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Operation Bagration: The Soviet Offensive

Monday, June 22nd marks the anniversary of the beginning of Operation Bagration in 1944, a major Soviet offensive pushing west into Poland and Belarus aimed at driving the German forces out!

The date was chosen to be the same calendar day as when Germany invaded the Soviet Union in Operation Barbarossa in 1941. So in effect this is a double anniversary. We want to commemorate Operation Bagration by giving you all a present this weekend!

After the Vasilevsky update rolled out on the servers we have spent a lot of time looking at player performance, trawled the forums and generally been gathering more information on what the community likes and dislikes.

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AT Morale, Badges for Generals, new melee and MORE arrives with the New Vasilevsky Update

This brand-new update brings a lot of new features – assault team morale , a new melee system and more! The update is named Vasilevsky after the Soviet general Aleksandr Vasilevsky and here’s a quick overview of the new features we’ve added for you to enjoy!

New Features

Assault Team Morale

This update introduces Assault Team Morale. This adds a much requested layer of depth to the strategic war game. You now have to take your units’ morale into consideration before you commit them to attacks, and it makes defense-in-depth a more effective strategy. You can read more about the Assault Team Morale in this blog post.

Melee / Close Combat update

In this update we have reworked the melee / Close combat feature. It is now much easier to use and looks a LOT better. You can read more about how it works in this blog post.

Weapon Balance Pass

This build continues the weapon balancing and tweaks and adds a few new things, first of all the M1 Carbine is now available for regular US infantry with rank 12 of the Semi-Auto Ribbon. Soldiers wielding Pistols & Revolvers can now decide on how much ammunition they want to carry and a new powerful round for the American revolver is here.

New Ribbons & Combat Badges

Four new Combat Badges! Mechanic (faster vehicle repair), Charismatic Leader (Faster morale recovery), Battlefield Commander (Extra Morale), Logistic Expert (Increased AT movement speed). And two new ribbons: Battle Ribbon (Participate in WAR battles to earn experience. Highest award is given for victories) and War Ribbon (Participate on the winning side of a war to earn experience). – Other ribbon updates; See the full changelog (link below) for more details.

There is of course much more happening in the build, so continue reading for more details…

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Incoming Update: Improved Melee Combat

In the next major update, named Vasilevsky, we have greatly improved the melee combat. We know that a lot of players like to carry a knife or shovel or maybe a wrench with which they can also fix both their own and teammates vehicles. But we felt the melee combat could be improved and so we did.

We have just given our melee mechanics another iteration, using Inverse Kinematics and more precise animations to aid the attacker.
It will now be easier to hit your enemy with knives, shovels and wrenches.

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Memorial Day Weekend

This coming weekend is Memorial Day weekend in the United States with Memorial Day itself on Monday.

This is a day honoring those who lost their lives in military service, similar to Remembrance Day in the British Commonwealth, Volkstrauertag in Germany, the ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand and many other days of remembrance all over the world.

We want to take this opportunity to remember the ones who have sacrificed their lives to secure the future of their nation, not ONLY in the United States but all over the world.

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Incoming! New feature in next update: Assault Team Morale

In the next update to the game, one of the new features we are introducing is Morale for Assault Teams. The next update is called “Vasilevsky” after the Soviet general Aleksandr Vasilevsky

All assault teams now have a morale value that shows how combat-ready they are. Here is one of my “Mototized Guard” units happily moving towards Warsaw. This is how it looks on the campaign map.

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More than 5 million Heroes & Generals

We have just crossed the line of 5 MILLION registered Heroes & Generals! That is a lot of players! Thank you for your support and we hope you’re having great fun with the game. With players from more than 172 countries we TRULY do have a World War going and have players from more countries than what actually participated in WW2!

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To celebrate we have been digging around in the database and gathered a few stats for you!

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Update ‘Utz’ introducing the new Forward Airfield map is now live!

This brand-new update brings a much requested new feature – a brand new map ! The update is named Utz (after General Willibald Utz) and here’s a quick overview of the new features we’ve added for you to enjoy!

New Features

New Map: Forward Airfield

The new map is an assault map called ‘Forward Airfield‘ and it represents the small forward airfields built all over Europe during the war. We have published a handful of blogposts detailing the objective on the map so click the links to learn more about ‘the village church‘, ‘the bridge and village&the airstrip‘ itself.

Weapon Tweaks

We have made a handful of tweaks to weapon handling of grenades, semi-auto rifles and LMGs. Read more about the tweaks here!

Character Update

This update also brings an update to the characters in the game. They now look much better running and when standing on sloped terrain due to the improved IK and banking. We have also adjusted the control of the character while jumping to make it look and feel better.

There is of course much more happening in the build, so continue reading for more details…

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Utz Update Detail: Weapon Tweaks

When attacking or defending maps, including of course the NEW Forward Airfield map, you need your weapons to perform! And while we’re not introducing any new weapons in this build or making any major changes, we do have a collection of tweaks to make the weapons feel better, and hopefully be more enjoyable to play with!

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