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 OCT 2014 12:20 CMT 60 Matrix Games News 150 50 http://www.matrixgames.com/news/ http://www.matrixgames.com/images/logo.gif A new update for Piercing Fortress Europa News; <IMG SRC="http://www.matrixgames.com/images/3dbox/100x100/PFE-3DBox-100px.gif" align="left" ><p> As part of our ongoing commitment to the <em>Piercing Fortress Europa </em>community, a new update for&nbsp;the latest logistic gem designed by Frank Hunter is available and it will make your wargaming experience even better!</p> <p> The v.1.04 fixes several issues reported by the community and introduces features to make the game even more user-friendly. For instance the strategic map can now be switched from one side of the screen to the other!</p> <p> To get the full changelog of the v1.04 update, read it on the <a href="http://www.matrixgames.com/forums/tm.asp?m=3709061">Matrix Games forums.</a></p> <p> To download the update, you can run &ldquo;Check for Update&rdquo; via the game menu or take it directly <a href="http://bit.ly/1FqUhIf">via this link</a>.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0px;"> Get more information on <em>Piercing Fortress Europa </em>from its <a href="http://bit.ly/1lpSfk6">official product page</a>.</p> http://www.matrixgames.com/news/1538/A.new.update.for.Piercing.Fortress.Europa Tue, 20 Oct 2014 GMT New screenshots for War in the West! News; <IMG SRC="http://www.matrixgames.com/images/3dbox/100x100/MATRIX-3Dbox-100x100.gif" align="left" ><p> Confirmed for a release early December, <em>Gary Grigsby&rsquo;s War in the West </em>now gets illustrated with a complete batch of HD screenshots! Thanks to these images, you can have a clear vision of the Theaters of Operations where you will lead your troops: Sicily, Bulge, Arnhem&hellip; all of the famous places of the Western Front will be featured in the game! But only commanders that pay attention to the details like the weather conditions, the logistic network, and air superiority will be able to build plans to deliver success.</p> <p> <em>Gary Grigsby&rsquo;s War in the West 1943-45</em> is the most ambitious and detailed computer wargame on the Western Front of World War II ever made.&nbsp; Starting with the Summer 1943 invasions of Sicily and Italy and proceeding through the invasions of France and the drive into Germany, War in the West brings you all the Allied campaigns in Western Europe and the capability to re-fight the Western Front according to your plan.</p> <p> <br /> <a href="http://bit.ly/1wheFqR">Click here</a> to get more information about the game.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/witw/WitW-Arnhem.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/witw/WitW-Arnhem.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 318px;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Arnhem</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/witw/WitW - Air Planning.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/witw/WitW - Air Planning.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 319px;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Italy - Air Planning</strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <a href="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/witw/WitW - Weather Map.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/witw/WitW - Weather Map.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 319px;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Weather Conditions - November 1944</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/witw/WitW - Bulge.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/witw/WitW - Bulge.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 319px;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Battle of the Bulge</strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <a href="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/witw/WitW-Air Detail.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/witw/WitW-Air Detail.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 319px;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Air Detail</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/witw/WitW - Unit Detail Screen.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/witw/WitW - Unit Detail Screen.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 318px;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Unit Detail Screen</strong></p> http://www.matrixgames.com/news/1537/New.screenshots.for.War.in.the.West! Sat, 17 Oct 2014 GMT Pike & Shot is now available! News; <IMG SRC="http://www.matrixgames.com/images/3dbox/100x100/SLIT_PaS_Materials_Box_3D_100.gif" align="left" ><p> &quot;<em>Not only strike while the iron is hot, but make it hot by striking.</em>&rdquo; (Oliver Cromwell &ndash; English military and political leader)<br /> <br /> In the age of Pike and Shot, mighty struggles erupted across Europe for religious, political or dynastic causes. The greatest powers of that period were regularly involved in conflicts and struggles to increase their dominance over the continent. Some countries have also to deal with inner tensions and are torn apart between factions. War is in the air. But war has changed. Due to the development of new technologies, traditional medieval tactics have been substituted with a totally different approach to effectively utilise the new formations and weapons.