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Intelligence Bulletin Vol 2 * No 16

intelligencebulletingvol02no16 The first thing you’ll probably noticed while reading this Intelligence Bulletin is a new layout of our website. As we’re getting dangerously close to the “real” Beta-phase we thought that we would pep up ye olde community site with a new skin and layout. This process is not entirely done yet, so there might be occasional broken links, graphics-bits missing and other abnormalities, but rest assured that we’ll fix this in the coming days.

This week we held two exclusive press preview play-sessions where we invited a bunch of games journalists to our “stable” server to play and chat with us. We also hijacked some of you from the “live” server to join and play with us and the press. These sessions went really well, and the journalists who showed up had a fun time playing and seemed impressed by the game and by our community (yup – that’s you!). So a big thanks from all of us to all of you for helping us with these sessions.

Previews of Heroes & Generals are now starting to show around the various gaming media around the Internet, and you can find a list in the “Propaganda” section below.

Our payment system is unfortunately still a bit broken, but we’re doing everything we can to put all the pieces together, so you can buy gold and support the development by buying War Bonds.

Oh, and one last thing – fake Heroes & Generals sites and YouTube videos, offering beta keys has started to pop up (for instance ‘hagbeta [dot] com’). In the coming weeks we will do betakey giveaways with various gaming-media, but all of the media will be proper gaming media or blogs, and not a site claiming to be an official Heroes & Generals site! If you are offered a betakey and you question it’s authenticity, please contact our support.

Propaganda this Week

Bashandslash – Preview – Preview

Gamers Critic – Preview (IT)

Gaming Blend – Preview

HistoriaGames – Preview (FR) – Preview

MMOReviews – Preview

N4G – Preview

Pixel smashers – Preview

Playtek – Preview

The Review Depot

Violent Gamer – Preview

XGN – Preview

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2300 Alpha keys sent to new recruits!

Hurry up and join the war! We need more soldiers to the battlefields and have just drafted 2300 new Alpha players. Go check your inbox NOW!

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 if you find a mail from us there, please let us know, so we can try to improve on our mail-delivery.

See you on the Battlefield!

New map in progress – The watermill

In 2011 we went on a company research-and-fun-trip to Munster, Germany, more exactly to the Panzer Museum located in Munster.

After spending some good hours looking at armored vehicles and the likes we went to a local restaurant called “Zur Wassermühle” aka “The watermill”, and what a place it was! An overload of traditional German food and beers – couldn’t have been much better!

Next to the restaurant was a watermill, hence the name, and the reason for me writing this blog post is (besides from telling you all about the Panzer-trip more then a year ago ;), that Reto.Fleck and I (Reto.dave) are designing a new level for the game. Fleck had an idea about a watermill as the main capture point for the level and we remembered the watermill in Munster. So we decided to use that exact watermill as inspiration for our own :)

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Fake Heroes & Generals sites offering beta keys!

Please look out for fake Heroes & Generals sites offering Beta-keys. We have already seen one example of a site claiming to be the original Heroes & Generals site (hagbeta [dot] com) offering a Beta-key by filling out a survey.This is a hoax trying to trick you into giving personal information about yourself. There has also been posted YouTube videos promoting the same fake site. If you stumble upon these youtube videos please help us out by flagging them as the scam/frauds they are.

Currently you can only get keys for Heroes & Generals by signing up on our own site, or if you’re an IGN Prime member.

However, we’ll soon do giveaways with other media as well, but none of them will offer keys through fake sites pretending to be the official Heroes & Generals site!

Intelligence Bulletin Vol 2 * No 15

intelligencebulletingvol02no15 We have just sent preview keys to the press, so in the coming days you might encounter one of your favorite reviewers on the battlefield.

A few days ago, we sent 2000 new Alpha-keys and we’re currently doing an exclusive “pre-Betakey giveaway” with IGN Prime. So if you’re a premium member at IGN you will be able to get a betakey for Heroes & Generals directly from them this week. There will also be other betakey giveaways with other media in the coming weeks. So a huge welcome to all new community members from the entire developer team, and we hope that the existing community members will help us make it a pleasant stay for all. :)

There has already been played a lot of wars, and we have got some really great feedback from many dedicated community members. We know that the game might be unbalanced and unpolished, and in the coming weeks, we’ll tweak a lot of gameplay things, including weapon balancing, pricing on weapons, mods, assault teams, etc. partly based on our own experiences playing the game, partly based on the statistical data we collect, and partly based on your feedback. So don’t hold back your thoughts on anything and let your voice be heard in our forum.

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We are soon going to do a round of gameplay tweaks for the action game and would therefore be very interested in hearing what you see as the worst exploits and annoyances and also if you have any suggestions for solving them.

To get you started here is a list of some the issues that we see as critical:

  • Unbalanced teams
  • Spawn camping – This seems to be very common
  • Rushing – Basically setting up people at the next capturepoints and thereby advancing the front line very quickly without the defenders having time to react
  • Mobile spawns – We recently tweaked the spawn delays a bit to make them a little more fair, but they might still be too powerful.
  • The MG42 and the Browning M1919 are somewhat overpowered
  • Scouting by using the projectile camera
  • Ability to get into trees and shooting from the inside

Let your voice be heard in this forum post:

2000 new Alpha-keys are out the door!

We need new recruits for the war over European domination, so we’ve decided to send 2000 more Alpha-keys. Go check your inbox NOW!

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 if you find a mail from us there, please let us know, so we can try to improve on our mail-delivery.

See you on the Battlefield!

Intelligence Bulletin Vol 2 * No 14

intelligencebulletingvol02no14_0 This week has truly been an exciting week; The servers are now open 24/7, a new build is up where the Campaign and the Action game are tied together, we’ve opened the shop and not least – you can now support the development by buying War Bonds!

We released the latest Videolog and we also sent the latest Newsletter to you out there.Over the weekend more than 4000 players has logged in and checked out the latest build and we’re looking forward to welcome many more in the coming days and weeks.

We’ve also started selling War Bonds. There has been some confusion about how War Bonds works, so Reto.RedBjarne has made a quite thorough blog-post explaining what War Bonds is all about. The short version is this:

When you buy War Bonds in the game, you support the development of Heroes & Generals and in return, we will give you a monthly in-game interest back in gold, AND buy back your War Bonds after 6 months.

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