Beamdog revives tabletop classic with Axis & Allies Online

The developers Online edition of the classic tabletop game will be based on Axis & Allies 1942 second edition.

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Beamdog, a publisher known for releasing enhanced editions of classic cRPGs, is bringing a tabletop gaming classic to digital platforms. Coming to Steam early access soon, Beamdog is developing Axis & Allies Online for PC, macOS, and Linux. It will debut with a $19.99 price tag.

Axis & Allies is a series of WW2 strategy board games where players take on the role of major powers like the US, Japan, and Germany and battle for key territories on the side of the Axis or Allies. Various editions of the game add new elements, like new countries to manage, and Axis & Allies Online will be based on the 1942 Second Edition ruleset.

“Growing up, I had two favorite games, Dungeons & Dragons and Axis & Allies. As a long-time Axis & Allies player, I’m excited to be able to recreate this classic game for other avid fans— and for new online audiences,” said Trent Oster, Beamdog CEO, in the press release for the reveal. “Axis & Allies Online captures the tactics and friendly rivalry of the board game with a few key differences: there’s no setup or cleanup, and you can’t flip the table when you’re losing.”

There will be a maximum of five players in Axis & Allies Online, controlling either the UK, the US, the Soviet Union, Germany, or Japan. Matches can include a mixture of AI and real players. Beamdog is also partnering with Skybound Games to bring cRPG classics like Baldur's Gate to consoles.

Axis and Allies Online digital tabletop board game

“We know there is an appetite for an online version of Axis & Allies within the tabletop community, not necessarily to replace the board game, but as a way to play when your gaming group can’t meet up, or when you don’t have time to commit to a full game.” Oster continued, “Our online version is a great way for new players to discover the fun of this classic game.”

There's no official release date for Axis & Allies Online, but it will be "coming soon" to PC. Stay tuned to Shacknews for additional gaming and tech updates.

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