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Order of Battle - World War II

Order of Battle: World War II

Order of Battle: World War II is breath of fresh air for all strategy fans. It is a game that takes wargaming to a new level by upgrading every single game element and rebooting the genre for a new generation of players. Detailed terrain, rich animations and a slick interface, all within a traditional setting and with the elements that are familiar to experienced players - Order of Battle: World War II follows in the footsteps of all time classics, such as Panzer General.

With a selection of over 1000 unique looking and behaving units, players can build and manage their army, fleet and air force throughout the campaigns set in the various theatres of operations during WW2. A unique system of specializations allows players to customize their forces with special units, bonuses and abilities that reflect the difference in strategies and mentality of the various factions.

A set of unique Commanders – split between Generals, Pilots and Captains – is gradually unlocked in the campaigns. These can be attached to specific units to provide unique bonuses to anything in their command range. While good use of unit types and tactics remains the player's priority, clever use of Commanders can tip the balance in an offensive operation or buy just enough time in defense to turn the tide to your favor.

In Order of Battle: World War II, a unique supply system also plays a key factor that directly affects the combat efficiency of the units. Landing on an enemy island without any support ships will prevent the invasion forces from building a solid beachhead, and breaking the supply lines of your opponent, isolating his units and making encirclement maneuvers are the strategies required to achieve an ultimate victory.

Add an intuitive in-game scenario editor, up to 4 player multiplayer support through Hotseat or Slitherine's PBEM++ server system and you have a game with endless re-playability.

The free version of the game gives you access to the unique Boot Camp campaign as well as a taste of the first chapter of every other campaign pack. This means that new free missions will appear as soon as a new campaign gets released!

Features:

  •  Classic turn based, hex based gameplay with an intuitive UI and great depth.
  • Play in dynamic campaigns with unit carryover and multiple "what-if" scenarios.
  • A rich 3D world with detailed animations and effects. Turn-based wargaming has never looked this good!
  • 20 different Specializations give a unique feel to each faction including Banzai Charge, Bushido Code and even the Manhattan Project.
  • Over 1000 different unit types, including infantry, tanks, ships and aircraft, each with unique visuals and animations
  • Attach unique commanders to your units to give them additional offensive and defensive bonuses
  • A deep but intuitive supply system allowing breakthroughs & encirclements.
  • 4 player multiplayer over PBEM++ and hotseat, supporting last-man-standing, teamplay and cooperative against AI scenarios.
  • An extensive, user-friendly in-game scenario editor with a what-you-see-is-what-you-get design.

 

Order of Battle: Panzerkrieg

Order of Battle: Panzerkrieg is a DLC for the free-to-play game Order of Battle: World War II.

After two years of lighting victories all across northern Europe, the German army has suffered its first major setback in the war. The great offensive to the east - the invasion of the Soviet Union - has stalled right in front of the gates of Moscow.

Following the relentless defense of their capital city, the Soviets have launched several major counter-attacks during the harsh winter of 1941. German forces are forced to retreat and regroup, but must maintain their position in reach of Moscow. Once the Soviet attacks have been broken and the strength of the Panzer Divisions is replenished the offensive will resume - until total victory has been achieved.

Panzerkrieg, the new expansion for Order of Battle - WW2 forms the second part of the German Grand Campaign, following the previously released Blitzkrieg DLC. Players can start the Panzerkrieg campaign from scratch, or import their core force from the end of the Blitzkrieg campaign - including all the previously unlocked commanders and specializations. The campaign focuses exclusively on the Eastern Front, including iconic battles such as the Siege of Sevastopol, the devastating urban warfare at Stalingrad and the epic clash of armour at the battle of Kursk.

New units!

40+ new units, including Tiger and Panther tanks, Ferdinand tank-destroyers and Wurfrahmen motorized rocket launchers, while the Luftwaffe has been reinforced with new aircraft such as the Fw 190 series, Me 410 fighter-bombers and Ju 87 G "kanonenvogels".

Grand campaign!

Designed to be played as a grand campaign, following the Blitzkrieg campaign and preceding a yet unannounced final chapter in the German European campaign. Core force importing has been improved and expanded to include previously unlocked commanders and specializations.

New terrain and rules!

