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    • Darkest Hour: Europe 44-45 kommt zurück

      Gute Nachrichten für alle Darkest Hour Fans, die Modifikation kommt zurück!

      Vor ca. 3 Jahren kam das letzte Update von Darkest Hour. Nun haben sich die Entwickler, aufgrund fehlender Alternativen an Spielen, entschlossen, der Modifikation wieder neues Leben einzuhauchen.

      In dem kommenden Update soll es eine Reihe von Neuerungen geben:

      - Viele Bugfixes
      - Neue Maps
      - Gameplay-Verbesserungen und Neuerungen
      - Neue Fahrzeuge
      - Infanterie Tools

      Was das im einzelnen bedeutet, haben die Entwickler noch nicht offengelegt.

      Hier der erste FAQ:

      - Das Update wird offiziell über STEAM erfolgen
      - Die Entwickler planen den Release innerhalb der nächsten 6 Monate
      - Neben neuen Maps und Fahrzeugen kommen auch noch nicht enthüllte Überraschungen ins Spiel

      Die Entwickler wollen wöchentlich über ihren Fortschritt informieren, also wir bleiben am Ball!

      Mehr Infos gibt es unter:

      Darkest Hour Returns
    • Improving Mortars

      To me, nothing in our game more terrifying than being pinned down by machine-gun fire while the whistle and thundering explosions of incoming mortars draws ever closer. And nothing is more satisfying than working with teammates to land the perfect mortar round right on top of the enemy’s head. Our mortars are a system that’s unique to Darkest Hour, and one that’s dear to my heart as I was the developer that took most of the responsibility in designing and developing the system.

      While the mortars have been generally well received, there are a number of problems that I feel the system currently suffers from. I want to take the time to discuss some of these concerns and offer solutions that could help alleviate them.

      My intention is to spark debate and discussion so that we can, together, make a fun and satisfying teamwork-oriented system that’s as much fun to be on the giving end as it is to be on the receiving end!

      Few players want to be a mortar observer
      The Problem
      While many teamwork-oriented players enjoy (or at least tolerate) taking on the role of a mortar observer, the average player shys away from this role.

      For the average player, the issue seems to stem from a lack of incentive in taking the role. Right out of the gate it is an unattractive role, since most observer roles are outfitted with a bare bones loadout usually consisting of a standard issue rifle with no extra bells or whistles (or even grenades). The thinking behind this kind of loadout was to make the role a less effective combat unit than an ordinary rifleman, drawing the player’s in-game attention instead to his role as the mortar observer. While this has certainly worked in dissuading less combat oriented players from taking the role, it harms the team as a whole when no one wants to be the observer!

      The Solution
      The proposed solution is to outfit mortar observers with at least the same type of equipment the standard rifleman recieves. This makes the observer role no less attractive than a rifleman role based purely on equipment alone. In fact, it makes it slightly more attractive since they are also given some nice shiny binoculars as well.

      Being a mortar observer is often frustrating
      The Problem
      Most of the frustration of being an observer appears to arise from the fact that marked mortar targets disappear upon death. This behavior was meant to act as an abstraction for the observer no longer being able to relay corrections to the mortar operator. While it fulfills that idea, it has created a fairly major issue.

      The issue is that the mortar observer (if he’s behaving “correctly”) has virtually no incentive to willingly enter combat. This effectively takes that player out of the fight, usually marking a target and hiding as far away from the bullets and grenades as possible. This sort of thing just isn’t fun!

      This is also doubly frustrating for the mortar operator, since he will routinely and without warning stop getting any feedback on where his rounds are landing.

      The Solution
      The proposed solution is to allow marked mortar targets to persist through death. This relegates the mortar observer’s responsibilities to that of a spotter marking targets of opportunity, rather than tying the player down with the added burden of avoiding combat. This will allow the observer to be an effective combat soldier despite his additional responsibilities.

      Dude, where’s my round?
      The Problems
      New and veteran players alike often have a very hard time figuring out where their rounds are landing. There a couple underlying problems here.

      The first problem is that, currently, a mortar needs to land within 100 meters of the marked target for the impact to show on the operator’s map. Aside from this being completely arbitrary and not scaling for map size, this becomes a huge issue for some players who are perhaps less skilled with the mortars in that they will likely get zero feedback as to where their rounds are landing on their first outings. This sort of system is one that forces teamwork rather than one that encourages it.

