WW2 RTS game Men of War II will bring an excellent series back to life


If you’re excited concerning the prospect of WW2 technique game Company of Heroes making a comeback, we’ve obtained some excellent information. CoH’s scrappy, Eastern European cousin Men of War is staging a return of its personal. Russian writer 1C Entertainment has introduced at this time that it’s formally making Men of War II, in partnership with Ukranian developer Best Way.

This tactical RTS game will draw a line below a decade of (barely convoluted) Men of War improvement and begin anew with a brand-new entry. Headline options embrace an up to date engine, higher graphics, a frontline system, and higher mod help. While Men of War video games have a robust multiplayer tradition, the series additionally offers a great single-player romp, which makes a return right here with two totally fleshed-out campaigns.

For the WW2 lovers amongst you, Men of War II will additionally function one of probably the most “detailed and accurate” rosters of WW2 {hardware}, with 45 traditionally correct automobiles and 45 battalions. It’s straightforward to get misplaced in evaluating Men of War to Company of Heroes – each are essentially tactical RTS WW2 video games in any case. The key distinction, although, is that Men of War forgoes base constructing to give attention to the motion.

Here’s the reveal trailer:

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Men of War has all the time skirted the road between chaotic-yet-manageable fight and old fashioned RTS design the place operate usually will get the higher of kind. Hopefully Men of War II manages this steadiness higher than the series has performed traditionally. There can also be one thing extremely liberating about not having to fear a few base, and I look ahead to enjoying a contemporary model of the Men of War premise.

The new frontline mechanic is comparable to the same mechanic that options in Eugen System’s Steel Division series. I think about it will be simply as divisive with the Men of War group because it was with Wargame followers. On paper at the least it appears to be nicely thought out, with totally different interactions between what’s thought of ‘your’ territory and what’s thought of your opponents.

Of extra curiosity are the implications of this new shift to a visualised frontline system. Specific seize factors are gone for now, though modes exist the place there are seize ‘zones’. The purpose right here is to push the frontline in order that your half fully covers these zones, which does sound prefer it could possibly be a enjoyable twist on a staple goal sort.

There can also be the truth that, traditionally, the AI in Men of War may solely actually operate throughout the context of having mounted factors on the map to seize. Removing these means the studio has had to actually stage up its AI design. “We could talk about our new fierce AI for hours,” improvement lead Maxim Kamensky tells us, “but let’s look at the big picture: it’s better, more intelligent, and more complex than previous versions.”

I’m additionally excited concerning the game’s dynamic marketing campaign, one thing that wasn’t talked about throughout the reveal session however was confirmed to us through a follow-up interview.

“The Men of War series has always been about taking command, making the right decisions, and forging your path to victory,” Kamensky says. “So, we will add a dynamic marketing campaign — one other aspect of the warfare and one other mode not associated to the principle storyline.

“It’s accompanied by more extensive, turn-based campaigns where you manage and set your battalions up for real-time accurate historical battles… by developing and upgrading your army and its skills, you will be facing a more severe enemy in each new battle. This new dynamic campaign has been designed for a super replayable single-player experience.”

There are a lot extra particulars to enjoy as nicely – akin to battalion creation, 5v5 participant battles, direct management making a return, customized lobbies, and matchmaking help for multiplayer.

The builders additionally declare Men of War II will function the largest multiplayer and co-op modes within the series’ historical past, with the campaigns obtainable to play in co-op with up to 5 gamers. While you’d be forgiven for pondering that is all a bit area of interest, the information of a Men of War sequel is thrilling. The series deserves to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the likes of Company of Heroes and will assist additional the RTS renaissance all of us appear to be having fun with proper now.

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From what we’ve seen up to now, 1C and Best Way are making each effort to give this obscure series a giant push to conquer a wider technique viewers. Men of War II is scheduled to come to PC through Steam someday in 2022.