A new wet climate type affects the battlefield: units move slower in the mud and dirt roads no longer provide any movement bonuses.

List of Scenarios:

 

Order of Battle: Burma Road

Crisis! On December 7th, 1941 Japan launches multiple surprise attacks, causing devastation to Allied forces from Malaysia to Pearl Harbor. As the defense of Singapore hangs by a thread, the Japanese set their sights on Burma. Their main objective: sever the primary Allied resupply line to China, the Burma Road. With control of Burma and the Burma Road, Japan would then be poised to strike directly at British India. They must be stopped!

Order of Battle: Burma Road is a new DLC for the Order of Battle series, bringing you in the thick of the action in the Burma campaign. Lead many new units and fight on an unfamiliar terrain to stop and repel the Japanese invasion.

As commander of British and Allied forces in this new Order of Battle historical campaign, it's up to you to muster your forces to defend the Malaysian Peninsula and prepare an army to fight in the dense Burmese jungles. Re-live unique historical battles and events through special scenarios that include, but are not limited to:

Features

  • Expanded nations and units. Many new units for existing factions, as well as entire new armies for Thailand and British India!
  • Authentic scenarios built from real historical maps. Today's Myanmar was yesterday's Burma, and extra special care has been taken to accurately reflect the names and locations of the region as it was known during World War II.
  • New Campaign, Commanders, and Specializations. Encounter special Commanders including William Slim, leader of Britain's so-called "Forgotten Army".  Fight alongside Brigadier Orde Wingate, mastermind behind the infamous Chindit operations, as you fight deep behind enemy Japanese lines to disrupt their command structure and supply lines.  Re-take control of the skies over Burma with pilots such as Ace Elsdon.  And earn even more special commanders through various campaign bonus objectives and missions!
  • Scenario list (13 scenarios): Operation Krohcol, Sinking of Task Force Z, Fall of Singapore, Kawkareik Pass, Sittang River, Rangoon Falls, Quit India Denied, Operation Cannibal, Operation Longcloth, Ledo Road, Imphal '44, Irrawaddy River, Race for Rangoon.

 

Order of Battle: KRIEGSMARINE

Order of Battle: Kriegsmarine is a DLC for the free-to-play game Order of Battle: World War II. Feel free to download and try Order of Battle: World War II, it's free!

In Kriegsmarine we for the first time focus exclusively on the many engagements of the German Navy, as well as alternative “What-if” scenarios involving battles in the North Atlantic.  

Since our Pacific Campaign, this is the first that focuses exclusively on naval warfare, and in Europe nonetheless! Your focus is entirely on a German Naval core force. The campaign begins during 1940 where your main goal is to support the Wehrmacht by using your ships to assist them during various operations. Then we move to battles in the Atlantic and the Baltic, and it features several “what-if” situations as well: perhaps you can save the Bismarck, or even employ the Graf Zeppelin carrier!

The icy North Atlantic is unforgiving, and only the finest admirals can see the battle to the end. Will you sail back to the Reich with cheering crowds awaiting your arrival at the docks? Or will your ships become underwater tombs for your men?

Kriegsmarine features 9 different scenarios and many new units featuring naval and air warfare, including several naval bombers and flying boats!

Features:

  • 9 new scenarios, featuring unique and varied situations, from amphibious assaults, surface and submarine convoy raiding and large scale naval battles in the Baltic, the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean
  • What-if situations: execute plan Z, build powerful next-generation battleships and carriers and challenge the Allied naval supremacy
  • New mechanics to better represent naval warfare: hit avoidance, fire efficiency, new submarine rules, primary & secondary guns
  • 50+ new units
  • A brand new unit type: seaplane tenders, which can carry and resupply seaplanes

 

Order of Battle: BLITZKRIEG

Order of Battle: Blitzkrieg is a DLC for the free-to-play game Order of Battle: World War II.

On 1 September 1939, under the pretext of reclaiming the city of Danzig, German armed forces invade Poland. Honoring their diplomatic treaties and driven by the desire to maintain the balance of power in Europe, France and Great Britain swiftly declare war on Germany. This chain of events sets in motion the greatest war the world has ever seen: a Second World War.

