Matrix Games News http://www.matrixgames.com/news/ Matrix Games Latest News List en-us Copyright (c) 2014, Matrix Games Ltd. All Rights Reserved. 20 AUG 2014 18:56 CMT 60 Matrix Games News 150 50 http://www.matrixgames.com/news/ http://www.matrixgames.com/images/logo.gif To End All Wars: Artillery News; <IMG SRC="http://www.matrixgames.com/images/3dbox/100x100/AG_tEaW_Materials_Box_3D_100.gif" align="left" ><p> To End All Wars, the most detailed World War 1 game to date, is coming out in less than a week! We are all extremely excited for this title and we know a lot of you are waiting for release. To ease the waiting a bit, we are releasing another batch of unit art, this time focusing on different types of field artillery.&nbsp;</p> <p> Field artillery played a huge role during the First World War and of course this will also be the case in To End All Wars. The game features a great deal of different types of artillery typical to the nations involved, including Heavy howitzers, light and fast horse artillery and everything in between. Even some heavy railroad guns will make an appearance in game. Make sure you will use the right kind of artillery at the right moment, because you will need some of the bigger guns to break through the enemy lines! &nbsp;</p> <p> Click <a href="http://bit.ly/1oRGUdH">here</a> for more information on To End All Wars.&nbsp;</p> <p> <a href="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/EAW/AG_tEAW_MKTG_Units_Artillery.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/EAW/AG_tEAW_MKTG_Units_Artillery.jpg" style="width: 650px; height: 266px;" /></a></p> http://www.matrixgames.com/news/1500/To.End.All.Wars:.Artillery. Thu, 20 Aug 2014 GMT Battle Academy 2: Eastern Front - End of Early Access News; <p> After months of intense testing and playing sessions by the Battle Academy 2 early adopters, we are happy to announce that the successful Early Access program is coming to an end, as we will be taking down the Early Access package from our stores next Monday. This will be your last chance to get the Early Access version of Battle Academy 2!</p> <p> It has been a great ride and we would like to thank all early access contributors who provided great ideas and useful feedback to make Battle Academy 2 the best game it can be. We truly could not have done it without your support. Most of all we hope you had a lot of fun doing so and will continue to enjoy the game post release.</p> <p> Of course the end of the Early Access phase does not mean we will stop working on the game. We will continue to support Battle Academy 2 and offer updates and patches where needed in order to improve your Battle Academy experience.</p> <p> Battle Academy 2 moves the action east &ndash; to the bloodied plains of Mother Russia. When a gritty new look, great new features, and random mission generation meet battle-proven gameplay you can be sure of a strategy classic! Experience the brutal campaign from both sides as you play across 4 campaigns &ndash; as partisan, Tiger, T-34 and dozens of other accurately modeled units. See how the harsh weather of the steppes changed the course of the war.</p> <p> Battle Academy 2: Eastern Front title almost ready to roll out will be released on September 12<sup>th. &nbsp;</sup>You can find more information on the game from the official <a href="http://bit.ly/1eNNZFV">product page</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p> <a href="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/BattleAcademy/SovietSteamRoller4.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/BattleAcademy/SovietSteamRoller4.jpg" style="width: 650px; height: 366px;" /></a></p> <p> <a href="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/BattleAcademy/StreetFighting2.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/BattleAcademy/StreetFighting2.jpg" style="width: 650px; height: 366px;" /></a></p> http://www.matrixgames.com/news/1499/Battle.Academy.2:.Eastern.Front.-.End.of.Early.Access. Thu, 20 Aug 2014 GMT Space Program Manager unveils its multiplayer modes News; <IMG SRC="http://www.matrixgames.com/images/3dbox/100x100/SPM-3DBox-100px.gif" align="left" ><p> <em>Space Program Manager unveils its multiplayer modes &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</em></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Last week the Early Access program for <em>Buzz Aldrin&rsquo;s Space Program Manager </em>closed its doors. The game is now on the launch pad and the countdown has started. The official launch is scheduled for <strong>October 31<sup>st</sup></strong> and engineers from Polar Motion are working hard to offer a safe and exotic flight to the players.