I’m not a definitive source on this, so don’t take what I say as absolute truth haha.
I thought I saw in one of their videos recently that the plan for the 2025 game was for later this year, or early next year. I will say, historically speaking, the dates HBG usually give for the rollout of something are typically a bit ambitious, and you usually end up waiting a few months longer. But you never know!
As for the game itself, I’ve understood it to be basically the same concept as the 1936 game. By that I mean, it’s not a boxed game. You’ll get the game map, battle board, tech chart, etc. in your purchase, but that’s about it. Everything else you need to buy yourself. So all units, facilities, dice, money, etc. are all things you need to buy. At least as it pertains to the 1936 game, I think it’s always been assumed that customers have previously existing A&A games, which can make up larger amounts of your forces needed for their game.
All that said, I know the units for the 2025 are modern day forces, and they don’t have a ton of that available on their page. So it’s maybe possible they do have units included in the game-price. Either that, or you’ll start seeing units available for purchase on their site!
So not a lot of concrete info here, but wanted to pass on what I believe I’ve heard re timing, and what my belief is of the game itself based on their previous 1936 game!