GEM 2 is the latest middleware from the Ukrainian game developers Best Way. Their engine is already well known in Eastern Europe and multiple titles were developed with it. The engine can be licensed through us for the West, aswell as support for the included tools in English and German. Improvements to the engine are being implemented on an on going basis.


As a leading middleware solution for RTS games, GEM 2 includes a huge amount of valuable features such as:

Core features:

  • High density physics, each object such as buildings can be destroyed completely with an enormous level of detail, holes can be shot in the ground and flying parts can hit actors
  • Most realistic armor penetration simulation system, each projectile can end up in a recochet and fly around corners if it hits its target on a very flat angle. Vehicles have no healthbars, they are simulated with different types of armors and their angles. Armor penetration is calculated in accordance to the impact angle, the angle of the armor, the armor strength and the gun strength, adding and enormous tactical addition
  • Direct control feature which allows the player to play each soldier himself and to drive vehicles on his own making your game an outstanding experience
  • Strong netcode with up to 16 players online and via LAN
  • Support of ingame lobby and online ranking system based on the ELO system which is used in chess tournaments
  • NAT support to allow hosting through routers and networks.
  • Cooperative online gamemodus
  • CD-key online protection system to allow only sold CD-keys to play online
  • Online autoupdate system checks automatically for gameupdates

Editor features:

  • Different heightmap polygons draw sizes to optimize polygon usage and performance
  • Free scalable ground texture size, polydetails and heightmap size
  • Polydrawing tool to expand or minimize your created heightmap
  • Different heightmap terrain drawing to simulate various grounds such as roads, stone, grass, snow and many more
  • Automatic terrain filling tool, which draws the terrain type according to the texture painted on it
  • Colordrawing tools to edit to colors of the heightmap textures
  • Grass drawing tool to add easily different types of smooth looking grass
  • Free selectable water level to adjust the height of your water at anytime

Entity features:

  • Very strong AI, each actor has an independent AI and decides whether he attacks, retreats, calls for support or just hides from enemies. There is no master AI, all AI actors will communicate with each other and work together. If the AI is weaker than the opponent it will try to retreat and to get help from allies
  • Inventory feature, each unit carries its own inventory
  • Simulation of skills for each single unit for different types of weapons
  • Realistically simulation of field of view of every single unit
  • Different Texmods for your entities, change the textures with one mouseclick
  • Details for your vehicles which are chosen randomly for each entity or can be selected by the missiondesigner
  • Number generators to randomly assign a vehicle number above its texture
  • Visual damage model shows hits on the vehicle surface
  • Each part of a house can be removed, added or exchanged with alternative part to add various variants to a single building
  • Edifice editor to set groups of buildings or single buildings to remove their roofs when entered by a player unit to allow inhouse movement
  • Normal, specular, environment and cubemap support
  • Smart LOD system which allows you to easily manage different groups of objects and their shadowcasting aswell as their LOD leves


  • A powerful FX editor to create and edit your own particle effects and to test them ingame
  • A flexible environment editor to create, edit and test your own environments ingame with simulation of day and night
  • A wide range of debugging tools
  • A video tool to create your own ingame movies
  • An animation tool, to test your animation assigned to entities ingame
  • A breed editor to customize, edit, improve your units and their equipment
  • A very powerful mission editor with a strong and flexible script language which allows you to script almost anything you wish with the ability to test it quickly with switching from mission editor to your game within seconds.
  • A 3ds Max exporter for all gameobjects, including features such as smoothing groups
  • Amazing modability, a strong support to your community!
Image RSS Feed Screens
Particle Enhancement Suite Vietnam style map GEM 2 Screens
Post article RSS Feed Related Articles

Gates of Hell

Here it is! For a long time, this project has been kept confidential. It's time to reveal it, let's do this!

