Battalion 1944, the crowdfunded WW2 shooter inspired by Medal of Honor and early Call of Duty games will be out in Steam Early Access on February 1, and will get an exclusive beta starting January 19. You can check out the announcement trailer right here or embedded below.
Bulkhead Interactive, creators of The Turing Test, are the team responsible for Battalion 1944 and they couldn't be happier to finally get the game in players' hands. Studio Lead Joe Brammer says:
"It feels good to get Battalion 1944 into the hands of gamers after working on it so hard. We’ve been testing the game behind closed doors with our Kickstarter backers. It’s now time for us to extend our testing to Early Access to help what I believe can one of the best competitive FPS games ever."
A beta of the game will be running January 20-22 for all players, with "influencers" allowed in a day earlier. You can get the full details on the beta here including how to sign up. Humble Bundle and Kickstarter backers will get immediate access. The beta will include 'Domination' mode on their previously used Manorhouse V1 map and a new competitive mode ‘Wartide’ on the map Liberation.
As previously announced, Battalion 1944 will cost £11.99/€14.99/$14.99, which is a little less than the lowest Kickstarter tier so they're giving backers of the game extra bonuses.
We previously spoke to Joe Brammer at Bulkhead where he confirmed the game would have Loot Crates, which he says is to fund development and additional features for the game, and are an "entirely optional layer that will not affect the gameplay experience"
The press release describes Battalion 1944 as evoking "the close combat mastered by FPS games in the early 90s", although Bulkhead themselves describe their main influences as Call of Duty 2 and Medal of Honor, and the first Medal of Honor game came out in October 1999. Call of Duty tried to also hark back to their early days last year but left a lot of players feeling unsatisfied. Hopefully Battalion 1944 will fill that niche.