Welcome back everyone – I hope you had a good holiday break. We’re going to attempt to pick up right where we left things, but bear in mind this is a slow period for gaming at large, not just wargames. That said, we’ve had some bits of news to catch up on.
I’ve got some features and reviews lined up for next week, but towards the end of January things may get a bit more news-led, just because we’ll be nearing the relaunch and migration and so we’ll be running with less features. More on that later. The header image is from Armored Brigade, specifically the new upcoming DLC, mentioned below.
Meanwhile, in the world of wargames…
Armored Brigade DLC
You’ll have seen our news report yesterday regarding Combat Mission‘s latest steam port. This came from a general live-stream event Slitherine put on called ‘Tea Time with Slitherine’, which is designed to be a more casual, informal chat about upcoming things that could include announcements, but isn’t specifically about dev interviews or gameplay demos.
Another bit of news to come out of yesterday’s inaugural event was the announcement of a third content pack for Armored Brigade. The excellent WW3 real-time tactics wargame will be getting a new ‘Nation Pack’ that will introduce Czechoslovakia and Netherlands into the action. There will be a new map as well, although we understand it will be smaller than what’s come in previous expansions.
It’s due for release on February 25, 2021, although there isn’t a Steam page live yet.
WW2 Combat Mission titles also coming to steam?
Speaking of Combat Mission, someone forgot to check the Battlefront forums to see if there was any further news to be had from yesterday’s steam announcement. Turns out there is! An eagle eyed reader from reddit noticed that, according to Battlefront themselves, Slitherine have committed to bringing further Combat Mission games to Steam at the rate of roughly one per quarter.
The next title will bring one of the more popular WW2 titles – Battle for Normandy – to Valve’s platform. We’re not sure which future Combat Mission titles are due to follow. The post has other bits of news, including a new engine upgrade, new Red Thunder content and more.
New ArmA project rumours
Something ArmA related has surfaced recently on the r/GamingLeaksandRumours subreddit. Someone spotted a known Bohemia Interactive leaker sharing images that were labelled ‘ArmA Reforger‘. The original twitter postings have been deleted, but if you go to the reddit thread in question the images have been preserved via Imgur.
Now, the original poster is making the bold assumption that this is going to be ArmA 4, but I’m personally not convinced. ‘Reforger’ is probably a reference to the Exercise Campaign Reforger NATO operation carried out annually between 1967 and 1993. It was a military exercise where the purpose was to ensure rapid deployment of military forces to counter any Russian threats to West Germany. This would suggest the new project has a Cold War era theme, but since ArmA 2 the series has been about modern or other contemporary settings.
Some of ArmA 3‘s recent DLC initiatives – where they essentially uplift popular mods – have focused on the cold war era. Namely Global Mobilization – Cold War Germany and CSLA Iron Curtain. This could be something similar, or it could be an official spin-off project. I guess we’ll have to wait to find out more.
That’s all we’ve got time for this week – enjoy your weekends!