Please take your seats gentlemen… ah! I see our special guests from the Square Enix webpage have arrived. Welcome! Now that we have everybody, we may begin this briefing. Kindly start the projector, Wilson…
Gentlemen! I am pleased to announce that very shortly a new character progression tree will be implemented as part of the coming Newgarden build. This is a feature which has been widely requested by our players for a very long time, and one which shall bring more depth to the Heroes & Generals gaming experience. It consists of a completely revised system for character types and ranks, equipment, combat ribbons and badges.
I will not lie to you, we came very close to having to wipe out all existing characters in order to accomplish this major change; but in the end our tireless developers found a way to
crack the Enigma code avoid a hard reset of the player database. Thus players who have been with us throughout the year 2013 will get to keep their hard-earned progress.
In this new system, all new soldiers start out as Riflemen, and their progress allows them to unlock different character types, equipment options and abilities. New character types become available as you gain rank, whereas most other options are unlocked by obtaining combat ribbons. From a squad leader’s point of view, one of the main advantages of this system is that it keeps automatic weapons out of the hands of green recruits, so that everyone learns to shoot a rifle properly before graduating to machine guns — or being entrusted with a heavy tank. From a beginner’s point of view, it makes progression more exciting and meaningful, as each step brings you closer to new rewards.
Be All You Can Be
As shown on this picture, careers in different branches of service become available when you are promoted to certain ranks. The way it works is that you are offered a trial period (a certain number of battles) as a Tanker, Pilot, etc., during which you can still change your mind and remain in your current career path. Once the trial is over, the choice becomes permanent. Different choices open up different avenues, so each character gains some individuality through his unique résumé. A new soldier is a new adventure.
Stay tuned for part 2, where we discuss ribbons and equipment!