</p> <p> Not only has the Early Access program helped the developers to fine-tune their game but also it contributed to exploring new possibilities. As a result the final version of <em>Buzz Aldrin&rsquo;s Space Program Manager </em>will benefit from a more ambitious scope than initially planned. Among the features regularly requested from the early adopters was a multiplayer mode. From the very beginning the game was developed to provide only solo space odysseys, and integrating an engaging multiplayer mode seemed to be very challenging. But the idea immediately caught on around the development team and Polar Motion is really excited to announce that both solo and multiplayer modes will be available at release!</p> <p> In the multiplayer mode - powered by our convenient and versatile PBEM++ technology -players will be able to relive the ruthless race for dominance in space between the US and the Soviet Union. They will have to choose their side and run a space agency with only one goal in mind: be the first to the Moon! Being notified when their competitor completes successfully their missions; they will feel the same pressure as Managing Directors did during the Cold War. Alternatively a Free Mode will be available to let the players make their own multiplayer space adventures.&nbsp;</p> <p> Get more information on <em>Buzz Aldrin&rsquo;s Space Program Manager </em>from its official <a href="http://bit.ly/1r87Bu5">product page</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/SPM/1.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/SPM/1.jpg" style="width: 650px; height: 364px;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/SPM/2.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/SPM/2.jpg" style="width: 650px; height: 366px;" /></a></p> http://www.matrixgames.com/news/1498/Space.Program.Manager.unveils.its.multiplayer.modes......... Wed, 19 Aug 2014 GMT Another update for Commander: The Great War! News; <IMG SRC="http://www.matrixgames.com/images/3dbox/100x100/SLIT_CTGW_Materials_Box_3D_100.gif" align="left" ><p> We are very pleased to announce, along with The Lordz Games Studio, the release of the 1.52 update for the iPad and PC versions of <em>Commander: The Great War</em>! This patch comes with loads of fixes and improvements for an enhanced gameplay experience.</p> <p> This time the focus was set on the AI and technical issues reported by the community. With this new boost the AI is likely to provide an even tougher challenge, so good luck commanders!</p> <p> Please find below the official changelog of the 1.52 update:</p> <p> <u>iPad version</u>:</p> <p> - Auto zoom-out on turn end<br /> - Move visible confirmation icons (on top of units)<br /> - Link to gameplay support forum<br /> - AI long loops reported fixed<br /> - AI crashes fixed</p> <p> <u>PC and Steam versions</u>:</p> <p> - Various AI crashes fixed including the AI crash caused by incorrect embarking and the long (to infinite) AI turn loops<br /> - Fixed a problem with loading game when custom unit name has &quot;,&quot; (comma)<br /> - Fixed Unmoved unit cycling with PageUp/PageDown keys<br /> - Introduced double click to confirm action or move to reduce accidental actions/moves<br /> - Rendering via Direct3D support<br /> - Fixed a bug in the Steam installer causing game not always starting<br /> - Fixed camera AI swinging bug by auto zoom-out on turn end<br /> - Added link to gameplay support forum</p> <p> Click <a href="http://bit.ly/1leIohU">here</a> to download the 1.52 patch. Steam and iOS will download the update automatically.</p> <p> Get more information on <em>Commander: The Great War</em> from its official <a href="http://bit.ly/XxaWsi">iPad</a> and <a href="http://bit.ly/1sRAtt2">PC</a> pages.</p> http://www.matrixgames.com/news/1497/Another.update.for.Commander:.The.Great.War! Wed, 19 Aug 2014 GMT Distant Worlds: Universe gets a new update News; <IMG SRC="http://www.matrixgames.com/images/3dbox/100x100/MG_DW_U_Materials_Box_3D_100.gif" align="left" ><p> The six major updates since release, including the newest 1.9.5.7 released last week, have included fixes for most of the issues reported since release (over 100 in total)! Additionally, more than 100 improvements to game balance, AI and user interface have been made, as well as some additional tutorial tweaks and the addition of an &quot;Introductory Game&quot; mode to get new players started more easily.&nbsp;</p> <p> The user interface improvements include significant adjustments to support larger font sizes on larger monitors and allow more of the interface to scale. In addition, game performance optimizations have nearly doubled performance since release.