Yes, it’s another tank-battling game. But this one at least offers something a little different.

Bandai Namco has just announced Battleline: Steel Warfare, which sounds on paper like most other tank games: There will be tanks (duh), advancement and customization, various game modes, guilds (called divisions), and even a meta-game played over a wide-ranging map. Pretty standard, so far.

A couple things seem to set Battleline apart. First of all, the game will draw from tanks from a wide range of eras, from WWI tanks to modern-day rolling death machines. Interesting, but how will balance work?

That might be answered a little bit when you take a look at the trailer video. Battleline isn’t aiming for ultra-realism, like other games in the genre strive for. The game looks more RTS/MOBA-like, with special abilities you can activate. That might help with obvious imbalance issues that come with pitting tanks 80 years apart historically against each other. It’s probably a smart direction to go, too. World of Tanks, War Thunder, and eventually Armored Warfare have the simulation game pretty well locked up, so you might as well go with an arcade-y feel.

You can sign up for the Battleline: Steel Warfare closed beta on the game’s website. The beta is scheduled to start in early November, with a full launch by the end of the year.

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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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  1. ExHuman on October 14, 2014

    So essentially, its moba with tanks ? Whatever.. What can be more fun than blowing modern Abrams or T-90 with antique WW I tank

  2. Fishi on October 13, 2014

    Sooo Bandai Namco…. “First of all, the game will draw from tanks from a wide range of eras, from WWI tanks, modern-day rolling death machines, to futuristic Gundam mobile suits.”
    Fixed.

    • blackone on October 14, 2014

      They should finally bring “Gundam Online Wars” to the west…best PVP online game so far with those large battles…loved to play it in JP even with a ping over 300.

      So we don’t need this tank game and want the original Gundam game and not this stupid SD Gundam Capsule Fighter crap

  3. Dav51 on October 13, 2014

    Looks fun!!!

  4. Curst on October 13, 2014

    Until recently this game has been published by “Game & Game” under the name “Blitz 2: Battle Line”. Now it’s about to close because “A global publishing company has acquired the license of the game and they will be servicing it on a different website soon”.

    The game is nothing special to put it mildly. But I’d probably still play it from time to time if it had more than 5 players online. Anyway… I wonder just how global this new publisher really is.

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