UK-based studio Bulkhead Interactive, developers of upcoming World War 2 competitive shooter Battalion 1944, (which I cannot wait to get my hands on) have officially posted on their Kickstarter page that they are going to stop releasing new updates for the short term so that they will be able to focus more on the production on the game, which is very close to completion, as per the post itself.
Battalion 1944 is already in its alpha stage, being played around once a month by testers who have bought in either through Kickstarter, which collected more than three times more its intended goal. This alpha testing began back in May and is still going on at a steady pace. Bulkhead Interactive have also brought in professional eSports players to help development on the game, as it is intended to be the next big competitive eSports prize, much like Call of Duty 2, Call of Duty 4 and CounterStrike were in their prime.
Below you will find a fragmovie highlighting the best kills the playtesting team have done in their time playing the game so far. Obviously graphics and animations will not be at their best as Bulkhead are still developing the title, and so far their primary concern is to get the gunplay right, as should be.
Battalion 1944 does not hide when it says it takes inspiration from Call of Duty 2 and 4, perhaps the biggest eSports games of the 2010-2012 era, in their aim to create the best multiplayer shooter they can. It is for this reason exactly that the studio will be going dark for the upcoming months, to then release something big in January 2018. I for one am already counting the days to go, as my dream to be a professional eSports player is very much still alive and kicking.
The post in full on their official Kickstarter page can be found here.