I want to start out with a big thanks to everyone that play tested Alpha v0.2. We had even more players than we expected! We hope you all enjoyed Battalion and got a chance to see and appreciate some improvements that we’ve worked on between v0.1 and v0.2 many of which were requested and discovered by you, The Community.
For those of you that saw our midweek update in the run up to last weekend's Alpha, we outlined three criteria that if achieved would earn a free piece of gaming hardware from us. We were on the lookout for the winners throughout Alpha v0.2 and I can announce that they are as follows:
- First person to knife Joe (Brammertron): Vaposki
Although we saw a lot of people changing teams and rushing to try to be the first one to mercilessly stab Joe. Vaposki got their first so congratulations to him!“
It was like playing Battalion zombie mod, everyone just swapped teams and chased me down with knives, it was like living a nightmare” - Joe
- Most Kills: Bot Alien - 3750
This was a tally of total kills throughout the weekend. Bot Alien was the top fragger in Alpha v0.1 and felt he needed to defend the title! You’ve either got to be a Robot or an Alien to get that many kills. In alpha v0.3 we want to see someone knock Bot Alien off that podium!
- Best bug reporting: Dark
This is a really important achievement as bug reporting and discussion of issues is what drives development and allows us to hammer home fixes for Alpha v0.3 and ultimately improve Battalions final state. Big thanks to Dark for his feedback on the forum as well and his commitment to creating something special with Battalion 1944! There was countless amounts of great feedback on the forums, including the guys who found the infamous ‘Rocket man’ bug. But Dark correlated multiple excellent bug reports, without telling us how we should have fixed it; instead, clearly describing the problem and how to recreate it or a feature he didn’t like.
If those three could message me (BigTuna) when you can then I can arrange their prizes and get them sent off asap. We will be holding more giveaways in Alpha v0.3 so jump in game if you have access for a chance to win!
Info on future builds.
Although we had worked hard to fix the bugs from Alpha v0.1, there were always going to be bugs within Alpha v0.2. One of the bugs that appeared that you might’ve seen was a possible Rocket Jump. This has already been fixed as it was a pretty big issue but should no longer show itself from here on out. The level of feedback we got from you all during and after v0.2 and all of it has been amazingly constructive so please keep that up!
We are currently working on improving every aspect of Battalion including our networking. In the days after v0.2 our design programmer Dave- got stuck into the netcode and already we’ve made the game a much better experience, users with higher ping will see massive improvements, while players with regular ping will notice the game will feel smoother. We are putting emphasis on networking fixes and online testing internally. A mistake we made this alpha was having too many local/lan tests and not enough online tests. Our goal is to release a stable alpha so that you can help us balance the game. We’re constantly striving to improve every aspect of Battalion throughout development.
I hope you all had a great time fragging within Alpha v0.2 and that you’re all eager for v0.3! For those of you that are interested in v0.3, the dates for it will be August 18th and 19th. Further information such as a Changelog and Server Information will be released closer to this so stay tuned for that.
Thanks again guys and keep watching for further updates.
Tuna & The Bulkhead Team.