The war on the Eastern Front rages on! Germany has suffered its most significant setback since the onset of the war as Barbarossa failed to bring the Soviets to heel. And now, amidst the freezing cold of the Russian winter, Soviet counter-offensives seek to encircle and destroy the invading Germans before they have a chance to recover.
To hold the line, your elite Wehrmacht forces are once again called to action.
BATTLING THE BEAR IN CHAPTER 5 OF THE AXIS OPERATIONS GRAND CAMPAIGN
The Axis Operations 1942 DLC Campaign almost exclusively focuses on the fighting on the Eastern Front in this critical year of the Second World War, exploring both well known and obscure conflicts from this time period. This large, 17 scenario campaign offers even more content our players are familiar with and so thoroughly enjoy, as well as continuing to break out of those molds with several new mission designs.
CONTINUE WITH YOUR OWN PANZER CORPS
Players can import their core forces that completed the previous Axis Operations 1941 campaign or use a preset core force to directly launch into the Axis Operations 1942 campaign.
While imported forces can seek additional growth and challenges through increased difficulty settings and advanced game modes, the preset force contains a moderate amount of experienced units and an assortment of heroes enough to allow any player to succeed in this new campaign.
FIGURES AND MISSIONS FROM HISTORY
In addition to the continuing trend of bonus mission objectives inspired by true historical events, this campaign will be supplemented by appearances from additional historical German leaders from World War II. While the appearances of these new characters into the various briefings and scenarios of the campaign cannot fully replace the loss of characters previously seen, they will absolutely bring new historical context and insight into the campaign with their presence.
Some of the new mission objectives that will appear in this campaign include air lifting supplies to pockets of German forces, provide dedicated Close Air Support for Axis partner nations, and one very unusual mission to assist in the escorting of several Kriegsmarine vessels right through the English Channel!
GAIN AND SPEND INFLUENCE
By completing bonus objectives and achieving various degrees of victory, you'll earn Commendation Points that can be spent on a variety of unique rewards ranging from access to stockpiles of captured enemy equipment, special prototype aircraft, and the chance to recruit more historical officers.
STALINGRAD, WITH A SURPRISE
Capping off the end of this 1942 campaign comes the battle that even players with just passing familiarity with World War II will probably recognize: The Battle of Stalingrad. In true Grand Campaign fashion though, this turning point battle of World War II is fleshed out across multiple scenarios to very deeply explore the details of this pivotal battle.
But in an Axis Operations first, and to properly represent just how important this battle truly was, Axis Operations 1942 is the first DLC campaign to have more than one ending,
Will your efforts in the war begin to affect its historical outcome, or will you be resigned to fate as it has been written thus far?
THE AXIS OPERATIONS CONTINUE
The end of 1942 East is not the end of your campaign though, it is merely the latest step. At the conclusion of Axis Operations 1942 East, players will again be presented with the option to save their core force for use in the next installment of the Axis Operations Campaign.
Any campaign of the Axis Operations can be played individually as a standalone campaign.
What's new in Axis Operations 1942
- 17 new scenarios packaged into one campaign
- More Hungarian units: an improved Toldi II Model 1942 and Turan 1 tanks arrive
- A small collection of new utility and prototype units, to supplement the game's impressive array of Mid War era vehicles and weaponry
- Visual upgrades for a few existing German vehicles
- Multiple Historical figures will join in several key battle briefings, any surviving briefing characters have received even more additional new portraits
- A battery of hero portraits to increase the variety of portraits available for random hero assignments
- Several special 'Close Air Support' missions as a new mission type
17 Scenario List
- Rzhev 1942
- Demyansk Pocket
- Operation Cerberus
- Kummersdorf 1942
- Kerch Peninsula
- Second Battle of Kharkov
- Voroshilovgrad SDO
- Operation Nordlicht
- Battle of Lake Ladoga
- Bombing of Stalingrad
- Streets of Stalingrad
- Assault on Stalingrad
- Operation Blut
- Operation Winter Storm
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