In the early years of the conflict, Germany display a successful incorporation of modern aircraft and tank technology into its traditional tactic of Bewegungskrieg. These tactics rely on deep penetrations by armoured forces, supported by aggressive air attacks and prove to be highly effective at encircling and finally destroying the enemy. Resulting in lightning fast victories, the new form of warfare is referred to as the Blitzkrieg.

Set in this new theater of war, the new expansion for Order of Battle - WW2 puts the player in charge of the German Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe. Starting with the conquest of Poland, the campaign features the defeat of the Franco-British alliance on the western front, the invasion of the Soviet Union and finally the assault on Moscow in 1941.

New Units and Nations!

This expansion includes more than 200 new units, greatly expanding the unit rosters of Germany, France, Britain and the Soviet Union as well as adding several new minor nations to the game. Among the German units are the Panzer III and IV series, Bf109 and Fw190 fighter aircraft and powerful 88mm anti-aircraft guns, while the Allies have access to heavily armoured Matilda and Char B1 tanks, Spitfires, Hurricanes and unique Armoured Train units.

Carry over your Core force between campaigns!

Now it'll be possible to carry over your skilled and battle hardened soldiers from one campaign to the next one! Start with Blitzkrieg - and in the future export your core force to future campaigns involving the Wehrmacht!

New Campaign & Specialization system!

Play through a long series of blitzkrieg wars and forge your Wehrmacht in the flames of combat! Carry over troops from scenario to scenario, and choose your path using the new Specialization system: gain Specialization points by completing primary and secondary objectives and then spend them on Specializations such as powerful Waffen SS divisions or the Tank School or Auftragstaktik doctrine to gain an early advantage.

List of Scenarios:

 

Order of Battle: WINTERWAR

Order of Battle: Winter War is a DLC for the free-to-play game Order of Battle: World War II.

On November 30th 1939, three months after the outbreak of World War 2, the Soviet Union declares war on the neutral nation of Finland. Under the pretext of seeking territorial changes to protect the city of Leningrad, the vast Red Army envisions a quick victory against the small and poorly equipped Finnish defence force.

Outnumbered three to one and facing an enemy with an insurmountable superiority in tanks and aircraft, a great challenge lays ahead of the Finnish Army. But its brave and stubborn soldiers, fighting for their homes and families, every intent to welcome the enemy to a freezing hell of ice and fire.

This new expansion for Order of Battle: World War II includes the Winter War (1939-1940), the Continuation War (1941-1944) and the Lapland War (1944-1945). Players take control of the Finnish Army and, according to the shifting tides of war, allied troops from Germany or the Soviet Union.

New Campaign:

New Units:

This expansion adds more than 90 new units to the game, including Finnish ski troops, panzerfaust-equipped infantry, German Panzer IV and StuG III combat vehicles, several variations of the Soviet T-34, KV-2 152mm-armed heavy tanks and a whole range of iconic aircraft such as the Me Bf-109, Fw-190, Yak-7, Il-2 Sturmovik and Fokker D.XXI.

New Climate:

As the name suggests, Winter War brings a completely new climate to the Order of Battle series: winter. Snow impacts the movement speed of units, ice can be crossed by ground units but cannot be entrenched and frozen rivers no longer provide a natural defensive barrier. Combined with the already unique landscape of Finland, these new features provide a challenging new gameplay experience.

Order of Battle: RISING SUN

Order of Battle: Rising Sun is a DLC for the free-to-play game Order of Battle: World War II. If you had bought Order of Battle - Pacific then you already own this DLC!

The ultimate goal of Imperial Japan is to become the dominant power in the western Pacific. In December 1941, a carefully planned strategy is set in motion through a series of major offensives, including a carrier strike on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor. The shock of these surprise attacks is intended to cripple the Allied forces, giving the Japanese army and navy the time needed to establish total hegemony over their opponents.

Rising Sun puts the player in command of the Imperial Navy - built around a powerful fleet of battleships and aircraft carriers, as well as the Imperial Army - hardened from years of war with the Chinese. Managing the limited resources available to build a well-balanced force of unique units such as the lethal A6M Zero fighter aircraft and the mighty Yamato battleship class will be the key to a successful outcome of the Japanese offensive. From the beginning of the campaign, starting with the air raid against Pearl Harbor, the initiative lays in the hands of Japan, but as Allied resistance stiffens, only a commander able to achieve decisive victories can keep up the momentum and fulfill Japan's imperial dreams.

