Decisive Campaigns: Barbarossa

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DC: Community Scenario November 1942 released!

Posted: 12 DEC 2018

A great and huge new scenario for DC: Community Project

4 German Army Groups, 11 Armies, 4 Allied Armies 50+ Corps, 200+ Divisions are facing 13 Soviet Fronts, 500+ Divisions and Brigades. The great Soviet winter offensives are about to test the mettle of the Wehrmacht once again! All is in the balance.
This scenario by Davide Gambina (nikdav) models operation Uranus, operation Mars and the subsequent operations Little Saturn, Ostrogohsk-Rossosh and Voronezh-Kastornoe. All this on one huge map that gives the player full operational control.


Decisive Campaigns: Barbarossa AAR Workers of the World United!

Posted: 20 MAR 2018

Being the supreme leader of Soviet Union is not an easy duty. Being the paranoid supreme leader of Soviet Union seems very tough. Being the paranoid supreme leader of Soviet Union during Barbarossa must be an impossible challenge!

But apparently, our glorious user John B. has been not intimidated at all and decided to write a very useful AAR playing as the Soviets with Decisive Campaigns: Barbarossa!


Decisive Campaign: Barbarossa AAR - Erzac vs mssm45

Posted: 29 AUG 2017

Welcome back! Today we want to highlight a Decisive Campaign: Barbarossa After Action Report! We see Erzac as the Axes, while mssm45 will face him as the Allies on the East Front.


Decisive Campaign: Barbarossa - Iran/Iraq Mod by lion_of_judah

Posted: 23 AUG 2017

Today, we are going to highlight a cool Decisive Campaign: Barbarossa mod that was made by lion_of_judah, about the Iran-Iraq war!


Decisive Campaigns: Barbarossa Version 1.03r available!

Posted: 29 JUN 2016

A new update is ready for this revolutionary wargame!  Version 1.03r is now available and it brings a lot of important improvements!

Among all, the Hugo’s (War Diary) unit is given a darker shade to ID it in counter mode 1, a Soviet Instant Win Victory not triggering in unusual circumstances has been solved, and numerous text and typos are now fixed.

Be sure to check the entire list of changes here!


Decisive Campaigns: Barbarossa has been released on Steam!

Posted: 29 APR 2016

The titanic struggle between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union is here!

Decisive Campaigns: Barbarossa, one of the most acclaimed wargames available for the Eastern Front, comes to Steam with its full array of innovative features and new elements!

"Winner of Grogheads "Digital Wargame of the Year” award, liked by Rock Paper Shotgun and with a 'you need to play this game' advice from the Three Moves Ahead podcast, Decisive Campaigns: Barbarossa is not the usual turn-based wargame.


Decisive Campaigns: Barbarossa has been updated to version 1.03p!

Posted: 19 APR 2016

The remarkable wargame of  2015 has received a huge update, adding new features and numerous balance improvements!

The map's artwork has been revamped, the counters have been refined (with the option to switch between NATO symbols or not), and now Germans can choose to have a “Free deployment start”!

But one of the goals of Decisive Campaigns: Barbarossa has always been to include the Human Factor alongside strategy considerations. Following this pattern, the War Diary feature has been introduced, adding a new layer of immersion! Follow the  War’s events as they are narrated by a young Frontline soldier!


Barbarossa Steam Overview Part 2 - To Leningrad!

Posted: 18 APR 2016

As the Steam release date is coming closer, it's time to take a look at the second episode of this "Barbarossa Steam Overview" made by Idjester!
Expect to see a lot of action, as Idjester will struggle with the soviets trying to recover from the first shock!


Decisive Campaigns: Barbarossa Overview - Part 1

Posted: 12 APR 2016

Decisive Campaigns: Barbarossa is coming to Steam very soon. This award-winning wargame, considered as one of the best games around by both players and press, can appear very intimidating to newcomers. It’s not really something you would consider as an introductory game for novices.

We have asked YouTuber and avid tactical wargamer Idjester to try and explain the game from the point of view of someone who never got to face a complex operational wargame.


