Bulkhead have introduced that they’re splitting methods with Sq. Enix, and that their WWII multiplayer shooter Battalion 1944 might be rebranded and relaunched as Battalion: Legacy.
Battalion 1944 is a WWII multiplayer FPS that sought to convey again the previous days of pre-Fashionable Warfare Name of Responsibility, earlier than the sequence was all about kill streaks, tacticool gun attachments, and 100-player Battle Royale maps. The sport entered Early Entry in 2018, and acquired a full launch in Might 2019.
Regardless of Sq. Enix buying a 20% stake within the sport and serving to Bulkhead with publishing duties as a part of the Sq. Enix Collective indie initiative, issues clearly went very unsuitable for Battalion 1944. The sport by no means actually went anyplace, and at present holds a 61% constructive person rating on Steam, with many of the latest critiques being unfavorable.
Not that it issues a lot, because the group appears to have fled the sport a very long time in the past. Based on Steam Charts, Battalion 1944‘s highest peak participant depend previously month was 39, which is roughly triple what the sport has been doing for a few yr now. Within the sport’s protection, since most of its modes are 5v5, that’s really nonetheless sufficient gamers to fill at the least one foyer.
There was additionally alleged to be a console port, nevertheless it has lastly been formally cancelled in right this moment’s announcement. Bulkhead states that they are going to be refunding any Kickstarter backers that pledged for the console model within the close to future.
The announcement undoubtedly implies that there was some unhealthy blood behind the scenes between Bulkhead and Sq. Enix, which has led to the businesses breaking their prior enterprise partnership. On August sixteenth, Battalion 1944 might be rebranded and relaunched as Battalion: Legacy on Steam.
This new model of the WWII shooter might be free. It seems, at the least at first look, that Battalion: Legacy gained’t even have any monetization in any respect except for server renting. If there are some type of microtransactions or season passes connected to Battalion: Legacy, then Bulkhead hasn’t talked about them but.
This relaunch will include some new options and enhancements as nicely. These embrace new British weapons, steadiness tweaks, and an up to date UI.
Battalion 1944 remains to be obtainable on Home windows PC through Steam for $19.99, however there may be clearly no level in really shopping for it because the Legacy relaunch is merely every week away.