This project's funding goal was not reached on August 25, 2013.
This project's funding goal was not reached on August 25, 2013.
Wars and Battles is a project with a huge ambition: to reconcile the sophistication of traditional wargames with the ease of use of new devices such as smartphones and tablets.
This game is not only made for wargamers, but for all the gamers that love strategy but are annoyed both by tablet/smartphone strategy games limitations and by PC wargames complexity.
We hope that with your support Wars and Battles will not be just another video game, but a meeting point for gamers fond of strategy games, history and battles. Our dream is to build a solid community around our passion.
Realism for everyone
Wars and Battles is an immersive turn based strategy game that manages more than 20 types of terrain, up to 400 ground units, 50 air units and 15 different scenarios.
The game also manages anti-tank and anti-air weapons, weather, ambushes, paratroopers, reinforcements, supply, replenishments, fortification, unit rotation and most of the sophisticated rules that you can find in any tabletop wargame.
The difference with Wars and Battles is that our game has been designed both by tabletop wargame designers and veteran video game designers who have paid particular attention to the simplicity required by casual gamers, making rules instinctive.
A portal to history
Wars and Battles is not only a game, it is a portal: Wars and Battles will be launched in December 2013 with two battles (Gettysburg 1863 and Normandy 1944).
Then we plan to launch one battle every two months and we have already 5 additional battles in the pipeline (Austerlitz 1805, Kharkov 1943, Market Garden 1944, The Korean War 1950-51 and October War 1973) that will all be launched in the first half of 2014.
A tribute to Gettysburg’s 150th anniversary
150 years ago, more than 165,000 soldiers met on the battlefield at Gettysburg. During three days – July 1, 2 and 3, 1863 – the battle raged through the town and surrounding counties. Union and Confederate troops fought the largest battle in North America with 51,000 men dead, wounded or missing.
This epic battle will be the first published under Wars and Battles, together with Normandy 1944.
Primary goal: $50,000
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An immersive gameplay
The masterpiece of Wars and Battles is our exclusive rules system. It gives Wars and Battles the opportunity to benefit from rules adapted to many historical contexts: you will use jets and anti-air missiles when playing October War (1973), while for Gettysburg (1863) or Austerlitz (1805) specific rules will oblige you to orient certain units before fights. For Market Garden (1944) you will have to choose your drop zones and manage air supply to take and hold the bridges.
To make these battles as realistic as possible, every unit (and we have hundreds in every battle) is characterized by more than 130 characteristics such as its life points, quality, movements, attack points, movement capacity per terrain, command bonus, replenishment capacity, supply consumption, anti-tank and anti-air characteristics, capacity to perform strategic movements and engage in pursuits, etc.): most of the rules of traditional tabletop wargames are embedded within Wars and Battles.
In order to accelerate the play flow, each turn is divided into sub-steps called impulses where a player will be able to activate a limited number of units to move and/or to launch attacks. This system increases the back and forth between players and makes the game more intense.
The size of the maps has been determined to offer an in-depth gameplay, but also to give gamers the opportunity to see the battlefield at a glance. Our maps are divided into hexes. For instance, the Gettysburg map is made of more than 800 hexes (20x42): you will have many ways to reach the little round top!
As for any other aspects of our game, we have paid a particular attention to the details: the frame of our maps will be different if you play the Union or Confederate sides or the Allied or Axis sides in Normandy. And as you have probably noticed in the Gettysburg video above, our maps are in 3D!
3D and 2D views
Wars and Battles will propose 3D and 2D views, both views being complementary.
The 3D view is very appealing and will provide the player with the key info (attack points for attackers and defense points of the defenders) but this view will also be particularly helpful to experienced wargamers to understand the landform of Gettysburg 1863 and the mountain roads of the Korean peninsula (Korean War 1950-51).
The 2D view will provide the player with more details on the units and allow him to embrace most of the map at a glance.
You will start Wars and Battles as a soldier and, with time, experience and victories you may eventually be promoted to General or even to Commander in Chief. This will not be an easy path as to succeed you will have to play and win many scenarios and battles through tactical, operational or strategic victories.
During your play, you will also gain achievements and some of them will award you a medal. With skills, time, and luck, you may be able to pin dozens of medals to your chest…and your first medal could be the Kickstarter Backer Bronze, Silver or Gold medal proposed in some of the pledges!
We have created for Wars and Battles an in-game encyclopedia focused on factual information regarding equipment and historical context. With this "Battlepedia", which will include many illustrations, Wars and Battles will be a reference for gamers fond of history.
You will be able to play Wars and Battles solo thanks to the Artificial Intelligence we are currently designing. This will give you the capability to play when you are disconnected from the network or just when you want to relax alone without the stress of playing against other gamers.
If the stretch goals are met, we will be able to dramatically improve this Artificial Intelligence by respecting the tactical and strategic schemes of every army and commander, as well as their evolution over time.
Unique multiplayer experience
Wars and Battles will include an asynchronous mode, which is traditional in turn-based strategy games. But with Wars and Battles, you will not only be able to play against your friends, or any opponents in the world, you will also be able to play with them.
For example, when playing Normandy 1944, you will lead the American army while one of your friends will play the British, against 1 or 2 opponents that will play the Germans. You will realize how fighting together is a tough experience requiring coordination and skill.
Wars and Battles will also provide you with a unique feature: the "Blitz" mode to play in real time against an opponent. In "Blitz" mode, you will have a limited amount of time to determine the move and combat of your units and will have to make the right decisions quickly, like a general in his headquarters.
Cross platform game
Wars and Battles will be released on the most popular platforms: PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android tablets and smartphones. More than that, your battles will be saved in the Cloud so you will be able to start a game on your PC and continue it on your sofa with your tablet or away from home with your smartphone.
