Chapter One: Overlord

Traction Wars is a Free to Play, standalone WWII Realism Game utilising the CRYENGINE. It will offer a gaming experience that highlights realistic and historically accurate environments leading you through the battlefields of WWII. The first release "Overlord", will feature the early stages of the Normandy Campaign between the British and German Armies. From the infamous D-Day invasions through to the capture of Caen in the Summer of 1944, players will take part in some of the most fierce and bloody battles in history. Traction Wars will be released in a series of chapters, each expanding upon the previous. Chapter One: OVERLORD, is currently in development.

The following features will be included in the first release:

  • Two Nations (Britain and Germany)
  • Teamwork Orientated Gameplay
  • 20+ beautifully authentic WWII weapons
  • Squad & Command System
  • Balanced & Historically Accurate Class System
  • Historically accurate and detailed maps
  • Custom Interfaces and HUD
  • Original Soundtrack

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Blog RSS Feed Report abuse Latest News: Dev Blog #22: TankFest 2015

2 comments by calgoblin on Jul 5th, 2015

Last Saturday six members of the Traction Wars Team gathered (some for the first time!) at TankFest 2015 at Bovington, Dorset, England. The combination of a team gathering and so many tanks, which ranged from the very first (and rather poor) attempts to the current main battle tank serving the British Army, the Challenger II was too good to miss.

Before launching into tales of our armoured encounters we first should attach a health warning to prevent an outbreak of excitement.

Armoured vehicles will not be included in Chapter One: Overlord. Sadly we have to draw the line somewhere on what is included in the first release and it was decided to leave armour out in order to focus on infantry in more detail and reduce the size of Chapter One to shorten its development. It's ironic that we spent the day at an event entirely dedicated to armour but it was too good an opportunity to miss for anyone interested in WW2/Armour as I'm sure you will all appreciate!

WWI Mark IV and Replica A7V Sturmpanzerwagan
WWI Mark IV and Replica A7V Sturmpanzerwagan
Fury and Lucy Sue from the 2014 film “Fury”
Fury and Lucy Sue from the 2014 film “Fury”



Tiger I No.131 rumbles around the arena
Tiger I No.131 rumbles around the arena


The day got off to a great start with our arrival at the venue greeted by a Spitfire Mk XI roaring around us as it climbed, dipped and rolled across the sky to its own unique and special soundtrack - a Rolls Royce Merlin Engine! Suitably enthusiastic we headed into the ground to walk amongst the armoured monsters. There were too many to mention individually but we could not leave out (probably) the most famous tank in the world - Tiger 1 No. 131. It's unusual to be able to get see such rare examples of WWII armour as the Tiger I but to hear and see one on the move is very special.

The Tank Museum Show Ground at Bovington, Dorset, UK

The Tank Museum Show Ground at Bovington, Dorset, UK


The live action in the arena culminated in a mock battle between US infantry with three Shermans in support vs. German defenders supported by a Panzer III. Opening with a sound of aircraft overhead and smoke, the German defenders put up a fierce resistance to the advancing US troops. Victory seemingly in their grasp the US were put onto the defensive at the arrival of Tiger 131 which was eventually disabled after a moving duel with the Sherman "Fury".



Whilst of course the event was an incredible opportunity to get up close to some of the most iconic pieces of armour in the world, the event was also a valuable opportunity for members of the team to discuss face to face the development of the game, both specifically what’s going on at the moment behind the scenes and planning out in more detail the future features of the game.


Reflecting on a King Tiger
Reflecting on a
King Tiger
Calgobin, SpaceCroissant, General Naga, Mars, brrr & hannibaldinksi
Calgobin, SpaceCroissant, General Naga, Mars, brrr & hannibaldinksi



Taking a closer inspection of the Panzer IV.
Taking a closer inspection of the Panzer IV.


At the end of the day we carried out a tactical withdrawal to a local pub to rehydrate and have a more formal development meeting over food. We won't spoil the fun by telling you the details but topics of conversation included; health, immersion, interface/controls, multiplayer interface and (most importantly) ways to speed up the development process & the upcoming schedule of news updates.

We all had a fantastic day and we look forward to sharing with you over the coming months the results of the decisions made during the day.

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Tufst1.1
Tufst1.1 Feb 11 2014, 11:43am says:

Quick question, this may sound dumb but is the game kinds like Planet Side but more WW2 based WW2?

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Roughbeak
Roughbeak Feb 14 2014, 12:34pm replied:

Many have said it will be similar to Battlefield 2 mod: Forgotten Hope 2, but even better realism and accuracy.

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Wulfburk12
Wulfburk12 Feb 17 2014, 9:08pm replied:

Nice :) Forgotten hope 2 is my favorite game of all time, cant wait for this!

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balck
balck Apr 26 2014, 4:50am replied:

Can they make it more like Battlefield 1942, Fun? Instead of annoyingly frustrating in every way possible like Forgotten Hope 2?

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Brainlaag
Brainlaag May 11 2014, 6:41am replied:

I hope they don't go for either. Both are terrible generic games by now and I've been dying to have an historically accurate and somewhat realistic/tactical game for a loooonngg time.

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Generalfeldmarchall
Generalfeldmarchall May 29 2014, 11:37am replied:

i thought FH2 is pretty accurate at historical.

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balck
balck May 17 2014, 9:49am replied:

Red Orchestra 2 or 1 are the ones you're looking for.

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Brainlaag
Brainlaag May 19 2014, 11:05am replied:

Nope, while the RO has some realistic approaches (especially thanks to mods like Darkest Hour), RO2 failed miserable in that aspect and simply didn't incorporate proper tactical depth into the game (not to mention the historically inaccuracies). I was thinking more of something similar to OFP, Hostile Intent, SWAT or Raven Shield in terms of gamepace and team cohesion.

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Generalfeldmarchall
Generalfeldmarchall Jun 22 2014, 11:59pm replied:

oh you mean the tactical? i thought was like the history of the battle of Stalingrad its self.

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cinco
cinco May 28 2014, 6:28pm replied:

then you're stupid, because ww2 tactics weren't like that at all.

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Brainlaag
Brainlaag Jun 6 2014, 5:59am replied:

Reading and comprehension isn't your strong point ey? I'll repeat it for you: "I was thinking more of something similar to OFP, Hostile Intent, SWAT or Raven Shield in terms of GAMEPACE and TEAM COHESION.

Now, off to middle school boy!

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Wulfburk12
Wulfburk12 May 9 2014, 5:01pm replied:

guess you never played PR have you? If you got that idea from FH2, which is more of a compromise between arcadey and a simulator... (PR being the latter and BF1942 the former)

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