Including key historical battles, the "what-if" invasion of Australia and many unique Japanese weapon designs and prototypes, Rising Sun offers a unique experience set in the Pacific Theatre of WW2.

Scenarios:

 

Order of Battle: U.S. PACIFIC

Order of Battle: U.S. Pacific is a DLC for the free-to-play game Order of Battle: World War II. If you had bought Order of Battle - Pacific then you already own this DLC!

December 7, 1941 – the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor left America shocked and the US Navy stunned. Glorious battleships such as USS Arizona were sunk or put out of action for. This infamous raid gave Japan a serious advantage right from the start, but they have sorely underestimated the American determination to overcome this setback and fight back the aggression. Four long years of war now lay ahead to determine the outcome of this epic struggle...

As the commanding officer of the US Pacific forces, the player is tasked to put a halt to the Japanese aggression and restore American supremacy in this part of the globe. From the early blow at Pearl Harbor to the final battles in the Japanese archipelago, recruiting new units, giving the right orders and organizing an effective supply chain are essential on the path to ultimate victory. New technologies and equipment will gradually become available, allowing players to modernize their army, fleet and airforce throughout the campaign.

In Order of Battle: U.S. Pacific you take control over the American army and fleet in some of the most iconic land and naval battles of the Pacific Theatre of WW2. Scenarios Pearl Harbor War Plan Orange-3 Bataan Marshalls-Gilberts Raid Coral Sea Midway Guadalcanal New Georgia Philippine Sea Leyte Okinawa Tokyo

Scenarios:

 

Order of Battle: U.S. MARINES

Order of Battle: U.S. Marines is an expansion of Order of Battle: World War II and requires the base game to be played

In the spring of 1942 the Japanese suffer their first major setbacks of the Pacific War with the naval battles of Coral Sea and Midway. Seizing this opportunity to take back the initiative, US High Command launches an offensive operation against forward Japanese outposts in the Solomon Islands.

As part of this expeditionary force, the US Marine Corps is tasked with assaulting the islands of Tulagi and Guadalcanal. A long and bloody campaign of islandhopping in the Pacific Ocean has begun...

Order of Battle: U.S. Marines puts players in control of the elite U.S. military branch which proved essential in the Allied victory over Japan. This new expansion follows the story of the U.S. Marine Corps during the island hopping campaign of 1942-1945. As the fighting progresses across small, isolated jungle islands, the Japanese adapt their strategy from ruthless assaults to deep, well-prepared defensive systems - determined to hold on and fight to the last man.

Scenario List:

Tulagi
Guadalcanal
Munda Point
Blissful & Goodtime
Bougainville
Gilbert Islands
Marshall Islands
Saipan
Guam
Palau
Iwo Jima

New Units:

M2A4 Light Tank
DUKW Amphibious Truck
Marine Scouts
Mortar Infantry
F2A Buffalo
Captured Shinhoto Chi-Ha
BB Kongō
Concrete Bunkers!

New Features:

Support Fire ability for Heavy Infantry

New faction: Marine Corps

Editor: New Trigger Effect to change hex supply output

Editor: Disable production for specific factions

Editor: Trigger Effect "Set Unit AI Team" extended to allow - for example - units patrolling back and forth

Order of Battle: Morning Sun

Order of Battle: Morning Sun is an expansion of Order of Battle: World War II and requires the base game to be played

In summer 1937, renewed tensions between Japan and China escalate into open war: The Second Sino-Japanese war has begun.

Order of Battle comes back to the Pacific Theatre, covering one of the cruellest but most underrated conflicts of the Second World War period.

In Order of Battle: Morning Sun players take control over the Japanese forces fighting for territorial expansion and rich Chinese resources. The conflict soon turns into a massive all-out war between the two sides during the Battle of Shanghai. While the Chinese forces are numerically superior, they have suffered from internal conflict and are poorly equipped with outdated weapons. The recently modernised Japanese Army, on the other hand, is well trained and experienced, but as the war drags on it gets increasingly overstretched, allowing the enemy to regain the initiative at several occasions...

Scenarios

 

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