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Also included are several new modding features, which lift the limitations on race-specific technologies as well as improving modding in a few other areas. If you wish, each faction can have a much more detailed and fully unique tech tree now. The AI&#39;s research path can also now be specifically set to optimize each faction exactly the way you want.&nbsp;</p> <p> The AI in Universe has improved significantly with each update, both in fleet coordination, exploration, research strategy, ship design, construction and pre-warp strategy.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Finally, we&#39;ve included a host of fixes for pirate gameplay as well, if you prefer to seek your own fortune among the stars.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> You can download it using your update client or through our&nbsp;<a href="ftp://ftp.matrixgames.com/pub/DistantWorldsUniverse/DistantWorldsUniverse-Update1957.zip" target="_blank">FTP</a>. Please let us know if you have any issues updating. If you are a Steam user, t<span style="font-size: 12px;">his update will automatically install when you restart Steam, as long as you are on the non-beta branch.&nbsp;</span></p> <p> Click <a href="http://bit.ly/1gnqQLh">here</a> for more information on Distant Worlds: Universe.</p> <p> Click <a href="http://www.matrixgames.com/forums/tm.asp?m=3674870">here</a> for the patch details.&nbsp;</p> http://www.matrixgames.com/news/1496/Distant.Worlds:.Universe.gets.a.new.update Tue, 18 Aug 2014 GMT Deal of the Week: Eagle Day to Bombing the Reich News; <IMG SRC="http://www.matrixgames.com/images/3dbox/100x100/EDTBTR-3Dbox-100x100.gif" align="left" ><p> This week we present to you a wargaming classic that covers the Allied bombing campaigns of World War 2. <em>Gary Grigsby&rsquo;s Eagle Day to Bombing the Reich</em>&nbsp;is loved among fans for its detail and historical accuracy and now this excellent and unique strategy game is available for just $ 29,99! The sale will last for the entire week.&nbsp;</p> <p> <em>Gary Grigsby&rsquo;s Eagle Day to Bombing the Reich</em>&nbsp;is a detailed simulation of the Allied strategic bombing campaign against Germany in World War II. Combining both classic titles Battle of Britain and Twelve O&#39;clock High into a single game package, this in depth air war simulation includes all the appeal of the original two titles with a huge list of new features and improvements. Eagle Day to Bombing of the Reich comes packed with AI improvements, new aircraft types, units, and locations, a massive pilot database with over 18,000 pilots, and much more.&nbsp;Stop the&nbsp;<em>Eagle Day&nbsp;</em>directive in its tracks and spearhead the&nbsp;<em>Bombing the Reich</em>!</p> <p> Grab <em>Gary Grigsby&rsquo;s Eagle Day to Bombing the Reich</em>&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/1w0hlvf">here</a>.</p> http://www.matrixgames.com/news/1495/Deal.of.the.Week:.Eagle.Day.to.Bombing.the.Reich. Tue, 18 Aug 2014 GMT Advanced Tactics Gold is coming to Steam News; <IMG SRC="http://www.matrixgames.com/images/3dbox/100x100/ATGOLD-3dBox-100x100.gif" align="left" ><p> Often praised for the versatility of its engine and its incredible replayability potential, <em>Advanced Tactics Gold</em> is now writing another chapter of its successful story with a release on Steam. The game - currently displayed in the coming soon section of Steam &ndash; will be available there in a few hours! <em>Advanced Tactics: Gold</em> is a unique game that combines the deep gameplay experience of more traditional wargames, with an open setting, allowing you to recreate and simulate lots of different battles and engagements.</p> <p> Since its first release, the game has benefited from regular and in-depth support from the developers. Lots of patches helped to fine-tune the AI, rebalance the game and introduce brand new content. VR Designs are still working on polishing their masterpiece and they have just released the 2.20c update that fixes minor issues noticed by the community.<br /> <br /> And in a couple of hours, you will be able to grab <em>Advanced Tactics Gold</em> on the world&rsquo;s most popular digital platform. Those of you who already own the game will be able to register their key with us to get a free Steam key!<br /> <br /> <a href="http://bit.ly/1t603Z1">Click here</a> for the Steam product page.<br /> <br /> Already own <em>Advanced Tactics Gold</em>? Redeem your <a href="http://bit.ly/1lXs7Ys">free Steam key here</a>.