Kharkov: Disaster on the Donets Is Released!

July 18, 2008

Kharkov: Disaster on the Donets
Is Released!

The next highly anticipated
turn-based strategy hit from SSG is now available!

Matrix Games and Strategic Studies
Group are thrilled to announce that long-awaited successor to the award winning
Decisive Battles series, Kharkov: Disaster on the Donets, is now available! To
mark the game’s release, a new promotional trailer exhibiting the various
features and new mechanics of Kharkov is viewing on

David Heath, Director of Operations
at Matrix Games, said “The latest masterpiece from the award-winning Strategic
Studies Group has been at the top of many gamers’ wish lists and for good
reason. Kharkov: Disaster on the Donets brings together the riveting and
enjoyable mechanics of the Decisive Battles and Battlefront titles and combines
it with plenty of innovation and novel gameplay!”

Command the Soviet forces, newly
confident after stopping and throwing back the Barbarossa offensive, or try the
elite and seasoned German army now reconstituted after Winter losses and ready
to regain the initiative. Two separate forces prepared offensives in the same
area in the Spring of 1942. When the dust had cleared the Germans had managed a
great victory that opened the doors to the drive on Stalingrad. But the outcome
was far from certain and in Kharkov: Disaster on the Donets, history is yours to

This new system supports both
regimental and battalion level combat, while incorporating many innovative
features such as off-map reinforcement decisions and on-map historical areas of
operation with mystery variants to increase replayability and limit the effect
of hindsight. Along with the streamlined supply and movement systems, a new
bonus and advantage system for headquarters effects, simplified direct fire and
improved combat tables, an improved strong points system and the ability to
create hedgehog defenses make this the most advanced and realistic SSG design to
date. This will also be the first in a new successor series to Decisive Battles,
with an updated Across the Dnepr sequel already in the works!

Kharkov: Disaster on the Donets –
Seize the Initiative and Secure Victory!

Click here to download the
Kharkove Disaster on Donets video

Features include:

  • Successor to the highly
    popular and award winning Decisive Battles and Battlefront engines, combining
    the best elements of both

  • An innovative and fun area
    of operation system which limits unrealistic redeployments for both players,
    with changes triggered as local objectives are achieved and based on mystery
    variants to keep the enemy guessing

  • Improved and simplified
    supply, movement and direct combat systems

  • Improved combat tables that
    better model diminishing returns and new HQ bonuses that can affect Direct and
    Indirect Fire

  • Improved strong points and
    new hedgehog rules

  • Models both battalion and
    regimental combat