“Making History: The Great War” to Launch Jan 29th Followed by Historic Launch Event

Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 07:00 PM by Chris

It's finally happening! The game will leave Early Access / beta and officially launch on Jan 29th. Two days later, Saturday January 31st, there will be will be a major launch event at the National WWI Museum in Kansas City.

Meanwhile, the work continues!

Here is the official Press Release:

New Making History: The Great War update posted!

Posted on Dec 08, 2014 at 06:15 PM by dave

Lots of work on the AI (including Peace!) and continuing refinements to the UI and game content. We are starting to move into the final phase of development - as always we appreciate all of your feedback and support!

Full release notes here

This update includes observation planes, historical military balancing, and the TGW Theme Song

Posted on Nov 25, 2014 at 11:00 AM by Chris

More diplomacy improvements, a new plane unit to improve artillery accuracy, sea patrol orders, more AI improvements and historical balancing to military forces are only some of the improvements you can expect in this update. We've started upgrading our sound as well, beginning with the new theme song! A always, thanks for your continuing feedback, it really makes a difference!

Full release notes here

New Observation Plane Unit

Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 06:00 PM by ralph

The Observation Plane is the first fixed wing aircraft available to players. It is used as an Artillery spotter and increases the effectiveness of Artillery Groups firing into regions that it patrols. The effect is cumulative. The more planes the more the effectiveness is increased.

A free game demo and a new scenario are now available for The Great War

Posted on Nov 07, 2014 at 01:00 PM by Chris

Spread the word to all your friends who need to try before they buy -- we have just released a free demo of TGW ! For those of you already playing you now have access to a new scenario: "The July Crisis." Set in 1914 just prior to the Austrian Archduke's fateful ride into Sarajevo, TJC will highlight the difficult and very different decisions you will make depending on which nation you decide to play. The demo begins in the same time frame as the full length scenario but limits the number of turns and only Austria-Hungary is playable.

These are just the biggest features in what is otherwise a huge update including many fixes, AI improvements and content additions. For a detailed look at what's new, check out the latest RELEASE NOTES.

You can get the demo on our support page

More AI improvements and game balancing as we prepare to release 1914 demo scenario.

Posted on Oct 31, 2014 at 04:30 PM by Chris

We think this update will result in some noticeable improvements in how the AI manages its nations and national spending, which should result in a lot fewer rebellions. There will still be plenty of instability in the world though, don't worry! We've also tried to make the AI less of a hoarder of resources, so trading should be more dynamic. You should notice better AI responses when using diplomacy as well.

Improvements to the game interface include the addition of a LOT of valuable informational tooltips in a number of places, casualty percentages to help understand morale changes, and a Delete button to remove of old saved games easily.

Full release notes here

Also, we are hard at work on a game demo that will introduce the 1914 scenario coming soon. We think it will be fun even for those of you who already have the game. It's a first chance to try a scenario that drops you into the chaos just at the start of the war. More on this next week!! Meanwhile, let us know what you think about the update and check out this screenshot from the demo on the MH:TGW Facebook page.

New Making History: The Great War pre-release posted!

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 05:45 PM by dave

We have posted a new pre-release update for Making History: The Great War. If you would like to try it out choose "Update" in "Pre-Release Updates" in the Options in the Launcher (for Steam opt into the edge beta under properties - code is BleedingEdge). Lots of AI improvements, content balancing, and fixes in here. We expect this release to go fully live tomorrow.

Full release notes here

Making History II 1.30 Update Released - now with Spanish language support!

Posted on Oct 28, 2014 at 06:00 PM by dave

The 1.30 update brings Spanish language support, and updated game engine, numerous fixes to multiplayer brought out by the recent large multiplayer tournaments, and some content fixes. Enjoy!

Full release notes here

TGW game Manual updated on Steam and at GHQ

Posted on Oct 24, 2014 at 02:00 PM by Chris

The manual can be found on your game library page at Steam, or if you visit the Support page here at GHQ

The latest update adds a chapter on Map Views. Map views are one of the best ways to get information quickly when you play TGW. The game has 40 different map views organized into 12 categories. From finding where to put subs for trade interdiction to managing colonies in your far flung empire to seeing which regions need rail upgrades, Map Views let you access the information you need quickly. Many of the views have a specialized set of tooltips that support the individual overlay, which let you get even more detailed information playing directly off the map instead of having to find a chart. Let us know what you think!

Making History: The Great War Pre-Release Posted!

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 at 05:00 PM by dave

We have posted a new pre-release update for Making History: The Great War. If you would like to try it out choose "Update" in "Pre-Release Updates" in the Options in the Launcher. Lots of AI improvements, content balancing, and fixes in here. We expect this release to go fully live early next week.

Release notes here

UPDATE 10/15/14: This is now the live version.

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