Projekt "W" (for Weltherrscher = World ruler) - "Phase 2" is a turn-based strategy game set in a hostile not-so-distant future where only five huge nations remain that battle it out for world domination.

You take control over on of these nations, each with it's own territory and specific set of bonus factors, and your goal is to conquer the whole globe.

Current downloads (May 2013, open beta #190) :

(Windows) Projekt “W” – Phase 2 – Open Beta rev. #201 (~83 MBytes)
(Linux, i386) Projekt “W” – Phase 2 – Open Beta rev. #201 (~90 MBytes)
(Linux, x86_64) Projekt “W” – Phase 2 – Open Beta rev. #201 (~90 MBytes)

Note : This is a freeware title. And though it's currently still in beta, the final title will be freeware too.

Quick rundown of what you do during a game :

  • Manage your regions
    Your regions are the main source for resources needed to fund your war efforts, so managing them in an effective way is very important. So you'll spend much time constructing buildings inside your regions and upgrading them. You also need to make sure your people are happy or you're going to loose regions. You can select from dozens of different buildings in several categories (military, civil, research, health-care, science, leisure, etc.).
  • Manage your armies
    Since this is a hostile environment it's inevitable to have a well-managed army. So you need to create and manage division, construct, assign and upgrade military units and hire generals for your divisions that give them bonusses.
  • Unlock new technologies
    The game offers dozens of technologies to be researched by your scientists, with technologies often unlocking new technologies alongside buildings and military units or
    giving you advantages over your enemies. So steady research is a must to survive.
  • Work on global projects
    Global projects are mighty projects that need your whole nation's attention to finish. There are two different categories : Active projects with powerfull attacks you can unleash onto your enemies (nukes, pandemics) and passive projects that boost your nation's skills (build faster, bolster espionage skills). These projects are expensive and need time to unlock but they can become real game changers.
  • Do espionage and sabotage
    The game includes a deep and complex espionage and sabotage system. You can hire agents to infiltrate enemie regions or data nets and even put them into your own regions to do counter espionage. You can get important data from your enemies and even demolish their buildings or steal credits from them. But don't get caught!
  • Manage your staff
    A leader is only as good as it's staff. So hire and train your scientists, agents and generals so they can give you an advantage over your enemies. A well-trained general attached to a mighty division can become almost unstoppable.

Features of the game :

  • State-of-the-art 3D graphics
    The game uses OpenGL and Shaders to render it's starte-of-the-art 3D graphics. From the main globe to the day/night cycle, over to the GUI programmed especially for this game up to the 3D battlefields where you can zoom into the details of all your units.
  • Turn-based hexagonal battles
    New in "Phase 2" are real 3D-battlefields where you can fight for enemy regions (or defend your own) on a hexagonal battlefield, turn-by-turn. Everything here is rendered in full 3D so you can move, rotate and zoom freely while moving your units in half a dozen different environments on dozens of different maps.
  • Over a dozen of military units
    The game includes almost 20 different military units, starting from the basic infantry to modern stealth-bombers and huge walker platforms. Every unit has it's strength and weaknesses, so it's necessary to balance your unit mix. And every single unit has different skins for all five nations and is presented in full 3D.
  • More than 40 different buildings
    The game includes more than 40 different buildings you can construct in your regions, split up into different categories. Many of which are unlocked during research. This offers a lot of variety for regional construction
  • Extensive technology tree
    More than 30 technologies can be research that unlock buildings, military units or give you bonuses. Included are also endless reasearch technology for when you're done with normal research.
  • Different types of global projects
    The game includes global projects that range from nuclear warheads (along with animated explosions) to pandemics that spread over the globe to more passive projects like espionage satellites.
  • Complex strategic gameplay
    Projekt W offers you complex and deep turn-based gameplay. Take your time to plan your steps, a game can last dozens of hours or be over in just a few, depending on your skills and your enemies.
  • Human and AI-controlled nations
    When setting up a game you can choose to either fight against competitive AI-controlled nations or human players (via hotseat). You can even mix both of them.
  • Smooth and rich user interface
    The user interface of the game was written especially for this game and also uses OpenGL for hardware rendering. So you get both an easy-to-use UI that also looks sleek and even allows for 3D rendering inside 2D windows.
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1 comment by SaschaWillems on Jul 13th, 2013

Here comes a new Phase 2 open beta release (#201) :

(Windows) Projekt “W” – Phase 2 – Open Beta rev. #201 (~83 MBytes)
(Linux, i386) Projekt “W” – Phase 2 – Open Beta rev. #201 (~90 MBytes)
(Linux, x86_64) Projekt “W” – Phase 2 – Open Beta rev. #201 (~90 MBytes)

Introducing another platform, Linux x86_64. Contrary to a 64-Bit windows, a 64-Bit linux doesn't support 32 Bit applications out of the box, and in order to run them you need to install some multiarch stuff. So from now on those of you that run a 64-Bit linux (which I guess is standard like in the windows world) without 32-Bit libs installed can just grab the 64-Bit release.

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Highlights of this release include :

  • 64-Bit release for Linux (x86)
  • Fixed a bug that stopped ecology buildings from getting finished.
  • Fixed wrong global project calculation for minimum required funds to progress.
  • (Linux) The sound library ( is now loaded dynamically. If there was a problem loading it you get a corresponding message instead of the game not starting.
  • (Linux) Executable bits for the start script and the game’s binary have been set.
  • Fixed lots of spelling and grammar errors.

The Mac OSX release that I recently announced isn't quite ready yet, but the game already runs and plays perfectly on a mac. But since there's still testing left to do (I only have access to one mac, a mac mini at work) and I guess I'll have to tweak some code and fix some minor issues before I can release it to the public. Depending on how it turns out I may run a closed beta with the Mac OSX version first though.

