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  Armed to the Teeth: Old-School WW2 Shooter ‘Battalion 1944’ Boosted By Major Update
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07/12/2018
 


[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]

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PEGI Link: https://youtu.be/Lw1qcMIm9A4

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London, UK - 12th July: Old recruits, new recruits, stand to attention! Players of Bulkhead Interactive’s ambitious old-school WW2 shooter Battalion 1944 are about to feel the force of a fairly hefty ammo drop, opening up a new game mode, a slick new graphics overhaul, and a brand new free progression system called BattleRank, amongst scores of other major updates.

Rolling out on 12th July 2018, this package of updates is the latest in a line of tweaks and improvements being worked on by the Bulkhead Interactive team as they continue to manage the game’s run through Early Access - a process bolstered by the team’s decision to solicit feedback from the Battalion 1944 community, helping to improve the game’s stability by testing the latest version.

Leading the line is a brand new competitive game mode Wartide 2.0, a new matchmaking system, a complete visual overhaul (including brand new character models, an impressive graphics revamp, and a total rework of character movement), a new map, a new sound engine, and a massive rebalancing of the game’s weapons.

This new update will also see the launch of BattleRank, which is designed to make Battalion 1944 an even more engaging and rewarding prospect. Split into seasons of roughly three months each, BattleRank will unlock new exclusive rewards and weapon skins that can only be acquired during that period. Continued play will enable gamers to build up their experience points (XP) in order to unlock new levels of rewards. Unlike ‘battlepass systems’ in other games, however, BattleRank will be free.

“This is the biggest round of updates we’ve released for Battalion 1944 to date, and is the result of our mission to make the game as absorbing and captivating as it can possibly be,” says Joe Brammer - Studio Lead at Bulkhead Interactive. “We’ve been listening to our players and taking their feedback into consideration as we look to  build the game in a way that both meets their expectations and offers a few surprises for them along the way, too.”

The update follows on from Square Enix Collective® and Bulkhead Interactive’s previous unveiling of a four day long, $50,000 tournament, set to occur September 27-30 of this year. The best Battalion 1944 players will head to the Esports Game Area to compete amongst open qualifiers victors and an invited team for an opportunity to win prizes from a total prize pool of $50,000.

Included in this huge update is: -

●        Major Performance Improvements for ALL Players

●        New Competitive Gamemode ‘Wartide 2.0’

●        New Map ‘Savoia’

●        New Matchmaking System

●        New HQ Sound Engine

●        New Crystal Clear VOIP System

●        More Verticality In Level Design

●        New Weapons

●        New War Chest

●        New Free BattleRank

●        Thousands of Bug Fixes

●        Rebalanced Weapons

●        Map Redesigns

●        New Character Models

●        Improved Hitboxes & Hit Detection

●        Fixed the “Corner Jump” meta

●        New Realistic Sound Effects

●        New HUD & UI

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

Battalion 1944 is currently available on Steam® on Early Access. You can watch the latest teaser trailer for the update here - https://youtu.be/Lw1qcMIm9A4.

For all the latest information and assets for Battalion 1944, please visit:

●   Video: youtu.be/uTMcrAhGWC8

●   Assets: goo.gl/1ZdHvj

●   Website: battaliongame.com

●   Twitter®: twitter.com/Battalion1944

●   Facebook®: facebook.com/Battalion1944/

●   YouTube®: youtube.com/channel/UCPVan4eGsvtogvBO56LwSAw

For more information or if you would like an interview with the developers of any Square Enix Collective game or with Phil Elliott, Director of Indie Publishing at Square Enix West, please contact:

UK & North America

Stefano Petrullo – Renaissance PR

[email protected] +44 (0) 7828 692 315

Keith Andrew - Renaissance PR

[email protected] +44 (0) 7834 237 322

Rest of World

Craig Stephens - Kartridge

[email protected] +44 (0) 7736 324 399

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About Square Enix Collective

Square Enix Collective® is an initiative that provides a range of non-restrictive services to independent developers to help them raise the profile of their projects, and bring them to market.

Services include:

●     Community-building via the Collective Feedback platform

●     Marketing support selected projects

●     Publishing and marketing services (including QA and platform relations)

●     A limited number of production investments for specific projects

Creative control and IP rights are retained by the developers.

For more information on Square Enix Collective please contact [email protected]

Square Enix Collective website: collective.square-enix.com

Follow @SQEX Collective on Twitter®: twitter.com/sqexcollective

BATTALION 1944 © 2018 BULKHEAD INTERACTIVE. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DEVELOPED BY BULKHEAD INTERACTIVE. PUBLISHED BY SQUARE ENIX LTD. SQUARE ENIX, the SQUARE ENIX logo, SQUARE ENIX COLLECTIVE, and the SQUARE ENIX COLLECTIVE logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Square Enix Holdings Co. Ltd. BATTALION 1944 and BULKHEAD INTERACTIVE are trademarks of Bulkhead Interactive. STEAM is a registered trademark of Valve Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.