Battlesector offers three different multiplayer modes, allowing you to challenge another human player located anywhere in the world. To begin, select Multiplayer from the main menu.
Playing multiplayer online will require you to log in to your Slitherine or Steam account. Your Slitherine account can be used even if you are using the Steam version of the game, and we recommend that you use this as it will also allow you to participate in multiplayer tournaments. Like Skirmish Mode, Multiplayer games are played using armies that you have set up ahead of time, and you can do this in the Army Management screen. This is done in the same way as in Skirmish Mode, and armies created in Skirmish can be used for Multiplayer games and vice versa.
Two types of online multiplayer are offered Live and PBEM. If you play a Live game, you will be able to see your opponent’s moves as they happen in real-time, while PBEM games see each player play their turn, and then (automatically) upload the turn to the server for the other player. This server operates in the same way as many other Slitherine/Matrix titles.
Clicking on ‘Live’ or ‘PBEM’ will take you to the multiplayer lobby. In the center of the screen, you will be able to see the games currently available to join on the server, or you can click on ‘Games In Progress’ to see your current games and play the turns that are waiting for you. On the side of the screen, you can create a new match or revisit the Army Management screen, both of which are done in the same way that you would set up a Skirmish. Clicking on ‘Hotseat’ will allow you to set up a “hotseat” game, that is, two players playing a game on one computer. If you wish to save a hotseat game, you can do this just like any single-player game, by pressing Esc on your keyboard and then ‘Save’ and giving the save file a name.
Note: if you logged in to the Multiplayer system using your Slitherine account, you will also receive an email when a turn is waiting for you on the server.