</p> <p> In these troubled times musketeers &ldquo;gave fire&rdquo; in a duel to the death, pikemen held stolidly against enemy assaults, and cavalry charged to glory or defeat. You can march in the footsteps of the great leaders of The Thirty Years War, Italian Wars and the English Civil War and refight some of the greatest battles of the Renaissance. With its 30 full-sized historical battles, its random map and scenario generator, its easy-to-use PBEM++ multiplayer system and its gameplay simulating accurately the tactics of the period, <em>Pike &amp; Shot </em>will thrill any history buff and fans of tactical challenges!<br /> <br /> <em>Pike &amp; Shot </em>features 30 historical scenarios that cover the main battles of three of the most important conflicts of the 16th and 17th centuries:</p> <ul> <li> The Thirty Years&rsquo; War (1616-1648)<br /> Pilgram-Lomnitz, 1618; White Mountain, 1620; Wimpfen, 1622; Lutter, 1626; First Breitenfeld, 1631; Lutzen, 1632; First Nordlingen, 1634; Wittstock, 1636; Second Breitenfeld, 1642; Roccoi, 1643</li> </ul> <ul> <li> The English Civil War (1642-1651)<br /> Stratton, 1643; Adwalton Moor, 1643; Edgehill, 1642; Storming of Bristol, 1643; Nantwich, 1644; Cheriton, 1644; Marston Moor, 1644; Lostwithiel, 1644; Second Newbury, 1644; Naseby, 1645</li> </ul> <ul> <li> The Great Italian Wars (1494-1559)<br /> Seminara, 1495; Fornova, 1495; Ravenna, 1512; Novarra, 1513; Marignano, 1515; Bicocca, 1522; Pavia, 1525; Ceresole, 1544; St. Quentin, 1557; Gravelines, 1558.</li> </ul> <p> <strong>Today we have the pleasure to announce that the game is finally released and available on our store!&nbsp; In order to celebrate this important milestone, we are offering a $10 discount to the early adopters during the week of the launch! </strong></p> <p> We are also going to offer a free Steam key to anyone who bought a copy of the game from the Matrix Games or Slitherine store, once the game is available on this digital platform!<br /> <br /> Get more information on <em>Pike &amp; Shot</em> <a href="http://bit.ly/1sXb0yU">from its official product page</a> and <a href="http://bit.ly/1vhPAvZ">its live presentation</a> on the official Slitherine Group Twitch channel.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/PS/pike_shot_screenshot_01.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/PS/pike_shot_screenshot_01.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 338px;" /></a><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Newbury Speen</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/PS/pike_shot_screenshot_02.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/PS/pike_shot_screenshot_02.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 338px;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>St Quentin</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/PS/pike_shot_screenshot_03.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/PS/pike_shot_screenshot_03.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 338px;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Wimpfen</strong></p> http://www.matrixgames.com/news/1536/Pike.&.Shot.is.now.available! Fri, 16 Oct 2014 GMT Server Maintenance News; <p> We are going to perform the server maintenance today; Wednesday, Oct 15 at 4 pm EST. The Matrix website and forum, the Ageod homepage and the Lobby system will be offline for the duration of the maintenance. The overall operation should last around 30 minutes.</p> <p> Sorry for the inconvenience.</p> http://www.matrixgames.com/news/1535/Server.Maintenance.. Thu, 15 Oct 2014 GMT Battle Academy 2 gets updated! News; <IMG SRC="http://www.matrixgames.com/images/3dbox/100x100/SLIT_BA2_Materials_Box_3D_100.gif" align="left" ><p> Presented as &ldquo;<em>one of the most entertaining tactical-level wargames on the market today</em>&rdquo; by the <a href="http://bit.ly/1yy9Qfs">Digitally Downloaded team</a>, Battle Academy 2: Eastern Front is getting even better with its first official patch! Switching to version 1.01, the game gets rid off minor bugs for a smoother solo and multiplayer experience.</p> <p> Thanks to the crucial community feedback during the Early Access period, <em>Battle Academy 2</em> benefited from a very stable and polished version at release. However, some minor issues have been reported since then so the developers quickly prepared an update to fix these problems.<br /> <br /> <u> Here is the list of the key changes introduced by the 1.01 patch</u>:</p> <ul> <li> Fixes for mission and achievement logic</li> <li> Missing texture bugs fixed</li> <li> Additional scripting and other features</li> <li> Other bug fixes and performance improvements</li> </ul> <p> <a href="http://bit.ly/11iMVXB">Download the patch here</a>. The Steam version of the game will be updated automatically when you restart your Steam client.