New Game Announcement: Axis & Allies 1941

| April 2, 2012 | 21 Comments

We have exciting news, just a few hours ago we received a copy of Saturday’s announcement of the latest upcoming version of Axis & Allies, which will be called Axis & Allies 1941. In contrast to Pacific 1940 and Europe 1940, which extending playing time, this new version promises a simplified game and shorter play time at only 1.5 to 2 hours. Now we can play 2-3 games in the time it might take to maybe finish one game. The MSRP of this game will be $30 USD.

Excited? Join the conversation on the forums.

Update: the release date was changed to July 27, 2012.

Here are the details from Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast:

Product Release Date: June 19, 2012


Key Selling Points

Quick and Convenient: Axis & Allies 1941 is designed to be set up and played more quickly than any previous A&A game. In essence, this is a simplified A&A experience that will introduce players to the A&A mechanics and play style. Play time runs between 1 ½ to 2 hours.

Familiar Mechanics: This game utilizes the A&A game mechanics present in A&A 1942 2nd Edition, as designed by Larry Harris (the creator of the original game).

New Units: A key feature for enfranchised players is an entirely new set of unit sculpts. There are 16 all-new designs such as the P-40 Warhawk, Tiger Tank, AVRO Lancaster, FW-190, IS-2 tank, HMS Hood, He-111, and the Akagi Aircraft Carrier. These playing pieces can be used in any other A&A game, and will be desirable to players who seek to expand their A&A collections.

Game Overview

Five major powers struggle for supremacy. Germany and Japan are aligned against the great alliance of the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union, and the United States.

Designed for 2–5 players, the game is set in 1941: The Axis has great momentum and is expanding its conquests in both Europe and Asia.

Controlling one of the Axis or Allied powers, you will command both your country’s military forces and its war-time economy. Show that you are a brilliant military strategist by planning your attacks, marshaling your forces into embattled territories, and resolving the conflicts.Victory goes to the side that conquers its opponents on the field of battle and liberates or occupies the greatest cities of the world. Change the course of history in a few short hours!

Game Components

  • 160 plastic pieces (32 per nation)
  • 16 new combat unit sculpts
  • New map
  • Rulebook

Update April 2, 2012: This is not an April fool’s day joke. The original Sales Solicitation flyer can be found on the Wizards of the Coast Retailer page, third link on the right column. You can also directly download the Axis & Allies Sales Solicitation flyer PDF. Note the website serving the PDF is For future reference, the following is a screenshot of the Wizards of the Coast Retailer page from April 2, 2012 at approximately 3:15pm.

More About Axis & Allies 1941


Update April 8, 2012: The link to the sales solicitation was taken down. Luckily, I saved a copy so that you can download and read the Axis & Allies 1941 announcement. Please do not contact Wizards of the Coast to purchase copies unless you are a retailer.

Update (June 11, 2012): Added the More About Axis & Allies 1941 section.

Update (July 1, 2012): Included a mention that the release date is July 27 and put a strike through the original release date. Also changed the excerpt to reflect the new date.


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David Jensen has been operating Axis and since 2000 and writing about Axis & Allies since 1997.

Comments (21)

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  1. Jamie says:

    I’m still waiting on a reprint of the 1940 Rule Book. That’s the real joke.

  2. Robert says:

    Nice cant wait! Hopefully I will find it in the stores in the Netherlands.

  3. Theo says:

    I have been playing axis & allies since 1993. I have everyone of them. I love the game! However,I cannot believe they are not releasing an”Axis & Allies: Stalingrad” What a great opportunity to do so with the 70th Anniversary of the battle this year! I can imagine sales would go through the roof! Instead, a cheap crappy version is being substituted as a “new” AA, I am mystified!!!!

  4. Joshua says:

    Wow, this is great! Can’t wait to get my hands on it.

