Outside of MachineGames’ Wolfenstein: The New Order, first-person shooters set during World War II have been few and far between in recent times, with developers – and subsequently audiences – taking a liking to futuristic titles and the bleeding-edge tech that they afford. But there’s one studio harkening back to the shooter games of yesteryear, and that’s Bulkhead Interactive.
Taking to Kickstarter, the British studio has set up a crowdfunding campaign for Battalion 1944, and only yesterday the first gameplay emerged just as the project nears its initial funding target of £100,000.
Inspired by Medal of Honor and Call of Duty 2, today’s sizzle reel comes by way of YouTube user Westie, and ought to please those shooter fans pining for a genre title to return to the throes of WWII.
Here’s the official synopsis via the game’s Kickstarter page.
Battalion 1944 recaptures the core of classic multiplayer shooters and propels WW2 into the next generation. Fight in real world locations such as the streets of Carentan, the forests of Bastogne and many more in our spiritual successor to the great multiplayer shooters of the past. Precise aim with your Kar98, covering fire with your M1 Garand and quick thinking with your Thompson are key to your success, all packaged into a competitive multiplayer environment. In short, Battalion 1944 is an infantry based first person shooter with an emphasis on raw skill. No grinding, no ‘exosuits’, just you and your skill as a player.
At the time of writing, Battalion 1944 has secured close to 90 percent of its initial target with more than three weeks still to go. Bulkhead plans to add a further £100,000 should the project secure full funding, with a PS4, Xbox One and PC release tentatively placed for May 2017.