Battalion 1944 is an upcoming first-person shooter, World War II game that’s specifically designed to look and feel like older games, such as Enemy Territory and Call of Duty. Developer Bulkhead wants to combine old-style first person shooter experiences with modern graphics technology. In order to bring that vision to reality, they asked for £100,000 in a Kickstarter campaign that lasted just 48 hours before reaching its funding goal. While the campaign is still ongoing, the developers have yet to release what their future donations will be used for.
Battalion 1944 places the player smack in the middle of 1944 Nazi Germany where the Allied forces must conquer the Nazis in order to rid the world of their invasive rule once and for all. Players are able to visit historical cities such as Carentan and Bastogne and use real-world weapons such as the Kar98, M1 Garand, and Thompson.
While similar games have been made in the past, Bulkhead states that Battalion 1944 brings back a lost period in gaming that many young adults remember from their childhood. Games like Call of Duty, Brothers In Arms, and Battlefield 1942 were hallmarks of a previous era in gaming that brought together historical fact with raw action-packed gameplay. Unfortunately, these older games are no longer available on newer gaming consoles, such as the PS4 or Xbox One. To bridge the gap between these older games and newer technologies, Bulkhead set out to create their own WWII game that will allow a younger audience and older players alike to appreciate the subtleties put into Battalion 1944.
Battalion 1944 is loaded with small customizations that make the gameplay unique for each player. Players can, for example, engrave a message on the side of their rifle, customize their uniforms with a variety of patches and badges, and swap out insignias for different ranks and positions. Every detail has been meticulously considered, such as the sound a real Thompson makes when it’s being reloaded, and included throughout the game for a very realistic experience. Characters are also trained how to move by using body suits that allow real actors to capture realistic body movements while running, jumping, shooting, and simply turning around. The exact release date for Battalion 1944 is so far unknown, but it will be available on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC.