Hex-based strategy games have been around for a generation. With WARTILE being a recent entry, the Civilization franchise never wanting to turn its back on its roots, and lesser-known games like Warlock using the system, it's endearing to see more simplistic take on the genre.
Gettysburg: the Tide Turns may sound like a blockbuster strategy sim based around the ferocious battle of the American Civil War, but it takes on a far more idealistic approach that you might otherwise imagine.
Rather than drop you into the frontline, deveopers Shenandoah have teamed up with lucrative strategy publisher Slitherine to deliver a fast-paced and easy to understand strategy title with a unique randimised turn-based system on top of its hex-based gameplay.
Through the images alone, you'll notice it's all very flat. Taking on the stylings of your common-place War Room strategist table, you're taking on the role of either the Union or Confederates across the historically accurate campaign and individual skirmish scenarios. Throwing your grand strategy on its head, however, comes the aformentioned turn-based system that "randomizes turns for increased tension" - a rather cruel move.
Though the Steam page may still show a 'Coming Soon' placeholder all over its darkened interface, Gettysburg: the Tide Turns releases tomorrow.