Cyanide Studio announced this week that their free-to-play turn based strategy project Dogs of War has now entered it’s Open Beta phase. DoW features a world based on Aarklash: Legacy, and game play structured around Confrontation, a miniatures based game from Rackham Entertainment.

With classic board game style tactics, players build their armies and take turns marching against one another on the battlefield. As there are many unexpected factors the player will encounter with his own personal army, such as low morale, desertion and theft amongst his soldiers, there is plenty to look after during any down time.

Dogs of War is now available through Steam, and the development team is counting on you to fine-tune all their hard work!

Michael Dunaway has been part of the MMOBomb team for years and has covered practically every major Free-to-Play title since 2009. In addition to contributing First Look videos and news articles, Michael also serves as the Community Manager for the upcoming MMORPG, Skyforge.


  1. All those argumentation about pay2win is ridiculous. The game has a very good value for free and a better value if you put money in it. Playing it for free doesn’t impeach you to enjoy the game at all!

    Kids want to play to be congratulated. I don’t see it that way and if I continue to enjoy this game as much as I do right now I will probably invest money in it for the multilayer after the release.

    Last note: all strategy games are based on probability, probability in games is luck.

  2. i played up to level 9. it’s pay2win i’m afraid. there are units in the shop you can only get with real money. and one thing that is very annoying and probably will be the reason i stop playing…. your units get “injuries” if they die in battle. sometimes… but often enough to wear you have to spend 1000 coins just to heal ONE injury (yes you can get multiple injuries on one guy). and seeing how it took me all day to get to level 9 and 4500 coins… i already lost have my coins to heal my guys. i don’t like it. the units you can buy with coins are very expensive.

    • Um…this is a flat out lie. Every unit in the game can be bought with in-game currency and 1,000 coins is very little in this game. You get 100-150, sometimes even 200 coins just for losing, 500+ coins for winning a match which means you get your currency rather fast. There is nothing in the shop that I saw not available for purchase with the in-game currency, even the cosmetic stuff can be obtained with it.

      Although not the biggest of the fan currently due to some balance issues I feel the game has, I’m not going to sit back and let you tell flat out lies about it to drive players away. So to everyone who reads this, I ask you completely disregard the post in which I am responding to and go see the game for yourself. You’ll see he is full of crap and this is one of the better F2P’s on the market (from a monetary standpoint) not to boot it’s one of the few stratagy F2Ps on the market.

      So, give it a go. It’s pretty decent.

      • why are you calling me a liar based on my own experience? did you know the shop is filtered? once you see all the things in the store, the most powerful units are for GOLD ONLY (the real money in-game currency). yes you can buy things with silver BUT NOT EVERYTHING LIKE YOU SAY.

        and i don’t get that much silver when i win or lose fights. i am fighting at 200 ap while i level my guys up which means a win = 200 silver and a loss = 50 or thereabouts.

        so don’t call me a liar then spew lies yourself you filth.

          • He’s wrong about some units being gold only, but he is right that the game is P2W. As you start progressing your army gets bigger and bigger, so the chance of injuries is far more frequent. That’ll drain all of your in-game currency to nothing and you won’t be able to buy a better army or heal your injuries. I know because this also just happened to me, so I quit. When paying gives you even a slight advantage, that’s considered P2W.

  3. its ok. it not really p2w but you can buy an entire company of troops at max lvl for around 40dollars. I didn’t see anything that is only limited to the shop but it has the signs that may change.

    • I changed my mind…

      This game had potential and it was a great idea, but like most free to play games, it was a complete disappointment. The game revolves around a lot of luck, races are highly imbalanced, and this is a P2W game. As you play your army will get injured and it’s very expensive to heal their injuries. Eventually you’ll go broke using your in-game currency to heal those injuries, meaning you’ll have to go into battle with an injured army, making you lose more frequently which ends up giving you even more injuries. It’s just a little scheme for them to force you to pay for their game. Good luck trying to recruit a more powerful army with this horrible mechanic.

      The tutorial is also horrendous and the way that they word the tooltips for abilities is so overly complicated. In the game there are also missions, which are equivalent to growing crops in Farmville. Yet unlike Farmville, going on a mission is pretty expensive and there is even a possibility that you can fail. You’d think that waiting a day, disabling a soldier during that period, and losing your money was bad enough, they even give your soldier a chance of obtaining an injury! I do not recommend this game, let it die off like the rest of the P2W games.

  4. Release the hounds ?
    more like release my toes !
    cause this game wreaks
    like wearing steel toe boots
    in the 100 degree weather
    then taking them off
    shoving them in your
    wife and kids face


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