It's Battlefield 1942... 2011, With Strategic Stuff To Boot

For over a decade now, it's been the holy grail of online gaming: combine a shooter and a strategy game in the one package and make it work. Many have tried, notably World War II Online, but none ever really got there.

Heroes & Generals is trying to get there.

In development at Reto-Moto, a studio made up of a bunch of the founders of Hitman devs IO Interactive, Heroes & Generals is a team-based online shooter that lets most players battle it out on the ground (or in the air) while some command them from a "tactical war map".

Players take sides in the Second World War, either as infantry or in a vehicle, with missions promising to be of a variety you're more accustomed to in singleplayer games; sometimes you'll be behind enemy lines in a small team, other times you'll be in a massive frontal assault with explosions and corpses everywhere.

The option to be a commander is interesting, as the game's press release says they can "decide how to manage battlefield assets and where to push the attack". If this means direct control over spawn points and reinforcements, this will be pretty neat.

If this sounds like something that floats your mid-20th century boat, you can sign up for the game's alpha test here.


Comments

    Dammit. Headline got my hopes up for a remake of BF:1942.

    as long as they can make it work then I'm on board.

    "...it’s been the holy grail of online gaming: combine a shooter and a strategy game in the one package and make it work. Many have tried ... but none ever really got there."

    You may have been busy sucking on yo mamas teat but thirteen years ago a game was released which combined first person shooter and strategy in one shit-ball explosion of rockets, tanks and sniper fire and made it work. Beautifully!

    The game? Battlezone!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battlezone_%281998_video_game%29

    It was ground breaking, awe inspiring and only limited by the hardware of the day.

    Take it from someone who played it from day one till Acti(no)vision shut down the servers, this was as good as it gets.

    I am almost certain that this game wont have as much depth as WW2 online does lol, and that game is 10 years old+. No other game has a map that large with so much importance placed on commanding squads of players. It has near no limit to people in a battle, and its completely open world.. Graphics aside it kicks ass.

    "it’s been the holy grail of online gaming: combine a shooter and a strategy game in the one package and make it work. Many have tried, but none ever really got there."

    It's already been done to perfection and it's called Natural Selection.

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