Well, then – Battalion 1944 has already been funded. You may remember us reporting on the Kickstarter for the World War II multiplayer shooter earlier in the week – well, it's already raised its goal of £100,000, with a whopping 27 days left to go. The studio has said that it will add £100,000 of its own money to the pot, meaning that the development budget is already over £200,000.
To us, this doesn't seem like enough cash to deliver a compelling FPS in this day and age, but with the right stretch goals, it could end up raising a lot, lot more than that when all's said and done. Will you be backing this bold project? Storm the beaches of Normandy in the comments section below.
Seems a bit suspect, you're absolutely right this is nowhere near enough to even come close to making a full FPS. You're also right they could earn a lot more but...what if they don't? Are they gonna refund everyone from the Kickstarter? Seems weird.
But maybe they are already a long way through production and just need this money for distribution or something? The screenshots look like the game is already up and running...
Personally I am not a fan of WW2 shooters and do find them to be somewhat in 'poor' taste. Maybe that's because I am of a certain age and both my grandfathers were involved in WW2. I didn't see my grandfathers wartime medals until after he died for example - because he couldn't look at them without breaking down. The only times I ever saw my grandfather look weak, cry, tremble etc was when I asked him about the War - I only ever did this once. This was 30-40 years after it ended too. Knowing how much it affected him and my other grandfather too, the sheer horror of it and the impact it had on those that 'survived' seems very wrong to make a 'fun' game out of it.CoD:[email protected] was the last WW2 game I bought and I couldn't help but think of my Grandfathers, what they must have gone through etc, I certainly found the Campaign quite difficult to play through and Its also probably my least played of the franchise as well because of the family connection.
I am a fan of FPS games, and for me there is a big difference between a fictional and non-fictional conflict. I know I played Black Ops that also had an historical setting but I didn't have the personal ties to that as I didn't have direct family involved - I wonder how the Vietnam Vets coped with it??
I guess a lot of people no longer have family alive now or grew up around these. My Son (for example) wasn't born when his great-grandfather was alive and therefore won't know the impact it had on him.
From a purely game-play perspective, I am not particularly keen on 'old' weapons and the way the feel compared to games set in more modern and near-future settings. I don't have an issue with the type of combat - ie Boots on the ground, CQC in urban environments to more ranged combat too. I don't care if the environments are static or can be demolished either.
Nah, not interested. Being colour blind means I cannot tell the uniforms apart so I won't be supporting this. I could only play Killzone because the Helghast eyes shine.
@PorllM Look at Yooka-Layle - that seemed a low target as well. Achieving a target from Kickstarter though can generate investment from big investors. It shows them that there is interest and more likely to see a return on their investment. The more interest and funding it generates, the less risk to investors who maybe putting in millions.
Bringing back a WW2 shooter in a games market dominated by modern and futuristic shooters could be a huge risk. Its also a big risk to be making yet another online experience to compete with your time. Investors will noo doubt think how can this game compete in a market with games like CoD, BF, SW:BF, Halo etc etc. Just having the WW2 setting is not enough to guarantee interest and sales - especially as these haven't sold as well as modern/futuristic shooters,
If this 'struggled' to reach its target - or even failed, big investors would be less inclined to put money into it.
Already paid up. A perception of poor taste due to realistic historical design of a video game is an opinion that I do not share. Do we then also ban film, books? These are also mediums of entertainment. Nazis, guns, war, death etc is part of popular culture.
Sound's good people have been screaming out for a WW2 FPS for age's, it should do well I think's.
@BAMozzy I understand your point of view. WW2 had such an impact in many different countries that it's still impossible to reassume it in a single idea, nevermind a videogame. For Example, Central Europe lived on its skin both nazism and communism, while US and even UK faced them from a "distant" point of view. I'm from Italy, where WW2 also meant civil war, as in Spain, while France or Poland have seen that horror right in their houses. In Germany and Austria the situation is even more complicated...
@Bad-MuthaAdebisi I've read many books of italian authors directly involved in WW2 as soldiers, partisans or prisoners but I think it's quite different from yelling to the TV while playing a multiplayer shooter...
Fully support this project its good to get back to shooters that require more skill. As for the setting I have no issues with it. I have not enjoyed any of the COD in years just play and sell.
Atleast these guys seem passionate and they are not gonna just going to stick two fingers up to the supporters like the creators of Occulus Rift did.
@BAMozzy You make good points and I think that may have to do with it that the kids this age really don't have ties to that era really. To them it's just a fascinating part of history like the pirate age or the wild west would be for us. Alot of media of late has glorified WWII, movies, video games, TV shows etc. And sadly alot of these kids don't know the true horrors. Like how Japan was devestated by those bombs. Or what it was like to be in a interment camp in Poland etc.
@andreoni79 books a form of entertainment, yelling at televisions isn't the intention of this particular video game although I'm not sure that I understand the point you are trying to make regarding individuals yelling at televisions.
Good point. My granddads where on opposite sides. One fought for the dutch army and was send to a labor camp in Polland. The other granddad joined the SS because he thought he could earn a living and accepted that germany would take the hegemony over whole of Europe. Then he died on the russian front when the Germans where retreating. The difference between you and me is that the one who survived in the labor camp never like never talk about it. I think these games have a place because it does remind us of the horrors of war. Modern warfare games make it seem everyone is a super soldier and war is awesome. While WW2 games show the true face of a sort of religious fanaticism. The same we see today if we watch the news about salafism or the islamic state.
I've pledged towards it and I think this will end up raising quite a bit. My guess would be around £250K.
Whilst I do have personal ties to WW2 through relatives, and know a great deal of my ancestors in WW1 and colonial wars before that, it's something I don't have a problem with. Largely it's because this is fictional.
If anything, I find the way modern day politicians wish to have particular wars remembered is far more damaging to peoples' perceptions of them. And besides, they show army adverts in the cinema and on the television. The armed forces are already glamourised and have been for centuries by the powers that be.
I miss WW2 themed shooters like Medal of Honor, Call of Duty (the first few) and Return to Castle Wolfenstein.
I'm tired of runny-jumpy future war games, so this sounds like the sort of FPS I might enjoy.
However... £200k? Across 3 platforms? With dedicated servers and motion capture? From a developer you've never heard of before? On Kickstarter?
Not gonna happen.
Woooooo, niceeeee. Another pew, pew, bang, bang shooter! I need another one of these about as much as I need excessive bowel movements. Guaranteed to be top notch as well, what with only needing 100k to create the WHOLE damn thing. Another example of a kickstarter trap IMO. Buyer beware.
I'll believe it when I can play it, and I'm shootered out, for the most part. I'd be extremely interested in, say, a new Borderlands or Bioshock game, but WWII? Meh. Been there, done that myriad times before. This game would have to bring something really new, interesting, or dynamic to the table to catch my interest. If its big selling point is that its a WWII shooter for the PS4, big deal. The point is, it won't be selling...at least not at full price.
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