Napoleonic Warfare
Holdfast: Nations At War is an online multiplayer first and third person shooter focusing on a combination of teamwork and individual skill. Take part in historic clashes on land and at sea waged by the most powerful nations during the great Napoleonic Era.

Charge into battle with over 150 players per server!

Fight On Multiple Fronts
Join the Navy
Experience what it’s like to be a crew member on board a military sailing ship. Raise the sails, fire the cannons, test the water depths and cooperate to keep your vessel afloat!

Enlist in the Army
Work with your comrades to storm enemy fortifications or support the fight from the rear with artillery fire. Keep the line steady in open field battles and lead your men to victory!

Class System
Play as a Captain, Sailor, Line Infantry and more! Every class comes with its own traits and roles which are crucial for your team’s survival. Holdfast: NaW’s order-based system allows for intuitive cooperative play where your ability to work as part of a team matters just as much as your personal skill.

Challenging Combat
Whether you are manning a cannon, firing a musket or swinging a sword, Holdfast: NaW's combat mechanics are easy to learn but hard to master. The game rewards player skill via a precision and timing based directional melee system.

Competitive Play
There will be plenty of chances for you and your mates to take on other groups in tournaments and fierce competitive events. Hone your skills because you can be sure that your opponents will too!

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Ladies and gentlemen welcome to another developer insight blog post. Throughout the week development has been constantly on-going on both the engine upgrade and the new spawn menu.

As we’ve discussed in our previous instalment, both of these tasks are massive undertakings and will be needing some time to complete. Not pushing weekly game updates also enables us to develop larger and more content-filled updates.

We also already have a good deal of progress to show off on the new spawn menu! More about the long-awaited Prussians, new fortifications, maps and our plans for building destruction below.

Andreas ‘Dreas’ Grech - Lead Programmer

A year’s worth of game engine updates are being integrated by Dreas into Holdfast: Nations At War's existing code base. With 150,000 lines of code continuously growing larger as the game continues to be developed, this task is one of the most time-consuming updates we have embarked on to date.

The engine upgrade will allow us to utilise newer and better technologies. As you’re already aware, the primary objective of this upgrade is to ultimately improve upon melee combat.

There’s been plenty of work done by Dreas on the upgrade but there’s more to be done. As soon as he has completed his work on the upgrade, we’ll be making it available on the BETA branch. We’ll certainly appreciate your help with testing it out then!

Holdfast NaW - Aboard the Brig

Dylan ‘Monroy’ Vassallo - Programmer

Monroy has been placing his priorities towards the integration of the new spawn menu user-interface and it’s shaping up quite nicely! Whilst working closely with our UI designer, Cameron Saliba, he is taking care of both the development of the required additional functionality to make this new user interface work and the placement of the 2D art assets.

One of the first major improvements that players will immediately notice from the old user interface is that it, of course, looks significantly better! A truly marvellous job done by Cameron here on the design.

When you initially join a server, you’ll be presented with a screen which will allow you to select your desired faction. There’ll also be new functionality being added to the game so that you can auto-join a faction. Once all the necessary work is complete, this will solve most of the team-balancing issues that players sometimes experience on public servers.

Holdfast NaW - Faction Menu [WIP]

It has also undergone plenty of changes to provide everyone with more information on the class they’re choosing. This functionality is being developed in preparation for the new class-system that will be introduced in a future update. You can have a look at various developer blog posts on our website if you’re interested in knowing more about this!

You can check our progress on this section of the user interface below. Of course, this is still a work in progress and things will look a whole lot more polished as soon as all the functionality and new art assets have been integrated. Cameron is also designing new thumbnails to represent different spawn locations and a scrollbar to alert players of the available classes.

Holdfast NaW - Spawn Menu [WIP]

The flag bearer class will not be able to spawn with a musket as indicated in the screenshot. The equipment information panel is still being coded in.

We’ll also be displaying a randomised set of ship names with the new user interface so you can easily distinguish which ship to spawn on if you’re playing with your crew mates. On a side note, we haven’t forgotten about the bugs that occur whilst playing on naval maps. They’re on our to-do list for fixes.