Hard-boiled detailed campaigns portray the staggering war-torn ambient and the devastation of WW2, offering arcade and realistic settings aimed for both the beginners and hardened veterans. Then face off real players in massive online battles! The successor to the Men of War series arrives with unmatched immersion and massive dynamic multiplayer battles. Gates of Hell offers revamped infantry dynamics, accurate reworked ballistics and much more, including community requested features like redesigned flight model and expanded factions in its upgraded engine. Shift between RTS and Top-down Third person direct control modes and use the total destructibility of landscapes to revive the most intense portrayal of World War II.

Watch the trailer:

Gates of Hell

Gates of Hell

Vote us on Steam Grenlight!

Battle of Empires :1914-1918 is released!
Battle of Empires : 1914-1918

Battle of Empires :1914-1918 is released!

5 months ago Battle of Empires : 1914-1918 6 comments Report

Battle of Empires :1914-1918 is a story driven RTS, that re-lives some of the bloodiest battles of “The Great War”. The missions include some of the...

“Battle of Empires: 1914-1918” on Steam
Battle of Empires : 1914-1918

“Battle of Empires: 1914-1918” on Steam

9 months ago Battle of Empires : 1914-1918 1 comment Report

Great War Team is glad to tell you that “Battle of Empires: 1914-1918” is in the “Coming soon” section of the “Early Access” on Steam. December...

Underbarrel grenade launchers implemented
War Today: Five-Day War

Underbarrel grenade launchers implemented

2 years ago War Today: Five-Day War 0 comments Report

Finally, after so many years, GEM-2 engine had finally got functional grenade launchers. If you remember, there was no way to have a rifle that can fire...

Guided AT Missiles Implemented
War Today: Five-Day War

Guided AT Missiles Implemented

2 years ago War Today: Five-Day War 5 comments Report

A new feature, guided anti-tank missiles, has been implemented in GEM-2 engine for War Today. And we are rushing to exploit opportunity by adding it to...

Add game Games
Men of War: Assault Squad

Men of War: Assault Squad

2 days ago Released 2011 Real Time Tactics

Men of War: Assault Squad features a completely new cooperative skirmish game mode with access to five different nations (Russia, Germany, USA, Commonwealth...

Men of War

Men of War

3 days ago Released 2009 Real Time Tactics

Men of War takes place in Europe and North Africa during the height of World War II. The story takes place over three different campaigns and players...

Battle of Empires : 1914-1918

Battle of Empires : 1914-1918

1 week ago Released Dec 9, 2014 Real Time Tactics

Battle of Empires : 1914-1918 is a series of tactical games, which tells the story of one of the bloodiest wars in mankind's history - The First World...

Gates of Hell

Gates of Hell

1 month ago Coming Q1 2016 Real Time Strategy

Hard-boiled detailed campaigns portray the staggering war-torn ambient and the devastation of WW2, offering arcade and realistic settings aimed for both...

Men of War: Assault Squad 2

Men of War: Assault Squad 2

1 month ago Released May 13, 2014 Real Time Strategy

Men of War: Assault Squad 2 features new single player style skirmish modes that take players from extreme tank combat to deadly sniper stealth missions...

Men of War: Vietnam

Men of War: Vietnam

3 months ago Released 2011 Real Time Tactics

Men of War: Vietnam is a new game in the critically acclaimed series. Two new, story-driven campaigns let you taste the explosive mix of the jungle, Hueys...

Men of War: Condemned Heroes

Men of War: Condemned Heroes

3 months ago Released 2012 Real Time Tactics

Discover the story of one of the infamous Soviet penal battalions during the WWII. Famous for being formed under Stalin’s “No step back!” order...

Men of War: Red Tide

Men of War: Red Tide

3 months ago Released 2009 Real Time Tactics

Introduces a new story driven campaign based on the writings of Soviet scribe Alexander Zorich, as well as dozens of new or upgraded units and weapons.

War Today: Five-Day War

War Today: Five-Day War

1 year ago TBD Real Time Tactics

The basic idea in creating this game is to bring realistic gaming to a new level. Game goal is to carefully recreate the events of August 2008, during...

