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  1. Welcome Soldiers! The development for Beyond The Wire is now fully engaged towards the next stretch of updates, and we have our latest recap to show exactly what work has been kicked off since Operation Two release. While a reduced number of devs worked to get small updates out to prepare for the free weekend, the rest of the team have started on this next phase of content for the game. Check out the progress below! Canadian Expeditionary Force Infantry NCO Character Model After finally revealing our roadmap recently, we can start sharing the work done for the faction so far! With a unique uniform arriving with this force, the art team have finalised the character models, which already look fantastic! The CEF would never be complete without the iconic Ross MK III, and they will be arriving in Beyond The Wire wielding this famous rifle. Renowned for its accuracy for the times, we are sure our players will enjoy deploying with this firearm! It wouldn’t be right to leave you without showing the Smith & Wesson either. The Hand Ejector 2nd model – modified for .455 Webley rounds will be one of the first weapons the Canadians will be equipped with when heading out Beyond The Wire. The early stages of development are well underway for the debutant battle for the Canadians – Vimy Ridge. The level design team have pulled together the majority of the white boxing with the level taking shape with the unmistakable ‘pimpled’ ridge line dominating the area. Playtests on this new field of battle have already started internally to ensure the map delivers a truly unique experience. A new favourite map for many of the developers, we think the community will also love taking part in this battle! Animations Animations for BTW are still being crafted as we introduce new weapons and polish existing animations. Both the Hotchkiss 1914 and Modele 75mm field canon are now rigged with full animations. We know you have been keeping an eye out for the French weapons, and they’re on the way! Customization and Progression Our last livestream showed some of the concept images for our new customization and progression system coming this summer. Showing here the proposed new main menu and how the new Headquarters sub-menu will look. While this system is currently being iterated on, we love the style already but you can expect the final version to be different! This new system is taking substantial work on the front end, but the engineering team have also been working hard to ensure that the tracking of player actions and stats in-game ensure a stable framework for this new system, which will be bringing with it a brand new scoring system and end of round scoreboard! We will be going into detail with a dedicated blog on the progression system, so stay posted for that soon! Another change coming with this overhaul will be an update to loadout icons. Aiming for a more fitting theme, our artists have designed these new icons for player roles which will look fantastic against the backdrop of our new menu! Tanks That’s right, tanks will be entering the fray later this year as well, and work has begun in getting a working prototype inside the maps. While the work to implement such game-changing features will take some time, we have been excited to share what has been done so far! Showcasing a male Mk IV patrolling the fields of Combles reveals the progress so far, with independent track control to replicate the realistic movement as well as having working, operable cannons. While the systems needed for damage models and penetration values are still to be built, having a running tank able to drop into our levels means we can begin the process of moulding the game and any existing maps for these new additions. As always Soldier, stay posted for more articles as these new toys move closer to completion. In the meantime, we’ll see you in the trenches! BUY NOW ON STEAM
  2. Welcome Soldiers! Earlier this month we finished up the Operation Two release with our first Community Feedback Survey where we asked our players to answer questions to help developers get a decent understanding of the sentiment across the community. The questions revolved mainly around the major changes that happened with Operation Two, with a final section engaging players to write their wishes for the future of the game. With 900 responses, this article will show the full results from the form with no interpretation, so everyone can see how the community feels about various features and mechanics. Section 1: General The first question asked players about their general time in Beyond The Wire. After the first 7 months of Early Access release, the majority of our players have played less than 50 hours (65%) with over a third of players having more than 50 hours in-game. The next question aimed to see how the community perceived Operation Two as a whole. Thankfully over 85% of players said the update was good or better! This is