</p> http://www.matrixgames.com/news/1534/Battle.Academy.2.gets.updated! Wed, 14 Oct 2014 GMT Deal of the Week: Advanced Tactics Gold News; <IMG SRC="http://www.matrixgames.com/images/3dbox/100x100/ATGOLD-3dBox-100x100.gif" align="left" ><p> Happy Monday everyone! This week we start off by offering you a great deal on Advanced Tactics Gold, the strategy title by VR Designs that offers an unparalleled amount of content and replayability. &nbsp;Advanced Tactics Gold lets you generate missions on the fly, allowing you to test your military skills in all kinds of challenges! For the entire week, we are giving you a 30% discount on this engaging wargaming classic!&nbsp;</p> <p> Based on the award winning game engine by the same name, Advanced Tactics: Gold offers a unique and infinitely replayable wargaming experience for any strategy fan. Building off of the enormous success of Advanced Tactics: World War II, the Gold edition gives players a more powerful game editor, much improved random game engine, many new features and abilities, and more. Advanced Tactics: Gold also comes with an updated manual and ever-changing and expanding wiki, a freshly revamped scenario bank, new graphics throughout the game, more troop types, as well as some new scenarios.</p> <p> Click <a href="http://bit.ly/1z3vbOZ">here</a> for the product page.</p> http://www.matrixgames.com/news/1533/Deal.of.the.Week:.Advanced.Tactics.Gold. Tue, 13 Oct 2014 GMT Ask Buzz Aldrin! News; <IMG SRC="http://www.matrixgames.com/images/3dbox/100x100/SPM-3DBox-100px.gif" align="left" ><p> <em>Buzz Aldrin&rsquo;s Space Program Manager</em> is releasing very soon and we came up with a great idea! As you all know, <em>Space Program Manager</em> is being developed in direct cooperation with the great man himself. As an astronaut, pilot and engineer, his experiences, practical knowledge and insights have been of terrific help in making a realistic and believable gaming experience.&nbsp; <strong>Now we give you the opportunity to ask your questions to the man himself! </strong></p> <p> You can submit your questions <a href="http://bit.ly/1oXczpZ">here</a> and a selection of your best questions will be answered by Buzz Aldrin and will be featured the game&rsquo;s manual! All contributors will of course be credited for their input. This is your chance to get you questions answered by one of the legends of our time!<br /> <br /> <em>Buzz Aldrin&#39;s Space Program Manager (SPM) Road to the Moon</em> is the ultimate game of space exploration. It is the mid 1950s and the race for dominance between the US and the Soviet Union is about to move into a new dimension: space. Take charge of the US or Soviet space agencies - your duty is be the first to the moon. Carefully manage your budget by opening programs, spending R&amp;D funds on improving the hardware, recruiting personnel and astronauts and launching space missions in this realistic turn based strategy game.<br /> <br /> <strong>You can submit your questions <a href="http://bit.ly/1oXczpZ">here</a> (Steam account required)</strong></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong><img alt="" src="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/SPM/Buzz_Aldrin.jpg" style="width: 279px; height: 396px;" /></strong></p> http://www.matrixgames.com/news/1532/Ask.Buzz.Aldrin! Sat, 10 Oct 2014 GMT Pike & Shot gets Release Date and Twitch Session! News; <IMG SRC="http://www.matrixgames.com/images/3dbox/100x100/SLIT_PaS_Materials_Box_3D_100.gif" align="left" ><p> Today we are happy to share with you that Pike &amp; Shot, our upcoming turn-based strategy game focused on the Italian Wars, the Thirty Years War and the English Civil War, will be released on the 17<sup>th</sup> of October! In order to celebrate this joyous news, we will be playing Pike &amp; Shot live on Twitch TV for you to watch.&nbsp;</p> <p> Tomorrow at 20:00 CEST (14:00 EDT)we will be broadcasting a gaming session on Twitch TV displaying Pike &amp; Shot. This will be the first time we will be playing a game live for you to see and we hope you will all be able to join us! During the stream we will be playing the game live, so you can all directly see how the game is played and how it feels.</p> <p> For those of you with a Twitch account, the stream chat can be used to discuss the game amongst each other, or to directly ask us questions or provide feedback.</p> <p> After the stream is over, we will make the video on demand available to you as well, so you will be able see the action even if you missed the live event.</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 rapid developments in battlefield tactics. 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> The Stream will start tomorrow at 20:00 CEST (14:00 EDT)and can be found <a href="http://bit.ly/RqB5FT">here</a>.</p> <p> Click <a href="http://bit.ly/Usfq0V">here</a> to learn more about Pike &amp; Shot.</p> http://www.matrixgames.com/news/1531/Pike.