Faces of War

Faces of War

2 years ago Released 2006 Real Time Strategy

Faces of War is a sequel to the award wining title from last year. Faces of War combines real-time strategy with advanced tactics and the ability to control...

Post comment Comments  (0 - 10 of 38)
Guest May 27 2014 says:

This comment is currently awaiting admin approval, join now to view.

hanzknife Mar 27 2014 says:

Could someone help me? I cant add grass with grass tool at some locations, i tried Clip camera position solution and it didn´t help me. Could you spare some useful tips? Thank you.

+1 vote     reply to comment
superwasweissichdenn Dec 12 2012 says:

Hello people,
could anybody teach me how to export tanks and especially planes with autodesk 3ds max 2009 and the GEM2 export plugins? I really need some help to get my mod ready for the release.

+5 votes     reply to comment Aug 24 2012 says: GEM 3 GEM1 site

+3 votes     reply to comment
djsatane May 26 2012 says:

So how many more years till gem3 is actually used for a real game(dont count majestic 2) and there been no news about it for over a year

+4 votes     reply to comment
Foof898 Oct 15 2011 says:

I kind of hate how you have to "Place" water like a building. Just make a water feature!

+4 votes     reply to comment
[killz] Aug 28 2011 says:

Guys for the future. This engine, GEM3 engine, as well as FoW and MoW, was created by Best Way.No DMS or 1C...

Just not nice when someone else's achievements assign to someone else.

+3 votes     reply to comment Aug 17 2012 replied:


+2 votes     reply to comment
3rdguards Sep 25 2011 replied:

yes DMS and 1c were just publishers right?

+2 votes     reply to comment
Wladimir Sep 12 2011 replied:

GEM 2 is the latest middleware from the Ukrainian game developers Best Way. read the first sentence.

+4 votes     reply to comment
[killz] Sep 13 2011 replied:

I have read. But the fact that others do not ..

+5 votes     reply to comment
Post a Comment
click to sign in

You are not logged in, your comment will be anonymous unless you join the community today (totally free - or sign in with your social account on the right) which we encourage all contributors to do.

2000 characters limit; HTML formatting and smileys are not supported - text only

Best Way
Send Message
Official Page
Release Date
Released 2009
Engine Watch
Track this engine
Community Rating



75 votes submitted.

You Say


Ratings closed.

Highest Rated (7 agree) 9/10

The GEM Editor is really good made because you can create everything .You can bulid buildings,trees etc. . But what is really cool about the editor is that you can play in it . You create a map and after that you can play it ,without leaving the editor.All in all I think the GEM editor is really well made.

Dec 18 2010 by DerGrüneTeufel


Latest tweets from @bestway_games

Save 33% on Battle of Empires: 1914-1918 base package! You can buy Base package with Russian + French campaigns,...

Sep 29 2015

Steam Greenlight :: Draft Wars

Sep 25 2015

After the successful release of Battle of Empires: 1914-1918, which was developed by a young indie team Great War...

Sep 25 2015

Battle of Empires : 1914-1918 - British Empire now Available! The British campaign is dedicated to the combat...

Sep 16 2015

It is time to announce "Gates of Hell", the RTS which will give a new meaning to WW2 immersion. From infantry...

Aug 28 2015

Видео "BoE: 1914-1918 Multiplayer ANZAC Onwards!" ( на @YouTube добавлено в плейлист.

Jul 24 2015

Мне понравилось видео "BoE: 1914-1918 Multiplayer ANZAC Onwards!" (

Jul 24 2015

Видео "[FR] Battle of Empires - ReContact - Pyrrhus II, roi des Russes" ( на @YouTube

Jul 3 2015

Мне понравилось видео "[FR] Battle of Empires - ReContact - Pyrrhus II, roi des Russes" (

Jul 3 2015

Steam Community :: Group Announcements :: Battle of Empires : 1914-1918

May 6 2015

Embed Buttons

Promote GEM 2 on your homepage or blog by selecting a button and using the embed code provided (more).

20 of 746
Last Update
1 month ago
68 members