The Call of Duty 2 inspired multiplayer FPS just got the Second Major Update and now it looks and feels like a new "better" game.
Released in February 1st of this year on Steam Early Access, published by Square Enix and made by Bulkhead Interactive (known for the first person puzzle game "The Turing Test"), Battalion 1944 tried to be the new and definitive game for old school Call of Duty 1 & 2 players, reluctant to switch over newer, flashier and not very PC friendly CoD games.
While Bulkhead's latest creation started off very well, the game population went downhill soon because of the very slow response of the devs to players feedback and very slow updates releases, driving away very unsatisfied backers. Considering that the latest update is from March 16th we can see why so many people were upset by the state of the game.
In the meanwhile Bulkhead Interactive promised a big update and, after a four month long development and private testing phase, it looks like they delivered the long awaited response to players feedback in the form of the so called "Major Update 2", essentially an almost total overhaul of the game.
Bulkhead's themself released a very comprehensive sum up of the new update:
- Wartide 2.0 - Entirely revamped & improved competitive gamemode.
- Introducing ‘BattleRank’ Beta 2018 - Our free seasonal cosmetic progression system.
- Revamped Movement System - Improved lean, jumpshot nerf, smoother movement.
- New Competitive Map - Savoia, Italy
- New Weapons - MP28 & Grease Gun.
- Reworked Weapon Balance - Varied Weapon Choice & Sniper Nerfs.
- LAN Server Support - Including Grenade Training (Strat Mode).
- New HD Renderer - Improved visuals take Battalion 1944 visuals into the next generation.
- New Matchmaking System - Increased Stability
- Huge Performance Optimisations - Solid 120+ FPS on most systems.
- New HD Sound Engine - Advanced Sound Attenuation.
- EXPERIMENTAL - Added Bots to fill empty server slots - Can be possessed by dead players.
EXPERIMENTAL - Added Work In Progress Match Replay system (Third Person ONLY)
As you can read they were really committed in offering a better product to their customers and we can consider this update not only an "almost" new game, but also a relaunch aimed at bringing back players. In fact Bulkheads Interactive also released a trailer showing off how much Battalion 1944 is changed: it really looks like a new game!
The "overhauled" Battalion 1944 has a lot of potential and I hope players will go back into its arenas and having fun with it. If you want more details about the update I invite you to read the expansive "Full Changelog". We remind you that the game is still an Early Access title and as such it is not to be considered a completed game, nonetheless if you like it and you want to support the devs you can "Buy it for PC on Steam".