</p> http://www.matrixgames.com/news/1494/Advanced.Tactics.Gold.is.coming.to.Steam Sat, 15 Aug 2014 GMT Matrix Games now speaks German! News; <p> As part of our continuing commitment to to take care of our local communities the site gets even more multilingual today thanks to the addition of the German language! Now gamers from Germany, Spain, Italy and France can browse our site comfortably in their native language!</p> <p> When visiting <a href="http://www.matrixgames.com/">www.matrixgames.com</a> just select the flag at the top of the screen to select your language. All game info and news are translated in the available languages and you can rely on our territory managers to keep the site up to date on a daily basis with the latest translations.<br /> <br /> Since this is your home too, we need your support on this. If we somehow missed translating some text or introduced a bug please let us know via our dedicated <a href="http://www.matrixgames.com/forums/tt.asp?forumid=1269">Site Feedback Forum</a>.</p> <p> Stay tuned for future exciting updates on the site!</p> http://www.matrixgames.com/news/1493/Matrix.Games.now.speaks.German! Fri, 14 Aug 2014 GMT A little bit of history with To End All Wars News; <IMG SRC="http://www.matrixgames.com/images/3dbox/100x100/AG_tEaW_Materials_Box_3D_100.gif" align="left" ><p> August 13, 2014 - One hundred years ago today Austro-Hungarian forces cross the River Drina and start their invasion of Serbia. General Oskar Potiorek, Commander of the Austrian forces in the Balkans expected a quick and easy victory, but unexpected resistance from Serbia led to the Battle of Cer that resulted into a serious defeat for the Austro-Hungarian Empire.</p> <p> Field Marshal Putnik, the battle hardened leader of Serbian forces, launched a counter-attack on August 15th giving the Austro-Hungarian&rsquo;s a bloody nose. Although both sides sustained heavy casualties, the Austro-Hungarian army, surprised by the tenacious resistance fell back in panic and disarray. General Potiorek was humiliated but it was only the first major encounter on this front and lots of famous battles followed.<br /> <br /> However Europe was not the only battlefield and at the same moment in Africa, the Entente was seizing the capital of Togoland from the German Empire. The war was spreading like wildfire!<br /> <br /> In <em>To End All Wars</em>, the latest wargame designed by <em>Ageod</em>, you will be able to refight the Great War and to manage the destiny of your alliance across the world. Trenches, aerial warfare, new technologies, and an original diplomatic system have been implemented to model the conflict with a high level of realism.</p> <p> <em>T</em><em>o End All Wars</em> will be available <strong>on August the 26th</strong>. The countdown has begun&hellip;</p> <p> Get more information on <em>To End All Wars</em> from <a href="http://bit.ly/1pNOpAy">its official product page</a>.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/EAW/austria_serbia_border.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/EAW/austria_serbia_border.jpg" style="width: 630px; height: 354px;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> Hungary&ndash;Serbia border - August 1914</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/EAW/AUS_Potiorek.png" style="width: 170px; height: 280px;" /> &nbsp; <img alt="" src="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/EAW/SER_Putnik.png" style="width: 170px; height: 280px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> Austrian General Potiorek (on the left) versus Serbian General Putnik (on the right)</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/EAW/african_map_early.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/EAW/african_map_early.jpg" style="width: 630px; height: 354px;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> War is spreading in Africa - August 1914</p> http://www.matrixgames.com/news/1492/A.little.bit.of.history.with.To.End.All.Wars Thu, 13 Aug 2014 GMT Battle Academy 2 gets a release date! News; <p> June 21, 1941 &ndash; The German army suddenly turns east and embarks on its ambitious Operation Barbarossa intended to put German troops to Moscow in a couple of weeks. This was the first move of a frightful 4-years conflict that involved millions of soldiers, tanks and weapons of all genres.</p> <p> In <em>Battle Academy 2</em>, you will have the possibility to join both sides and re-fight some of the key operations that made the east front legendary. Building on the qualities of its predecessor, the gameplay of <em>Battle Academy 2</em> will preserve both the accessibility and dynamism that built its reputation while enhancing it with brand new tactical tools and vast amounts of new content as well. There are 4 campaigns, a random map generator, multiplayer modes with cooperative and versus gameplay and a unique skirmish mode that allows to generate an infinite number of customized scenarios, you should prepare for long, tough journey on the Eastern Front!