Battle Fleet: Ground Assault, a sequel/spin-off to turn-based strategy game Battle Fleet 2 will be rolling onto Steam on May 1st, 2018. Ground Assault, a strategic tank game, represents a shift for the series, which has historically been centered on naval battles.
Players will have 20 historically accurate tanks to take into battle in a variety of destructible rural and urban environments. Here’s the paragraph from the press release that caught my attention: “With the return of single player battles, a robust campaign and intense multiplayer mode, Battle Fleet: Ground assault continues the strategy and unique “Worms” / “Scorched Earth” style angle & power mechanic of Battle Fleet 2, adding destructible environments, armor, shell types and all new tactics. Hit the engines and cripple the enemy's maneuverability or aim for the crew compartment and disable the tank for an entire turn.”
You read that correctly. Battle Fleet: Ground Assault, a strategic tank game, is comparing itself to Worms. How great is that? As you can see in the screen shot below, each tank has its own subset of stats/hit points, allowing players to target specific areas of opposing tanks to disable them, cripple their engines, or destroy their weapons systems.
To further sweeten the pot, developer Mythical City Games is promising that full VR support will be added to the game later in 2018, including the ability for VR players to play matches against traditional players.
It has been a few years since I’ve engaged with a good military strategy game. The complexities of the genre typically serve to hold me at bay, but the slam/bang spirit of Battle Fleet: Ground Assault might just be enough to pull me back into service.