Battalion 1994: The shooter that you’ve always been waiting for
Are you sick and tired of the futuristic path that games such as Call of Duty have gone down over the last couple of years? I am. If you’re like me and want to see something different, this is the Kickstarter you’ve been waiting to back all this time. Developers at Bulkhead Interactive, a UK based company, have decided that they want to go back in time and revitalise the WW2 genre in their recently announced title – Battalion 1994.
Their idea is simple – to recapture the intensity of classic multiplayer shooters and bring them to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Having grown up with the like of Medal of Honor and Call of Duty 2, the developers want to create an authentic multiplayer game that will astound and leave people in awe. If you’re as old as I am, or older, these old shooters were some of the best FPS’ available to play – and in many ways they still are.
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. Bulkhead believes that players skill should be determined by the player themselves and not by perks or overpowered unlocks and abilities. It is this design that will make Battalion 1944 a true competitive shooter, unlike many others.
Bulkhead’s incredibly talented art team are designing a visually stunning recreation of World War 2 and have even traveled to Normandy for reference and research to make the maps as authentic as possible. Maps will be designed around the games team based infantry combat. The map locations are inspired by real-world battlegrounds of the allied campaign and blended with competitive layouts of classic shooters that focus on balance and competition. The game will include classic game modes such as Capture the Flag, Deathmatch, Domination, and will also feature new game modes which are yet to be announced.
Also worth noting is the customisation options available to players. All reward unlocks allow you to customise the look of your soldier and the weaponry which they carry – allowing you to define your characters identity and stand out from your fellow platoon members. “During our research trip to Normandy, we noticed that most soldiers had actually engraved names into their rifles. Players will be able to customise their weapons and their own player character with that same level of individuality and really feel a connection to their personalised arsenal.”
At the time of writing this, the Kickstarter campaign has amassed over £67,000 and has been backed by over 2,300 people. With 28 days still to go, I feel as though this Kickstarter is going to be a success! If you wish to find out more about the game, the developers or to throw your cash around, you can do so by going to the Kickstarter.
Update: Congratulations to the Battalion 1944 team on reaching 100% funding on day 3 of their Kickstarter!