|The following Matrix Games’ titles were covered during the HOW event. |
Modern Naval Warfare
Modern Naval Warfare is the next-generation naval combat simulator developed by The Maslas Brothers. Immersing players in the fast-paced and detailed world of modern naval combat, players take charge of the Virgina-class nuclear attack submarine SSN-774. They assume the role of a maritime commander with a host of crucial missions, including shadowing enemy fleets, hunting or escorting convoys, undertaking covert operations, and unleashing devastating land strikes. New details of Modern Naval Warfare were shown during the Home of Wargamers event.
Armored Brigade II
It has been some time since Armored Brigade wrote the book on combined arms warfare. Now, it has returned to open a new chapter with Armored Brigade II. Set against the tense backdrop of the Cold War, the new wargame offers a plethora of enhancements and innovative features compared to its predecessor, including a graphical overhaul from 2D to a more immersive 3D environment. Furthermore, Armored Brigade II features a refined waypoint editor system, major improvements to the spotting-sharing system, enhanced infantry mechanics, expanded fire and air support options, and many more novelties.
Command: Showcase – Operation Desert Falcon
Command: Modern Operations is the premier system for modeling advanced cross-domain modern warfare. While focused primarily on tactical and operational aspects, strategy plays a vital role as players of this detailed wargame simulate every aspect of a modern military engagement. Home of Wargamers unveiled the latest expansion, Command: Showcase – Operation Desert Falcon, featuring political and military considerations during a near-future scenario as France seeks to evacuate her citizens and personnel from Chad in the aftermath of a coup d’etat. Release Date: First Week of October
Valor & Victory: Kursk
Valor & Victory, the fast-paced turn-based World War II tactics game by Yobowargames, has released its latest DLC today, Valor & Victory: Kursk. Based on Eastern Front’s Operation Citadel in 1943, the expansion contains new game features, including anti-tank ditches, new units, overrun mechanics, and new unit portraits. Ten new scenarios and maps, bigger than previous DLCs, can be found in this latest expansion, available today!
During the Home of the Wargamer event, it was also revealed that the new expansion, Valor & Victory: Pacific, is set to release later this year, focusing on battles such as New Guinea, Burma, and Guadalcanal. It will include two new nations, the Japanese and Chinese Nationalist armies, as well as 7 new maps, 11 new scenarios, and much more!
Combat Mission Fortress Italy
To coincide with the Home of Wargamers, Combat Mission has seen an important addition to its franchise on Steam with the release of the Combat Mission Fortress Italy. This expansion focuses on the fighting in the southern European reaches during World War II, including new Italian forces and updated German and American units. Four challenging campaigns plus 17 stand-alone scenarios are featured in Combat Mission Fortress Italy.
Nuclear War Simulator
Nuclear War Simulator is a highly detailed, dramatically realistic simulation visualizing the impact of humanity’s most dangerous invention – nuclear weapons. Having been released in early 2023 by indie developer Ivan Stepanov and Matrix Games, a host of fixes and improvements have found their way into the title since launch. A significant update to Nuclear War Simulator is coming later this year, featuring new tools, including a new objective system and new scenarios.
Flashpoint Campaigns is a high-intensity Cold War-era strategy title focusing on battalion and regimental scale ground combat between NATO and the Warsaw Pact. Made by developers On Target Simulations, the game features an innovative asynchronous turn structure, detailed order of battles, realistic modeling of modern combat, 4 campaigns and over 25 single scenarios, dynamic weather, a robust scenario designer, and much more. Flashpoint Campaigns: Southern Storm was released in April 2023 as the core module for this new series. Flashpoint Campaigns: Central Storm is the first piece of DLC for this new title. The DLC will take place in central Germany and features Belgian, German, American, and Soviet formations. Flashpoint Campaigns: Central Storm will come with three new campaigns, multiple new scenarios, and a new free feature that will be added to the core game: helicopter assaults. Included as part of a free update alongside the DLC, Flashpoint Campaigns will now support independent transport units carrying dismounts. This new system will allow for the modeling of everything from airborne helicopter assaults by Spetsnaz units to the use of truck-bound motorized troops.
Rule the Waves 3
The epic naval simulator Rule the Waves 3 launched on Steam in May 2023, providing a detailed and dynamic wargame modeling fleet management, maritime combat, including naval aviation and coastal defense, and ship design from 1890-1970. Players in Rule the Waves 3 can design their warships from the keel up, build up their nation’s navy and decide its strategy, and expertly engage in tactical battles. As laid out during the Home of Wargamers event, developers Naval Warfare Simulations are intent on continued support for the game, actively following up on player feedback. New features and mechanics in the work include UI improvements and UI scaling, ship design, updates to the combat engine, as well as the battle generation system. A skirmish mode, a historical editor, and pre-made scenarios are also being developed for Rule the Waves 3 as part of its first DLC.
Strategic Command: World War I – Empires in Turmoil
Developer Fury Software showed their latest expansion in development during the Home of Wargamers event: Strategic Command: World War I – Empires in Turmoil. The upcoming DLC highlights some of the most turbulent conflicts gripping the second decade of the 20th century. Six new campaigns, plus new unit types and events, will be featured, from the Balkans to Siberia to East Africa.