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Battalion 1944 – WW2 FPS Enters Early Access

by Thelget

Square Enix Collective announced Battalion 1944, the old-school WW2 FPS from Derby based studio Bulkhead Interactive, has entered Early Access on Steam.  The shooter – which is designed to replicate the feel of the best FPS games from the 1990s – albeit with all the extra grunt and gloss of a modern day game – recently enjoyed a successful beta weekend as a sign off before its Early Access debut.

“It’s no exaggeration that Battalion 1944 is the game I’ve always wanted to make,” says Joe Brammer – Studio Lead at Bulkhead Interactive. “We’ve enjoyed success at Bulkhead before, but we’re all gamers who grew up playing the best FPS games, so the idea of making one that stripped things back to the competitive nature of the shooters of old has been a dream come true.

“What’s even better is seeing the reaction of the gamers who have been able to play it so far – it seems they’re as excited as we are.”

Exploring a New Genre

Bulkhead Interactive previously worked on The Turing Test™ back in 2016, a celebrated puzzler also published by Square Enix Collective.

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“For us, Battalion 1944 represents a step into an entirely new genre,” offers Phil Elliott, Director of Indie Publishing at Square Enix Limited. “Square Enix Collective was set up with the intention of releasing indie games from a wide range of studios working on a diverse line up of titles, and Battalion 1944 and its focus on an old school FPS ethic is something we’ve never done before. We’re sure it’s going to be a major asset in our line-up for years to come.”

About This Game

Battalion recaptures the core of classic competitive shooters & refines the ‘classic’ FPS feel for the next generation. Focusing on 5v5 infantry combat, where precise flick shots with your Kar98, covering fire with your Thompson and fluid movement are key to clutching every round for your team.

KEY FEATURES:

Classic WWII FPS Roots – Skill Is King
Strike with speed, strength and precision as Battalion’s swift and smooth infantry combat paves the way for a skill ceiling competitive gamers will die for. You won’t find any airstrikes, attack dogs or overpowered god guns here. In Battalion 1944, you, your skill and your rifle reign supreme.

Wartide – Game Mode
Two teams. Two weapon armouries to be fed with the blood of your enemies. Two objectives to defend or blow to smithereens. Five players per team. Thirteen rounds to secure victory.

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Wartide is created with competitive players in mind. Every weapon matters and every round counts. Loot corpses to gather weapons for your team to use in later rounds. Then, focus on the map objectives to achieve victory.

Capture the Flag, Domination, Team Deathmatch and Free For All
In addition to Wartide, Battalion 1944 allows you to wage war across Capture the Flag, Domination, Team Deathmatch and Free for All game modes.

Skill Based Matchmaking
Skill based matchmaking rates your performance level and matches you against players who’ll put your skills to the test.

War Chests
Earned by levelling up as well as from the store, these entirely cosmetic chests allow you to wear your favourite weapon colours with pride when you take to the battlefield.

Dedicated Server & LAN Support
Whether you want to host a mod, run a private competitive match or ramp the player count well above the recommended settings; Battalion 1944 allows you to host your own dedicated servers.

By the Community, For the Community
This heart-thumping multiplayer experience is being crafted by designers who have grown up playing top competitive First Person Shooters; alongside community feedback from professional FPS players and an Early Access community shaped by the same gaming experience.

System Requirements

Minimum:

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: 64 Bit Only: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel Dual-Core 2.7 GHz or AMD Dual-Core Athlon 3.0GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 2GB / AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 20 GB available space

Recommended:

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: 64 Bit Only: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel Core i7- 3770 @ 3.5 GHz or AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or AMD RX 480 or above
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 20 GB available space

More Info About Battlion 1944

Battalion 1944 retails for $14.99 but is available now with 10% off via Steam Early Access. Those who backed Battalion 1944 back when it was on Kickstarter will get exclusive skins and multiple cosmetic and vanity focused loot crates.  You can learn more or follow the game on social media via the links below:

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