reassuring for the development team to see the changes being made are welcomed. The third question for this section asked players to state how much time they have played in the update. Over half of the respondents have played below 10 hours (63%), with the rest netting over 10 hours. Finally, for this section, we wanted to see how the community feel generally about the update. It is reassuring to see over 75% of players felt an improvement in the game with this update, although a smaller percentage (16.6%) said they haven’t noticed a difference. Section 2: Gameplay The second section sought to gauge the sentiment on a few of the mechanic changes and new systems introduced. The first question asked if players preferred the new interaction system, changing a few inventory items and player interactions into a single keybind. The large majority of our players (49.2%) feel this change is an improvement, while a number would like to keep the system with some changes (31.8%), with the final 19% preferring the old inventory system. The next question engaged the players on their opinion of the new hit detection audio feedback system. The overwhelming majority like the system (68.4%) and 21.1% want to keep the system but improve it. The remaining 10.5% of players stated the audio had a negative impact on their experience. As we continue to tweak gun handling we asked the community their views on the new sway values. While 37.5% liked the new handling, most players didn’t notice the change and the final 7.3% would like to see sway values changed back. The following question asked if players had noticed their engagements happening at closer distances due to the damage drop off. The majority stated they had indeed been engaging the enemy at shorter distances, with the remainder saying their firefights had been the same as before the update. The last two questions on this section revolved around the latest revisions of our game modes. First we asked if the community had found the Frontlines game mode more enjoyable since the overhaul. Again the majority said they have been enjoying the new version (64.6%) and 29.9% saying they hadn’t noticed a difference. The final 5.5% said they haven’t enjoyed the game mode more this update. A follow up asked if the new Preparation Phase in the Assault game mode was worthwhile. 62.1% said yes, with 23.7% needing more time in the game mode to judge properly. Just 14.2% said the new phase was pointless. Section 3: Maps The two questions in this section were written to identify which of the new maps was performing the worst for players, as well as which map from our collection was the favourite. Out of the 3 new maps that released with Operation Two Poelcappelle has the worst performance (46.1%) followed by Sechault (28.3%) and finally Combles (25.5%) which appears to have the best performance. For the first time, we have asked players to share their favourite map. Interestingly Zonnebeke is the community’s favourite map (22%) with Chateau-Thierry being the second (19.3%) and Poelcappelle being the third favourite map. List: Zonnebeke 22% Chateau-Thierry 19.3% Poelcappelle 15.6% Combles 12.5% Sechault 12% Ansoncourt 7.4% Frise 6.5% Cantigny 4.8% Section 4: Performance This section sought to identify the performance of the game. First, we asked overall how Operation Two performed compared to the earlier build. Most players noticed an improvement with 50.8% saying the game now ran better. 37.6% said the game ran the same as before, with just 11.6% of players noticing the game ran worse. Secondly, we tried to seek out which issue was giving the players the most frustration. Map optimization was the biggest area of concern (42.6%) along with network issues (40%). Worryingly, 17.5% of our community have had crashes ruin their experience since the update was released. Section 5: A Look To The Future The final section was aimed at the future and asked players to write their wishes for the future. A multiple-choice question closed out the form to see which types of content our players would like to see in the future. This list was written to gauge what content the community deemed important and perhaps reflect our development decisions for the immediate future. More Factions 65.4% More maps 57.8% A new theatre 57.2% Customization and progression 51.7% New game modes 38.9% Steam challenges 15.8% Thanks to all of our players who submitted their feedback, it has given our dev team a great snapshot of the current situation. We will continue to share these surveys when large updates make changes to the game. Stay posted for the next one arriving later in the year. See you in the trenches, Soldier! BUY NOW ON STEAM
  3. The settings for auto/manual bolting aren't working in the online environment at the moment. In the training range it does work, however everyone is forced to manually cycle the bolt for the time being while playing on a server. We do plan on having that as a working, selectable option in the future.
