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Partisans 1941

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Strategy
Developer: Alter Games
Release Date: Oct. 14, 2020

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'Partisans 1941' Gets Release Date - Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2020 @ 6:00 a.m. PDT

Partisans 1941 is real-time squad strategy with RPG and base-building elements in a WW2 setting.

Behind-the-enemy lines resistance had an unprecedented scale and played an important role in the Eastern Front during WW2. As this dramatic page of history is almost fully neglected previously, it is Partisans 1941 game that will put the player in the shoes of Partisan squad leader. Experience the drama of resistance on the enemy-occupied territory during the most dramatic period of war - autumn 1941. 

Partisans are not military special forces, they are people of different background united by will and duty to fight for Homeland behind the enemy lines. Face different attitude of your comrades to your actions and choices. 

Partisans is a real-time tactical strategy with non-linear type of storytelling. This game is about soviet partisans and their activity during World war II. It’s focused on harsh reality in those times, when many people became reluctant heroes, and every feat required its price, and sometimes this price was extremely high.

The game shows the war from a new, poorly explored angle. However, it is not a historical simulator, Partisans offers a unique interpretation of those times’ events. The game shows partisans’ everyday life, which is full of cold, hunger and wounds. Still there is a room for joy as well. Players would have to make tough choices, for example, they’ll have to decide whether to help civilians and betray their position or to walk past and stay unnoticed. The game give opportunities to prove oneself in a fight, to overcome the superior forces of the enemy using cunning and mother wit , and to leave the field when the situation is really bad.

The game combines several modes: real-time missions, base management and strategic campaign management. In strategic mode you’ll have to open new areas on the global map, send the partisans for scouting and select missions for the squad. Some locations are must, they will lead you through the main plotline. However exploring hidden areas can help you to get random missions that could also affect the squad’s story.

Partisans 1941 releases worldwide on Steam on October 14th. The game is currently in Closed Beta until September 21st in order to gain community feedback and further polish the game until release.

Players interested in trying the game for themselves can apply for the Beta here.

Game events occur mainly in Pskov oblast and cover the fall of 1941 and the beginning of 1942. You will get in a historical military setting with a description of that time’s events — realistic enough to be truthful. This is the other side of the war, much less known than front-line battles.
The plotline does not reflect the life of any particular person, but it is based on what could happen in reality — in this very place and at this very time. Characters have real prototypes, and events take place in recognizable landscapes, but the story leaves opportunities for fiction.

In the battle there often is an opportunity to go right through, but partisans prefer sabotage war. Therefore, stealth mode will be the most advantageous in confrontation with superior enemy forces. Besides, each partisan in the game is unique and has several active skills. Tactical break allows players to combine actions and plan the battle beforehand.

Select characters for missions carefully, taking into account their characteristics, develop your battle strategy using shelters, diversion maneuvers and other ways to eliminate enemies.

Environmental conditions will not let you relax: raids take place throughout the day and night in any weather. However don’t be afraid to go the enemy territory at night or when it’s raining as changing conditions affect your enemies, making them less attentive and more vulnerable. Environmental conditions can mix and overlap.

You need to build your own camp for effective recreation and developing your squad. There all the partisans will gather and listen your commands, there they will be treated after the battle and prepare for new missions. Also in the base you will be able to take your time and improve your weapon in relaxed atmosphere or to discuss with the squad completed tasks or to chat with others.

The base also has a warehouse, where you can keep weapons and supplies received in missions, and areas for production of various tools and explosives that will be useful to you in battles. Partisans’ story takes place during several seasons with different weather conditions. So missions may differ, and the correct choice of squad members and accurate planning can be really important.

Key Features:

  • A fresh approach to the stealth tactics genre: A mix of combat, stealth, ambushes and a variety of special items brings chaos to the enemy ranks. Choose your own way of completing each mission.
  • Lead a squad of Partisans: Find, recruit and level up new resistance members to build the squad of your choice. Use your characters’ strengths to find the right solution to different situations. 
  • Experience the life of a resistance group: Experience a partisan’s routine in between missions - develop your base, prepare for the next assignments, ensure you have the resources for the Partisan’s survival. Keep your troops motivated. Explore nearby regions, skirmish for enemy weak spots and opportunities to strike the enemy.
  • A different perspective on WW II: Experience the story of a fierce resistance against the German occupation on the Eastern Front. Follow the stories and motives of various people who join the partisan forces – from soldiers to common folk. 

Partisans 1941 is coming to PC (Steam) on October 14, 2020.


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