Publisher CDV seems intent on converting every square inch of history of World War II into a PC gaming experience, and War Leaders: Clash of Nations is its attempt to meld a strategic metagame with an real-time strategy game. It's hoping that the result will blend the familiarity and strategic depth of a real-time strategy game with the diplomacy, research, and troop positioning aspect of a board-game-esque overworld map.
We had a chance to see War Leaders at CDV today and managed to take a look at both the overworld metagame and the RTS engine. At the start of the game, you'll be able to choose one of seven prime players in World War II, including Germany, Great Britain, France, Japan, and, of course, America, and attempt to position your troops so that you eventually vanquish your foes. Troop movement is a simple drag-and-drop process; you select a unit in one territory, then drag it to an adjacent territory to invade it. Fans of Axis & Allies should be right at home here. We didn't get a chance to see many options that CDV is planning to implement for the strategic map, but it's promising the ability to control espionage in addition to the diplomacy and research efforts mentioned above.
Microsoft Windows® 98/98SE/2000/Me/XP/Vista
Pentium IV 2.4 GHz
3D graphics card with 128Mb and T&L (DirectX v9.0c compatible)
512 MB RAM
DirectX v9.0 compatible sound card