&.Shot.gets.Release.Date.and.Twitch.Session! Wed, 7 Oct 2014 GMT Deal of the Week Espana 1936 News; <IMG SRC="http://www.matrixgames.com/images/3dbox/100x100/E1936-3DBox-100px.gif" align="left" ><p> This week we take the action to Spain, with Espa&ntilde;a1936! The game covers a period rarely seen in computer games, the Spanish Civil War, and has rich historical detail and historical accuracy. It is the first computer strategy game covering the entire Spanish Civil War. You will face the real dilemmas and challenges of the Republicans or Nationalists during the war. For the duration of the week, you will be able to get your hands on this game for just $ 19,99!&nbsp;</p> <p> Using the powerful AGE engine,&nbsp;Espa&ntilde;a: 1936 covers the complete Spanish Civil War from 1936-1939. The game features more than 200 regions, complete with cities, roads, weapons factories, weather types, factions and subfactions of the time of the war. The game includes a grand campaign plus the Fall of the North, a host of historical leaders, units and events. Espa&ntilde;a: 1936&nbsp;is a must-have for any grand strategy fan.</p> <p> Click here for the <a href="http://bit.ly/1vFAWwb">product page</a>.&nbsp;</p> http://www.matrixgames.com/news/1530/Deal.of.the.Week.Espana.1936 Tue, 6 Oct 2014 GMT War in the West coming in December! News; <IMG SRC="http://www.matrixgames.com/images/3dbox/100x100/MATRIX-3Dbox-100x100.gif" align="left" ><p> <em>&ldquo;No amphibious attack in history has approached this one in size. Along miles of coastline there were hundreds of vessels and small boats afloat and ant-like files of advancing troops ashore&rdquo; </em>(Dwight D. Eisenhower &ndash; Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe)</p> <p> July 1943 &ndash; The German war machine is jammed. On the Eastern Front the Soviets are progressing relentlessly, and Rommel had to retreat and finally leave North Africa. But to make the Axis capitulate, the Allied forces have to turn up the heat on the Western Front. Even if the German army has been weakened after 4 years of ruthless combat, its soldiers are battle-hardened veterans and its commanders are building almost impenetrable defensive lines in Italy. The time for launching massive seaborne and airborne operations has come; the Western Front is re-opened!</p> <p> <em>Gary Grigsby&rsquo;s War in the West</em><em>1943-45</em> is the most ambitious and detailed computer wargame on the Western Front of World War II ever made.&nbsp; Starting with the Summer 1943 invasions of Sicily and Italy and proceeding through the invasions of France and the drive into Germany, <em>War in the West </em>brings you all the Allied campaigns in Western Europe and the capability to re-fight the Western Front according to your own plans.</p> <p> The game features 3 main campaigns and 7 smaller scenarios for a comprehensive coverage of the combats in Western Europe between July 1943 and mid 1945:</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1943 Campaign - 109 turns</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1944 Campaign (May Start) &ndash; 64 turns</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1944 Campaign (D-Day Start) &ndash; 62 turns</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Air Campaign &ndash; 4 turns</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Operation Husky &ndash; 7 turns</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Salerno to Rome 43-44 (starting with Operation Avalanche)&ndash; 42 turns/multiplayer only</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Battleground Italy &ndash; 95 turns</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Breakout and Pursuit (starting with Operation Cobra) &ndash; 11 turns</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Westwall (starting with Operation Market Garden) &ndash; 12 turns</p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Bulge to the Rhine (starting with The Battle of the Bulge) &ndash;12 turns</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Based on the <em>War in the East</em> engine, that the Gary Grigsby&rsquo;s team has been polishing and improving for years, <em>War in the West</em> will blow the minds of fans of historical simulations with its incredible level of detail and realism.</p> <p> Today we have the pleasure to unveil that <strong>the game will be released in early December 2014</strong>! So watch out for more details and get ready for the release!</p> <p> Get more information on <em>Gary Grigsby&#39;s War West</em>from the official <a href="http://bit.ly/1oGSynG"><strong>product page</strong></a><strong>.</strong></p> http://www.matrixgames.com/news/1529/War.in.the.West.coming.in.December! Sat, 3 Oct 2014 GMT Space Program Manager will be launching on Steam News; <IMG SRC="http://www.matrixgames.com/images/3dbox/100x100/SPM-3DBox-100px.gif" align="left" ><p> <em>Buzz Aldrin&rsquo;s Space Program Manager</em>is almost ready for take-off. Following the successful Early-Access Program, we have made further changes and improvements to the game. We are all really excited to see the everything coming together in this unique game as the finishing touches are made before the release later this month.