505 Games has announced the release of Battle Islands on Facebook. Previously released on mobile, Steam and PlayStation 4, the free-to-play base-building combat game takes players to World War II, and challenges them to defend their base and build an army capable of eliminating enemy forces.
In Battle Islands, players build their base and recruit units for their army by gathering and spending supplies, the game’s main resource. Supplies are automatically produced in factories over time (though they must be manually collected), and are stored in supply depots. Gamers can spend supplies on upgrades for most structures on the island, increasing the island’s supply production or defenses, as examples.
As players upgrade their command bunker (the base’s headquarters), they’ll unlock additional troop types for recruitment. These troops can also be upgraded to increase their stats. During battle, players deploy their chosen troops near the beach of an enemy island, with these troops automatically attacking nearby structures and defenses.
In addition to single-player campaign battles, players can attack other players’ bases for even more supplies. It’s worth noting, players will lose their deployed troops even if they survive the battle, and must recruit new units back at their base.
Players earn achievements as they complete specific actions, which reward them with free gold, the game’s premium currency. This gold can be used to speed up building, upgrade and recruitment tasks around the base, or to purchase extra supplies outright, as examples.
In addition to this Facebook release, Battle Islands has received a new feature called ‘Divisions,’ which sees gamers competing against similarly ranked players in weekly tournaments to win bonus supplies.
Finally, PS4 players specifically can now purchase a new Battle Islands Starter Pack for $7.49, which includes 1,000 gold and an extra engineer. The more engineers on a player’s base, the more building or upgrade actions they can complete simultaneously.