Decisive Campaigns: Barbarossa is coming to Steam!

Posted: 4 APR 2016

“ [The] Barbarossa’s most invigorating innovation [is] a nervous stroll through the minefield that was a WW2 general’s in tray. Tramping through the political swamp the developers have so skilfully evoked with his plethora of history-rich, humour-flecked decision dialogues, provides a wonderful sense of what it must have been like to sit in the turret of the German war machine in 1941” – Rock Paper Shotgun

"Operation Barbarossa in its present state represents a highlight in the progress of serious computer war gaming" - Wargamer

“You need to play this game”- Three Moves Ahead


Since its release, Decisive Campaigns: Barbarossa has been considered one of the most groundbreaking wargames depicting the German invasion of Soviet Russia.

Awarded “Overall Digital Game of the Year and Digital Wargame of the Yearby the Groghead’s Readers, Decisive Campaigns: Barbarossa employs an innovative gameplay mechanic, in which political affiliations and personal relations between you and your superiors (and subordinates) have a strong impact during the military operations!


2015 Readers Choice Awards Matrix Games

Posted: 1 MAR 2016

The competition was intense but Grogheads strategy lovers have decided!

Decisive Campaigns: Barbarossa has been awarded as Overall Digital Game of the Year and Digital Wargame of the Year!

But good news are not over, since Command: Modern Air/Naval Operations: Northern Inferno and Flashpoint Campaigns Germany Reforged have reached the second and third place respectively for the category Digital Expansion/DLC of the Year!


Decisive Campaigns: Barbarossa has been updated to Version 1.01

Posted: 14 DEC 2015

Barbarossa, one of the most innovative wargame of the year has received un update! Version 1.01 is finally live and it brings a lot of improvements!

Alongside some fixes – like the addition of three hexes to East Prussia on map – this update is strongly AI oriented!

Now the Soviet AI has been implemented to perform better in this version, having more offensive edges, more caution with the defense of key objectives such Leningrad and Moscow and more flexibility in army placement!

Be sure to check the entire list of changes here


Decisive Campaigns: Barbarossa is now unleashed!

Posted: 24 NOV 2015

22 June 1941. The German-Soviet border. The signal to unleash Operation Barbarossa has been given!

Strong Panzer groups break through the Red Army lines. Ambitious generals like Guderian and Hoth push their mechanized forces to their limits.

Initial resistance by a confused and surprised Red Army seems weak... and the Soviets take massive casualties.

But soon the realities of war on the Eastern Front will become clear.

Play as the Germans and experience the chain of command from the inside. Fend off the demands of your superiors and corral your strong-headed subordinates into working together as a coordinated team. Politics and people and are just as important as the sweeping advances conducted by your Panzer Divisions.


Barbarossa Soviet Leaders

Posted: 10 NOV 2015

Even dictators have to fight their way through the occasional rough patch. Obsequious, complaint, subordinates aren't enough. Having the power to forcibly remove those opposed to you is small comfort when you have your back to the wall with the most experienced and professional army in the world invading your homeland.

In Decisive Campaigns Barbarossa, you take on the role of Stalin. Absolute power is only of use to those with the willingness to apply it ruthlessly and without regard for consequences. All that matters is that the hammer and sickle remains flying proudly over the Kremlin.


Barbarossa Screenshots are revealing the importance of Decisions!

Posted: 3 NOV 2015

Decisive Campaigns Barbarossa presents a never before seen model of Operational Command. Invading Russia isn't purely a dry, numerical, counter shuffling exercise.

It's about being immersed in Decisions that cover everything from arbitrating disagreements over rail scheduling to negotiating a way to minimise the disruption of a propaganda film crew in your headquarters while smiling for the camera and inspiring the home front.

But decisions don't happen in a vacuum. Everyone of them involves People.  Superiors and subordinates.  There's a war on. People are stressed. Under pressure. Marching to the drums of their own agendas.


Barbarossa German Leaders!

Posted: 27 OCT 2015

Usually, most wargames are super-detailed and focus on simulating – and rightly so – the military aspects of a conflict.

