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Intelligence Bulletin Vol 1 * No 7


We’re still getting Alpha-signups – as a matter of fact we just passed 10,000 sign-ups this Friday!

So next step would of course be to give out a whole lot of Alpha-keys – AND we would love to invite all of you in to play Heroes & Generals – BUT, our back-end servers are still not ready for so many simultaneous players.

We are working hard on increasing the capacity and getting the servers more stable, so we can invite more Alpha-players, but please have some patience a little while yet! We will send out more Alpha-keys in the next couple of weeks.

Team Debriefing this week has been dropped because the office was closed down Friday (due to the Danish autumn holiday season) where we usually debrief, so we’ll jump directly to Developer Blogs this week.

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Incoming! German mortar in-game graphics

Since we mentioned a short while ago that we are working on mortars, we felt that we should show you all a bit more, so here is a view of the in-game model of the Axis’ mortar.

Granatwerfer 34

If you are interested in Heroes & Generals’ mortars and their use, take a look at this thread in the forum.

Large scale terrain vegetation

Initially we wanted vegetation to play a role in the gameplay, eg. we wanted players to be able to crouch and hide in the vegetation. In most other games (at least in those I’ve played) the vegetation is clipped away in the distance leaving the ground completely uncovered. The effect would be that the player would crouch down thinking he would hide in the high grass, but in reality all other players would be seeing him crouching on a bare piece of ground.

We already had a vegetation system similar to what exists in other games, but performance got really bad as soon as we moved the clip plane further away from the camera, so I started to look into other solutions. I had some ideas that I needed an algorithm that would work somewhat like our terrain drawing, where the terrain would get coarser in the distance.

terrain1 Terrain rendering getting coarser with the distance

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Voice Communications

As a CEO I have many administrative tasks – some more exciting than others ;-). One thing I’m truly excited about is that we’ve just signed a deal with Vivox, so that we can give you a first class voice communication systems for your command and control.

communication “Herr General – Wir brauchen Verstärkung!”

Our integration will allow peer-to-peer communication within the Assault Teams and its arms, and allow the Assault Teams to coordinate between the teams and HQ.

There is already one thread on the forum regarding voice chat and we would love to hear all your ideas for how we should integrate voice in Heroes & Generals.

Forum, community & user driven development

Since the beginning of time. sorry since the beginning of the development of Heroes & Generals it has been our wish to build the game in as close  cooperation with the players as possible. This is where the forum comes in.

^ sorry for that horrible ‘shop, but a picture of a forum front page is just not that exciting.

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Featured Developer Anders Poulsen (Reto.Owleater)

Each week we’ll feature one of the developers from the team and tell you a bit about who they are and what they are working on.

First of all, what is your gamertag in Heroes & Generals, and what’s the story behind it?
Taken from the Book of Deuteronomy 14:11-18:
– 11 You may eat any clean bird.
– 12 But these you may not eat: the eagle, the vulture, the black vulture,
– 13 the red kite, the black kite, any kind of falcon,
– 14 any kind of raven,
– 15 the horned owl, the screech owl, the gull, any kind of hawk,
– 16 the little owl, the great owl, the white owl,
– 17 the desert owl, the osprey, the cormorant,
– 18 the stork, any kind of heron, the hoopoe and the bat.

What is your position at Reto-Moto?
Character Designer

For how long have you been working here?
7-8 months

What games have you worked on?
I created the characters for Kane & Lynch: Deadmen and Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days.
Concept work (mainly Characters for a unpublished game)
Characters for Hitman 5: Absolution.

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The correct combat gear for the right weapons

We plan to equip the players with the correct associated ammunition pouches, bags and boxes when switching between the weapons.  The combat gear will be shown on the character in-game. So if for example you switch from a sniper rifle to a sub-machine gun, the ammunition pouches will be replaced by the historically correct, elongated sub-machine gun magazine pouch. Likewise switching to a light machine gun the player will be equipped with a box of ammunition.

Here's an in-game screen-grab of a couple of ammo types

Intelligence Bulletin Vol 1 * No 6

First of all, welcome to all the new community-members!

We started this week by sending out a press release Monday, where we announced Heroes & Generals to the public with our Debut Teaser.

This resulted in quite a few mentions in the gaming press around the world. We’ve been featured on Kotaku, Joystiq, Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Destructoid, Igromania (RU), Gamecorner (PL), CD-action (PL), Genk (VN) and many other sites and forums around the world. Our Game Director Reto.RedBjarne even made an exclusive interview with John Walker from Rock, Paper, Shotgun.

Our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and IndieDB profiles have also been launched/relaunched and started to grow.

Our forum is sizzling with activity, and the number of posts have exploded.

Quite a few interesting On Topic threads has been spawned, and we’re slowly digesting the feedback, and trying the best we can to answer questions.

And finally we’ve sent out more Alpha-keys this week, which you can read more about here.

Now let’s proceed to the Team Debriefing…

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