&nbsp;</p> <p> We are also happy to announce that the game will also be coming to Steam. As of today, the <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/308270">Steam page</a>&nbsp;for <em>Buzz Aldrin&rsquo;s Space Program Manager</em> is live and we will provide a Steam key to anyone who already bought the game in Early-Access. All they have to do is register their serial <a href="http://bit.ly/1lXs7Ys">here</a>. As always, using Steam is optional, as we will also be selling and supporting the non-Steam version of <em>Space Program Manager</em>.</p> <p> Those of you who wish to see <em>Space Program Manager</em> in action can take a look at the impressive youtube playlist by <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjU9FjRvmGA&amp;list=PLERnbCD3VSGXY_w0uB0CQVMrYGdcNDNkW">Sebbi</a>, who has become very experienced with the game and is able to show you different strategies for managing your flights and missions.</p> <p> <em>Buzz Aldrin&#39;s Space Program Manager</em> (SPM) Road to the Moon is the ultimate game of space exploration. It is the mid 1950s and the race for dominance between the US and the Soviet Union is about to move into a new dimension: space. Take charge of the US or Soviet space agencies - your duty is be the first to the moon. Carefully manage your budget by opening programs, spending R&amp;D funds on improving the hardware, recruiting personnel and astronauts and launching space missions in this realistic turn based strategy game.</p> <p> <em>Buzz Aldrin&rsquo;s Space Program Manager&nbsp;</em>is developed by Polar Motion and will be released on the 31<sup>st</sup> of October.</p> <p> Click here for the <a href="http://bit.ly/1r87Bu5">product page</a>.&nbsp;</p> http://www.matrixgames.com/news/1528/Space.Program.Manager.will.be.launching.on.Steam Fri, 2 Oct 2014 GMT Come and see us during the Spieltagen in Essen! News; <p> As October is upon us again, the time for the Internationale Spieltagen (or SPIEL for short)in Essen is approaching! Just as the previous years, the Slitherine Group has rented a booth and will be present at this event. This year, SPIEL will be held from October 16 until the 19<sup>th</sup> and during these days you will be able to find us in hall 1, <strong>booth C-143</strong>. We are really looking forward to the event and to be able to meet some of the community. Of course we will also have a lot of games for you to see, play and buy!</p> <p> SPIEL in Essen means: Four days of fun, meeting friends, playing and testing thousands of games and novelties together with gamers from all over the world. Make up your own mind about the quality of the international gaming market and feel free to buy your favourite ones!</p> <p> Get ticket prices and other information from the <a href="http://www.merz-verlag-en.com/index.html">official website</a>.&nbsp;</p> http://www.matrixgames.com/news/1527/Come.and.see.us.during.the.Spieltagen.in.Essen! Thu, 1 Oct 2014 GMT New Screenshots for Pike & Shot News; <IMG SRC="http://www.matrixgames.com/images/3dbox/100x100/SLIT_PaS_Materials_Box_3D_100.gif" align="left" ><p> Today we are eager to share with you some new screenshots of Pike &amp; Shot, our upcoming turn-based strategy game set during the 16<sup>th</sup> and 17<sup>th</sup> centuries. Developed by Byzantine Games and the Lordz Games Studio and designed by Richard Bodley Scott, this is guaranteed to bring an in-depth and plausible recreation of European warfare during the age of pike and shot.&nbsp;</p> <p> For those of you who missed it, user Aryaman has also prepared a great illustrated AAR on the <a href="http://bit.ly/1rq1eEJ">Slitherine forums</a>. This AAR gives you a great idea of the gameplay and possible tactics in Pike &amp; Shot.</p> <p> <em>Pike &amp; Shot&nbsp;</em>is currently in beta and will release in October this year for PC, with an iPad version following soon after.</p> <p> Click here for the official <a href="http://bit.ly/Usfq0V">product page</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/PikeAndShot/1.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/PikeAndShot/1.jpg" style="width: 650px; height: 366px;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/PikeAndShot/2.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/PikeAndShot/2.jpg" style="width: 650px; height: 366px;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/PikeAndShot/3.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/PikeAndShot/3.jpg" style="width: 650px; height: 366px;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/PikeAndShot/4.jpg" style="width: 650px; height: 366px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/PikeAndShot/5.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.matrixgames.com/amazon/Art/PikeAndShot/5.jpg" style="width: 650px; height: 366px;" /></a></p> http://www.matrixgames.com/news/1526/New.Screenshots.for.Pike.&.Shot Wed, 30 Sep 2014 GMT Deal of the Week Command: Modern Air/Naval Operations WOTY News; <IMG SRC="http://www.matrixgames.com/images/3dbox/100x100/MG_CMANO_WOTY_Materials_Box_3D_100.gif" align="left" ><p> Following the successful launch of <em>Command: Modern Air/Naval Operations Wargame of the Year Edition</em>, we are happy to announce that we will keep Command at a reduced price for the entire week. Thanks to this 25% percent discount, there is no better time to get involved in one of the deepest and most realistic games ever created!