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Beamdog, the developer known for Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition, Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition and plenty more have now revealed their strategy game Axis & Allies 1942 Online will release on July 31st.

This is the official adaption of the classic board game, Axis & Allies 1942 Second Edition, and the release into Early Access will come with Linux support, as confirmed by Beamdog to us in their press release.

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Feature Highlight:

  • The complete Axis & Allies 1942 Second Edition experience
  • Asynchronous gameplay with custom defense profiles
  • Optional computer AI players
  • Learn to play with introductory tutorials
  • Selectable victory conditions
  • Keep informed with the action log and war diary
  • Over 20 minutes of all-new period appropriate music

You will be able to play with up to five other players, each controlling one or more of the Axis or Allied powers in multiplayer, one-on-one, hotseat, or AI mode. So you're not forced to play online, since you can play against the AI if that's more your thing.

You can check it out on Steam, it will be $19.99 when it's up. I'm hoping to take a look sometime after release, as Beamdog have already sent over a key to test. They continue to be great supporters of Linux gaming with all their recent titles having Linux support.

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Kimyrielle 29 July 2019 at 6:18 pm UTC
Not sure about this one. It's not that the WW2 setting hasn't be used enough to make me wonder if the world -really- needs more WW2 games, or so. How about something fresh, for a change? It's not that human history isn't full of wars that could be used as a setting, or so.
In addition, Hearts of Iron IV pretty much owns that genre, and I fail to see how any game could do WW2 grand strategy better.

I guess I am going to pass on this one.
Purple Library Guy 29 July 2019 at 7:39 pm UTC
KimyrielleNot sure about this one. It's not that the WW2 setting hasn't be used enough to make me wonder if the world -really- needs more WW2 games, or so. How about something fresh, for a change? It's not that human history isn't full of wars that could be used as a setting, or so.
In addition, Hearts of Iron IV pretty much owns that genre, and I fail to see how any game could do WW2 grand strategy better.

I guess I am going to pass on this one.
Seems to me it's mostly for fans of the board game. But there may be quite a few of those, because the board game seriously owned WW II board game playing for some time. I never got into it myself, but at my SF/Tabletop RPG/general gaming club in the 80s there were often a few people playing it (although D&D was the main event).

I suspect if it's done right it will be more like playing a board game on a computer (with the computer handling all those annoying wrangles about the rules) than like a proper computer game a la Hearts of Iron.
Asu 30 July 2019 at 2:44 am UTC
that was fast. I thought it was years away.
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