<br /> <br /> Today we have the pleasure to unveil the official release date of the game: <em>Battle Academy 2</em> will be available on both our sites and Steam on <strong>September 12th</strong>.</p> <p> The press has already begun previewing the game <em>&ldquo;a very playable and solidly entertaining game.&rdquo; (<a href="http://www.armchairgeneral.com/battle-academy-2-eastern-front-pc-game-preview.htm">Armchair General</a>), &ldquo;hats off to Slitherine, random terrain engines of this calibre are ludicrously rare in contemporary PC wargaming&rdquo; (<a href="http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2014/07/25/the-flare-path-attends-battle-academy-2/">Rock Paper Shotgun</a>)</em>, so watch out for more coverage and get ready for the release!<br /> <br /> Get more information on <em>Battle Academy 2</em> from <a href="http://bit.ly/1egrMf9">its official product page</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/BattleAcademy/BA2_screenshot_0812_01.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/BattleAcademy/BA2_screenshot_0812_01.jpg" style="width: 622px; height: 350px;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/BattleAcademy/BA2_screenshot_0812_02.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/BattleAcademy/BA2_screenshot_0812_02.jpg" style="width: 622px; height: 350px;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/BattleAcademy/BA2_screenshot_0812_03.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/BattleAcademy/BA2_screenshot_0812_03.jpg" style="width: 622px; height: 350px;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/BattleAcademy/BA2_screenshot_0812_04.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/BattleAcademy/BA2_screenshot_0812_04.jpg" style="width: 622px; height: 350px;" /></a></p> http://www.matrixgames.com/news/1491/Battle.Academy.2.gets.a.release.date! Wed, 12 Aug 2014 GMT Reinforcements on the Frontline! News; <IMG SRC="http://www.matrixgames.com/images/3dbox/100x100/SLIT_FRTtM_PC_Materials_Box_3D_100.gif" align="left" ><p> It&rsquo;s not a secret that<em> Frontline: Road to Moscow</em> was a huge success on iPad and iPhone. Thanks to the support of our mobile community and very positive reviews from journalists, the game reached the top of the charts in May. As we never forget our PC community, we immediately decided to adapt the game to this platform. Today we are delighted to announce you that <em>Frontline: Road to Moscow</em> is available on PC on both our site and Steam!</p> <p> In the PC version of the game you will find all of the elements that made the iOS version so popular. 30 breathtaking scenarios based on historical battles, a wide variety of tactical situations ranging from capturing an armored convoy to recovering important documents, a large array of units with possibilities of customization and specific upgrades, and an eye-catching art direction all come together to deliver an epic journey on the Eastern Front! Obviously this version has been enhanced to suit the specificities of this new platform; therefore the controls are perfectly adjusted to the mouse/keyboard combo and you can select graphic settings adapted to their computer.<br /> <br /> Thanks to a smooth learning curve, a straightforward gameplay, and a very affordable price of <strong>$9.99</strong>, <em>Frontline: Road to Moscow</em> is the perfect entry point to the wargaming world. You will be glad to note that <strong>for the launch week we also offer a great discount of 20%.</strong> Reaching the gates of the Soviet capital has never been so cheap!<br /> <br /> Get more information on <em>Frontline: Road to Moscow</em> from <a href="http://bit.ly/1kNUuhR">its official product page</a>.</p> <p> Please <a href="http://bit.ly/1oLasZi">click here</a> to get the game from Steam.</p> http://www.matrixgames.com/news/1489/Reinforcements.on.the.Frontline! Sat, 8 Aug 2014 GMT New shipping cost for European territories! News; <p> Today we are pleased to announce you that our German warehouse has officially opened its doors! As a result our European fans are now able to benefit from serious price cuts for the delivery fees! It&rsquo;s another key move in our strategy to support our community and the boxed edition of our games.</p> <p> In practical terms if you are located in Europe and order a boxed edition of a game on our store, your delivery fees <strong>will go from $ 7.50 to $ 3.35!