A super hardcore, historically accurate sim from developers Graviteam called Tank Warfare: Tunisia 1943 has officially launched on Steam for only $39.99. During the first week of being on sale you’ll be able to pick up a digital copy for 15% off the normal price.
The turn-based strategy game is a continuation of Graviteam’s previous war-related efforts that have been released in the past. The game operates on a two-tier simulation setup, where players use turns to position and shift their armament into the proper position, but then during the actual combat segment the game shifts to a real-time mode where players will have to attempt to destroy enemy fire and attempt to take over sectors. It reminds me a little bit of the newer Battle Chess games.
You can see what the actual gameplay is like in action with the launch trailer below.
The trailer probably won’t win over any Call of Duty enthusiasts who were expecting Michael Bay explosions and Saving Private Ryan-style violence and gore. This is not one of those games.
A lot of classical gamers who enjoy old-school strategy simulators that focus more on tactics, wits and strategic skill will more than likely enjoy this hardcore strategy sim that guns for historical accuracy over trying to meet diversity quotas and token checkpoints.
The game also prides itself on realistic soldier behavior, advanced combat force management, with the ability to micromanage operational commands for each unit, along with combat mirrored after realistic armor penetration physics. They’ve modeled ballistics on realistic histograms and a number of other characteristics to ensure that the combat between different units plays out how it would (theoretically at least) based on real encounters between the ground units.
Systematic procedural damage is also present, along with destructible environments. You can learn more about Tank Warfare: Tunisia 1943 by visiting the Steam store page. As mentioned, this is a hardcore strategy simulator, so if you’re not into the nitty gritty of warfare micromanagement, this may not be a game for you.