There was a time when everyone was begging for a change of scenery in shooters. Call of Duty was firmly entrenched in World War II. And, Medal of Honor was actually relevant. I know, it was a long time ago. Today, that pendulum is swinging back. Now, many of us want to see a return to the World War II setting with today’s gaming hardware.
One developer is busy making this happen, and they need the community’s help. Bulkhead Interactive is bringing the World War II setting back to consoles (and PC) with the help of Unreal Engine 4. The game is called Battalion 1944 and brings WWII multiplayer to prominent locations including Carentan, Bastogne and more.
Here’s how Bulkhead Interactive describes Battalion 1944. “Battalion 1944 is an infantry based first person shooter with an emphasis on raw skill. No grinding, no ‘exosuits,’ just you and your skill as a player.” They’re saying the right thing that’s for sure.
I like my exosuits and jump packs as much as anyone, but a good WWII game on today’s consoles? Sign me up.
Battalion 1944 Kickstarter details
Bulkhead Interactive is trying to raise $142,577 (£100,000) on Kickstarter. You may be thinking that is low for the game. You’re right. But, Bulkhead Interactive is also throwing £100,000 of its own money if their Kickstarter is successful.
Here’s how the studio breaks down the cost of creating the game.
Pledges start at £13. That gets you Steam Early Access and a Steam key. Want a Xbox One or PS4 copy? Pledges start at £22. How about a day at Bulkhead Interactive and a bunch of other goodies? That’ll cost you £1,500.
One question that you should ask yourself during any Kickstarter is, who are the people launching it? Bulkhead Interactive was recently formed from the merger of two companies: Deco Digital and Bevel Studios. These two teams worked together on Pneuma: Breath of Life, an Unreal Engine 4 powered puzzle game that released last year on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
While Bulkhead Interactive is a new name, the people behind it have experience making games and experience working on Unreal Engine 4.
Battalion 1944 release date/timeline
A retail release is estimated for May 2017. In between now and then, the developer plans to launch a closed Alpha and Beta. After that, Bulkhead Interactive will go the Early Access route as it continues development and listens to players. Once it’s feature complete and stable, Battalion 1944 will hit consoles and PC as a retail release.
“Creating a solid & balanced gameplay experience for players will be our highest priority,” says the developer.
Bulkhead does have plans for post-game support, but microtransactions are not one of them. “Battalion 1944 will be a pay once full access title, with hours of multiplayer content!”
Battalion 1944 gameplay
It all sounds good, but how does it look? Check out some of the gameplay in their announcement trailer below.
This gameplay is in pre-alpha, but it looks decent. Then again, Unreal Engine 4 tends to make anything look pretty damn good.
There seems to be a lot of interest in a multiplayer shooter returning to World War II. Bulkhead is betting on this interest translating into a successful Kickstarter, and ultimately, a successful game. The Kickstarter campaign just launched and has already seen more than 300 backers pledge $11,000. We’ll see just how interested the gaming community is over the next 29 days.
Head on over to the Kickstarter page for more on pledge tiers and more info on Battalion 1944.
What do you think of Battalion 1944? Do you think any big publishers would ever revisit WWII, or is Kickstarter our best bet?