It is probably one of the most glorious and devastating campaigns in the American Civil War, the battle of Gettysburg. The battle was fought in July 1-3, 1963 between the Union and the Confederates, causing between 46,000 and 51,000 casualties on both sides. If you are interested in(American) history and strategy games, this Early Access game might be something for you.

Ultimate General: Gettysburg is a real-time strategy game designed and created by the creator of DarthMod, Nick Thomadis. The game features a unique AI and gameplay that is set during the American Civil War, the game allows the player to lead thousands of soldiers into this (in)famous battle. The player can either play as commander of the Union or Confederate armies and will be available for PC and tablets.

“The game will feature the most accurately created map, detailed order of battle, complex morale, innovative control mechanics and smart AI,” Thomadis said on the game’s website.

The focus of the game is not to use “AI gameplay cheats”, the game will include 9 different commanders, each with their own personalities, advantages and skills. These commanders are able to evaluate and gain tactical superiority based on their own commanding skills and personality. The game will also feature a detailed multi-day battle map, the Battle of Gettysburg was not settled in one day. The player will be able to see the passage of time, based on historical accurate battle progress. However, one must keep in mind that random events, delays and tactical differences will always be a factor within the game. Furthermore the game will include easy controls and Unit self-awareness, advanced line of sight, custom battles, and numerous tactical factors.

The creator seems to try to be as historically accurate as possible. He has analysed satellite images and the game includes the full order of battle of the Union Army of the Potomac and the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia.  This means that the amount of units are based on historical facts. If this is really true, has yet to be seen.

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