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Title: [iPad] Assault Wave: real time WWII tactical action
Post by: Aniway on March 01, 2013, 01:30:24 AM
Hello,

we're a small team from Finland, developing Assault Wave, a real time WWII tactical action game for iPad (and iPhone). The game will have both singleplayer campaigns for US and Germany (nations we start with) and multiplayer (on same device duel, and online).

Here's a trailer video:


We are covering the game in more detail in the blog:
http://www.assaultwave.com (http://www.assaultwave.com)

If you have any questions, would love to answer any of them.

Kind regards,
The Assault Wave team: Miikka, Markku, Janne and Eero
Title: Re: [iPad] Assault Wave: real time WWII tactical action
Post by: Aniway on March 01, 2013, 03:15:27 AM
Here is the newest screenshot:

(http://assaultwave.com/Media/Screenshots/assault_wave_ipad_map10.jpg)
Title: Re: [iPad] Assault Wave: real time WWII tactical action
Post by: Aniway on March 14, 2013, 12:10:12 AM
Hello,

here's an image showing how the battle user interface works:

(http://www.assaultwave.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/01_Assault_wave_ui_explained_flat_small.jpg)
Title: Re: [iPad] Assault Wave: real time WWII tactical action
Post by: Aniway on March 19, 2013, 05:54:07 AM
And some Assault Wave cover art :)

(http://www.assaultwave.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/assault_wave_battle12_coverimage_opt.jpg)
Title: Re: [iPad] Assault Wave: real time WWII tactical action
Post by: Staggerwing on March 20, 2013, 04:34:47 PM
Welcome to Grogheads, Aniway.
The online MP idea is a nice one. Looking forward to seeing how your efforts turn out.
Title: Re: [iPad] Assault Wave: real time WWII tactical action
Post by: Aniway on March 21, 2013, 12:10:51 AM
Thank you for the welcome Staggerwing.
If there's anything you'd like to know about the Assault Wave, don't hesitate to ask.
Title: Re: [iPad] Assault Wave: real time WWII tactical action
Post by: Aniway on March 28, 2013, 05:47:09 AM
Howdy,

a new gameplay teaser video, 1 vs 1 players on same device.

Title: Re: [iPad] Assault Wave: real time WWII tactical action
Post by: Aniway on April 04, 2013, 08:38:28 AM
And another cover image, "Battle 8: First Blood", hope you like the style :)

(http://www.assaultwave.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/assault_wave_battle08_coverimage.jpg)
Title: Re: [iPad] Assault Wave: real time WWII tactical action
Post by: Aniway on April 12, 2013, 05:33:01 AM
Hi,

wanted to let you know that our estimate about the Assault Wave release is: late May - during June.

More detailed post in the blog:
http://www.assaultwave.com/?p=364
Title: Re: [iPad] Assault Wave: real time WWII tactical action
Post by: Aniway on April 23, 2013, 05:36:49 AM
Hi, a new 1 vs 1 Online Multiplayer game mode screenshot:

(http://www.assaultwave.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/04_assault_wave_onlinemultiplayer_lotsofunits.jpg)

3 more screen capture images in the blog:
http://www.assaultwave.com/?p=372
Title: Re: [iPad] Assault Wave: real time WWII tactical action
Post by: Aniway on May 02, 2013, 05:03:28 AM
Hello,

we have an agreement with a publisher now for the distribution of the Assault Wave, shall share more info when able to.
Title: Re: [iPad] Assault Wave: real time WWII tactical action
Post by: Aniway on May 10, 2013, 04:28:03 AM
Hi,

happy to say this, the beta version of the Assault Wave (iPad) is now done :)

Wrote shortly about it in the blog:
http://www.assaultwave.com/?p=386 (http://www.assaultwave.com/?p=386)
Title: Re: [iPad] Assault Wave: real time WWII tactical action
Post by: Aniway on June 04, 2013, 09:01:43 AM
Howdy,

it's officially declared now, Battlefront.com is the publisher for our Assault Wave game.