With Wars and Battles, you will also share your battles and achievements with your friends through the game, Facebook or Twitter.
We pay great attention to historical details; our first team member was a historian. But our game is not only a tribute to history…
On our team, we also love SCI-FI and heroic fantasy and we expect that with the success of Wars and Battles we will be able to offer you other environments and other worlds.
The Wars and Battles team is made up of both video game specialists and wargames veterans. Our project leaders, game designer, lead programmer and lead artist have all worked for major studios such as Electronic Arts, Activision and Ubi Soft. The opportunity to work on a new project where we are finally able to create OUR game is a fantastic motivation for the team.
All together, our team has accumulated more than 50 years of experience in video games and 100 years in wargames.
The specific nature of Wars and Battles is the importance given to historians and wargame designers. Some of the best French wargame specialists are supporting our project, such as Nicolas Stratigos, editor in chief of the famous wargame magazine "Vae Victis", and Frederic Bey, an expert of the Napoleonic battles and author of the "Jours de Gloire" series. Many of our wargame designers are also engaged in the French army and have brought their experience of combat to the wargame design.
Our development team is made up of experienced game designers, artists and programmers, led by Pascal, Adrien and Gilles:
Committed to respecting historical reality, our team has a historical department tasked with verifying the accuracy of the information in the game and providing documentation to the other team members. The department is headed by Hadrien, our Chief Historian Officer, assisted by Edouard and Paul.
Ambitious games cost big money: most AAA games cost more than $15 million. This is (fortunately) not the case for Wars and Battles, even if our ambition is to bring a AAA game to our category: Wars and Battles will comprise sophisticated rules, a tailor-made game design to make these rules simple to use, many graphical resources, texts and research written by historians, and a team of video-game and wargame veterans. To finalize our game and improve its content, a crowd-sourced fundraising site like Kickstarter is an amazing source of energy, awareness and funding.
Everyone on the team is incredibly excited about the possibilities this Kickstarter will bring to Wars and Battles. Like you, we have long dreamed of being able to revive the rich tabletop wargame experience on new hardware such as tablets and smartphones and to revive the concept on PC and Mac. If you share that dream then do it by funding this Kickstarter.
The risks in completing and fulfilling this project are limited. The game design is already finalized, including the units' characteristics, the rules, our "Battlepedia"... Graphic work is almost done as well, which implies that our game is now well advanced and the developing phase has begun.
The main risk we would like to point out is that testing phases could be longer than expected, in particular if the game balance needs to be fine tuned: we have tested the battles game balance on tabletop mock-up but this cannot replace the tests made on PCs or tablets.
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The first battles will be launched on iPad and iPhone in December 2013 with two battles (Gettysburg 1863 and Normandy 1944).
The other versions for PC, Mac and Android will be available in the first quarter of 2014.
Regarding the other battles, we plan to launch at least one battle every two months and we already have 5 additional battles in the pipeline (Austerlitz 1805, Kharkov 1943, Market Garden 1944, The Korean War 1950-51 and October War 1973) that will all be launched in the first half of 2014.
Please add $15 for shipping within the U.S., Canada or European Union and $30 for shipping elsewhere on any pledge of $100 or more. We'll value the package we send to you at the cost of the items in the box only, not how much money you donated to the Kickstarter campaign. This should help keep customs fees low.
Once the Kickstarter ends, every backer will receive a survey asking him or her what platform and distribution network they would like.
Digital copies for PCs will have to be downloaded via your preferred digital retailer such as Steam or GOG. PC versions will be DRM-free. Other copies for iOS, Mac and Android will be available through Apple and Google platforms.
With more than 10 scenarios per battle and between 20 minutes and 10 hours per scenario and per side, we estimate that it will take you more than 100 hours to complete all scenarios for each side for just one battle. With 7 battles currently in the production pipeline you will never be short of Wars and Battles challenges.
Yes you can play Wars and Battles solo or with other players. When paying solo, you will fight against an Artificial Intelligence. The multiplayer game will give you the option of playing AGAINST your friends or WITH them against other opponents or the AI.
Yes you can! It is amazing to see how our concept is so well suited to smartphones. The first enabler is that as a player you have to concentrate your attention on a particular combat, which in general involves no more than 15 to 20 hexes, and the size of such a combat perfectly suits the size of your smartphone screen. The second enabler is the fantastic ease of use provided by our 3D engine that brings a lot of fluidity to your movements and gives you the opportunity to embrace the full battlefield in a few finger swipes.
The initial release will be in English, French and, we expect, Russian. At higher funding goals, we will also include German, Italian, Spanish, Korean, Japanese and Chinese!
We are looking for ways of translating the game for our fans all over the rest of the world in other languages to give access to Wars and Battles to the largest audience possible.
All the data related to Wars and Battles will be saved in the cloud. This means that when you will connect your device (PC, smartphone, tablet, etc.) to the network, it will log in to your Wars and Battles account to load your saved battles.
Wars and Battles supports Windows PC, Macintosh OS X, iOS (iPad and iPhone under iOS 6 or 7) and Android (2.0 or more recent). We could also launch Wars and Battles on, Surface, Blackberry 10, and also consoles Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft or Ouya but we wait for your feedback before to start these adaptations.
It's too early in development to give hardware requirements. Our target is to run on older machines and to support a wide variety of hardware. We will be announcing the system requirements at a later date so stay tuned for an announcement down the road.
We were aiming to release the first two battles on iOS in December 2013. Other battles will be released throughout the first half of 2014.
We have an awesome community already set up discussing their thoughts on Wars and Battles. Head to www.warsandbattles.com/forums and join in!
The extra money will be put back into the game with new amazing features, additional battles, further platforms and supported languages and enriched ‘Battlepedia’. The higher it goes, the better the project gets!
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