Developer and publisher Ubisoft has announced Panzer General Online, the newest game in the popular Panzer General series, which sees the strategy franchise taking its first steps into the world of free-to-play gaming. Panzer General Online will be available to play for free in web browsers, bringing turn-based strategy to a potentially massive audience upon launch.
Developed by Ubisoft’s Blue Byte Studio, Panzer General Online will give players control of multiple varieties of units, including airplanes, infantry, tanks and more, as well as allowing players to take over units in battles inspired by historical events. The game is Blue Byte’s fifth free-to-play browser game, following the likes of Anno Online, which launched in open beta in May.
“We are happy to celebrate our 25th studio anniversary with the announcement of a new entry in the beloved Panzer General franchise,” said Odile Limpach, Managing Director of Blue Byte, in a company statement. “Panzer General Online is a game where tactical skill beats the luck of the cards, and will appeal to new and old strategy fans alike.”
Panzer General Online will offer both single-player and multiplayer battle modes, with the single-player experience serving as more of an in-depth tutorial across battles like Omaha Beach and Monte Cassino. When players feel up to it, they can take to battle against other real-world players.
The game will allow players to collect and trade their units to create a personalized army, which will presumably bring a large revenue stream to the game.
Panzer General Online is set to launch in closed beta later this year. Players can pre-register for their chance to play the game on the game’s official website.