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The release of the strategy game Men of War II is fast approaching from Fulqrum Publishing and Ukrainian studio Best Way, which is confirmed to have Native Linux support but there's one sore spot.

Detail on one feature had been a little buried in the Steam forum but the developers have now properly announced in a Steam news post that it will initially be online-only. Here's what they said:

We can confirm that Men of War II will require you to be always online only at launch - an offline mode is in development. The game was developed as always online to allow us to maintain live leaderboards, properly synchronize rewards players receive (including for actions in single-player and co-op content) and prevent cheating at the same time; thanks to this, it is near to impossible to cheat in Men of War II multiplayer. But we have heard your concerns and are working on a solution that will allow you to play the single-player part of Men of War II, as well as mods, without requiring an always-online internet connection; and this will be implemented after release.

I hope it doesn't take too long for this feature to come along, which ideally should have been in the full release. Forced online requirements even for single-player are a source of constant frustrations, especially if developers decide to fully move on from a game and stop the servers for it - leaving people with broken games.

The game is due to release on May 15th and will cost $44.99 USD / £37.99 GBP / €44.99 EUR.

You'll be able to buy it from:

Humble Store


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TimeFreeze May 10
Good to hear that they at least will implement an offline mode, but that should have been from the start. Always Online in any game which is not Multiplayer only just sucks.
torham May 10
Sounds like I'll be passing on this one.
Well. My interest in buying this game is "in development".

(Not really, it's not my kind of game anyway. But I don't play games online, so that's what I would be saying if it was a game I would have been interested in)
devland May 10
Sounds like the recent Hitman games all over again.

Get ready to have single player content and features locked behind online only achievements and micro transactions.

Yeah. It'll work offline but it'll all be a demo for the "online experience" of having to pay to get that unit or that shitty camo.
ElTutucaZen May 10
Quoteit is near to impossible to cheat in Men of War II multiplayer.

Yeah... That's gonna age as well as milk left outside in a hot summer day xD
LNX May 10
Great news! Proton keeps killing native linux games. And yet here we are with brand new native product! Kudos to Best Way co.
The Company founded in Severodonetsk (Ukraine) in 1991. That city is completely destroyed now by russian occupants. AFAIK Back in 2014 they have relocated to Cherkassy (Ukraine).
Liam Dawe May 11
Cleaned up a few comments. Please keep on topic to the game.
TheRiddick May 11
Umm, so I play single player with online people? This is what Sim City did, forced everyone to login for the single player experience.
LNX May 11
Quoting: Liam DaweCleaned up a few comments. Please keep on topic to the game.
Thank you very much for getting rid of that rubbish!
LoudTechie May 13
Quoting: ElTutucaZen
Quoteit is near to impossible to cheat in Men of War II multiplayer.

Yeah... That's gonna age as well as milk left outside in a hot summer day xD

The current gold standard for cheating at said game is assault II it has 100 reviews an average of five stars(implying few people have been caught) and 3669 downloads.

The cheat appears free of charge and adware.

I give it a 3/5.

Cheap cheating, but still the fear of sharing knowledge and enabling full blown modding.

Last edited by LoudTechie on 13 May 2024 at 8:45 pm UTC
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