The second boat were missing is The Tablet and Mobile market. Every publisher, developer and entrepreneur is investing into this market. From war-games (sliterine studios) to 1st person shooters ( Battlefield Bad Company) all is being developed at a astonishing rate. At this point there are more games in The Apple App Store than has ever been made on all consoles and PCs ever. The amount of money being generated is incredible (Over 6 billion in Developer Revenue Alone). One teenager made a simple puzzle game and began making 6 figures after the 1st month. This is the market Strategy War Game Developers need to invest in. Many people today are picking up iPads because they find it VERY easy to use. These are the people who are your future market. These are the people that are willing to shell out money to see if they can whip Lee at Gettysburg. Make them a simple strategy war-game and you'll have a award winning title on your hands, not to mention a great deal of profit.
I hope our strategy game developers do invest in this market... if not they will find themselves realizing most people no longer use PC's. Everything is moving to Tablets and Mobile Devices. Companies need to see that otherwise they will go under. Desktops are going to left to professionals who edit videos, need the screen real estate for their work. Casual people are going to utilize iPads, iPhones, Androids for their day to day needs.
Couple of points :
Matrix/Slitherine has "Egypt : Engineering an Empire" out for the iPad, I like it very much, but it's not looking as though it has really caught on in the iPad world. I also hear that the guys from HexWar (Field of Glory) are working on something.
Apart from these titles, no other pc wargame publisher has announced anything for the tablet market while boardgame manufacturers seem to be more quickly on the ball : board wargame conversion in development for the iPad include Across Five Aprils, Battles of the Bulge, Hornet Leader : Carrier Air Operations, Manoeuvre, Pelopponesian War, R.A.F., Soviet Dawn, War Patrol, Waterloo and Washington's War.
So, yes, there are wargames being developed for the tablet market, only not by the established pc wargame publishers.
The notion that all gaming is moving to the mobile platforms is a false one imho. I like playing games on the iPad, but it's not a platform that's ready for the really super-duper heavy wargames like Battles from the Bulge, nor will it be in the next 5 years, so my digital gaming time will for the forseeable future remain split between pc and iPad
One thing developer studios need to realize is that the work doesn't stop after making the app... you need to reach out to your audience. You need to do advertising. Now yes this takes money, money most strategy war gaming studios do not have, so what you do is you approach this at a different angle. You reach your target audience by other means. One such means is Reenactments. These are large events that host approx 50 - 70,000 people nearly every year, all of which are interested in history. So now when you make a civil war game the first thing you should ask is when is the next reenactment. You get a team together, rent a vendor table and get your game out to the public. Also you get some hands on feedback that you won't ever get anywhere else. Feedback you take to improve your game.
I show up to these events and CANNOT believe no studios are taking advantage of it. You need to go where the people go.
I was not aware that these titles are in development - do you have links to them? I hope they complete the work and release the titles.
I disagree with you. The Mobile Platform is already changing how people use computers. If you ever get a chance go to Wall Street, 14th St, large metropolitan locations in cities... take a look at what people are using... notice the change people are implementing. Yesterdays laptop user is todays tablet. This change is happening to all social classes. My mother is a great example - never really used a computer... didn't like them because they were too complicated... she bought a iPad and is now on everyday ... even on Facebook lol. Her example is repeated everyday when I walk into The Apple Store. Thousands of people walk in everyday and start using a Tablet as their primary computer. Only people like you and me who require the screen real estate need a desktop. Plus I love my iMac ;)