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Developer’s Corner: New Low-Quality Rendering

In the coming Newgarden build, we will change the way the game renders graphics when the “low” quality setting is selected. The picture below pretty much sums it up, but read on for the details!

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Featured Developer Frédéric Scarfone (Reto.Gargamel)

First of all, what is your gamertag in Heroes & Generals, and what’s the story?
Reto.Gargamel… obviously because I’m an evil necromancer. Or maybe I got inspired by Reto.Draebesmoelf‘s hilarious nickname.

What is your position at Reto-Moto?
I assist Reto.Bacon with support, and Reto.Robotron3000 with community tasks.

For how long have you been working here?
Almost a year now!

What are your hobbies?
I spend most of my free time producing electronic music.

What’s the best thing about Heroes & Generals?
This game really makes teamwork meaningful. You need the others to win the war. Sometimes I want to high-five my monitor!

What’s the best thing about working at Reto-Moto?
Working with complete nerds. Working in downtown Copenhagen. It’s the most beautiful city in the world — if you’re an evil necromancer. Discussing WWII trivia every single day without people rolling their eyes. The unofficial beard contest.

What are you working on right now?
Turning smurfs into gold. [That’s not true, Ed.]

What are your favorite games of all time?
The Legend of Zelda (1986), Metroid (1986), Mega Man 2, Syndicate (1993), Super Metroid, Heroes of Might & Magic III, Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, Mass Effect 2, Limbo, Papers Please.

What are your favorite movies?
Das Leben der Anderen, Fight Club, 12 Monkeys, Dr. Strangelove, De Grønne Slagtere, Der Untergang, THX 1138, Blade Runner, Moon, The Pianist and of course Band of Brothers.

Enemy Airfield Located!

These top secret aerial photographs just landed on your desk…

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Beta Videolog 9: “Manstein” is now online.

The new build ‘Manstein’ has been online for a short while, and we hope you will all help us welcome new players and community members to the game. With leaves falling from the trees and autumn rains pounding down, it was very easy to lure Reto.KenSolo and Reto.Colding into the editing booth and they went straight to work on a new videolog showing you some of the updates in the Manstein build. Take a look here:

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Intelligence Bulletin Vol 3 * No 33

Man! Am I glad we invented roofs (and umbrellas)! With weather like this it would be very wet (and cold) to work outside and it would probably also create various problems for the computers. So we stay inside. A new videolog is getting the last polish so we hope to be able to get that out to you guys very soon. Reto.Gargamel is also back at work; sniffing around with a notepad and his trusty screenshot camera to find stories and images to show you of what is happening inside Reto HQ. NB – with “sniffing around”, I mean talking to fellow devs over lunch, with “notepad” I mean Notepad++ and by “screenshot camera”, well, he basically starts a dev version of the game and takes screenshots, but it sounded better :-)

While keeping an eye on performance of the live servers and how the Manstein build generally behaves, we are getting hotfixes rolled out when necessary and doing our very best to fix whatever issues come up so we don’t have to end battles or wars, but can let them play out, so YOU the players have the possibility of every single second of heroics!

We have also recently gone through the forum and cleaned it up a bit. It was a bit too confusing to find the right place to post, so we gave it a coat of ‘streamline’ AND added non-English sub-fora for Czech, German, Polish & Russian. This is just a test to begin with and if we have groups of people that wants more languages added we can do that, and if some parts end up not being used we will remove them.

That is all from me, have a great week everybody! :-)

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Half the Battle: Aces High

Until now I have been silent about planes. It’s time to remedy this situation! This week I’ll go over the basics of flying, and show you the advantages of dive bombing. I recommend playing this classic Iron Maiden song while reading what follows.

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Featured Developer Christoffer Krogslund (Reto.Tobby)

First of all, what is your gamertag in Heroes & Generals, and what’s the story?
Tobby – It’s from an old Tuborg Gold commercial (misspelled – but hey, it happens!). Stuck with me for some reason.

What is your position at Reto-Moto?
Front-end developer. Working on the flash part of the game.

For how long have you been working here?
A few weeks now!

What games have you worked on?
I’m straight out of ‘school’ this is my first commercial game. I have however made several small games during my education, and game jams.

Which tools do you use for making Heroes & Generals?
Flash Builder and the very awesome internal admin tool.

What are your hobbies?
Playing games, from football to computer games to cardboard.

What’s the best thing about Heroes & Generals?
The mixture of two genres. I love that it is possible to help a side of the war by only doing one of the two, and still feel that you are doing yours to win the war.

What’s the best thing about working at Reto-Moto?
The very relaxed atmosphere, everybody has been really welcoming… that is until the first testing session where no quarter was given!

What are you working on right now?
Working on understanding the code already in the system so I can contribute effectively to the team in the near future, and helping with the GUI revamp.

What are your favorite games of all time?
Hm, this is a tough one, the game I’ve spent most time playing is without a doubt EverQuest. It is still the game that has kept my interest for the longest period of time. Other than Baldurs Gate, Neverwinter Nights 2, Half-Life and Bioshock that comes to mind. (and Scorched Earth!)

What is your favorite movies?
Boondock Saints, Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction…. basically i like gratuitous violence and people swearing.

Half the Battle: The ABC of APCs

Back in August, I discussed flanking manoeuvers. One of the most useful ways to accomplish a flanking attack is to make use of the Armored Personnel Carriers, or APCs: the M3 Halftrack for the US Army, and the SdKfz 250 for the Wehrmacht. These are without question the two most misunderstood vehicles in the game. Let’s find out what they are good for!

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What are you waiting for soldier? We need heroes on the battlefield and generals to lead them!