</p> <p> Relive the brutal air struggle between Iran and Iraq. Wrestle the Falklands under your control. Hunt down rogue nukes in Pakistan. Go &quot;Down Town&quot; around Hanoi and spar with the deadly NV air defences. Lead nuclear-powered sharks of steel against the masters of antisubmarine ops. Play the most dangerous game of hide and seek &ndash; at sea, on land and in the air. Command is the next generation of air/naval wargaming.</p> <p> Grab Command from its official <a href="http://bit.ly/1rx8E7H">product page</a>.&nbsp;</p> http://www.matrixgames.com/news/1525/Deal.of.the.Week..Command:.Modern.Air/Naval.Operations.WOTY Tue, 29 Sep 2014 GMT Command: Modern Air/Naval Operations WOTY is now available! News; <IMG SRC="http://www.matrixgames.com/images/3dbox/100x100/MG_CMANO_WOTY_Materials_Box_3D_100.gif" align="left" ><p> &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t give up the ship!&rdquo; (Captain James Lawrence, American naval officer during the War of 1812)</p> <p> The most detailed simulator for air/naval operations has just got even better. &nbsp;Command Wargame of the Year Edition is now available and with a 25% discount on the game! This is the perfect time to get involved in one of the deepest and most realistic games ever created. &nbsp;</p> <p> We &nbsp;are pleased to announce that we have combined all post release updates, including the latest 1.05 patch, as well as a huge number of user-created scenarios into one comprehensive Command: Modern Air/Naval Operations Wargame of the Year Edition! In addition to the official scenarios, a large number of user-created scenarios are freely available from the WarfareSims download site and players will be able to fight online in PBEM mode with Baloogan&#39;s free Joint Command multiplayer add-on.</p> <p> Command: Modern Air/Naval Operations is also available on Steam and we provide a free steam key to anyone who already owns the game, or buys the game from our stores. All you have to do is register your Command serial <a href="http://bit.ly/1lXs7Ys">here</a> and you will be able to redeem a Steam key.</p> <p> Of course all existing owners of Command will be able to get their hands on the Wargame of the Year Edition by grabbing the latest update.</p> <p> Click here of the official <a href="http://bit.ly/PXDuYe">product page</a>.&nbsp;</p> http://www.matrixgames.com/news/1524/Command:.Modern.Air/Naval.Operations.WOTY.is.now.available! Sat, 26 Sep 2014 GMT Frontline : The Longest Day Announced and in Beta! News; <IMG SRC="http://www.matrixgames.com/images/3dbox/100x100/SLIT_FtLD_Materials_Box_3D_100.gif" align="left" ><p style="text-align:justify"> <span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">&ldquo;<em>Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened. He will fight savagely.&rdquo; </em>(Dwight D. Eisenhower &ndash; Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe)</span></p> <p style="text-align:justify"> <span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">June 1944 &ndash; The Axis is retreating on all fronts. The German army does not have the strategic initiative anymore and is trying to strengthen its defensive lines in order to stop the progress of Russian forces on the Eastern Front, and to prevent any landing from the Allied forces in the West. The Atlantic Wall seems unbreakable but&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;">rumors about a possible seaborne invasion in the north of France puts the German commanders under pressure. And suddenly, on June the 6</span><sup style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">th</sup><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;">, the Allied forces launch one of the most audacious operations of the whole war. The world&rsquo;s destiny is a stake on the Normandy beaches&hellip;</span></p> <p style="text-align:justify"> <span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="text-align:justify"> <span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Successor of the very successful <em>Frontline: Road to Moscow</em> that reached the top of the charts on iPad this past spring, <em>The Longest Day</em> moves the action west and focuses on the D-Day operation that turned the tide of the war. From developer 88mm, this new chapter of the <em>Frontline</em> saga preserves the strengths that made it popular &ndash; original art direction, variety of units, and streamlined UI &ndash; and introduces deeper gameplay elements to provide a more realistic simulation of the battlefield. As the 5 massive campaigns unfold, you will have to take into account more and more variables like landmines, flanking maneuvers, and encirclements in order to breach the heavy Axis defensive lines.