Armchair History Interactive (yes, of the Armchair History YouTube channel) has released the first trailer showing the alpha for their upcoming turn-based game, Fire & Maneuver.
Early access for Fire & Maneuver begins on June 15, 2022.
Check out the trailer below and gameplay details right after.
What is Fire & Maneuver?
Fire & Maneuver is a turn-based strategy game for buffs for history buffs, wargame enthusiasts, and casual players alike.
Fire & Maneuver focuses on Victorian warfare. Players won’t have worry about politics or economic affairs. The game is all about military victory. Fight against your friends in recreations of historical battles, or else forge a new path for Europe as you veer off the tracks of history.
Carefully consider whether to push your campaign offensively or cede the initiative to your opponent, as constant offense will drain your precious resources. And with new countries and units always in development, discover new ways to write your name on the pages of history.
Turn-Based Combat with a Twist
The game’s uses a “simultaneous turn system” that requires planning based on your opponent’s previous turns. Rather than reacting to a move that has already been made, you must actively examine all options, determining which tactical choice your opponent is most likely to make… and which you may ignore. Withdraw to safer ground, launch a ferocious attack, or simply dig in and wait for your opponent to react – the choice is yours, and your orders are final.
Take command of Europe’s and the world’s most powerful armies, and watch as your forces evolve over the course of the game’s Early and Late Periods.
Here are the factions you can play as:
- Second French Empire: A well-balanced and adaptable army with a wide range of units to choose from, including the incredibly tough Foreign Legio. But be wary of your opponents’ superior numbers and artillery quality.
- North German Confederation: Formerly the Kingdom of Prussia, this new nation is led by powerful commanders who command a patchwork of well-armed forces from around Germany, ranging from Bavarian and Württemberg infantry to the feared Krupp artillery… But be wary of your fast-firing firearms’ limited range and the risk it causes to your units.
- British Empire: The legendary Highlander troops from Scotland can withstand any foolhardy enough to rush their lines, and well-drilled infantry lay down withering volleys… However, keep in mind that the cost of your units is the greatest in the game.
- Russian Empire: With aggressive infantry columns and the fearsome Cossack Cavalry flanking behind enemy lines, use the weight of numbers and the zeal of your warriors to sweep the enemy off the field… However, be wary about losing command of your troops in the heat of battle.
- Ottoman Empire: Fill the battlefield with a seemingly endless tide of militiamen, including the odd “Bashi Bazouks,” also known as “The Crazy Heads” in the West… However, be wary of the Ottoman army’s lack of discipline.
- Austrian Empire: Find the right mix between two armies in one army, including experienced skirmishers for long-range engagements… However, when the conflict gets closer, this one advantage could become a liability.
- Kingdom of Italy: You can use both experienced mountain troops and political paramilitaries thanks to nationalism… However, be wary of the lack of expertise among your specialist troops.
Fight your friends or test your wits against other armchair generals as you step into the shoes of Moltke or Bazaine in pre-set historical scenarios or pit British redcoats against German Krupp guns on the Steppes of Russia in pure historical fantasy.
Only your martial skill will show up on leaderboards and rankings since F&M is meant to reward good generalship over random luck. Wear your trophies with pride when you beat other players, knowing that you really did deserve each win.
Customization (Coming Son)
As you win battles and gain fame, you will be able to make your own regiments to use on the battlefield. You can design your own unique uniform style, right down to the buttons. This will let your opponents know who they’re messing with.
There will be optional in-game purchases that let you change how you look, but there will be NO paying-to-win or betting on loot boxes. War is already enough of a risk.