  4. Welcome Soldiers! It is with great excitement that we reveal our latest road map, and for the first time give a broader view of how Beyond The Wire will look in the future. While we have discussed plans sporadically during streams and discussions with the community we decided it was time to lay the future down so our players can see all the interesting features being planned and where Beyond The Wire is headed. With Operation Two closing out the first 6 months of Early Access, we are ready to present the journey ahead for Beyond The Wire. Throughout Early Access we will continue to release Operations to deliver relevant and fascinating content that delivers a new experience on the Western Front, with new diverse battlefields, iconic weapons and important factions all changing the battlefield around them. Supplementing these larger releases will be smaller updates to fix bugs, make UI improvements, introduce new weaponry for existing factions and make general quality of life and optimization improvements. Note: This roadmap is subject to change dependant on community feedback and development requirements. The major pieces to identify in our new roadmap are the two Operations that follow For King and Country. This summer brings Canada's 100 days, releasing the Canadian Expeditionary Force along with our initial customization and progression system and new weapons for existing factions. Following this operation players will see the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps joining the fray along with a first iteration of vehicles, flamethrowers and a multiplayer campaign. Throughout Early Access, there will be ongoing improvements to client and server optimization, sounds & special effects and continued level polish as we improve the game in all areas. Our long term development plans which go beyond the 1.0 launch will see us aim for air battles, a COOP mode against AI and a brand new theatre, opening a new front of World War I. We will reveal details on all these new features and operations in due time, so remember to stay up to date on our development recaps and future updates on the game. See you in the trenches, Soldier! BUY NOW ON STEAM
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    BTW: OST

    We're hoping to have our rendition of "I Vow to Thee, My Country" in the second volume of our OST. We don't have a timeframe on when that will be released unfortunately
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    Can you try verifying your game files in the game properties? Perhaps a fresh install may also help
  7. It seems the game isn't connecting to steam. Try verifying your game files, then launch the game and then clear user cached data in the game settings to see if it helps
  8. Welcome Soldiers! Operation Two: For King and Country arrives this week, and storming into mainland Europe comes the British Expeditionary Force. Mobilised after declaring war on Germany in 1914, the British Army that deployed to France was thought to be the best the Empire had sent to war. These men benefited from hard lessons learned during the Boer War and were effective in the use of cover and the ability to deliver rapid, accurate rifle fire. While other armies for the time were established through conscription, the BEF was made up of professional soldiers with solid foundations of extensive training and high morale. However, catastrophic losses during the start of the campaign forced the recruitment of more men and a restructuring of the military organisation. With more reinforcement, the army was now capable of fighting a war on a continental scale. Having mustered forces from across the Commonwealth, the BEF will eventually be supported in-game by sub-factions from the various units seen under their command on the Western Front. Entering the fray with an array of iconic weapons from the SMLE MK III* to the Lewis Gun, players will have a new arsenal to learn and familiarise themselves with. British HMG detachments can look forward to deploying the Vickers Mk I with a sandbag bunker, while Artillery detachments will be launching shells from the QF 13-pounder field cannon. Arguably one of the most impactful and important factions during The Great War, the British Expeditionary Force will play a major part in Beyond The Wire going forward and we're excited to bring their story to our game.
  9. Welcome Soldiers! Our final field of battle to present for Operation Two is Poelcappelle, a battlefield from Flanders where the French and British contended with the German Empire throughout the war. Sitting northeast of Ypres, Poelcappelle was a strongly fortified position for the German Empire that withheld against many attempts before finally being captured by the British in late 1917. Subject again to heavy shelling, the land surrounding the village makes traversal almost impossible as deep craters turn into rivers, wells and lakes. Thick hedges of barbed wire and building debris protect infantry forces from small arms fire, but the incessant hazards of no-man's land are ever-present. The rear lines of the German Empire have been established to take advantage of the natural environment. Short routes of trench networks lead to the more established front line, while grassy knolls and rock formations create natural shelters from enemy fire. A final bastion of bunkers, barbed wire and deep trenches completes the German line. Many years of entrenchment has created an extensive network of dangerous defences that need to be tackled in order to break the line. The main fields run through Poelcappelle, with many houses and buildings surviving the concentrated barrages. Armies will need to prioritise the standing windmills and main roads if they want to dominate these sectors. With close-knit buildings still standing, infantry sections must flush all corners and pockets where enemies may lie in wait. Having to descend down into the village, the Entente have dug trench systems that feed down to the front line. Hard cover above ground is sparse, and any soldiers milling outside of the trenches make easy targets. The trench routes provide the only real safe route onto the field. This third map coming with Operation Two will arrive with gameplay layers for both the British Expeditionary Force and French Republic to try and take on The German Empire. Stay posted for more information next week, Soldiers! BUY NOW ON STEAM