  5. Sam Mutschler says:

    After hours of searching I can’t find the PDF for AA ’41, maybe it’s just my lack of internet skills. I just can’t find the file anywhere.

  6. David Jensen says:

    It looks like they took down the original PDF so I attached it to this post.

  7. Tim says:

    When does the game come out?

  8. David Jensen says:

    Your answer is in the article: June 19, 20120.

  9. turtle says:

    The number of pieces in the order section of the flyer is different from the number of pieces in the description. Are you sure the announcement wasn’t an April Fools from the Wizards site?

  10. David Jensen says:

    If you read the article, I have confirmation that it is not a joke. First of all the initial rumblings were several months ago. Second of all this announcement was released on March 29.

    A typo made the statements a bit ambiguous. 160 of the pieces included will be new, never seen before sculpts.

  11. Archgeneral says:

    Why would I want a shorter, more simplified version? I want my 1942 game to be twice as complicated!

  12. greg says:

    What will the difference between the “41 & “42 re releases be? I’m talking board, plastic pieces, etc. Because they both talk about changes to the pieces, have the same updates been made to each or will they be different.

  13. David Jensen says:

    The 1941 release is a brand new game. It will play in about 90-120 minutes. Though, I guessing we should tack on an extra 30-45 minutes to that number.

    The 1942 2nd Edition release is a refresh to 1942 Edition, which is the “base edition” that has evolved since the original.
    Classic Axis & Allies
    Then came Axis & Allies Revised
    Then came Axis & Allies (Spring) 1942
    Then came Axis & Allies 1942 2nd Edition

    Everything else is a “different” game.

  14. greg says:

    So will the “updated” pieces in the re release of ’41 be the same as the “updated” pieces in the re release of ’42? Will the board sizes be the same?

  15. Japan Fan says:

    Will you be able to do a preview of this game?

  16. David Jensen says:

    That I don’t know for certain. There are new units in 1942 2nd Edition and there are new sculpts in 1941 and 1942 but I don’t know what the overlap is.

    If I had to guess, there will be overlap in order to save on production costs.

    We will be receiving a review copy in about 2-3 weeks.

  17. David Jensen says:

    Yes, starting in about 2-3 weeks I should receive a copy and all set to do a preview.

  18. Darren says:

    Actually, I really don’t need a game that plays that quickly. Axis and Allies has always been something to be savored and played over a long, slow, rainy or snowy afternoon with a couple of good friends. Besides, when we’re in the mood for something that’s plays quickly, we just play either of original Europe or Pacific. They last us about three to four hours and that’s plenty quick enough for us. Axis and Allies is not for tweakers.

  19. David Jensen says:

    I disagree. In order to drum up new players and interest in the game, you need the spectrum of game lengths. Each new edition makes the game last days if not weeks, which is great. There are a few versions that take roughly 3 hours. All of these are still trumped by any modern Euro/Strategy games, like Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, and more. I actually think it is fantastic if A&A can bring in players from that world because the game play time is reasonable for an evening session.

    Finally, not everybody has the free time required to play a 10-12 hour game of A&A. If you want to play A&A and introduce new friends (or young kids) to the game, this could be the perfect edition for that. I might even be able to convince my wife and friends, who all prefer the aforementioned strategy games, to play this version.

  20. Japan Fan says:

    That’s my logic. Sure I have a couple friends who are really into those long gaming sessions, but even then after 6 hours the attraction wanes. This game time sounds like it sits perfectly in with a lot of other really popular board games ou there, which means it allows us to play a version of axis and allies with a larger audience. I for one am excited to be able to finally get my roomates and my girlfriend to play the game with me.

  21. Ben Blow says:

    I love the really long twelve hour sessions that come with europe + pacific 1940 but it is really hard to enthuse new players with a game which is so good but will inevitably chew up a huge portion of their wekend. So I welcome a shorter game for training and showing the weaker players out there just how good A&A is. Also the new sculpts are exciting. All we need now is some pictures of them.

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