</strong><br /> <br /> For <em>World in Flames</em> specifically that comes with three hardbound full color reference volumes and optionally with the terrific Map Pack, shipping cost for European customers will go from $ 42 to $ 22.80 and to $ 9.40 for German players.<br /> <br /> Obviously the shipment costs for the US territory are not impacted and stay as they are.</p> http://www.matrixgames.com/news/1488/New.shipping.cost.for.European.territories! Thu, 6 Aug 2014 GMT To End All Wars: Light Cavalry News; <IMG SRC="http://www.matrixgames.com/images/3dbox/100x100/AG_tEaW_Materials_Box_3D_100.gif" align="left" ><p> The countdown has begun and <em>To End All Wars</em> is in the final stretch of development. In exactly 20 days you will be able to get your hands on the new Ageod game about World War I! The game will feature over 1100 different units with their own specificities and abilities. Today we want to spotlight a famous and dynamic type of unit: the light cavalry.</p> <p> Thanks to your hussars you may flank the enemy and set up some hit-and-run tactics to disrupt him. In a war that has remained notorious for its trenches, having some mobile units could prove to be very useful!<br /> <br /> <a href="http://bit.ly/1oRGUdH">Click here</a> for more information on <em>To End All Wars</em>.</p> <p> <br /> <a href="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/EAW/Units_LitCavalry.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/EAW/Units_LitCavalry.jpg" style="width: 656px; height: 269px;" /></a></p> http://www.matrixgames.com/news/1487/To.End.All.Wars:.Light.Cavalry Thu, 6 Aug 2014 GMT A major update for Flashpoint Campaigns: Red Storm News; <IMG SRC="http://www.matrixgames.com/images/3dbox/100x100/FC-RS-3DBox-100px.gif" align="left" ><p> For the last two months the <em>On Target Simulations</em> team has been hard at work to polish the PC Game of the Year 2013 (awarded by The Wargamer) -&nbsp; <em>Flashpoint Campaigns: Red Storm</em>. The developers have been focused on the community feedback, and the 2.04 patch introduces a lot of improvements that the players have been requesting since the original release of the game.</p> <p> New features, tons of fixes, UI improvements and enhanced game functions come together to make the game play even better. As of now you will get more feedback on events, more flexibility with custom maps and markers, and even get open access to the game&rsquo;s awesome scenarios so you can adapt them to your own taste!<br /> <br /> The list of improvements is so long that <em>On Target Simulations</em> wrote a comprehensive <strong>&ldquo;What&rsquo;s new&rdquo;</strong> document that <a href="http://bit.ly/1uitGGx">you can read here</a>. They do not forget the newcomers either, so the new armchair generals can get access to the revised version of the <strong>&ldquo;Quick Start &amp; Tutorial Guide&rdquo;</strong> <a href="http://bit.ly/UYyQLf">by clicking here</a>.</p> <p> <br /> Here you can see some of the major changes brought by 2.04:</p> <ul> <li> Movement Orders End State Setting: Once you finish issuing a movement order you can select the end state order of the move among four choices: Hold, Screen, On Call and Resupply</li> <li> Dismount Dialog: If the unit is carrying infantry or scouts you will have the option to have them dismount and move to the final objective on foot with the transports supporting the move. The unit will adopt the order state given in the new Orders on Arrival dialog</li> <li> Waypoints/Waypoint Editor: there is an option to inspect group waypoints and also set delays to coordinate arrivals better.</li> </ul> <p> <strong><a href="http://bit.ly/1s9DjWs">Click here</a> to download the 2.04 patch.</strong></p> <p> Get more information on <em>Flashpoint Campaigns: Red Storm</em> <a href="http://bit.ly/1oxgRXO">from its official product page</a>.</p> http://www.matrixgames.com/news/1486/A.major.update.for.Flashpoint.Campaigns:.Red.Storm Wed, 5 Aug 2014 GMT Sign up for the Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon beta! News; <IMG SRC="http://www.matrixgames.com/images/3dbox/100x100/SLIT_W40KA_Materials_Box_3D_100.gif" align="left" ><p> Today we are overjoyed to share with you that<em> Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon</em>, one of the most anticipated turn-based strategy games of the year, is getting ready for release! This detailed multiplatform wargame is now ready to enter the PC beta phase and we invite you to help us test it! By signing up for the beta, you will have a chance to be selected to be one of the lucky few, who will be able experience<em> Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon</em> before release and help us with the final touches, ensuring a smooth release later this year.