Men of War II, an upcoming World War II real-time strategy sequel to the 2009 hit, has just been moved from its 2022 release. Developed by Ukrainian studio Best Way, Men of War II should now be expected sometime in 2023, without a new and definite release date.
However, Fulqrum Publishing also softened the blow by adding a new trailer. Here’s the full trailer and statement from their official Twitter feed:
While the Men of War series has had plenty of sequels since 2009, this new title is a direct sequel, raising expectations for a single-player campaign with effective storytelling and believable combat. The original Men of War received a lot of praise for its story, even if the dialogue was a little stiff.
The campaigns are truly the signature of the series, helping them stand out among the countless real-time war games. Other newcomers such as The Great War: Western Front, which just revealed its first trailer last week, tend to struggle with finding the approach or mechanic that will set them apart.
Straightforward war titles need a strong hook to be compelling, and Men of War is one of the few reliable series in that regard. You can check out Men of War II’s first reveal trailer for an idea of the gameplay:
The creatives behind the game have noted multiple reasons for delaying Men of War II. According to a lengthy blog post, they’ve stated that they intend “to accommodate new features and content”. That’s a big surprise, since most delays are needed to simply polish up existing systems or graphics.
Also, Men of War II developers Best Way were based in Severodonetsk, which meant that they were directly affected by the ongoing war in Ukraine. The studio has consistently built well-crafted games with comprehensive mechanics that rival the best AAA titles, so they deserve all of the support and time they need.
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