Posts Tagged ‘Eugen Systems’

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

Steel Division

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 overviews as abstract pieces move across the map, battle-lines shifting around them.

Eugen and publisher Paradox have supported the game well since its original release with a good mix of free and paid addons, despite online player-counts being lower than hoped. Today, the second major DLC pack for the game – Back To Hell – has rolled out, dense with shiny new tanks and scenic European hedgerows just waiting to be bombed into iron filings and ashes.

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Steel Division: Normandy 44 Back to Hell DLC announced

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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 of war. The next expansion is due on February 13th, and it adds seven new historical missions, five of which support multiplayer, and four new divisions for use in solo and multiplayer skirmish, with 58 new units. Perhaps most exciting of all, a free update will be released alongside the DLC, as is the Paradox way, and that extends co-op play beyond the Skirmish mode. If I can have a friend alongside me, I might actually be able to win a battle. Perhaps even an entire war.

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Steel Division: Normandy 44 due boatload of free content

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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 are in the works. These will be added in updates that might stretch into early next year, developers Eugen Systems say.

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Wot I Think: Steel Division – Normandy 44

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 the fight is close and the game is great as a result. It’s only when Populism/RTS starts gaining the upper hand – something that happens most noticeably during the three short singleplayer campaigns – that things go awry for the mostly excellent Steel Division. Read the rest of this entry »

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 wait to achieve equality with Adam, as publishers Paradox have announced that Normandy 44 will launch on May 23rd. Then we’ll see who’s so flipping special. Read the rest of this entry »

Paradox are bringing devs and games to Rezzed

in my experience, paradox always arrive by blimp

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 both on the Friday, with Cities: Skylines up first at 12PM and Stellaris following at 2PM. In the former, you’ll hear Colossal Order’s CEO on continuous development post-release, and working with a large community, and in the latter Stellaris’ game director will talk about the first year post-release, and the major expansion, Utopia.

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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 site] has authentically modeled units and detailed rules of engagement controlling their clashes, but it’s the front line that got me all excited when I saw a demo last week at GDC.

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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 though.

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Have You Played… RUSE?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

Real-time strategy games seem to be a dying artform, which is a shame given that Eugen System’s RUSE provided a perfect roadmap for where they might want to go.

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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, though the original version is still playable for folks who prefer it.

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Wot I Think: Act Of Aggression

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 full analysis. Here’s wot he thinks.

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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 strategy game from Wargame developers Eugen Systems, and a follow-up to their olde Act of War games. It’s out now, launched today.

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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 with the worst foreign policy ever:

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Eugen’s Act Of Aggression Deploying In September

A funny thing, how Eugen Systems’ recent RTS games don’t get the attention they perhaps deserve.

Commenters point out even we are often guilty of neglecting them. Let’s try not to repeat that with Act of Aggression [official site].

There is a secret message hidden within this post.

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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 and beautiful model-like units. Two of the three factions have been outlined in video form and you can see them below.

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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 brought the ‘Norse Dragons’ pack with 64 new units from Nordic lands, and the game’s on sale for a few days too.

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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 I’ve spent in its company, I reckon it might be more than capable of filling that gap.

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The Flare Path: And The Battling Bastards Of Charlie Sector

Those creatures perched on the finials of Castle Shotgun? Pigs. The headline on the front of today’s Hell Gazette – “HITLER AND STALIN WIN FIGURE SKATING GOLDS IN INAUGURAL WINTER GAMES”? Totally true. Pour yourself a stiff drink and schedule an emergency meeting between your eyebrows and hairline. You’re about to read a late but heartfelt billet-doux to Wargame: Red Dragon on RPS! Read the rest of this entry »

Not A New Wargame, But A War Game: Act Of Aggression

Before Eugen Systems went big – in scale and, eventually, sales – with the Wargame series, they worked on two Act of War games. More traditional real-time strategy fare, they were as much about base building and resource gathering as they were accurate tank physics. They even had live-action cutscenes spliced together with machinima.

Now Eugen are returning to the format with Act of Aggresion: a successor to the old series with similar mechanics, a similar near-future setting, but yeah, still lots of tank physics. The first teaser trailer is below.

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More Like Wargame: Rad Dragon

Yay! Explosions!

I’ll admit that I don’t often know what the hell is going on. This is a blanket statement that applies to many areas of my life – games, meals, showers – I’ve had confusion during all of them. But it’s not often that a trailer will leave me with quite the same pleasant non-understanding as finding a surprise Terry’s Chocolate Orange in my bed. The latest from the amusingly named RTS Wargame: Red Dragon managed that and, as I’ve discovered in researching this post, seems to have done the same to Graham. There’s just something about its collection of modern military hardware and explosion addiction that numbs my brain into quiet, happy appreciation. Hopefully you’ll see what I mean below.

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