</p> <p> <em>Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon</em> is set during the Second War for Armageddon. In this hex-based, turn-based game developed by Flashback Games and The Lordz Games Studio, you will lead the Imperial forces of the Armageddon Steel Legion and Space Marines from a variety of Chapters against the Ork invasion through over 30 scenarios, on the hostile terrain of the planet and its gigantic Hive Cities. The game features a complex plot, involving known characters from the Warhammer 40,000 universe and while advancing through the campaign, you will have the ability to carryover his core force from scenario to scenario.<br /> <br /> <strong>You can sign up for the beta <a href="http://bit.ly/1fHcTZG">by clicking here</a>.</strong><br /> <br /> Get more information on <em>Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon</em> <a href="http://bit.ly/1o6mYUc">from its official product page</a>.</p> http://www.matrixgames.com/news/1485/Sign.up.for.the.Warhammer.40,000:.Armageddon.beta! Tue, 4 Aug 2014 GMT To End All Wars: Mountain Infantry News; <IMG SRC="http://www.matrixgames.com/images/3dbox/100x100/AG_tEaW_Materials_Box_3D_100.gif" align="left" ><p> To End All Wars will feature over 1100 different units, each with their own stats and abilities, infantry, vehicles, airplanes, airships, artillery etc. Many of these units are highly specialized and have to be used with great care in order to get the most out of them.&nbsp;</p> <p> An example we would like to highlight here today is that of the Mountain Infantry, specialized units that are trained to operate at difficult terrain. These professional troops often have a high level of discipline and are able to outclass regular troops in mountainous regions.&nbsp;</p> <p> <a href="http://bit.ly/1oRGUdH">To End All Wars</a> is currently in beta and is due to released on the 26<sup>th</sup> of August. &nbsp;</p> <p> <a href="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/EAW/eaw_MountainUnits.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/EAW/eaw_MountainUnits.jpg" style="width: 650px; height: 355px;" /></a></p> http://www.matrixgames.com/news/1483/To.End.All.Wars:.Mountain.Infantry Thu, 30 Jul 2014 GMT Pandora: Eclipse of Nashira Announced! News; <IMG SRC="http://www.matrixgames.com/images/3dbox/100x100/MATRIX-3Dbox-100x100.gif" align="left" ><p> Praised for the quality of its AI, its unique and lively world, and its neat mechanics and streamlined UI, <em>Pandora: First Contact</em> had lot to offer to 4X fans at its release, late 2013. Thanks to patches and a free expansion, the game has become even deeper and more entertaining. Now Proxy-Studios wants to transform Pandora into a darker and secret battlefield; a place where espionage and diplomacy can prevail!</p> <p> With Eclipse of Nashira, new dangers and opportunities enter the world of Pandora. A new faction shows its face, talking of peace and friendship while their spies operate behind enemy lines. Nothing is what it seems anymore, as agents conduct covert warfare of espionage and sabotage, inciting revolts and stealing technologies. At the same time, another alien species native to the planet has appeared, lurking in the shadows. In order to overcome this new alien menace, the different factions start to expand beyond the planet&#39;s landmass to generate more resources, opening up a new frontier.<br /> <br /> As the World of Pandora is about to plummet into chaos by warfare, espionage and hostile alien species, it is up to you to lead your people and become the ruler of this promised world.</p> <p> Enjoy the sun while it shines, because this long eclipse is scheduled for later this year!</p> <p> Get more information on Pandora: Eclipse of Nashira from its official <a href="http://bit.ly/1kkQ6GH">product page</a>.</p> http://www.matrixgames.com/news/1482/Pandora:.Eclipse.of.Nashira.Announced!. Wed, 29 Jul 2014 GMT New Fronts are opening up for Commander: The Great War News; <IMG SRC="http://www.matrixgames.com/images/3dbox/100x100/SLIT_CTGW_iPad_Materials_Box_2D_100.gif" align="left" ><p> New Fronts are opening up for Commander: The Great War!</p> <p> Acclaimed by the press and rewarded by the community with the Digital Strategic Game of the Year 2012 title attributed by the Grogheads readers, <em>Commander: the Great War</em> is reduced in price, and is finally reaching new platforms with its releases on both the iPad App Store and Steam today.