeed looking handsome.

  2. Ginger Yellow says:

    Meanwhile, the Eastern Front mod for Company of Heroes is coming out tomorrow. Woohoo!

  3. HexagonalBolts says:

    The idea of a (relatively) modern total war game definitely attracts my interest, but i’m not quite sure why you thing the graphics are handsome? The plants, mud effects and tracks look awful… but then, obviously, graphics are of secondary importance.

    Also: why on earth would anyone make a trailer with the camera clearly being moved with WASD + mouse? Regardless of whether gameplay > graphics It looks lazy and awful.

  4. Ginger Yellow says:

    What else are you supposed to move a camera with?

    • JB says:

      I think Hex means why do it (obviously) manually, as opposed to with a scripted camera or whatever.

    • FhnuZoag says:

      I guess then it’s more persuasive that it’s ingame footage, rather than a cinematic.

    • Pod says:

      I much prefer actual “ingame” footage — ie someone playing it, rather than some silly flyby cinematic.


  5. ulix says:

    As a native German I have to say that this title is absolutely ridiculous. It sounds more then just stupid…

    I mean what is it with German words and WW2?
    Panzer Blitzkrieg would have sounded kind of okayish, I don’t know.

    I can positively predict though that they are not going to sell any copies of that in Germany, not with this title.

    • pedant says:

      Acthung Panzer! sounds way better than say “look out for that tank mind you” or “regardez le tank” etc etc. German is the language of war. Deal with it? Imagine Rammstein in french, same thing, some things just sound better in German.

      After all, which ww2 air-sim would you rather play, “Tally ho jerries up ahead” or “Achtung! Spitfeuer!”? Just saying…

    • Okami says:

      As a native german speaker I have to say that this title is absolutely fantastic.

      And if you really think that “Panzer Blitzkrieg” sounds better thaan “Achtung Panzer!” than I’d strongly advise you to never consider a carreer in marketing.

      Though I’d totally play “regardez le tank” too…

    • yhancik says:

      Although that would actually be “Attention au véhicule de combat blindé !”

      (“regardez le tank” sounds more like “let’s just sit and watch that tank”)

    • Okami says:

      But isn’t that pretty much all the french did in WW2 anyway?

    • yhancik says:

      Come on, haven’t you played The Saboteur ? ;p

      But “French are cowards”-jokes aside, I’d like to see a game set in war where you play a helpless civilian. ArmA2 mixed with Clock Tower. That should be interesting.
      (I actually already feel pretty helpless playing ArmA2 :p)

  6. leeder_krenon says:

    Really looking forward to this one. Hope they nail it. Gott in himmel!

    What’s this east front mod for COH???

  7. GB says:

    LoL, “Achtung Panzer!” is a famous book by Heinz Guderian. Of course in pacifist Germany it is not as widely known as elsewhere in the world, despite the fact that Guderian is indeed quite German.

  8. leeder_krenon says:

    not familiar with the free french then? link to

  9. Hmm says:

    Gosh, this place is full of freaking graphics whores. Those are not interested in, I don’t know, GAMEPLAY and how FUN a game is.
    No wonder so many of you didn’t give Age of Decadence demo a chance, even if it’s terrific and puts recently released so-called “RPGs” to shame. Ah yes, but TEH GRAPHIX are better in Oblivion, so it must be a superior ar-pee-gee.

    On topic – the game looks neat, hoping for an English demo.

  10. Vinraith says:

    Ah, now this is a cool idea with a lot of promise. That Paradox is involved is an added bonus, as it strongly implies good post-release support. I’ll be keeping an eye on this.

    Oh, and as to the graphics, I think they’re pretty solid for a game of this scale, type, and budget. Certainly they aren’t going to inhibit game play, which is all I really care about at the end of the day.

  11. Jae Armstrong says:

    The 3D graphics are nothing to write home about, admittedly (though this is a sim, so I imagine it’s better than much of the competition), but the strategic map is getting me hard.

    Pity I don’t actually like WWII. :/

    Vinraith, P’dox appear to be involved here in a purely publishing capacity, so I don’t think they can really guarantee top notch post-release support. Remember Lost Empire?

    • Vinraith says:


      True, which is why I said “implies.” Even that word is probably too strong, but Paradox isn’t a publisher that stands in the way of extensive post-release support, like some others, so any lack of support will be the dev team’s fault. They also have a habit of finding devs that are interested in supporting their work post-release, though as you show by example this is not guaranteed.

  12. Alez says:

    Wait, an RTS game set in….world war 2? I simply cannot imagine such a thing being possible.

    • Vinraith says:


      It’s not an RTS, it’s a TBS with real time combat. If there’s another WWII era set game of this type, I’m unaware of it.

    • Fumarole says:

      At least he gets points for being original. Oh wait…

  13. MadMatty says:

    looks good, i allready saw this vid around new years.

    Graphics are ok with me.
    I dont have a machine that can run much higher spec graphix anyways, and you do get a huge view distance without the foggyness, with a little less up-close detail.

  14. destroy.all.monsters says:

    Formerly known as “Front Roads: Kharkov 1943” and mentioned here by Tim: link to

    I think a tag of Graviteam is appropriate.

    Looks exciting to me despte the poor mud effects. Maybe if people realized this was from a eastern european team there’d be more tolerance for the graphics. After all Order of War *looked* nice but I had no interest in it at all.

    Was never able to find the first game at any reasonable price. Glad it was Paradox and not Battlefront that grabbed this up.

  15. Fumarole says:

    The sight of a Panzer IV and a T-34 duking it out at point-blank range makes me cry inside.

  16. Norton says:

    The graphics are excellent considering its a 6km by 6km battle field! If COH was played on a 6km battlefiefield you’d get 0.005 FPS. You guys crack me up rofl.

  17. MadMatty says:

    yeah the mud, explosions, and gunfire effects could do with some tweaking as they kindof blemish the rest of the perfectly functional graphix

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