  10. Welcome Soldiers! We now shift the focus of the frontline back towards the Somme, and the fight for the Combles valley in 1916. After spending many years as backwater stores, the Combles valley in the north of France was captured by the British Expeditionary Force in late 1916 and helped spring the entente's advance. This new map arriving in Operation Two will introduce the BEF to Beyond The Wire. Devastated by the earlier barrages, the Combles valley now sits deformed and littered with destroyed houses, blasted walls and abandoned land ships. Heavy rainfall has left the ground waterlogged and hazardous, leaving pools of standing water across the field. The frontline runs across the floor of the valley, with reinforced German firing positions crowning one side. Soldiers will need to take caution when moving at any point on this level due to the inherent risks of attacking uphill. In addition to the difficulties of the environments, the claustrophobic ruins of the village will need careful attention. Fighting in these areas will carry the threat of hand-t0-hand combat as the narrow paths and dark corners converge into tight spaces. No man's land holds the remnants of the village that previously stood as a base of operations. The standing debris and abandoned trucks provide safety during assaults but beware of hidden enemies trying to cut off routes and paths. The rear lines of the British show sporadic temporary trenches have been dug out to support the ground gained, with wooden structures and watchtowers quickly erected to support the infantry advance. Sitting opposite is the formidable German HQ. Elevation, strong defences and steep access make this position a nightmare for attackers. With bullets and grenades thrown down from above, any army assaulting this final position will need all options available. Stay posted for more detail on Operation Two coming later this week, Soldier! BUY NOW ON STEAM
  11. Welcome Soldiers! The next few instalments of our Fields of Battle series will be showcasing the latest maps that will be arriving with Operation Two: For King and Country. The first map we’re attending to is Séchault, an infamous battle from the Meuse-Argonne offensive where the Harlem Hellfighters gained renown. Premiering the brand new sub-faction sitting under French command, Sechault will introduce the 369th regiment to Beyond The Wire. Charging through the hills of Séchault shows the difficulties of assaulting such a position. Any advance must be well planned, with elevated firings positions abound, the chalk-lined trenches will have to be utilised during the approach to ensure some level of safety before starting the attack. The rear lines of the entente show tents with a field kitchen, as well as some benches and a piano, brought in on the nearby railway. Shallow trench lines lead over the hill and down to the frontline, providing safer routes of travel as well as secure positions for artillery and HMG crews to operate. No man’s land is a crater-riddled field, filled with water and fallen comrades. There are various strong points connecting makeshift trenches which can be used as a springboard to extend your footing in the area. Any remaining trees that stand have been scarred and angled askew from the blasts of artillery shells. Overlooking the map is the ruined chapel which provides the greatest elevation and vantage point, located at the very centre of the level. This position will be regularly contested as armies battle for the hilltop and chapel remains. Pushing on through no-mans-land reveals the more established lines of the German Army. Defensive trenches and bunkers converge on the few remaining buildings that have been established as storage areas for ammunition and general equipment. Stay alert Soldiers, we have more brief's on the way before heading out for Operation Two! BUY NOW ON STEAM
  12. Welcome Soldiers! Back in our January Development Recap article, we teased a new section type coming to Beyond The Wire. Given the extremes of trench warfare, engineering sections were often put to task to fortify and entrench positions across the battlefield. With hard cover and protection against enemy fire and the elements being a priority for the armies of WW1, these sections will be vital to any army looking to advance on the Western Front. This new unit will be able to place structures, defensive equipment and various deployable to support their team. Whether the infantry needs an elevated firing position or secured rear positions, these pioneers will create the strong foundation needed for the fight ahead. We’re expecting to implement these new roles in the next update, but expect them to be expanded later in development. Engineers A 3 man section tasked with reinforcing and fortifying positions across the battlefield to support the army. With several options of emplacements suiting different scenarios, the engineers will be busy creating strong bases for the infantry to strike from. NCO The Engineer NCO will have the ability to construct fortified positions to help create strong defences. These constructions improve as more effort is applied to building it, making the structure more enclosed and fortified with each stage. Note: Engineer NCO is able to build emplacements. In addition to these constructions, the Section Leader will be responsible for placing deployable ammo depot’s to resupply general ammunition, as well as rifleman’s ammo bags. Teams need to be wary as the depot will cause an explosion when it’s destroyed. The NCO will also be able to place barbed wire, sandbags and duckboards. The two remaining roles that make up the section will also be able to affect the battle around them with their own selection of deployables. Engineers have access to building barbed wire and sandbag defences to further embed vital firing positions, as well as portable ladders to help gain access to elevated positions. The Sapper also has access to a Bangalore torpedo, a long tube-carried explosive that can be used for clearing barbed wire and destroying enemy emplacements. Sapper 1x Bangalore torpedo 1x Ladder 1x Duckboard Bangalore torpedo video Note: Bangalore is still a work in progress and has a bit of development work still to be done. Builder 2x Barbed Wire 2x Sandbags 2x Duckboards When these engineers arrive teams will be better equipped and more prepared to strengthen and lockdown critical positions. With ingenuity at the heart of this unit players will have interesting options at their disposal, and we’re sure this role will be popular across the board. We have more articles coming in fast so stay posted Soldiers!
