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8000 new Beta-keys + Reminder-mail

We need more recruits! 8000 Beta-keys has just been sent by email, and we’ve also sent a “reminder-mail” to those who hasn’t activated their key during the Alpha-phase.

And remember to join our Server Stress Test Today at 18.00 UTC!

It can take up to a few hours for a mail to find it’s way, so remember to check again later today and also check your junk/spam folder.

And don’t panic if you haven’t received a key this time – We’ll soon send more keys!

See you on the Battlefield!

Another Server Stress Test Today at 18.00 UTC

Once again: If you don’t have time for playing, but still are near a computer at 18.00 UTC – please just log in.

In-game soldiers firing at the H&G devs and players  The primary goal for this stress test test is to see how many players can be logged in at the same time, so a simple log in really helps us a lot !

We have a new server stress test Today (Monday the 13th of August), where we test how many users can be logged in at the same time. Access to the servers is closed until the test starts, but the servers will remain open after… well, unless you succeed in crashing the servers. ;)

If you try to log in before the test starts you will see a count-down to when the servers opens and if you can’t log in today due to the stress test, then please try again tomorrow.

The servers opens today at:

PDT EDT CEST UTC / GMT
Monday the 13th of August
11:00 am 2:00 pm 20:00 18:00

PDT = Pacific Daylight Time (US westcoast summertime)
EDT = Eastern Daylight Time (US eastcoast summertime)
CEST = Central European Summer Time (Central europe summertime)
UTC = Coordinated Universal Time (Server time) / GMT = Greenwich Mean Time

Stress tests and how to ruin the servers’ day

One of the areas we focuse on now is to increase the amount of users our servers can handle at once. This goes for both the action servers (currently limited to 24 people per battle) and the strategy game servers. This post is about the strategy servers.

Of course, we design, build and program the servers, to handle high numbers of players at once. But there will be bugs and unexpected bottlenecks, so we run some internal simulations of lots of people, to test if everything is ok. But no simulation is as good as the real thing, which is why we also run load tests with the players from time to time.

The idea behind the load tests is to get enough people on to get at least one of the servers into trouble. The tests tell us 2 important things:

1) How many people we can handle currently

2) What we need to fix in order to increase that number

In order to maximize the amount of people coming in, we close the servers for about 24 hours leading up to the test, and send out a bunch of new beta keys.

Server timers

A graph showing various timers from the servers.

The tests involves a lot more people than are usually on, so they are usually quite chaotic and the servers are less than perfectly stable. The chat channels are burning with questions from new players (and old), while we on the dev team are focused on the performance data coming from the servers. Stressful as it is, i still think it is fun to be part of.

Last time we had a load test was about two months ago. When we reached 300 users, one of the servers started showing problems and at 600 it had all but given up, and we stopped the test (it was the server that handles statistics about everybody’s kills, deaths, captures, favorite weapons etc.). The good news is that all the other servers seemed to be coping just fine. Since the last test, we have been working on fixing that issue, and we are almost ready for another test. Thanks to everyone who joined!

See you soon for another test.

Intelligence Bulletin Vol 2 * No 26

intelligencebulletingvol02no26 The Dietl build went up last Friday, and we’ve been fixing a few bugs this past week. It was mainly bugs related to the refactored Ribbons/Combat Badges and player rank system, and we believe (fingers crossed) that we have now fixed the most grave bugs related to this.

Some of you might have noticed that some Ribbons and Combat Badges have disappeared or changed, and this is because some of them were awarded wrongfully due to bugs in the backend-system.

You should also be aware, that when you log in you might not see any Ribbons or Combat Badges at all, but after completing one mission, all stats will be re-calculated and the correct Ribbons and Combat Badges will be displayed. This re-calculation only needs to be done once, so it will not happen everytime you log in.

SO… when do we send more keys???

Well, if the Dietl build with all its hotfixes behaves nicely and doesn’t bite, we’ll do a stress-test in the beginning of next week… Including sending 8000 new Beta-keys!

Do you want to receive the weekly Intelligence Bulletin by email? Then go to your Account settings, press ‘Change account settings’, check ‘I want to receive weekly development updates’ and press save!

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1000 Pre-stresstest Beta-keys sent

The Dietl build is up, but before we run a massive stress test and send thousands of new Beta-keys, we’ve just sent 1000 new keys to see if the servers can handle that. So open your inbox and check if you’ve received one!

It can take up to a few hours for a mail to find it’s way, so remember to check again later today and also check your junk/spam folder.

The stress test will probably be held next week, and a larger number of Beta-keys will be sent for that occasion.

See you on the Battlefield!

Strategy! Features and sneak peek at changes to Assault Teams!

We’ve been awfully silent, due to the fact that most of us have been on vacation for the last couple of weeks. So in order to get back in gear after the summer, we’ve decided to show you what we’re going to be working towards with the strategy game.

The current mockup of our upcoming revamp of the Assault Team ScreenWarning: Clicking on the picture opens a new browser window that is running a Flash Website with a concept demo of the coming Assault Team screen!

Read on to find out what features we’re planning to get up and running.

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Intelligence Bulletin Vol 2 * No 25

intelligencebulletingvol02no25 We’re slowly picking up speed now that most devs are back from vacation, and the offices are starting to buzz again.

We’ve just deployed Dietl on the live server, and if it doesn’t cause too many problems, we’ll do a server stress test sometime next week.

The upcoming stress test also means that we’ll send a quite large number of new beta-key, and we’ll also try to gather all the veteran alpha- and beta-players to participate in the stress test.

But if you do have a key, and access to the game, you’re able to play the new Dietl build now, and please remember to submit crash-reports, submit bugs and give us feedback in the forum!

In other news: Google Chrome has now officially been released in version 21, which means that you can only install new plugins/extensions through the Chrome Webstore.

The impact is has on Heroes & Generals is, that you can’t install Heroes & Generals through Chrome at the moment. The immediate workaround is to use another browser, but we’re working hard on a new installer. However, if you have already installed our “retox” plugin you can still access and play the game.

Do you want to receive the weekly Intelligence Bulletin by email? Then go to your Account settings, press ‘Change account settings’, check ‘I want to receive weekly development updates’ and press save!

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Do Zombies eat Bacon? – In DayZ they do!

So sometime last week I was sitting in our chat while at the office as usual and Fontan comes along. We chatted a little bit and I called him a traitor because he was talking about this new game that he just started playing called DayZ.
He gave me his sales speech on it and caught my attention.

bac2 One..two..three..many zombies

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