      The second problem is that the operator has no indication of the distance to the target. In reality, there would be a team of operators who would have a firing chart available to them and could translate target grid vectors into headings and distances. In game, this sort of support is frustratingly absent.

      The Solutions
      I believe the solution to the first problem is to eliminate this 100 meter restriction outright. Removing this extra constraint won’t sacrifice teamwork, as effective use of the mortar still requires a dedicated observer to mark and update targets of opportunity as the battle progresses. Another solution being considered is to simply increase the 100 meter restriction as well as offering the motar operator a range table sheet in-game.

      A proposed solution to the second problem is to display (perhaps with some sort of delay) the approximate distance to the marked target to within 25 meters. This will allow the operator to have a good mental starting point for firing off the initial round, resulting in more accurate fire and less frustration.

    • It’s time we draw back the curtains a little more.

      This week, we have chosen to showcase the polish we have done to Noville. Noville is an Ardennes level created by Razorneck and was released in 4.0 back in June 2010. Over the years, Noville has proven its worth and deserves all the care we have given it recently.

      Noville has many changes, including a new terrain, building replacement, building fixes, boundary changes, asset fixes, and will be made into a combined arms map. Many of the changes can be subtle, so we decided to show a 5.1 to 6.0 comparison via gif.

      We look forward to seeing the improvements in action. Another very exciting change to Noville and other official maps, is that we are removing the need of spawn rooms, we will reveal more about this in a future media release.
    • La-Gleize

      Another one of Schutze Sepp's greatest works will be included with 6.0 and Theel has done several iterations to give it the official polish. We have included several screens below showing the changes. La-Gleize was part of the Battle of the Bulge. It is a small village in the Belgian Ardennes, on the afternoon of December 18th KG Peiper (1st SS Panzer “LSSAH”) attacked the village after successfully capturing the town of Stavelot. Defending is the 30th Infantry Division, 119th regiment, 3rd Battalion commanded by Major McCown. La-Gleize has proven it can offer amazing gameplay and besides some minor tweaks, it will remain much the same. If you have any suggestions, please head over to our forums:

    • This week we would like to begin collecting game-play testers for 6.0, even though we are still a bit away from being ready. It’s important for us to see how many people are interested in testing Darkest Hour 6.0 game play. Testing will be much more simple than in the past and we will not have any NDA agreements. Testing will be open to anyone who wants to help out.

      To sign up, just join the steam Group:

      That is all for now. When we are closer to begin testing, we will inform you in the group and have tutorials on how to begin.
    • Since we announced 6.0 we haven’t made it clear that Cheneux will be added as official. So to recap: Cheneux, Stavelot, La-Gleize, and now Targnon will be 6.0 additions.

      After Stoumont came the town of Targnon the furthest reached town of KG Peiper. Targnon another SchutzeSepp’s Ardennes levels has got some new improvements, including a new semi-snow look and conversion to combined-arms. Along with the other maps Targnon has many quality of life improvements.

      We are getting closer to testing, but we have one more obstacle to work out.

    • One characteristic of Darkest Hour that has bothered most the developers and I’m sure remains at least a question in the minds of players is the fact that barbed wire is of little significance in levels. One major goal of ours for DH 6.0 was to develop new barbed wire fences and we’ve successfully done it. These fences will not be navigable by infantry and therefore will have large combat significance. We will be giving sappers a new utility item, known as wire cutters to ensure infantry can properly navigate the battlefield. Also vehicles will be able to destroy wire segments to help the infantry. We understand this can change the flow of balance and we can and will generate pre-cut fence sections as needed to ensure the favored DH game-play.

      Not only have we got new barbed wire, we have new wooden fences, and gates. Which are also destroyable via armor. Because of the scale of maps and the number of these obstacles, our coder has coded a new system which has very little network impact and is extremely optimized.

      For time constraints, we’ve chosen roughly seven maps to expose the new obstacle system on. Because this is the Holidays we’ve chosen to include many screens for your viewing pleasure. We will hopefully have video with wire cutters in action soon.