</p> <p> In the iPad version of the game you will find all the elements that contributed to the success of the PC version, giving you a unique wargaming experience on your tablet. Creating such a complex wargame on a tablet device was a huge challenge and <em>The Lordz Games Studio</em> has been optimizing this gem for months so as not to sacrifice any feature from the game on PC. The huge campaign map, 5 grand campaigns, unit customization, research and technology panels, realistic combat model, cross platform multiplayer and gameplay adapted to the touchscreen platform turns <em>Commander: The Great War</em> into the deepest World War I simulation on iPad.</p> <p> And we should not forget our PC community! We are glad to announce that the game is releasing on Steam as well (later today). Faithful to our habits, we are also going to offer a free Steam key to anyone who has a copy of the PC game, wherever they bought it from, once the game is available on this digital platform!All they have to do is register their serial <a href="http://bit.ly/1lXs7Ys">here</a>and they will be able to redeem a free key to add the game to their Steam library!</p> <p> Developed by The Lordz Games Studio, Commander The Great War is a turn-based strategy game that captures this time of war with unprecedented realism and accuracy. A huge-hex based campaign map that stretches from the USA in the west, Africa and Arabia to the south, Scandinavia to the north and the Urals to the east, is the setting for 5 grand campaigns, each starting in a different year of the war.</p> <p> Click <a href="http://bit.ly/1rEWOtf">here</a> to get <em>Commander: The Great War</em> on iPad.</p> <p> Click <a href="http://bit.ly/1r0QCbl">here</a> for the official Steam product page.&nbsp;</p> http://www.matrixgames.com/news/1480/New.Fronts.are.opening.up.for.Commander:.The.Great.War Sat, 25 Jul 2014 GMT Characters of World War 1 News; <IMG SRC="http://www.matrixgames.com/images/3dbox/100x100/AG_tEaW_Materials_Box_3D_100.gif" align="left" ><p> Last week we introduced you to some of the Entente generals featured in the upcoming To End All Wars. This week, we follow up by introducing you to some of their rivals from the Central Powers and colorful characters. We already told you that the game will feature over 850 historical generals, but of course To End All Wars will feature much more characters, such as politicians and spies, as well as a huge number of historical events and national and regional decisions, all to immerse the player as much as possible into this dramatic era. &nbsp;</p> <p> Click <a href="http://bit.ly/1oRGUdH">here</a>&nbsp;for more information on To End All Wars. &nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/EAW/eaw_generals2.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/EAW/eaw_generals2.jpg" style="width: 650px; height: 266px;" /></a></p> http://www.matrixgames.com/news/1479/Characters.of.World.War.1 Thu, 23 Jul 2014 GMT Sign of for the Pike and Shot Beta! News; <IMG SRC="http://www.matrixgames.com/images/3dbox/100x100/MATRIX-3Dbox-100x100.gif" align="left" ><p> It was at our annual Home of Wargamers event earlier this year that we surprised press and public alike with the announcement of Pike and Shot, a brand new game developed by &nbsp;Byzantine Games and The Lordz Games Studio, set during the 30<sup>th</sup> Years War. With the game releasing later this year, the time has come to invite all those who are willing and able, to sign up for the beta test of this unique strategy game! By signing up for the beta, you will have a chance to experience the game before release and to help us eradicate those pesky bugs and balancing issues.&nbsp;</p> <p> In the age of Pike and Shot, mighty struggles erupted across Europe for causes religious, political or dynastic. The Thirty Years War raged across Germany and beyond, leaving devastation in its wake, but saw the rise of great commanders such as Count Tilly, Wallenstein and King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, and rapid developments in battlefield tactics. &nbsp;Musketeers &ldquo;gave fire&rdquo; in a duel to the death, pikeman held stolidly against enemy assaults, and cavalry charged to glory or defeat. You can take command in the greatest historical battles of the war, fight stand-alone &ldquo;what-if&rdquo; scenarios, or design your own scenarios using the easy to use editor.</p> <p> Click <a href="http://bit.ly/1fHcTZG">here</a> to sign up.</p> <p> Click <a href="http://bit.ly/Usfq0V">here</a> to learn more about Pike and Shot.</p> http://www.matrixgames.com/news/1478/Sign.of.for.the.Pike.and.Shot.Beta! Thu, 23 Jul 2014 GMT