Frontier Foundry, the games label of Frontier Developments plc, together with developers Petroglyph (Command & Conquer: Remastered, Star Wars: Empire at War) at the PC Gaming Show a first look at the gameplay of The Great War: Western Front.
The developers also introduced the role of the commander in the theater of operations and gave an initial overview of the campaign map. Now, the studio is also offering players the opportunity to take a closer look at the upcoming decisions they, as commanders, will have to make as the game progresses. In a conflict that forces them to fight for every inch, players lead their units at the time of World War I. In doing so, they will attempt to relive or redefine history.
Dual role in World War I
The Great War: Western Front places players in a unique "dual role". As a field commander, not only do you have real-time control of the battlefield, you can also oversee the overall war effort in the role of commander in the theater of operations. In this role, players manage the Western Front from a large strategy map, researching new technologies and enhancing the offensive and defensive capabilities of key regions to turn the tide of war.
Each round, players can coordinate their forces and prepare for the battles ahead. They also need to weigh the number of resources they commit to each conflict. In doing so, they will carefully consider whether they want to achieve an important victory or reach a stalemate.
As the commander of the theater of operations, these decisions directly affect the chances of success when taking control of the battlefield. Allocating valuable resources such as additional supplies, artillery, or researched technological advances, from aircraft to tanks, can offer the player the opportunity to overwhelm the enemy.
In The Great War: Western Front, victories and losses affect each faction's national will, which decides the outcome of the conflict once it is reduced to zero. The commanders can also try to change the outcome of the war. As the game progresses, they have the opportunity to push back enemy forces and, for example, capture their headquarters - extremely defensive positions that require enormous resources to capture, but offer the ultimate goal of ending the war immediately.
The individual regions not only differ in strength, but also bear traces of earlier battles. The retention of existing trench networks and the development of rapidly devastating battlefields authentically represent the changes in the battlefield of World War I. Returning to the battlefield of a previous great victory or defeat, players can make this ever-changing, persistent world their own Leverage advantage by using resources to reinforce key positions and reduce future costs to enforce an advantage.
The Great War: Western Front is wishlistable now on Steam and the Epic Games Store, and will be available for PC in 2023.
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