We're not in Afghanistan now. This is a real war, with mechanized opponents, with enormous mechanized armies the like of which the world has never seen in battle.
— General Malinsky in Red Army.
Release date: Feb 2012
Developer: Eugen Systems
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
The game is out.
Facepunch Wargame Steam Group:
Wargame: European Escalation is Eugen System’s latest strategy game, set on the Central European mechanized battlefields of a Cold War gone hot anywhere between 1975 and 1985. It uses an evolved version of RUSE's IRISZOOM Engine, so that means mega-zooming and large maps. The developers intended to make this game as a tribute to old wargames like Close Combat and Steel Panthers, so in a way Wargame is a "descendant" of those games. It's not an ultra-detailed "simulation" like Combat Mission, but it does retain the sensibilities of the likes of Close Combat and Steel Panthers.
[release]Wargame: European Escalation is the new real time strategy game from Eugen Systems, a specialist of the genre and developer of the critically-lauded Act of War: Direct Action, and more recently R.U.S.E.™.
Wargame: European Escalation is built around depth and reflection, the key elements of classic wargames. Above solid foundations, Eugen Systems builds an impressive list of features and enhancements in order to provide a unique and innovative gaming experience to all real-time strategy fans.
Wargame: European Escalation features intense real-time battles, stunning graphics, and the amazing IRISZOOM™ system, which allows a continuous zoom from a global view of the map to the heart of the action. With real strategic gameplay, rich content, integration of EugenNet© and its numerous online services, Wargame: European Escalation will unite all the world’s biggest strategy fans.
Set in the rarely explored period of 1975-1985, Wargame: European Escalation pits NATO (USA and Western Europe) against the Warsaw Pact (Soviet and Eastern European countries) in battles that explore “what could have been.” The specter of nuclear warfare loomed large over the real Cold War, but this catastrophic outcome was the ultimate last resort as everyone knew that the first one to start nuclear hostilities would end up wiped out just the same. Large, armored offensives through Europe would certainly have been the core of this hypothetical war; and this is what the game’s explosive campaign takes you through!
Wargame: European Escalation will be released on PC (retail and digital distribution) in the first quarter of 2012.[/release]
There are four separate campaigns of 22 missions in total. In total they'll offer 20-25 hours of play. In the campaigns, you’ll have maps divided into regions and something there will be a central location that acts as a victory condition. Each campaign focuses on a separate alternative history scenario, like what if the Soviets perceived Able Archer '83 as a real threat and reacted accordingly? What if part of the Polish Army rebelled against Jaruzelski in 1981, erupting in civil wars in Poland and Czechoslovakia? What if an NVA soldier of the DDR tried to defect across the Inner German Border and sparked a war?
You will build a force from either NATO or the Warsaw Pact into an army list called a "deck". You choose up to 35 units (variants don't count) into 7 categories (logistics, infantry, support, tanks, reconnaissance, vehicles and helicopters). There are four countries in each faction and you can choose to build a mixed nationality force if you so desire. The game will have 361 units so like Steel Panthers MBT, there will be a wide range of choices.
Selkares' Introduction to WEE:
My god. Just look at that face.