||  

Back to News Listing An introduction to Order of Battle: Kriegsmarine

Posted: Friday, February 10, 2017 by Alberto Casulini

Type: News

Today we have decided to take a more in-depth look at the next DLC in the Order of Battle series: Kriegsmarine.

 

Why the Kriegsmarine?

 

Well, mostly three reasons.

First, the upcoming Skirmish Mode has several naval maps available. By giving Germany an extensive roster of naval units, the nation can be also used on these types of maps.

Second, we haven't had meaningful naval combat in any campaign since the release of the original Pacific War content. The Kriegsmarine DLC allows us to revisit this aspect of the game and gives us the opportunity to tweak and add gameplay mechanics to make naval warfare even more exciting.

Third… very few strategy games cover the Kriegsmarine in an extensive way. While its historical role was fairly small in comparison to the air and land battles waged by Germany, it none the less allows us to add a lot of exciting new units, scenarios and features to the game. It is an incredibly fascinating subject, and we felt it’d make for a unique and original DLC.

 

Unique situations and scenarios.

 

In the years before the start of the war, the Germans had big plans for their fleet. Through extensive building programs specified in "Plan Z", they envisioned to match the British Royal Navy by 1945. The Kriegsmarine campaign visits alternative history in which these plans are turned into reality.

It starts with historical battles such as the actions around the Norwegian coast, U-boat attacks on Allied convoys and the clashes with the Royal Navy. From there on it moves toward more "what-if" content, offering alternative history where Germany invests much more resources into its Navy. This allows large naval clashes with both the British and American navies toward the end of the campaign, as well as the possibility to build a powerful carrier fleet.

 

Fw 200, CV Jade, AV Greif, Bf 109 T, CL Königsberg, DD Type 1934, Ar 196, CV Graf Zeppelin, Ju 87 C

 

 

Original challenges.

 

Because the amount of units is lower than in land-based scenarios, each ship plays a vital role. And while land units can receive reinforcements quite easily, repairing a ship requires either the presence of a port or a repair ship. Mistakes that lead to heavy damage or the loss of a capital ship will thus have a big impact on each battle and the campaign as a whole.

The wide-open areas of sea and ocean, covered by fog of war also provide a constant feeling of tension and uncertainly. With the threat of hidden submarine attacks and unexpected carrier-based air strikes the tide of battle can turn quickly. All this adds an exciting game of "hide and seek" to naval warfare, and makes effective reconnaissance vital for success.

 

New units and mechanics.

 

One of the new mechanics introduced in this update is that battleships fire their main guns through a special ability. While the default attack uses smaller calibre secondary gun armament, this new ability gives access to the high range and massive hitting power of the main battery. Similar to torpedo attacks however, it has a cooldown of one turn, meaning you have to think carefully when to fire the big guns and against what. Combined with different firing animations from both the primary and secondary gun attacks, this certainly makes battleships feel more unique in the upcoming update.

 

Another one of my personal favorites is the Bussard-class seaplane tender. This ships carries a big crane in the rear and a rail-mounted catapult system along the deck for launching and maintaining large flying boats and floatplanes. It can be used as a sort of "pre-carrier" when combined with Heinkel He 59 floatplanes armed with bombs or torpedoes.

 

Scharnhorst, Bismarck, He 59, Bussard

 

Specializing.

 

 

The German naval expansion program of Plan Z is one of the unique specializations available in the KM campaign. It increases the amount of deployable naval units in scenarios and adds a one-time resource boost. More importantly however, it unlocks access to both the Flugzeugträger and Schlachtschiffe specializations. The first gives early-war access to the Graf Zeppelin aircraft carrier and carrier-based aircraft types, while the second allows the construction of H-class battleships and O-class battlecruisers to compete with late-war allied counterparts.

To reflect the unreliable German torpedoes in the opening years of the war, a "Torpedo Improvements" ability is also available. This increases the damage potential of all torpedo attacks, bringing them to the same level as the British variants.

Besides these, a whole range of previous specializations such as Flight School, Naval Academy, Drop Tank and Damage Control are also available.

 

(Support Ship), BB Deutschland, U-boat Type VII, U-boat Type XXI, BB H-class, BC O-class, U-boat Type IX, (BB Bismarck)

More Info

Order of Battle: Kriegsmarine

  ( Views : 8612 )


In Other News..

This week on Matrix #25

Friday, January 19, 2018

Hello everyone, and welcome back to our weekly recap of what's happening around here!
We hope you guys had a great end of the year, and that you enjoyed your holidays. 

Read more...

Ask Us Anything about Warhammer 40,000: Gladius Relics of War!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Two months ago we announced a brand new 4x strategy game set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. We are talking of course of Warhammer 40,000: Gladius – Relics of War.

 

Read more...

Server maintenance (January 20th)

Friday, January 19, 2018

We are going to perform a maintenance of our servers over the weekend, from 01/21/2018 12:01 am to  01/21/2018 2:00 am

All our websites and web services (including multiplayer) may be momentarily unavailable around that time. 

Read more...

Campaign Series: Middle East Version 2.0 is OUT!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Campaign Series: Middle East 1948-1985 has reached what can be easily considered a tremendous milestone! Version 2.0 is massive.It contains over 50 implementations and new features added, a completely revised UI, new graphics and visuals, new terrains, improvements on an already challenging AI, and a lot more!

To celebrate this important achievement, Campaign Series Middle East is on sale for a week! 50% discount from today to January 25th!

Waste no time and join the fight!

Read more...

Strategic Command WWII: War in Europe version 1.11 available!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Hi Everybody!

We have an important update to release today for our beloved wargame Strategic Command WWII: War in Europe.

Version 1.11 is a real milestone as it fixes many bugs reported by the community and it brings a huge amount of changes and improvements, making the whole gaming experience deeper than ever!

Read more...

Shenandoah Studio is back with March to Glory!

Monday, January 15, 2018

March to Glory is the new thrilling strategy game in development by Shenandoah Studio, the creators of gems like Battle of the Bulge and Gettysburg: The Tide Turns!

Read more...

Battlestar Galactica Deadlock - A new year is coming...

Friday, January 12, 2018

Battlestar Galactica Deadlock has been out for a few months now. Originally released on PC on August 31st, since then it has seen many free updates, a new DLC and a release on Xbox One and PS4 as well!

Read more...