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="text-align:justify"> <span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">The game is now ready to enter the beta phase on iPad, iPhone and PC. And we invite you to help us test it! By signing up for the beta, you will have a chance to visit the Normandy beaches<em> </em>before release and help us with the final touches, ensuring a smooth release on iOS and PC later this year.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="text-align:justify"> <span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Sign up for the beta by clicking <a href="http://bit.ly/1fHcTZG">here</a>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="text-align:justify"> <span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Get more information on <em>Frontline &ndash; The Longest Day </em>from its official <a href="http://bit.ly/1vguCv9">product page</a>.</span></p> <p style="text-align:justify"> <span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"><o:p></o:p></span></p> http://www.matrixgames.com/news/1523/Frontline.:.The.Longest.Day.Announced.and.in.Beta! Thu, 24 Sep 2014 GMT Command gets Wargame of the Year Edition News; <IMG SRC="http://www.matrixgames.com/images/3dbox/100x100/MG_CMANO_WOTY_Materials_Box_3D_100.gif" align="left" ><p> Launched in September last year, <em>Command: Modern Air/Naval Operations</em> blew the minds of fans of hardcore simulations with its unparalleled attention to detail, endless flexibility, and relentless realism. Command puts players in control of a vast array of units and formations, allowing them to lead the way in dozens official and user-created scenarios. The quality of this game did not go unnoticed by the press either, as Command won several awards including; <em>Digital Wargame of the Year</em> (Grogheads), <em>Wargame of the Year 2013</em> (Usenet), and was selected among the <em>Top Five Wargames of 2013</em> (War is Boring).</p> <p> Since the release of the game, WarfareSims has not been sitting still, with regular updates bringing in fixes, features, and many other additions, all based on community feedback. But the community did more than just provide feedback; they went to work with the great tools provided by the game creating a host of new scenarios and other content, further expanding this already huge title.</p> <p> Now we are pleased to announce that we are combining all post release updates, as well as a huge number of user-created scenarios into one comprehensive <em>Command: Modern Air/Naval Operations Wargame of the Year Edition</em>! In addition to the official included scenarios, a large number of user-created scenarios are freely available from the WarfareSims download site and players will be able to fight online in PBEM mode with Baloogan&#39;s free Joint Command multiplayer add-on.</p> <p> Of course these new improvements come free to all existing owners of Command: Modern Air/Naval Operations, and we would like to give a big thank you to all who contributed to the success of Command by providing feedback and working on user created content. We could not have done it without you!</p> <p> The <em>Wargame of the Year Edition</em> will start off a new chapter in the Command series, as it will form the &nbsp;foundation for future improvements and editions. At the same time we will also try bring the game to a new audience which will see a Steam release of the <em>Command: Modern Air/Naval Operations Game of the Year Edition</em>.</p> <p> <em>Command: Modern Air/Naval Operations Game of the Year Edition</em>will be available on the 26<sup>th</sup> of September on our stores and Steam. A Steam key of the game will be available for anyone who already owns a copy of the game.&nbsp;</p> <p> Click <a href="http://bit.ly/PXDuYe">here</a> to find out more about Command: Modern Air/Naval Operations. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> http://www.matrixgames.com/news/1522/Command.gets.Wargame.of.the.Year.Edition Tue, 22 Sep 2014 GMT Deal of the Week: Pandora Series News; <IMG SRC="http://www.matrixgames.com/images/3dbox/100x100/PFC-3DBox-100px.gif" align="left" ><p> Following the release of Pandora: Eclipse of Nashira, the expansion to the successful Pandora: First Contact, we are happy to announce that the Pandora series will be featured in this Deal of The Week. &nbsp;This week, you will be able to get a 33% discount on both Pandora: First Contact and the freshly released: Pandora: Eclipse of Nashira. If you are a fan of the 4X genre, this is a deal you cannot afford to miss!</p> <p> Developed by Proxy Studios, Pandora: First Contact is a science fiction 4X turn-based strategy game on a planetary scale.</p> <p> After decades of exploration, an interstellar probe has brought promise of a new world many light-years away. The most powerful factions have gathered their best men and women to send on a long journey to Pandora. Far from desolate, the earth-like planet has been found to host a plethora of indigenous life forms. While the gigantic monstrosities inland and at the oceans seem relatively calm, human-sized bugs and fungus are threatening to stop mankind&#39;s expansion.</p> <p> Find more information on Pandora: First Contact from the official <a href="http://bit.ly/1oppWTE">product page</a>.