  13. BLITZ

    Hola!

    Welcome to the community mate! Glad to have you here
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    Audio Files

    Send me a message on here or our discord and I can see if we can help out
  15. Previously, a team would only need to hold the majority of objectives as the timer ended in order to win a phase. Teams could dominate a phase then lose the sector because the enemy managed to flip objectives in the last second(s). This wasn't delivering the gameplay we were aiming for. We have now introduced a points system which increase based on the the time you hold the majority of the objectives. This new change means teams will need to gain victory points which are earned when a team controls the majority of the capture points within a sector. Hopefully this explains easier
  16. Welcome Soldiers! For this development update, we’ll be detailing the changes coming to the Frontlines game mode with the next update. This is part of the refactoring of our game modes, with Frontlines going through a complete overhaul ready for Operation Two, and Assault receiving an update a little later down the line. Currently, the game mode is broken up into a number of timed phases. During each phase, a sector of territory with multiple small capture points is contested, and the team that controls the majority of the capture points at the end of the time will win the phase. With this not delivering the gameplay we are aiming for, the new version of Frontlines will play out differently. Timelapse of the new system. Frontlines will now be made up of sector’s that contain an odd number of capture points. Teams must capture the objectives to gain victory points, which are earned when a team controls the majority of the capture points within a sector A phase concludes when a team reaches the required threshold of victory points, at which point they gain control of the contested sector, and the adjacent sector belonging to the opposing team becomes neutral. Score HUD widget shows each teams victory points, the number of phases won and the objectives held in the current phase. After a phase is concluded, there will be a timed delay (duration still to be finalised) where the next set of capture points will not be visible on the minimap or UI for either team, in order to give the advancing team a chance to get a foothold in the subsequent sector as the defenders could easily fall back and gain a large advantage otherwise Note: Frontlines will be tested and the new system modified based on feedback. Some details are subject to change. Note 2: The number of capture points scales depending on how many players are in the server at the time a phase begins Victory Conditions If one team wins 3 phases, that team wins If one team captures the enemy’s last sector, that team wins If the time limit for the round runs out, the team with the most sectors wins If both teams own an equal number of sectors, the team with the most victory points in the current phase wins If both teams have an equal amount of victory points, the team with the most capture points in their control wins If both teams have an equal amount of capture points in their control, the game ends in a draw We’re excited to see the communities feedback when these changes arrive, and you can expect an additional article in the near future detailing the changes coming to Assault. In the meantime, stay posted Soldiers! BUY NOW ON STEAM
  17. Welcome Soldiers! A short update to start of the week on a new feature that’s been recently completed by the development team. As countries engaged all efforts in the war, many divisions and units were deployed and saw action on the Western Front. With this in mind, and committing to our goal of delivering an authentic experience, multiple factions will be seen fighting together Beyond the Wire. Adding a new system for Operation Two, the Harlem Hellfighters and the AEF will be on the battlefield alongside the French. Allowing players able to play as a French unit or as the Hellfighters / AEF when deploying into relevant maps, with both forces fighting side by side. Section options per team are yet to be finalised. But the system is in the final stages of testing and ready to roll with the next update. This system gives us a great foundation to introduce more sub-factions in future updates before leaving Early Access. There are many heroic units and valorous deeds from The Great War. We are looking forward to honouring them in our own way. Once Operation Two arrives we’ll be updating our roadmap, including news on the next sub-factions that we have planned! For now though, stay posted Soldiers!
