Hey ho, let’s go! Blitzkrieg 3 released

Real-time tactical World War 2 ’em up Blitzkrieg 3 [official site] launched today. It’s been a long time coming, as Blitzkrieg 2 came out twelve years ago and 3 has been in early access for two. Blitzkrieg 3 plays through World War 2 from the invasion of Poland to the capture of Berlin across sixty-ish missions, putting players in charge of squads of men, aircraft, tanks, and all that. The war stuff.

So off you go to war, shuffling men, aircraft, tanks, artillery, and whatnot around maps to capture points and shoot the enemy. Developers Nival (who you might also know for making Heroes of Might and Magic V) say it has over 200 units in all. Nival are also pretty proud of their AI, a neural network they’ve named Boris. Don’t mind their claim that Boris is the first RTS neural network (it isn’t) but it does look more cunning than many game’s AI. Have a peek in this trailer:

Nival seem happy with how early access worked. Their launch announcement says players’ historical knowledge has been invaluable, helping them to correct “more than 800 inaccuracies in graphics, characteristics and balance”. It’s shaped the game too:

“Many innovations, such as trenches, mobile fortifications and various technologies, were implemented based on your requests. These solutions allowed us to preserve the atmosphere of the original series. More than 90 new units have appeared during the early access stage, and most of them were your ideas.”

As for how it’s turned out in the end, Recent player reviews are pretty mixed so it’s a shame Blitzkrieg 3 doesn’t have a demo. I suppose Steam refunds do exist but that’s hardly the same.

Blitzkrieg 3 is £24.99/29,99€/$29.99 on Steam. Nival offer a 10% discount on their own store.

9 Comments

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    JiminyJickers says:

    Shame that it is an online only game. I’ll stick with Steel Division then.

  2. milligna says:

    Boy, this ____-em-up gag is about as stale as a very stale thing.

  3. Someoldguy says:

    If you liked Blitzkreig 1&2 you probably won’t like this. It’s more like a free-to-play phone game than a new iteration of the original. They’ve clearly decided that successful phone games make more money than older style games, but it’s a shame they decided to debase their Blitzkreig IP by slapping the name onto this junk.

    • Boris AI says:

      Did you already try? Because B3 became really another than in Early Access game. It has more than 60 missions in PvE for example. Just try it right now and compare.

      • Someoldguy says:

        I’d take another look and risk being able to refund in under 2 hours if the recent Steam reviews were saying anything different, but the same old criticisms are there.

        The game is barely a ghost of its predecessors and the AI still does not seem to live up to the boasts. If they’d called it Clash of Tanks I’d have absolutely no problem with that. The game would sink or swim on its own merit and wouldn’t need to be compared to predecessors that did things differently (and much better, imo.) Maybe RPS will say different? There’s no post-release reviews that I can find yet, but the preview from Brash Games is very recent and refers to a lot of the introduced arcade aspects that I really dislike.

    • Ozzy says:

      I don’t think you played BK3 – there is are 3 singelplayer campains (Russians, Germans and Allies) with 63 missions in common in this game

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