What is Battalion 1944?
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.
Fuelled by the power of Unreal Engine 4, Battalion 1944 resurges World War 2 back into the modern gaming spotlight in our spiritual successor to the great multiplayer shooters of the past.
Why Should I Play Battalion 1944?
Raw skill based gameplay. We believe your skill should be determined by your play, not through unfair overpowered unlocks & abilities. Battalion learns from the skill based gameplay of classic competitive shooters and merges it with the stunning visuals that our team can produce, utilizing next-gen techniques such as motion capture, physically based rendering and photogrammetry to make Battalion a truly next gen competitive shooter.
Intense & balanced infantry combat. Our designers have scoured hundreds of multiplayer shooters to design the best fitting formula for a well balanced WW2 first person shooter. The excitement in Battalion lies in the down the barrel experience.
BattleRank competitions. Go lone wolf or team up alongside friends. Contribute to your Battalion's season objective, receiving rewards for team and individual efforts. Compete in regular challenges ranging from seasonal to quick fire hourly objectives to earn rewards and extra XP. Challenges are broadcast via the main menu's challenge alert panel as well as through our social media outlets.
Beautiful & realistic environments. Our incredibly talented art team are designing a visually stunning recreation of World War 2 and have even travelled to Normandy for reference and research to make the maps as authentic as possible. The world needs to look as real as we can push it. It's important to us for Battalion to have longevity, to do this everything in Battalion will be designed and rendered using the latest advances in industry technology. Battalion will be on the forefront of video game graphics.
Game mode variety. Battalion emphasizes balance in classic game modes such as Capture the Flag, Team Deathmatch, Search & Destroy and Domination. We'll also be bringing new game modes that we're in the process of testing. We will also be turning to the community for any requests, suggestions or ideas for game modes.
Tight, focused, competitive maps. Battalion's maps will be designed around our 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.
Cosmetic Progression System. Our progression system will not under any circumstances offer game breaking advantages to players of higher rank but instead will offer a purely cosmetic based unlock system. When you gain XP you will be rewarded with visual upgrades for your character, accessories and weapons within our realistic art style guidelines. This way players can shape their own identity and become a renowned and recognisable player within the community whilst still retaining an authentic World War 2 experience.
Define your soldier's identity. Your character is unique to you. Change how other players see you and become recognizable within the Battalion community. Use cosmetic unlocks rewarded to you for your skill to define your characters identity.
Build your own unique arsenal of weaponry. 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.
Fight together as a Platoon. Team up with friends and create a platoon within your chosen Battalion. Become a recognized platoon within your Battalion. Make your platoon known for being the deadliest, most effective, or the most active platoon, receiving unique rewards and raising the bar of competition.
LAN support. Too many modern games leave out simple LAN support. Battalion is designed to be a great LAN game to compete with or against friends locally with our classic and easy to use server browser.
Reliable Server Hosting. Battalion is teaming up with Multiplay to bring players the most reliable and highest quality in game servers. Alongside our official servers, players will have the ability to host and change server rule sets to suit their own gaming needs. Server admins will be able to choose to have BattleRanked, unranked, or private game servers.
Persistent Anti-cheat System. We want you to have the confidence that you're playing in a cheat free environment, which is why we travelled to Games Connection in Paris to meet with top anti cheat developers. We're currently in talks with 'Game Blocks' the cheat system behind Battlefront and we are also considering using Easy Anti Cheat who provide cheat protection for Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Squad. We're dedicating time and resources to find the best anti-cheat provider to fit Battalion 1944.
Community Driven Development. Battalion is a game by the players for the players. Most of you reading this page have grown up and are still playing shooters to this day, so in a way we all own this genre. The community will be be a huge part of the key design decisions in Battalion. To keep the community involved in development, we will stream design meetings from our studio where players can actively participate meetings. Public play tests will regularly take place as well as other community aimed events focused on player feedback and player design participation. We've set up brand new forums for the community to stay actively involved with the development team.
How is Battalion 1944's development funded?
Battalion 1944 launched it's campaign via Kickstarter on the 2nd February 2016.
Within 3 days, Battalion 1944 was over 100% funded with 27 days left to go on the campaign. After the campaign was finished Battalion 1944 had raised £317,281 of it's initial £100k funding goal, totaling a massive 10,096 backers willing to pledge their support towards the campaign. Gaming history was made.
Bulkhead Interactive also pledged £100,000 of their own money upon reaching the original funding goal towards development. They are also releasing another game called 'The Turing Test' in August 2016. All profits received from that title will go toward the development of Battalion 1944.
Now the Bulkhead Interactive team is in full swing of development, planning to release the Closed Alpha via Steam, May 2017 with console versions in the works for a later date. Everything that was shown in the Kickstarter prototype is having an absolute overhaul before release to the public, to ensure that the team deliver the highest quality shooter that we as gamers and developers can play for years to come.
This is a shooter 100% being developed by enthusiasts for the shooter genre, alongside a dedicated like minded community, who yearn for a modern day retelling of multiplayer shooters gone by.
No other time is better to join the growing Battalion 1944 community, talk to the developers and get involved with development. Together we're making first person shooter history, and we want you to come along for the ride.
Battalion 1944 is now available to Pre-Order. Buy here.