So a while ago Spartan Games collapsed under its own weight and the Dystopian Wars franchise was purchased by Warcradle Studios. The studio is owned by Wayland Games in the UK (an online retailer of games) and is known for producing the Wild West Exodus steampunk skirmish game. I’ve not played the game but it looks fun and has been slowly growing for several years.
Warcradle is now planning to release an updated version of the Dystopian Wars rules as a public beta in the next few months and I am looking forward to seeing what they produce. As much as I liked the game it was mostly my interest in the models that brought me into the game. The first version of the rules was a mess and while the second version improved the game in some dramatic fashions it was still a bit of a kludge.
No real word on what features will be in the new game but it has certainly got me to pull out my Prussians and French fleets to finish them off.