  18. Welcome Soldiers! February is soon over and another month of development is complete. With Operation Two: For King and Country lined up for the next update for Beyond The Wire and only a couple of months away, we’ll take a closer look at some of the progress being made on the project. British Expeditionary Force Character Models The British are coming! The player models for the BEF have been completed and ready to be textured. With new equipment, uniform and clothing we’ll have a complete breakdown of the faction closer to release, but for the moment check out these amazing models! Poelcappelle, Flanders Work has continued on the fields of battle for Operation Two. With Poelcappelle having been prototyped and now whiteboxed, the dressing of the level has started. This map from the third battle of Ypres will contrast sporadic farm ruins and wide-open no man’s land and will be fought over by the BEF and German Empire. Weapons Berthier Fusil Mle 1907/15 As the first world war dragged on, the French army began to suffer a shortage of Lebel rifles. To make up for the deficit, a modified version of the colonial 3-round clip-fed Mle 1907 Fusil was produced, with the main difference of being able to mount the standard Lebel pattern bayonet. The new rifle was initially issued to the Foreign Legion and allied countries starting in 1915, later being sent to regular French infantry units and the segregated African-American regiments of the U.S. Army. It was well-liked for its quick reloading en-bloc clips but found lacking for its capacity of only 3 rounds. Rechsrevolver M1883 A large, bulky, simple, and reliable revolver – the M1883 was adopted shortly after the founding of the German nation to replace percussion handguns still in service from the formerly independent kingdoms. Firing slowly from a single-action trigger, reloading slowly from individual cylinders, and firing a cartridge slightly weaker than a .45 ACP, it was nothing spectacular by the time of the first world war – but still saw some limited service throughout the conflict. SMLE Bayonet The bayonet for the SMLE will see much action in the trenches of the Western Front, both rifle-attached and in hand-to-hand combat. No. 27 Smoke Grenade, Mk 1 No. 5 Mills Bomb The British smoke bomb and grenadehigh poly models below showcase the personal explosives that the BEF forces will be engaging with. No. 20 rifle grenade The rifle grenade the Brit's will be employing - this intricate model is finished and awaiting the final touches of development. Standby for the upcoming BEF faction reveal for further detail on the weaponry and equipment that will be coming in Operation Two. .303 British Vickers HMG Based on older Maxim gun designs, the new Vickers Mk I was adopted by the British army prior to the war. Despite this, there was only a small handful available at the outset, and the British went to France mostly with older Maxim models in service – the Vickers becoming more common by 1915 and 1916. As the war progressed a variety of mounts were produced, such as for anti-aircraft fire or rapid redeployment, many of which were improvised as well. With its bulky weight and water-cooled design, the weapon could sustain accurate fire for long periods of time, and could even be used in an indirect-fire role - creating a 'beaten-zone' which denied the enemy reinforcement routes. HMG Animations Further animations while operating heavy machine guns are also on the way. Players using certain mounts of HMG will side-step around the pivot point, adding a much more realistic movement for the operator, and adding to the immersion felt on our battlefields. Sound Design Aiming to deliver even more immersion on the frontline, audio cues have been added when players are shot. There will now be subtle audio feedback depending on the situation, such as when friendlies suffer a headshot around you, or you register a hit on an enemy player. Faction win/loss theme Another QOL addition coming soon will be the theme music for each faction for round win and loss scenarios. Adding our flare to the recognisable national anthems, these songs will greet you at the end of your battle. BUY NOW ON STEAM
  19. Hey, please check this guide to see if it resolves the issue https://offworldindustries.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360051466671-Audio-Issues
  20. The binoculars are used by several loadouts, currently used mainly for recon or viewing the battlefield. Section Leaders and the Commander can place markers by pressing LMB while using the binos - this places the bomb marker which the commander can use to call in their off-map support (artillery, smoke, gas barrages) by accessing the command map
  21. Welcome Soldiers! Our latest Fields of Battle article arrives in time for the February update and brings a spotlight to Château-Thierry, the next map to release for Beyond The Wire. Shifting the frontline to the first and second battle of the Marne, this new map is our most geographically diverse to date. This new field of battle features a variety of small villages, an airfield, farmland, forests, destroyed towns, river crossing, trench lines, ammunition depots, underground bunkers and a large Château situated on the highest point of the map. Dominating the map is the Chateau, which won't be enterable for this first release as we work on building out the interior. Being a major control point, sections wanting to expand their territory must gain a foothold on the Château grounds before progressing. The large building takes up a capture zone which will need to be defended from all angles if teams are to hold the position. Entrenched positions and low trench networks lead up to the Château, providing cover and elevation to help defend the surrounding area. Entente forces will need to take a dangerous river crossing before pushing through the outer village and on to the Château and will need to call for support from fire support sections to ensure any gained ground is held. A temporary airfield has been established to help ease the difficulties of resupplying the frontline across land. With this area being critical to the operation of the enemy, forces must prioritise commandeering the landing strip to disrupt the enemies infrastructure. With pitched tents and a secured perimeter making security difficult, claiming the airfield will carry a heavy cost. Low stone walls line the edges of farmyards and poppy fields that remain untouched by the shelling, for now. The varying elevation of these fields and outhouses present further difficulties for infantry looking to strengthen the flank. German HQ is an array of strong points and bunkers interconnected with a shallow trench system. If the German side loses the Château they will need to act quickly to reinforce the area before the Entente forces breakthrough. With this brand new map just around the corner, we're excited to bring the battle of the Marne to Beyond The Wire. Stay posted, Soldier!