Official product page:
http://www.battlefront.com/assaultwave (http://www.battlefront.com/assaultwave)

New video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=byCIf52i7Uo
Title: Re: [iPad] Assault Wave: real time WWII tactical action
Post by: Barthheart on June 04, 2013, 09:03:56 AM
Howdy,

it's officially declared now, Battlefront.com is the publisher for our Assault Wave game.

Official product page:
http://www.battlefront.com/assaultwave (http://www.battlefront.com/assaultwave)

New video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=byCIf52i7Uo

Congrats! Hope it does well. I'll be looking for it on my iPad.  :)
Title: Re: [iPad] Assault Wave: real time WWII tactical action
Post by: Aniway on June 04, 2013, 10:46:32 AM
Thank you! :)
The beta is just about to end, and we start preparing the release version that'll be submitted to Apple for review.
Title: Re: [iPad] Assault Wave: real time WWII tactical action
Post by: Bismarck on June 04, 2013, 11:27:04 AM
My preview; this game is much better than I first thought.

http://www.armchairgeneral.com/assault-wave-ios-game-preview.htm (http://www.armchairgeneral.com/assault-wave-ios-game-preview.htm)
Title: Re: [iPad] Assault Wave: real time WWII tactical action
Post by: Centurion40 on June 04, 2013, 02:10:01 PM
Good news.
Title: Re: [iPad] Assault Wave: real time WWII tactical action
Post by: Aniway on June 05, 2013, 11:39:51 PM
Thanks Jim for the great preview.
Title: Re: [iPad] Assault Wave: real time WWII tactical action
Post by: spelk on June 06, 2013, 03:17:19 AM
I suppose I have to ask, is this going to be ported over to Android anytime in the future?
Title: Re: [iPad] Assault Wave: real time WWII tactical action
Post by: Aniway on June 06, 2013, 04:07:36 AM
spelk: Yes, that is our intention.
Title: Re: [iPad] Assault Wave: real time WWII tactical action
Post by: Michael Dorosh on June 11, 2013, 06:24:37 AM
I see battlefront is marketing it as "chess with machineguns". I'm not even sure what that is supposed to mean. A look at the official forums shows almost no buzz whatsoever yet about this product.  The official forum for their other handheld game, Combat Mission: Touch has never generated a lot of discussion in their official forum either, but I don't suppose these kind of games are the kind of thing you sit around talking about online, you just play them and forget them (I probably play more Minesweeper and Freecell than anything when I'm killing time, and never once felt the need to join a discussion group about them, so it would be a bad metric of popularity...)

I guess I'm curious to know how this will affect their Combat Mission: Touch product?  I don't imagine it will have to compete for resources, since battlefront uses a number of different developers, nor even compete for sales, since there are so few of these kind of games on the market - if you like one, you'll probably buy both. But I seem to recall some criticism of Touch not being developed fully or quickly.

Battlefront seems to have a lot of strange plans and conflicting products. Theatre of War is a 3-D RTS that seems to be in the same realm as the PC version of Combat Mission. Now they have two hand-held combat sims. Just seems like a strange arrangement, made more mystifying by their habit of surprise announcements with little advance notice.
Title: Re: [iPad] Assault Wave: real time WWII tactical action
Post by: GJK on June 16, 2013, 07:53:48 AM
BFC hasn't been the best at marketing, especially with the cold shoulder that they tend to throw upon their customers.  Frankly, I think that they see how Matrix has pulled in other resources (Slitherine, et al) to make cross-platform, cross-genre games and there's probably a little pressure for them to do so as well.

I would also imagine that they are putting out their feelers for the tablet market like most everybody else is.  I'm not an IOS or Android programmer, but my speculation is that the programming is not nearly as much as a resource or time investment as a "regular" PC game so these things can be developed and polished and pushed out to the market without the overhead that you'd get otherwise.  Somebody do some research - what is the best selling app of all time and how much money has it pulled in?  I don't feel like looking that up but I imagine that Angry Birds did ok on its ROI.  Take the niche wargaming market and if you get lucky and hit with an Angry Birds equivalent, then the developer might make some nice coin. 

More on topic in relation to Mr. Aniway's "Assault Wave" game; congratulations on your impending release.  I haven't read Jim's review but my initial reaction was "health bars and first aid stations, hmmmm" but as Michael suggests, this could be a fun little time killer.  I'll have to look for it once it is available on the Android platform.

Title: Re: [iPad] Assault Wave: real time WWII tactical action
Post by: Aniway on June 17, 2013, 04:21:02 AM
Sorry it took some time to respond, thank you for the thoughts gents.
Naturally we do not represent Battlefront, and can't speak for them. Answering here what I know of/can to the best of our abilities.

@Michael:
Agree that iPad games don't typically (yet) generate the same kind of lively conversation than e.g. PC or console games.

We are an independent developer, and haven't taken up any resources from e.g. Combat Mission: Touch.

@GJK:
Tablet & mobile phone game market is growing quite fast, hence majority of publishers (including Battlefront) are interested in those platforms as well, with more than one game in the portfolio - at least for future's sake.

Long story short: according to our experience, iOS/Android game development is not automatically easier nor faster than e.g. developing for PC. Naturally it's a matter of available budget and time for development: perhaps you are able to develop a very simple casual game quite fast, but in the end the polishing does take time when done properly (e.g. Rovio/Angry Birds quality). It is true that currently the iPad game development budgets are very low when compared to e.g. AAA PC or console title development costs, and much smaller team is needed when making for example an iPad game.

Angry Birds is quite an exception amongst mobile games, naturally wouldn't mind making a wargaming equivalent of that ;)

And thank you, hope you'll eventually find out that the Assault Wave indeed is a fun game. 
Title: Re: [iPad] Assault Wave: real time WWII tactical action
Post by: spelk on June 17, 2013, 05:39:28 AM
@Aniway

Have your company any plans to delve into more niche 'proper' wargames at any point in the future (obviously) possibly dependant upon how Assault Wave performs financially?

Whilst we're all partial to the casual war-related mobile/tablet games, what a lot of us here crave is a proper wargame, done well, made accessible but with chits and maps, formations, historical depth/accuracy and decent combat resolution. More Small General than Angry Birds, I guess.
Title: Re: [iPad] Assault Wave: real time WWII tactical action
Post by: Aniway on June 18, 2013, 05:06:05 AM
@spelk

Naturally hard to say at this point what the future brings along. Some of the games (series) that we play/have played a lot on PC, and are very fond of, include Combat Mission, Close Combat, Steel Panthers, Panzer general and Hearts of Iron (some of them have their iPad ports/counterparts) - definitely not ruling out "proper" wargames.
Title: Re: [iPad] Assault Wave: real time WWII tactical action
Post by: Aniway on June 24, 2013, 07:30:26 AM
Hello,

Assault Wave will be released to the AppStore this Thursday, June 27th :)
Title: Re: [iPad] Assault Wave: real time WWII tactical action
Post by: Aniway on June 27, 2013, 08:03:16 AM
Happy to say that Assault Wave is now available in iTunes!

https://itunes.apple.com/app/assault-wave/id658892434 (https://itunes.apple.com/app/assault-wave/id658892434)
Title: Re: [iPad] Assault Wave: real time WWII tactical action
Post by: Aniway on July 03, 2013, 02:11:47 AM
Howdy,

here are 2 promo codes for the Assault Wave (iPad) :)

KT7KL3TPF94E
J7T4MERTNJAN

If you grab one successfully, would be great if you could reply to this thread so others would know the code is no longer  available.

Instructions on how to redeem:
http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1574 (http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1574)

We'll be distributing more promo codes on the forum (do note that you need to register to the forum before you can download an attachment that contains a code):
http://www.battlefront.com/community/showthread.php?t=110597 (http://www.battlefront.com/community/showthread.php?t=110597)
Title: Re: [iPad] Assault Wave: real time WWII tactical action
Post by: Barthheart on July 03, 2013, 04:26:14 AM
The first code worked for me.
Thanks Aniway!
I'll take the game for a spin and report back.
 8)
Title: Re: [iPad] Assault Wave: real time WWII tactical action
Post by: Aniway on July 03, 2013, 05:30:35 AM
Good to hear & thanks!