&nbsp;</p> http://www.matrixgames.com/news/1521/Deal.of.the.Week:.Pandora.Series Tue, 22 Sep 2014 GMT Pandora: Eclipse of Nashira is now available News; <IMG SRC="http://www.matrixgames.com/images/3dbox/100x100/SLIT_PFC_EoN_Materials_Box_3D_100.gif" align="left" ><p class="body" style="background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"> <span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">&ldquo;<em>Zeus,</em> <em>father of the Olympians,</em> <em>made night from mid-day,</em> <em>hiding the light of the shining Sun,</em> <em>and sore fear came upon men.</em>&rdquo; (Archilochus)</span></p> <p class="body" style="background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"> <span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;">The world of Pandora, mankind&rsquo;s new hope, was already a dangerous place for the human colonists. A hostile environment where vile alien creatures roamed the land and these did not welcome the human visitor.&nbsp; As if all these hazards were not enough, Pandora has now become an even more dangerous place. As the sun grows dark, a new enemy species reaches the surface of this hostile world, rising up from the depths of Pandora and a new human faction joins the competition for the planet&rsquo;s dominance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">In order to cope with these new enemies, you will need to use new features to their advantage. The new diplomacy and intelligence options allow you to better cooperate in times of need, or harass a potential enemy before hostilities break out officially. You will also be given new defensive mechanisms, such as the ability to drop mines from orbit in order to disrupt enemy formations.&nbsp; For the first time in Pandora, you will also be able expand beyond their land into the sea, in order to look for those precious resources that will give youan edge over your foes.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">With these new features and enhancements, <i>Eclipse of Nashira</i> further improves upon the fan favourite series developed by Proxy Studios. Giving players more options, more challenges and more variety in an already addictive 4X game. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Celebrating the release of this expansion, we are offering a 33% discount on both the <i>Pandora: First Contact </i>base game as well as on the <i>Eclipse of Nashira</i> expansion! We are also offering a combined package, giving those who wish to buy all the content in one go extra savings. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p> <i><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Pandora: Eclipse of Nashira</span></i><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"> will be available from our own stores and on Steam. We will be offering a free Steam key to anyone who buys the game from our stores. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Get more information on <i>Pandora: Eclipse of Nashira</i> from the official <a href="http://bit.ly/1kkQ6GH">product page</a>.&nbsp;</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"><o:p></o:p></span></p> http://www.matrixgames.com/news/1520/Pandora:.Eclipse.of.Nashira.is.now.available Sat, 19 Sep 2014 GMT Distant Worlds Gets another update News; <IMG SRC="http://www.matrixgames.com/images/3dbox/100x100/MG_DW_U_Materials_Box_3D_100.gif" align="left" ><p> Patch 1.9.5.8 is now available!</p> <p> The most detailed 4X title gets another major update! As of today patch 1.9.5.8 is available for download through all major channels. This update adds new customization features for ship designs and also further increases the modability of the AI, giving you more control than ever over your copy of Distant Worlds, allowing you to tailor the game to your liking. Other changes includes new AI tweaks, and weapon balances.&nbsp;</p> <p> Distant Worlds: Universe&nbsp;is the newest chapter of this critically acclaimed sci-fi series, adding incredible new features and an exciting new storyline.&nbsp;&nbsp;Universe&nbsp;is also the ultimate collector&rsquo;s edition, the first time all previous&nbsp;Distant Worlds&nbsp;releases have been included in one package, along with an updated manual and greatly expanded modding support. Distant Worlds&nbsp;is a vast, pausable real-time 4X space strategy game. Experience the full depth and detail of turn-based strategy, but with the simplicity and ease of real-time, and on the scale of a massively-multiplayer online game. &nbsp;</p> <p> If you own the Steam version of Distant Worlds: Universe, you patch will be applied automatically when it is available. All other users can run the updater tool on their launcher or download the patch manually <a href="http://www.matrixgames.com/products/515/downloads/">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p> Click <a href="http://bit.ly/1wLx3tq">here</a> for the full changelog.&nbsp;</p> <p> Click <a href="http://bit.ly/1gnqQLh">here</a> to find out more about Distant Worlds: Universe.</p> http://www.matrixgames.com/news/1519/Distant.Worlds.Gets.another.update Sat, 19 Sep 2014 GMT