Important note for the desura release : JYI : The updated release has been submitted for desura release, but due to the approval process it may take some time until you can grab this release from desura.

And once again I'd like to thank all of you that downloaded my game and gave me (lots of) valuable feedback. This release doesn't include gameplay improvements that you requested, but these have been noted and will be put in one of the upcoming release.Next on my list is (finally) starting wok on the politics feature, a feature that'll hopefully add to the gameplay and make the game more of geo-political simulator.

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TheGrouch91 Jun 21 2013, 3:55am says:

Just here to give you a big fat thumbs up. One of the better grand strategy games i played and its for free! Completely free! Would easily pay 5 bucks for it. Maybe even more. Excellent game with alot of potential and already really deep. The AI is still a but silly sometimes but i guess its not that easy to improve that. Guess its more a multiplayer game anyway.

Once the few bugs are gone (like the ecology building glitch) it should be an awesome game. Keep up the good work!

E: One little question. Maybe im just stupid but my projects wont work. It says i need 150.000 C per turn and i easily have the money. All other personnal factors are good too. But it keeps telling me i dont have enough money and its paused.

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SaschaWillems Creator
SaschaWillems Jun 21 2013, 7:11am replied:

Thanks for your kind words, that's what keeps me motivated on creating free games ;)

As for the global project not advancing, even though you meet the requirements : I guess it's a bug. I'll take a look at that.

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TheGrouch91 Jun 22 2013, 8:28am replied:

If it helps i can probably add a screenshot but its just like i described. I seem to have everything i need and still it doesnt advance (apparently because of lack of funds).

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OrbitalMachina Jun 26 2013, 8:11am replied:

Advance on research? its simple,make the lvl 3,i mean the "high" research center in all your provinces,this should help,if not i can't help you

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Marsha Jun 20 2013, 3:55pm says:

I like the concept of the game, but I feel I have to point a few things out that I feel should be improved.

Number 1: In the tutorial there are many, many typos. In the later chapters and subchapters it gets to the point where it is no longer understandable. There are also many typos in the descriptions for the nations, and those also make it so that their history is not understandable.

Number 2: This may just be a glitch in my installed game but whenever I try to make ecology buildings they never show up once the construction is finished. The only one I could get to show up is the Green Spaces building, but when I tried to build another both disappeared and were counted as demolished.

I have not played much further but those two problems have already made it difficult to play. If they were fixed in an update then I would be more than happy to play your game. As I said before, I like the concept and I very much want to play this game.

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SaschaWillems Creator
SaschaWillems Jun 21 2013, 7:09am replied:

@Number 1 :
The english translation of the tutorial was kinda rushed, and that's where all the spelling errors come from. The tutorial is pretty huge, and once I get some more time to work on the game I'll take a look at the english one and fix all the spelling and wording errors.

@Number 2 :
Very odd, I haven't noticed that bug on my own playtestings and wasn't aware of that. But it seems like a serious problem, so I'll take a look into that issue as soon as possible.

Thanks for letting me know.

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Marsha Jul 1 2013, 3:13pm replied:

Ah, I wondered if it was an english translation. I can wait on that then, I know translating isn't a fast or easy process.

Thanks for looking into the problem with the ecology buildings :). I haven't played much of the game, so there could be more that I'm missing. I'll let you know as I play. Thank you for keeping up with this as much as you have. I've been looking at the comments and noticed that you replied to everyone and are trying to fix the problems. It's not often you see that in a developer for a free game, and it's refreshing to see.

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TheGrouch91 Jun 21 2013, 3:51am replied:

I can confirm the ecology building glitch. They randomly show up or dont. Wasted a ton of money (225.000 per building ._.) on that.

Cant tell anything about typos. The german version is fine. :3

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aadragonace Jun 20 2013, 1:01pm says:

Having a prob the game wont start and gives me this error.

Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
Application Name: ProjektWeltherrscher.exe
Application Version:
Application Timestamp: 51a9c755
Fault Module Name: ProjektWeltherrscher.exe
Fault Module Version:
Fault Module Timestamp: 51a9c755

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SaschaWillems Creator
SaschaWillems Jun 20 2013, 2:35pm replied:

That's bad and shouldn't happen. Do you see the loading screen, or does it crash even before that? What hardware do you use (mainly operating system and graphics driver). You should also find a log file in your documents\ProjektW_Phase2\ called log.html that you can send me via PM or mail. That log should include additional information for locating the problem.

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TanC Jun 20 2013, 12:01pm says:

Wow. This looks amazing! Downloading now to give it a whirl. It is really very kind of you to release this as freeware. Actually I was prepared to pay for the full version. :-)

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anagromataf Jun 20 2013, 9:25am says:

Linux user here;
ProjektWeltherrscher and miss the executable bit.

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SaschaWillems Creator
SaschaWillems Jun 20 2013, 2:38pm replied:

Does that mean the game won't run under linux? I've included a start script with the game for linux, and it worked on the linux boxes I tested. But I'm not a linux expert, so if there's a way of making it easier for linux users to play the game just let me know :)

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anagromataf Jun 20 2013, 4:25pm replied:

it runs if you chmod +x the scripts; meaning setting the magical bit so it is classified as script/executable rather than plaintext
btw; it would be really nice if you could bundle

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SaschaWillems Creator
SaschaWillems Jun 21 2013, 4:00pm replied:

Thanks for the information, will check the executable bit for the next release.

And is actjually bundled, you should find it in the linuxetras subfolder of the game, and the script actually looks there too.

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