Do check out the Quick Reference Guide (link below) if you want an overview of the UI and instructions on how to record & share video of your battle :)

http://www.battlefront.com/images/stories/AW/assault-wave-quick-reference-card.png (http://www.battlefront.com/images/stories/AW/assault-wave-quick-reference-card.png)
Title: Re: [iPad] Assault Wave: real time WWII tactical action
Post by: Aniway on July 03, 2013, 09:42:37 PM
Hi everyone,

we're having a 4th of July sale for the day only:
$0.99 (instead of normal $4.99)

https://itunes.apple.com/app/assault-wave/id658892434 (https://itunes.apple.com/app/assault-wave/id658892434)

(The 2nd promo code might be still available, do check the earlier post first before thinking of buying :)
Title: Re: [iPad] Assault Wave: real time WWII tactical action
Post by: Aniway on July 09, 2013, 04:03:12 AM
Hello,

in case you want to watch some Assault Wave game play videos and see the game in action, there are quite many at Everyplay:

https://everyplay.com/videos/333134 (https://everyplay.com/videos/333134)
Title: Re: [iPad] Assault Wave: real time WWII tactical action
Post by: Aniway on July 09, 2013, 06:12:54 AM
Wargamer.com reviewed Assault Wave!

“Overall this is a good fun game with which you can kill a great deal of spare time without needing a single long period of game play. It certainly has more depth to play than is immediately apparent.”

http://www.wargamer.com/article/3385/ipad-game-review-ios-game-review-assault-wave
Title: Re: [iPad] Assault Wave: real time WWII tactical action
Post by: Aniway on August 05, 2013, 11:44:45 PM
Howdy,

the 1.2. version has been released, it includes:

4 new units to multiplayer (both online, and on same device):
- Panzer II Lynx light tank (GER)
- Stuart M5 light tank (USA)
- Brummbar self propelled gun (GER)
- Priest M7 self propelled gun (USA)

Online multiplayer crash bug fixed: occured when player was searching for an opponent twice in a row unsuccessfully

Everyplay video sharing button "Share Replay" now hidden if player didn't record the previous battle
Title: Re: [iPad] Assault Wave: real time WWII tactical action
Post by: Bismarck on August 06, 2013, 10:26:58 AM
Howdy,

the 1.2. version has been released, it includes:

4 new units to multiplayer (both online, and on same device):
- Panzer II Lynx light tank (GER)
- Stuart M5 light tank (USA)
- Brummbar self propelled gun (GER)
- Priest M7 self propelled gun (USA)

Online multiplayer crash bug fixed: occured when player was searching for an opponent twice in a row unsuccessfully

Everyplay video sharing button "Share Replay" now hidden if player didn't record the previous battle

Hasn't appeared as an update yet.
Title: Re: [iPad] Assault Wave: real time WWII tactical action
Post by: Aniway on October 30, 2013, 06:11:11 AM
Howdy,

Assault Wave Free, a "lite" version, has been released. Hope you'll give it a spin.
Works now on iPad (all generations), iPhone 4S and newer, and iPod Touch 5th gen+, so does the full game also.

https://itunes.apple.com/app/assault-wave-free/id702774689 (https://itunes.apple.com/app/assault-wave-free/id702774689)
Title: Re: [iPad] Assault Wave: real time WWII tactical action
Post by: Aniway on November 12, 2013, 10:36:03 AM
1.4 version is out, for both the Free version and the full one.
We fixed 1 vs 1 online multiplayer related issues: we're looking for any kind of feedback on the multiplayer mode, if you have time, do give it a go :)

In the game, choose Start > then Online Duel.

Link to the Assault Wave Free version:
https://itunes.apple.com/app/assault-wave-free/id702774689 (https://itunes.apple.com/app/assault-wave-free/id702774689)
Title: Re: [iPad] Assault Wave: real time WWII tactical action
Post by: Aniway on May 21, 2014, 01:46:56 AM
Howdy,

at last the Android version of Assault Wave is out :)

Free demo available at Google Play:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.aniway.assaultwavemini (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.aniway.assaultwavemini)

And the full version:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.aniway.assaultwave (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.aniway.assaultwave)