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Eugen Systems

8 months ago

Eugen Systems strike is over but the fight continues

Employees at Eugen Systems, the French studio behind strategy games including R.U.S.E. and Steel Division: Normandy 44, have ended their strike after seven weeks. After more than a year of disputes with management over alleged problems including unpaid contributions and ignoring conditions of contracts, half of the studio went on strike in February. But negotiations have stalled and the strikers don't think continuing will change…

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9 months ago

Nearly a month on, Eugen Systems staff remain on strike

Tensions remain high between a large percentage of Eugen Systems' (Steel Division, Wargame) developers and company management, as the strike that we reported on last month shows no sign of ending. In a lengthy statement released (and this time translated from French) via industry union site STJV, the developers involved detailed their growing list of grievances with the company, including the fact that it took…

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10 months ago

Wargame & Steel Division devs Eugen go on strike

It was only just last week that I was remarking at how pleasantly consistent Eugen Systems' support of Steel Division and their Wargame series has been over the past few years. Sadly, it seems that constant stream of fresh new content may have come at great human cost. Immediately after the release of the Back to Hell expansion for Steel Division, nearly half of the…

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Steel Division: Normandy 44’s Back To Hell DLC launches

Even though it never caught on quite as strongly with the multiplayer crowd as the Wargame series, Eugen System's Steel Division: Normandy 44 was an easy recommendation, at least according to our resident strategy boffin Tim Stone. Using the same wildly scaleable engine tech first seen in RUSE, Steel Division allowed RTS battles to play out on almost any scale, from ultra-detailed vehicular skirmishes to operational…

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11 months ago

Steel Division: Normandy 44 Back to Hell DLC announced

As Meat Loaf sang, "Like a bat out of hell, I'll be promptly returning to hell when the morning comes." Not one for sticking around to clean up the flat or make a fry-up after a night of partying, Mr Loaf. Steel Division: Normandy 44, the rather spiffy WWII RTS developed by Wargame and R.U.S.E. studio Eugen, is also going back to hell. The hell…

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1 year ago

Steel Division: Normandy 44 due boatload of free content

The team behind World War II RTS Steel Division: Normandy 44 [official site] recently detailed everything that's coming to the game before the end of the year, including its first DLC – which will arrive this month – and a boatload of free stuff. On the free side, a new game mode, two ace units (special, historical personalities that replace units of a similar type), four regular units, and two co-op missions…

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2 years ago

Feature: I'm war-torn

Steel Division – Normandy 44 review

There are two wars raging within Steel Division [official site]. While the Axis and Allies are going at it hammer and tongs in the très jolie fields and lanes of NW France, behind the scenes 'Plausibility' and 'Populism' - or 'Wargame' and 'RTS' if you prefer - are scrapping just as energetically for control of the soul of Eugen's latest offering. Most of the time…

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Steel Division: Normandy 44 advancing on May 23rd

"If Steel Division's tactical cleverness and smart phase structure work as well as this initial demo suggests they might, this'll be a winner," our Adam said after seeing Steel Division: Normandy 44 [official site]. Oh, because he's so special he deserves an early look at the new RTS from Wargame and R.U.S.E. devs Eugen Systems. Tch! No matter. We plebs don't have too long to…

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Paradox are bringing devs and games to Rezzed

As long-time readers will know, I don't believe there's any possibility of a party unless someone brings a strategy game to the dancefloor. This year, EGX Rezzed is going to be party central. For the first time, Paradox will have a presence at the show, in the form of three playable games (including the just-announced Steel Division: Normandy 44's multiplayer) and two developer sessions. They're…

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Feature: Divisionary

Steel Division brings fresh tactical ideas to the battlefield

I can appreciate a carefully crafted digital tank rolling into combat as much as the next war game fan, but there are few things I enjoy more than a visible front line. Not the actual troops huddling beneath hedgerows as explosions tear up the dirt, but an actual line, drawn onto the map, bendling, flexing and breaking as the battle plays out. Steel Division [official…

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Eugen team with Paradox for tactical RTS Steel Division

Paradox have announced a new strategy game, Steel Division: Normandy 44. Created by Eugen Systems, the studio behind clever clogs WWII game R.U.S.E. and the Wargame series, it contains "400 different real-world vehicles and units designed with careful historical detail and accuracy" and maps based on aerial recon photos of 1944 Normandy. Mmmmm. Lovely authenticity. It's the tactical tricks that make it sound so appealing…

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3 years ago

Act Of Aggression: Reboot Edition Reworks Eugen’s RTS

Eugen Systems have made a small name for themselves with strategy games like R.U.S.E. and the Wargame trilogy, but never had a real breakout hit. Lately they've been busy reworking and polishing their last game, Act of Aggression [official site], with the aim of making its multiplayer more like "old school" RTSs. This reworking is now live as the 'Reboot Edition' through a free update,…

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Feature: RT-Yes?

Act Of Aggression review

Act of Aggression [official site] is a formidable, traditional RTS, a callback to Eugen's pre-Wargame work. In some quarters it has been heralded as the game to fill the Command & Conquer gap in the strategy world. Its three distinct factions, resource gathering and near-future military tech seem to fit the bill. We asked Rob Zacny to join the battle and report back with a…

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This Means Wargame: Eugen Launch Act Of Aggression

War! Huah! What is it good for? Trite jokes, certainly, but it also provides a convenient theme to cover systems of risk, reward, deception, possibility, and control that are pretty fun to explore in video games. Thanks, war - you've done us all right. Aside from that whole 'killing millions' part. The latest war 'em up is Act of Aggression [official site], the new real-time…

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Act Of Aggression Gives The Cold War Another Go

Coming September 2nd is a game that recreates that time in the '80s when you were pretty sure it was 98% possible you'd die because somebody in the oval office sneezed and accidentally hit the nuke button. Upcoming RTS Act of Aggression [official site] will start down that path with superweapons to deploy when regular armies aren't enough, giving you a fantastically maniacal looking game…

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4 years ago

Factions And Figures: Act Of Aggression

Act of Aggression [official site] is shaping up to be one of the finest traditional base-building RTS games in a good while. I've written about why that might be already but the short version is that Eugen, developers of the Wargame series, are returning to and building on the template of their Act of War games. That means near-future military combat with smart strategic thinking…

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Nordic Warmen: Wargame Red Dragon Free DLC Out

While I'm tackling things we possibly should/should have posted about more, hey! Let's talk about Wargame Red Dragon [official site]! Developers Eugen Systems might be working on a new RTS, Act of Aggression, but they're still tickling Wargame gently and whispering softly in its ear then giggling. Patches. They're releasing more patches. And more free DLC, though in my day we'd call that etc. Yesterday…

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Feature: Strategy > speed

Command, Conquer, Calculate: Act Of Aggression

Following the success of the Wargame series, Act of Aggression [official site] sees Eugen returning to a more traditional form of RTS. Retaining ideas from the studio's previous Act of War titles, as well as the clever confusion of R.U.S.E., it's a game that aims to fill the gap left by the disappearance of Commander & Conquer Generals 2. Based on the forty five minutes…

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