Long gone are the days of sitting around a screen with your buddies over the summer and playing a typical WWII first person shooter. Games like Call of Duty 2 and 3, as well as Medal of Honor, shaped a large majority of my childhood. These games have evolved to levels that would blow my 13 year old mind out of the water. While modern shooters such as Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 are fun, they lack that special feel of being grounded in reality. Rocket jumps, robots, and kill streaks are interesting, but the market has become so obsessed with the future, they forget about the past.
That's where Battalion 1944 comes in. Advertised as the new generation's old school shooter, Battalion 1944 is set during World War II. No boost jumps or wall running, no kill streaks that make the enemy team quit because you somehow got 30 kills in a row (seriously, I couldn't do that if I practiced for a month straight). Just a gritty, bare bones, skill based shooter.
Battalion 1944 is made by Bulkhead Interactive, who created the witty puzzle game Pneuma: Breath of Life, the first game on the Unreal Engine 4 published for Current Generation hardware. Battalion 1944 is also on Unreal Engine 4. It's a good thing too, as even the current build looks beautiful.
Also coming with Battalion 1944 is a system that Bulkhead Interactive calls BattleRank. BattleRank allows you, friends, and other players team up as a battalion. All actions of every player in the battalion add up to the total score. After each season, battalions are reset so that no single battalion will always be the best.
There is much more to discuss about Battalion 1944, but their Kickstarter does an excellent job explaining what I haven't.
Battalion 1944 recaptures the core of classic multiplayer shooters and propels WW2 into the next generation. Battalion 1944 utilizes the most advanced industry technology to create a visceral and heart-thumping multiplayer experience that has been crafted by the designers who have grown up playing Medal of Honor and Call of Duty 2.
Fight in real world locations such as the streets of Carentan, the forests of Bastogne and many more in our spiritual successor to the great multiplayer shooters of the past. Precise aim with your Kar98, covering fire with your M1 Garand and quick thinking with your Thompson are key to your success, all packaged into a competitive multiplayer environment. In short, 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.
Join a Battalion and compete season to season with BattleRank, our global competition system. Contribute to your Battalion's season objective to earn cosmetic rewards for your character, weapons and accessories within our realistic art style. Flaunt your success through your player profile to become a renowned player within the community. BattleRank’s highly tuned stat tracking system enables Battalion 1944 to go beyond the standard mould of shooters gone by and enables players to compete globally for rewards, glory and honour.
The Kickstarter campaigners have also released a gallery of beautiful shots from the game. Check a select few below.
Battalion 1944 seems to add everything I remembered about the classic shooter, and add a modern feel that should appease to a new generation of gamers. I'm absolutely looking forward to getting my hands on Battalion 1944 and reliving a part of my childhood, while also creating new memories.