Panzer Corps 2 – Dev Diary #6

As 2018 is coming to an end, we are getting a lot of questions about the Panzer Corps 2 release date. Unfortunately, by now it has become clear that we won’t be able to release the game this year. This is something which some of you have already guessed, but we wanted to confirm it here so that there are no unrealistic expectations. 

The game will be released next year, and we will announce the exact date as soon as we are reasonably confident about it.

After a deep dive into gameplay specifics in the last to issues of the Dev Diary, today we wanted to talk about a different topic. We have spent a lot of time lately polishing our random map engine. Let us take a look at what it can do.

Panzer Corps 2 is able to generate random maps of different sizes, and for any number of players from 2 to 8. These maps can be played both in single player and multiplayer mode. Random maps come in six primary types.

 

 

Continent

This type will be the most familiar to most Panzer Corps players. It has no bodies of water, besides rivers, and battles on such maps are 100% focused on ground and air warfare. Although scenarios generated on these maps are random, very similar battles could have happened in WW2 in real life. At the same time, it is great to explore all kinds of historical what-ifs, like allies fighting each other instead of Axis forces.

Continent maps might not look as fancy as the other types below, but there is a lot of gameplay to enjoy there. Perhaps more than in any other type.

 

 

 

Coast

This map is similar to the previous type, but there is also a sea in one part of the map. Although naval component on such maps is limited, it cannot be ignored: if you don’t take advantage of it, your opponents will instead. An enemy capital ship bombarding your capital is not fun. 🙂

 

 

 

Big Island

The name says it all; this map is one big island, completely surrounded by the sea. This map opens up a lot more space for naval warfare because you can easily reach any of the opponents by the sea and try to bombard their cities or surprise them by landing your troops behind their lines. However, battles on big islands are still resolved on the ground by the old trusty panzers. Superior strategy and tactics with your ground and air units is key to victory.

 

 

 

Archipelago

Each player starts on his own private island, and there can be a few more “neutral” islands to conquer. Island hopping campaigns were not typical of the European Theatre, but here you can get a taste of what it would look like if the biggest European powers clashed over the control of a remote archipelago. Expect lots of naval action, because the islands are small enough, and most land hexes can be bombarded directly by capital ships. This is probably the only map where you cannot win without a strong fleet. Airforce is also important because aircraft based on one island can easily reach several surrounding ones. As for land battles, they are going to be smaller in scale but very fierce, because losing your home island will likely mean instant loss of the game.

 

 

 

Big Lake

This map has one big lake in the middle of the map, while all players are placed on the coast around it. Another way to think of this type is “Big Island reversed”, with land replaced with water with land. This is another map with significant naval component because whoever controls the Lake will possess strategic initiative and can directly attack any of the opponents at any moment. So, expect large-scale battles both on the ground and for control of the Lake. Alternatively, you can play this map in winter, where you will be tempted to march your troops across the lake, but beware – the ice could thaw at any moment!

 

 

 

 

Lakeland

If you have ever been to Finland, which is often called “’the land of a thousand lakes”, you can easily imagine Lakeland. On this map, the land is dotted with lakes of different size, and although land mass remains fully connected, water gives it a very complex structure which you need to carefully consider when planning your strategy. The naval component is once again small scale in Lakeland, but you can still surprise your opponents by unexpected naval landings. Playing this map in cold season could be another fun option, because every time the lakes freeze, each player will try to use this drastic change in map configuration to his advantage.

If there are any other types of random maps which you would like to see in Panzer Corps 2, let us know! And finally, in one of our future diaries, we will tell about various mission types which you can play on all these random maps.

 

Battlestar Galactica Deadlock – Anabasis difficulty levels update

We are releasing a new update for Battlestar Galactica Deadlock, and its main feature is introducing new difficulty levels for the survival mode called Operation Anabasis.

We received some feedback on the new mode, and although some players like the challenge that Operation Anabasis brings, others found it a bit too harsh. That’s why the team has decided to introduce the option to set your preferred difficulty level when starting Operation Anabasis.

 

 

As usual we do our best to read and consider all kinds of feedback, so don’t hesitate to let us know how you feel about the game, our changes and future updates!

The update is accompanied by a number of changes and tweaks, and you can read the full changelog here.

Stay tuned, there will be more news soon! Until then, we hope you’ll enjoy the update and that now the game can provide the right level of challenge for everyone’s tastes.

Battlestar Galactica Deadlock – And the Anabasis Survival Challenge winner is…

It’s time to announce our winner for the Anabasis Survival Challenge.

Are you ready?

 

 

With a great score of 1.677.696 Sektoid is the champion! He wins a $30 discount coupon code for our store, the next expansion for free, plus exclusive first access to the closed beta for it. Sproge and Furaha, having finished 2nd and 3rd, also win access to the closed beta.

Congratulations to the winner and a big thanks for everyone who took part in this competition. 

We’re looking forward to seeing what the future holds for Battlestar Galactica Deadlock and I’m sure you do as well, so stay tuned! So say we all!

Survive & win a prize in the Battlestar Galactica Deadlock Anabasis Survival challenge!

Last week we have released the new expansion of Battlestar Galactica Deadlock, called Anabasis.

