Battalion 1944 started as a collaboration between two studios that merged to become Bulkhead Interactive. A multiplayer first-person shooter set during World War II, Battalion 1944 wanted to challenge call of Duty and battlefieldwith the developer hoping to “revive old-school FPS for the next generation.” Even after Square Enix was brought on as the publisher for the game, things didn’t quite go that way.
In 2016, Bulkhead launched a Kickstarter campaign for funding Battalion 1944 and met with unexpected success, reaching the funding goal in just three days and raising approximately $375,000. However, part of the campaign’s success was due to the developer’s promise to eventually release PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game to accompany the 2019 PC release. To this day, backers are waiting to play Battalion 1944 on console.
It seems that this will never happen. On August 9, Bulkhead Interactive announced that it had severed ties with Square Enix and would be releasing a new version of the game, dubbed Battalion: Legacy on August 16th. The new iteration will be free to play, starting at $19.99 for battalion 1944, and will be available on Steam. Additionally, all console Kickstarter backers will receive a refund, and the message ended by thanking fans of the game for their support and apologizing for keeping everyone hanging for so long.
It’s not entirely clear from the announcement why Bulkhead decided to part ways with Square Enix. However, immediately after the sentence announcing the breakup, the company said, “We want to start this exciting new chapter where we started and focus on the players.” That could be a hint at the possible conflict between the publisher and developer of the WWII multiplayer game.
On the Battalion 1944 Steam page, there’s a new developer update that expands on what players can expect from the new one heritage start of the game. It will be the “revised and final version” of battalion 1944, This means that players should not expect any additional updates to the game. Bulkhead added another faction, new weapons, and a game mode called Search & Destroy. There was also an overhaul to the game’s graphics and user interface, and a server browser was implemented to make it easier to find or host matches.
While some might be disappointed to hear that there will be no console version of Battalion 1944 after all, many gamers probably won’t be surprised to hear it. The game launched three years ago with no updates from Bulkhead on the status of the PS4 and Xbox One ports. For now, Battalion 1944 has a mixed rating on Steam, and many of the reviews are calling for a free-to-play version of the game, so at least some players will be happy with the change. There’s plenty now Medal of Honor and call of Duty games for Battalion 1944 Playing fans on the console.
Battalion: Legacy will be released on August 16, 2022 for the PC.
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Sources: Steam, Eurogamer
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