2x2 Games has released Black Turn: Operation Barbarossa, the newest DLC for its historical strategy game, Unity of Command. The expansion focuses on the German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941, the titular Operation Barbarossa. It pits the well-equipped German army against the Soviets' great numbers and the brutal Russian winter.
We described Unity of Command as "Wargame of the Year material" back in March, and as the year draws to a close that's looking more and more likely. The cute unit graphics might lead you to believe this is more of a casual strategy game, but underneath the charming exterior lies the barely beating heart of a wargame. And it's one that's just received a major expansion. The Red Turn DLC offers, among other things, a huge new campaign focusing on the Soviets - full details lie suppressed beneath the break.
Good news, hex-based strategy wargamers: Unity of Command, a game we like a lot, is live on Steam starting today. Not only that, developer 2x2 Games has also announced that the game's first DLC, Red Turn, will be released sometime before the end of the year. More details await you inside.
If you'd asked me last week how I thought I'd be spending the afternoon of November 3rd, 2010, 'Disembowelling a narwhal' and 'Building a cathedral out of meringue' would have come higher on my list of probable activities than "Playing a strategy game set during the Chincha Islands War ". Totem Games' decision to turn a series of obscure mid-Nineteenth Century naval engagements between Spain and a South American alliance into a briny tactics title, takes eccentricity in wargame design to a glorious new level. Suddenly Hussar's Hungarian War of Independence and HPS's Dien Bien Phu efforts seem positively mainstream.