It is the largest expansion pack so far, adding tons of new mission types, plenty new maps, new munition types as well as the brand new Operation Anabasis survival mode.

In Operation Anabasis you will need to lead a fleet and survive numerous encounters with the Cylons. Your task? Rescuing 10,000 colonists, and bringing them home. It’s not easy; you’ll be constantly harassed by Cylon attackers, and you can forget reinforcements as you’ll be deep in enemy territory. You can only rely on your strategical skills and your leadership.

Well, we have a surprise for you!

It’s time for the first Anabasis Survival Challenge, starting today!

 

From today onwards you’ll have the chance to send us your highest score at Operation Anabasis. The competition will last two weeks, ending on Thursday, November 8th at 11.59 pm BST.  The highest ranking will snag the winner with a $30 coupon code for our store, the next expansion for Battlestar Galactica Deadlock for free plus exclusive access to the closed beta for it. The second and third highest ranked players will also get exclusive early access to the closed beta.

We only need you to send us a screenshot of your highest score, plus your Anabasis “save game”, which is located on PC in C:\Users\{username}\Documents\Black Lab Games\BSG (it is called “survival.bsgsave”). On console (PS4 or Xbox One) please refer to this guide.

Send your submission to anabasis@slitherine.co.uk.

 

Let’s recap the rules:

– You need to send us: 1) A screenshot of your final score; 2) Your save game file;

– There can only be one submission per user so make sure to send us your highest score;

– Please send us your nickname (this will be listed in the final ranking);

– The contest will end on November 8th at 11.59 pm BST;

– We will publish the final ranking and announce the winner on Monday, November 12th;

– The winner will receive a $30 coupon code for the Slitherine store, the next expansion for Battlestar Galactica Deadlock for free plus exclusive access to the closed beta for it.

 

Are you ready? Bring them home!

Battlestar Galactica Deadlock Anabasis is out! Bring them home!

Battlestar Galactica Deadlock Anabasis is out on PC, Steam, PS4 and Xbox One!

Anabasis is the most significant expansion for Deadlock to date. It contains no less than a new game mode, 11 new skirmish maps, 12 new resource missions and 4 new munition types!

 

 

 

In the new survival skirmish mode, you will be in command of a single fleet, comprising of both military and civilian ships. You will have to flee and survive while leading their soldiers and colonists back to Caprica, while being hunted relentlessly by endless Cylon pursuers!

Your final score will depend on how many colonists you will save. Bring them home!

 

Let’s have a look at what else there’s is in the expansion:

– 11 new thematic maps: Available in all single player and multiplayer modes.

– 4 new munition types: To increase the number of tactical options,these new munition types have been added providing Colonial and Cylon admirals with more tools at their disposal than ever before.

– 12 new resource missions: Compelling new missions are now available in the campaign.

 

 
The expansion is being released alongside a new free update, called Infinity Update. It brings a plethora of changes, improvements and new content including new types of environmental hazards! Read the full changelog here.
 
 
We will be live streaming Anabasis on our Twitch channel later today at 6 pm BST, in fact it’ll be a very special guest doing the streaming: none other than Spacedock! He also released a very special video today, his own take on the new Anabasis mode. It’s extremely well made, don’t miss it.
 
Last but not least… we are going to celebrate the release of Anabasis with a hefty 50% discount on Battlestar Galactica Deadlock, and a 25% discount on its expansion The Broken Alliance! The offer is valid for the PC version only from today at 6 pm BST for the duration of the weekend until Monday, so don’t miss it!

Empires Apart goes Free-to-Play!

There are some big news for all Empires Apart players: today Empires Apart goes Free-to-Play!

 

We are changing the format to make the game accessible for free to everyone. Anyone can go to Steam, download the game and play it at absolutely no cost. You will have access to all game modes and you’ll be able to play with the Byzantines civilization.

What does it mean for all those who had bought the game? You are not going to lose anything, and you’re getting more than the value of your money back. You will be considered a Founder and you’ll get immediate access to all the original civilizations plus access to exclusive content in the future.

The other civilizations are being repackaged as DLCs. You will be able to play against them with the F2P version and even to try them briefly with the new test scenarios, but you will need to buy the DLCs if you intend to play as the Mongols, the Chinese, the Arabs, the French, the Aztecs and the Koreans! 

If you would like to have more information on how the Free-to-Play system works please read the FAQ we’ve published.

 

 

What, wait a seconds, did you say Koreans? Yes, there is a new playable civilization!

Now you will be able to buy the Korean Civilization Pack and lead the brand new faction in battle. 

The Koreans are a ranged-focused civilization which can make use of the powerful Hwacha for devastating firepower. Their Nobles provide a unique mechanic, boosting the area around them and improving your economic development.

 

 

We have completely revamped the in-game menus, and brought in a massive number of improvements: new AI, a new map, and countless gameplay and UI improvements! We are also resetting the Ranking, so everyone gets a fair chance to start this new Ranked season on equal terms.

Last but not least, don’t forget to tune in for today’s developer stream live on Twitch at 8.30 pm BST!

This is the start of a new exciting path for Empires Apart. We can’t wait to see you all in game!