Steel Beast Overview


A new Mudspike article published at:

Guest Contributor Max “Tyco” Hall gives us an introduction to the best modern tank sim… Steel Beasts, that tank game that costs like 100 bucks? Back in 2006, a young version of myself picked up an expensive tank game. I played around with it for a couple weeks and then left it on the shelf.…


Many thanks to Max for the intro to Steel Beasts. I have to admit…I have two manuals and disks that sit like silent, menacing sentinels on the file cabinet directly to my right. They glare at me all day…and both have thick paper manuals that scream for attention. Steel Beasts and Dangerous Waters. I need 30 hours in a day to do all that I want to do…but I will get around to learning both of those sims one day.



Great read - thanks @Tyco!


Good introduction to a superb armor simulation.


Great read!



yes a great read, but the list of the full crewable vehicles is not completely.
Maybe he had not the current version SB ProPE 3.028 (x64).

Crewable Tanks: Leopard 1A5 (GE)
Leopard 2A5 (GE)
Leopard 2A5A1-DK
Leopard 2A5A2-DK

Cougar 6x6 MRAP
M113 G3 DK
M113 G4 DK
TPz Fuchs 1A6
TPz Fuchs 1A7

Truck: LMV
MAN 10t supply
MAN SX 45 (supply and fueler)
Unimog 1300L supply and Troops
Ural-4320 supply, Fueler, Troops, and Repair

Civilian: 1,2t Technical-T,HMG
2,7t Truck 4x4-F (DShk, M240, M2HB, MG3, NSVT, TOW)

Artillery: M113FO

Others: Wisent ARV
GTK Boxer/Eng
TPz Fuchs 1A6/Eng
M113 G3 Eng (MICLIC)
M113 G3 TOW
M901 ITV

and this are only the full crewable, there are other vehicles too.

And don`t forget the infantry.
We have a Rifle platoon, AGL team, HMG team, Missile Team (Sagger, Spigot, Bill, RBS 70, TOW, Milan, Javelin, Spike…), FO Team and Mortar Team.

They will bring up a new version this year.
Here the last statement of Ssnake (He is the boss):
"We definitely WANT to have a new version ready by June 2016. The feature set is still a bit unclear however (we intend to nail it down early in the 1st quarter, and then to start with the internal beta test).

The full feature disclosure will usually begin six to eight weeks prior to the anticipated release date. I have however already announced a few things on prior occasions, particularly the new terrain engine. We’ve been working on that almost since the release day of SB Pro 3.002. It will allow us to do new things in the future, not all of which we can implement initially, but it’s an essential project for a number of future core features. What I can say is that it’ll allow us to bring leveled roads to mountain slopes, and generally smoothed roads. It’ll allow us to create hairpin curves on very steep slopes which is actually something that not many real-time simulations do at all, or do well, so we’re actually quite proud of that (even though the practical application in Steel Beasts maps may be rare).
One consequence of this new terrain is that it will absolutely require 64 bit, so we can no longer support X86 mode. Another is that height maps will require substantially more disk space. I will post more on that in a separate thread some time in the new year.

Expect new playable vehicles. Which ones will remain undisclosed, of course, until shortly before the release date. But you’ll love 'em.

Also, we’ll include the particle system that we had hoped to have in SB Pro PE 3.0, but we seriously underestimated the amount of work that had to be invested, both into the particle system itself as well as into the artwork, or the shader effects. But I’ve seen some amazing eye candy in early development previews (at least “amazing” to me, a dinosaur who started home computing in the mid 1980s). The days of eternal sunshine in Steel Beasts are definitely coming to an end. Bad weather may never have been so good.

We’ve invested a substantial amount into the infantry field, above all, the user interface, so that small scale infantry scenarios will become much more practical to play.

Another hopefully welcome feature of practical value will be “force templates”, allowing you to configure the equipment of each mech infantry team so you can have, say, multiple variations of infantry platoons for the same nation but different tables of organization and equipment across decades of doctrinal changes. You’ll be able to save company and even battalion force templates, which you can then share with the community so you can create your scenarios much faster without having to put together everything from scratch, every time.

There’s so much more, but for now this will have to do. We will post more information in the coming months."




Ok. Great intro article to Steel Beasts Pro. I’m going to posit an alternative view somewhat, however, to balance it a bit. No doubt it’s the best modern armour sim going…well worth the steep entry point. But it ain’t perfect by a long shot, and how you are forced to control your AI units is a real bugbear, IMHO anyway. You essentially have to set up conditional routes for exchange every unit with you on the mission planning map prior to starting the mission…which necessitates tying to anticipate just about every eventuality for every unit with you, which can get awfully, and in many cases, overwhelmingly, tedious. Or you do it in game after the mission has started, which gets you personally killed quickly most of the time trying to set up routes for your units, or becomes hopelessly complicated and confused once the shooting starts. Imagine trying to do separate conditional routes for more than 20 units real time once the shooting starts. Tedious, frequently impossible, and awfully frustrating. I wish there was a better way of controlling units…

That and the lack of any campaign or meaningful sequencing for missions (you just play stand alone unconnected missions made by community members…or you play the limited group that come with the sim as bought. In this respect, it’s kinda like DCS: technically brilliant but that brilliance doesn’t really lead to anything other than a single mission (I have to acknowledge the campaigns and linked missions that are starting to appear in DCS of recent times: they go a long way to improving DCS base modules!) I guess you get the buzz out of just surviving or technically fighting your vehicle. Multiplayer is probably where this sim shines the most: one does not have to micro manage every unit under your control and in this guise, Steel Beasts Pro really shines.

Just my view…putting it out there.




For what its worth it now comes in various “time limited” purchase options for those who want to try before you buy (so the “expensive” tag is not quite correct any more.

Options are detailed here:

But in summary:

One Month US$9.50

Four Months US$24.50

One Year US$39.50

Permanent US$115.00


Hi guys,

I told you, we will get a new Steelbeasts update this year.

Here the first movie with new stuff:





and more new stuff:





more steelbeasts for the next update:




Nice…! Everyone loves a parade!



and more and more stuff, this will be a awesome update:




Hi guys,

some more vids of the new version:





new engineer stuff will arive in June.





here a new video from M60 and M113:




Servus guys,

there is a new video up, with one of the things I wait since years.
Yeahh I will get my old home,a crewable Marder1A3 IFV.

enjoy, I did:


Duke in heaven