  22. Flamethrowers are something the team are looking to implement in the future. We've ran some prototypes and experimented on a system but we don't expect them to make it into the game for a while yet
  23. Welcome to the community! Glad to have you here
  24. Welcome Soldiers! We return with our new development recap article, this time taking a look at the work done for January. Progress has been made on content coming in February, while parts of the team have been concentrating on changes and addition coming with Operation Two. Check out some of the first bits of info we have for our first major content drops arriving in this first quarter of 2021. British Expeditionary Force Weaponry for the BEF is on the way, and we can showcase some of the low poly models recently completed. With many iconic weapons coming with the British arsenal, we’re excited to bring this force to the battlefield. SMLE Mk. III* The incremental design evolution from Lee-Metford produced the SMLE Mk. III, kept up to modern standards by various updates. It was still lacking and was going to be replaced by the P14, until the declaration of war locked in the SMLE as the standard rifle. The BEF entered the conflict with a rifle designed for the new engagements of a WW1 battlefield. With an ergonomic bolt design allowing rapid fire techniques such as ‘The Mad Minute’, the British forces had the perfect platform to halt the advance of the German Empire in 1914 Lewis Gun Taking an American design and refining for use on the Western Front, the BEF were one of the first to adopt the LMG. Using the same cartridge as the Vickers and with a similar rate of fire, the Lewis Gun is far easier for soldiers to carry, get set up, and use in the attack than the HMG alternative. Webley Mark VI The British military officially adopted the Mark VI revolver from 1915 to 1923, with the revolver seeing heavy use during this time. Like most revolvers, the Webley Mark VI held six rounds of ammunition in .445 calibre, making the weapon ideal for trench fighting. Combles, Somme Work has begun on the prototyping of the level coming in Operation Two, Combles. This battle from the Somme will be a major battlefield for the BEF and we’ve already started designing the level and creating points of interest. The larger red cylinder represents one of the headquarters. This one overlooks the village (orange cylinder) which features trench networks and tunnels. The smaller red cylinders are fortified firing positions that players can secure and capture going up the hill. Pioneer Section Deployables The engineers will be affecting the battlefield with these new options for defendable positions. Erecting hardcover and wooden platforms, Pioneers will start to take on an imperative role on the battlefield with these new additions. Runtime Virtual Texturing The art team has worked on implementing a new landscape blending technique. Utilising Runtime Virtual Texturing, our art team are now able to better blend and integrate assets placed in the landscape. [video width="984" height="720" mp4="https://btwmedia.s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/05053010/7fdd48acfe5ebce0c3d9bb8eac5de9bb.mp4"][/video] Commander Section Changes Turning attention towards gameplay systems, our design team have iterated on the command section. Up to now, Commanders would be restricted to the telephone placement to interact with the command menu. These commander changes are still in the works but expect them soon. [video width="992" height="536" mp4="https://btwmedia.s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/05092110/Commander.mp4"][/video] Melee System Also in development are some changes to the melee system. With new weapons coming and more dynamics planned for melee, we continue to review the system to ensure it remains a core feature for the game. Taking onboard the discussions within the community we noticed a need to allow players more control over their attacks and combinations. One strong suggestion which we’re working on including is a new ‘wind-up’ technique, giving players the ability to wind-up their attack so they can time their strikes. Our February update will include a change with bayonet attacks being blocked by bolt racking animations. Next update means players will no longer be caught hopeless after firing a missed shot, bayonet attacks will cancel the animation, giving time to redeem your first attempt. We'll be back next week with a Fields of Battle article looking at the next map to release, Chateau-Thierry. Stay posted, Soldiers!
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