The new real-time strategy game from Eugen Systems, Steel Division: Normandy 44, takes the genre back to the grit and brutality of the Second World War. However, while the genre and setting might call to mind the nostalgia of classic WW2 RTS titles like Sudden Strike, Blitzkrieg and Soldiers: Heroes of World War II, its gameplay mechanics are shaping up to be just as complex and deep as those of a grand strategy franchise like Hearts of Iron. Further to that end, Eugen Systems are partnering up with Paradox Interactive, making this something of a strategy gaming dream team.
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Historical accuracy is at the fore of Steel Division: Normandy 44, so much so that the game maps themselves have been put together using recon photos from the conflict - every road, hedgerow and building exists as it would have done ahead of the Battle of Normandy. Eugen Systems are toiling away creating over 400 units for the game, with variations for every nation involved in the conflict, all in the name of realism.