Nevertheless, there is often an aspect of war neglected or only partially reproduced: the Human Factor and the range of complicated decisions that a Commander has to take.

In Barbarossa, the Chain of Command is taken very seriously. Far from being a mere cog inside an automated mechanism of decisions and order, playing the German Campaign you will act as the Commander overseeing the entire Operation Barbarossa.

In this role you will come across multiple different historical generals and leaders – accurately described in the game – with their unique personalities and goals.


Barbarossas Game Manual is as vast as the Russian steppes!

Posted: 22 OCT 2015

War is not easy.

If you are overconfident, unexpected situations can ruin the perfect plan. The incompetence of subordinates or superiors can spoil an entire operation.

And above all, there are objectives and goals. When hard choices are made, every piece of the jigsaw has to be in position. It’s crucial to know the exact circumstances to exploit the enemy’s mistake.

Preparation. Preparation. Preparation.

These are the keys to success, but if the task doesn’t scare you, your reward is awaiting you on the battlefield.


The Barbarossa box art is revealed!

Posted: 7 OCT 2015

Today we finally unveil the cover art  for Barbarossa, the upcoming epic wargame made by VR Designs.  The third installment in the Decisive Campaigns series is truly revolutionary and puts you in full operational command. You'll not only have to deal with maneuvering military units and handling logistics but you'll interact on a personal level with your superiors as well as your subordinate army commanders. 


Barbarossa New Screenshots Revealed!

Posted: 23 SEP 2015

Take a look on these new screenshots from the upcoming wargame Barbarossa, featuring a risky panzergroup manoeuvre, a supply issue due to different agendas and Zhukov dealing with Marshal Budenny!

Get more information about the game here


Barbarossa Decisive Campaigns Beta Call!

Posted: 19 AUG 2015

On 22nd June 1941 the German Invasion of  Soviet Russia began. Over 4 million Axis soldiers and 600,000 vehicles were involved in the Operation Barbarossa, probably the biggest large-scale invasion of the War.

The destiny of Europe lies on  3,000-kilometer of frontline.

Masterminds behind the stunning  wargames The Blitzkrieg from Warsaw to Paris and Case Blue are proud to announce the development of their third chapter in the Decisive Campaigns series: Barbarossa: Decisive Campaigns!

Set during the entire Operation Barbarossa the game features a deep and detailed chain of command, with which you are forced to work with. Refusing to follow an insane order could mean the end of your military career...



Decisive Campaigns: Barbarossa

Release Date: 24 NOV 2015

Language: English
Genre: Simulation
Turns: Turn-Based
Complexity: Advanced
Period: World War II

VR Designs

Product Specs

  • Theatre: Eastern Europe
  • Unit Scale: Division, Corps, Army
  • Players: 1-2
  • AI: Yes
  • PBEM: Yes
  • File Size: 424mb
  • Download Time:
  • - 56K Modem: 16hr 49min
  • - DSL or Satelite: 55min
  • - High Speed: 11min
  • Version: 1.00
  • Manual: PDF E-Book, Printed - Color

Product Requirements :
    OS: Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
    CPU: 1.5 GHZ Processor or Equivalent (Running the game in higher resolution requires more processing power.)
    RAM: 1.5 GB (XP), 2 GB (Vista / 7)
    Video/Graphics: 8MB video memory
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
    Sound: DirectX Compatible Sound Card


2015 Readers Choice Awards Matrix Games


Decisive Campaigns: Case Blue

Decisive Campaigns: Case Blue

Release Date: 16 JUL 2012

The team behind the award-winning Decisive Campaigns: From Warsaw To Paris is back with a new and improved game engine that focuses on the decisive year and theater of World War II! Decisive Campaigns: Case Blue simulates the German drive to Stalingrad and into the Caucasus of the summer of 1942, as well as its May preludes (2nd Kharkov offensive, Operation Trappenjagd) and also the Soviet winter counter-offensive (Operation Uranus) that ended with the encirclement of 6th Army in Stalingrad.

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