In addition to millions of lives, the Russian invasion of Ukraine affected the plans of many development studios. Among them is, for example, the Best Way studio, which is currently preparing a full-fledged sequel to the combat real-time strategy Men of War. The second part was supposed to be released last year, but due to the aforementioned complication, the creators delayed it, so the strategists will have to wait until this year. Exactly when is still unknown. But the opportunity to try the war experience will soon be available.
From May 11 to 15, another open beta test will take place. Since testing will be open to anyone, just request access on Steam. However, the content of the upcoming beta is important: Compared to the previous testing, in addition to multiplayer battles, single-player content will also be available.
In the open beta you will find a trio of missions. The largest portion of the content is presented by the story scenario Battle of Coisson, which is part of the Falaise Pocket campaign, which tells the events of the Second World War from the perspective of the Allied Forces. Set in Normandy in 1944, it follows the rescue mission of the 68th Motorized Infantry Battalion as they attempt to establish contact with H Company artillery units.
If you don’t have time to try the beta yourself, or if you don’t want to wait, you can watch a new video that shows the passage through this particular mission.
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Along with this story piece, you’ll be able to try out two more stand-alone missions that aren’t part of the campaign. In Towards Freedom, you command a small squad of Soviet scouts and NKVD special forces whose goal is to destroy a German camp and free prisoners of war. In the Ambush mission, you return to Normandy, where you have to ambush American reinforcements in the role of Germans. But the problem is their significant numerical superiority.
You can go into all three missions either alone, or use the co-op option and jump into the effort with a friend.
If you have participated in the beta in the past, the authors may surprise you this time, as they have incorporated several changes based on player feedback. You will be able to find out soon if things will work out for you. What does not change, however, is one of the big attractions of the second part, which is the Direct Control function, thanks to which you can control any unit on the battlefield at any time.
Men of War 2 is coming to PC this year.