Wargame: AirLand Battle
WargameALB Boxart Europe
European box art
Developer(s) Eugen Systems
Publisher(s) Focus Home Interactive
Engine IRISZOOM engine
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, Mac, Linux
Release date(s) May 29, 2013[1][2][3]
Genre(s) Real-time tactics
Modes(s) Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Ratings(s) PEGI: 16
Media/distribution DVD, Digital download
More than 800 realistic units coming from 12 different countries are present in the game.
- Alexis Le Dressay, Deck Presentation

Wargame: AirLand Battle is a real-time tactics video game developed by Eugen Systems and published by Focus Home Interactive and was released on May 29, 2013 as a sequel to the 2012 Wargame: European Escalation. The game introduces a new and improved version of the IRISZOOM Engine.[4]


Main article: Gameplay

A total of 150 planes will be added, from fighters to bombers to electronic warfare planes. AirLand Battle will also introduce four new nations of Canada, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway to existing eight nations of the NATO and Warsaw Pact factions, making a total of over 750 vehicles and combat units.

There will be a new weapons system, better handling of fire effects, and a new Urban Combat Interface (UCI) allowing for battle inside cities.

The game will feature jet aircraft as a new unit type in gameplay, allowing players to build up their own air force. To allow this feature to be properly implemented, the IRISZOOM Engine has been improved to include bigger maps, and more specifically, maps with higher altitude and verticality, allowing for large mountain ranges and valleys to add to the Scandinavian landscape.[5][6]


Main article: Invasion of Scandinavia

1985. After several months of tension between NATO and the Warsaw Pact, an incident in the North Sea suddenly sets the world on fire, starting an all-out war.

During the campaign, strategic supports can be used to provide strategic advantages for your troops.


On August 8, 2012, Eugen Systems uploaded the teaser, showing the alpha gameplay of the AirLand Battle. The teaser revealed one of the new NATO aircraft - the F-15.

On September 25, 2012, Eugen Systems reveals a series of five new screenshots that unveil a some of the many new features of the game, such as the integration of air forces with a huge fleet of more than 150 crafts of all kinds, as well as more than 200 new ground-based combat units and vehicles.[7]

On October 25, 2012, the Wargame Cup, a Wargame: European Escalation video game tournament in order to promote the sequel, was announced.[8] At the end of the fifth round of the tournament, 66 participants who are left are qualified and won access to the upcoming beta of AirLand Battle.[9]

The closed beta of Wargame: AirLand Battle began March 21, 2013. Players could access the closed beta by the use of the beta key, that is distributed through selected community members and Twitter updates.[10] The first stage of the beta is currently over.


  • Dynamic Campaign - A fully dynamic single player campaign starting in 1981.
  • 10 vs. 10 multiplayer matches – You are be able to have twenty-man matches. In what form or context though has yet to be determined.
  • Broadcasting – Eugen has develop a system that will allow people to broadcast their matches, allowing people to jump in as observers to study other peoples tactics and tricks. Might be useful for the eSports scene as well.
  • Urban Warfare – The team have tweaked urban warfare, both in how towns, cities, etc... Are physically built on the map, but also how the Player/AI interact with them. Buildings are grouped into ‘districts’ and infantry units smartly deploy to cover all angles of a district, saving you having to micro-manage them by moving them around between individual buildings.
  • Logistics – Logistical units have been given a tweak, allowing you to choose what the re-supply, whether it be only ammo, or only fuel, or only repairs, or a combination of both
  • Maps – There are over 30 new maps, mainly based on Scandinavian topography, and the new gamemode Conquest, which is based on territory capture.[11]




Main article: Wargame: AirLand Battle/Screenshots


  • The subtitle is based on AirLand Battle, the name of the framework that formed the US Army's European fighting doctrine during the latter part of the Cold War.
  • The beginning of the Wargame: AirLand Battle Aircraft Trailer presented the text "BUT DON'T FORGET, IT'S A REAL TIME STRATEGY GAME!" as a mention to customers who thought that European Escalation and AirLand Battle were first-person shooters.
  • The cover art features an officer wearing the insignia of the US 11th Armored Cavalry, which made an appearance in European Escalation's Fatal Error campaign.


  1. (Preview) Wargame: Airland Battle (French). Factornews (January 14, 2013). Retrieved on 2013-25-01. “On attend donc la mouture complète avec impatience, prévue pour avril 2013.”
  2. Wargame : AirLand Battle (French). Retrieved on 2013-06-02. “Cet article paraîtra le 25 avril 2013.”
  3. Pre-Purchase Wargame: AirLand Battle. Steam. Retrieved on 2013-25-04. “Available: 22 May 2013”
  4. Wargame: AirLand Battle unveiled in its first in-game teaser!. (August 8th, 2012). Retrieved on 2012-08-09.
  5. Joe Robinson (August 24, 2012). Wargame: AirLand Battle Preview. Strategy Informer. Retrieved on 2013-21-01.
  6. Christina Gonzalez (January 11, 2013). Wargame: AirLand Battle - New Details Revealed. RTSguru. Retrieved on 2013-21-01.
  7. Wargame AirLand Battle: the first screenshots!. (September 25th, 2012). Retrieved on 2012-09-25.
  8. We want you for the Wargame Cup!. (October 25, 2012). Retrieved on 2013-21-01.
  9. Wargame Cup: battle report!. (January 18, 2013). Retrieved on 2013-21-01.
  10. Christina Gonzalez (March 29, 2013). Wargame AirLand Battle Coming in May, New Shots Show British Units. RTSguru. Retrieved on 2013-30-03.
  11. Air, Land, And C4: Wargame: AirLand Battle. Rock, Paper, Shotgun (September 7, 2012). Retrieved on 2013-03-02.

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