Julian ‘Rycon’ Farrugia - Lead 3D Artist

Now that Rycon has finalised his work on yet another map for Holdfast: Nations At War, it’s time to show more of it off. You’ll be able to check Linberg out in the upcoming update.

Holdfast NaW - Linberg

One of the most anticipated updates to date is undoubtedly the Prussian faction. There’s more to be done before you’ll get to see them in the game but we thought that it’s an opportune moment to show more of Rycon’s progress on their integration. Here’s a look at one the infantry units and the officer class in the game.

Holdfast NaW - Prussia! Rankers & Officers

What’s up next on Rycon’s list you may ask? Destruction! Our coastal fortifications already feature destructible environments and we now want to bring the same level of destructibility to the buildings present on land-based maps. Artillery will be playing a bigger role when this makes it into the game.

Walentin ‘Walki’ Lamonos - Level Designer

Walki has been making great progress on the fortification we hinted at in our previous blog post. The model itself is also based on a real fort. You’re welcome to have a guess as to where he took his inspiration from!

Holdfast NaW - Fort [WIP]

Interested in designing maps or perhaps new uniforms for Holdfast: Nations At War? We’re now giving access to in-house development tools that’ll allow you to do so! These tools require a significant level of technical know-how but if you know your way around things, you’re more than welcome to apply.

Go Here - A Call For Map & Character Designers

We’ll keep you updated on our progress. Feel free to hop in on Discord for a chat.

Thanks again for your support and as always, may good health be yours.

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Once again thank you for all of your support from all of us on the Holdfast: NaW team,

- Refleax, Rycon, Dreas, Monroy, Walki, Cameron & Rejenorst

Anvil Game Studios

A Look At Prussia! New Conquest Game Mode. Now 35% Off

A Look At Prussia! New Conquest Game Mode. Now 35% Off

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Have a look at the upcoming glorious Prussian faction. More about the new Conquest game mode inside.

Constant Game Updates! Holdfast: Nations At War is now 20% Off on Steam

Constant Game Updates! Holdfast: Nations At War is now 20% Off on Steam


After the release of two massive updates during the past few weeks, Holdfast: Nations At War is now 20% off for a limited time during Steam's lunar sale.

Huge Update! Bagpipers, Grenadiers, Melee, 4 Maps & More

Huge Update! Bagpipers, Grenadiers, Melee, 4 Maps & More


We’re bringing forth kilted men with the most recent addition of the Bagpiper class, the Polish Legion, Grenadiers, four new maps and more.

Holdfast: Nations At War is now 25% Off! Progress

Holdfast: Nations At War is now 25% Off! Progress


Things have been extremely busy here at the office! Keep on reading the blog post as we have a few rather exciting announcements to make.

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Will you make a American War of independence game?

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Big fan of Creative Assembly games here, and this looks amazing. Will you need testers?

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AnvilGameStudios Creator

Hello! The game is already out on Steam Early Access. Feel free to check it out.

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INtense! Staff

Holy batman, how have I not seen this till now. Love the detailed posts. What is your plan for mod support?

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AnvilGameStudios Creator

Hey, we would like to start from a map editor first then eventually move forward to other modding functionality. I'm really glad that you've taken a liking to our game!

Feel free to contact me on if you'd like a key sent over to check the game out.

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INtense! Staff

Awesome, we've got a new modding product coming out so when the time comes it be great to chat about it. See if there is a fit

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seems really amazing
please add more factions such as Prussians or ottomans too :)

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AnvilGameStudios Creator

We will most certainly be adding additional factions in Holdfast: NaW. The community will be involved in our decision as to which faction is brought first into the game.

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How is the entering of ships gonna work?

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What I mean is is it gonna work with grappling hooks?

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AnvilGameStudios Creator

Hey! Right now you can board other naval vessels by de-masting them which will cause the ship to cease sailing. We also have plans for grappling hooks to make it into the game in the future. This among other systems we have planned for naval combat will encourage boarding to take place even further.

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