Even an old dog can find itself a fresh young pup in the right circumstances. Battleground Europe, originally known as World War II Online, finally made the jump to Steam last week as one of the newest full-scale MMOFPS games on the platform. This, despite the title being over a decade and a half old at this point.
It looks as though the title has reverted back to the original World War II Online title for the Steam launch. As of September 22nd, the game saw an increase of 45,000 players sign up for new accounts, which is no doubt sorely needed for this aging MMO. The small indie team is using this momentum as an opportunity to push out more improvements, such as newer art models and a streamlined tutorial.
“Population levels remain substantially higher than we have seen in years, routinely around the clock,” the team posted. “We’re very happy to report this progress and these production items coming (more not listed here) are intended to help bolster that success even further.”
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One of the MMORPG genre’s oldest running 3-D games is planning to join its comrades on Steam by this summer.
Battleground Europe’s team announced in its 2017 roadmap that a push to get the game on Steam by this summer is a major priority. The game has already been greenlit for the platform. Other goals for the year include stabilizing the campaign, upgrading to 64-bit hardware, adding Italian soldiers, and including VOIP.
“All of our goals and objectives this year relate to making it onto Steam, it is PRIORITY 1,” the team said. “And we’d like to thank you all for your outstanding patience in the time it has taken, believe me, no one is more anxious than us. But good things come with hard work and proper preparations.”
Battleground Europe, formerly World War II Online, launched in June 2001 and has been continually operating ever since.
If you’re looking for long-running MMOs that have somehow survived the ravages of time and advancing technology, you should at least tip your hat to Battleground Europe. Originally launched as World War II Online back in 2001, this combined arms MMO is turning 15 years old this month.
Because this milestone is a “big deal,” according to the devs, Battleground Europe is welcoming both veteran and new players into the game with a special promotion. For the entire month of June, everyone who logs in can enjoy premium access. Additionally, there will be several events during the month, including an AMA, a parade, and a “throwback event” on June 18th during which the devs will reset the map to as close to the launch layout as possible.
There’s also a quick bullet-point list to bring returning players up to speed. It notes that there’s a new team and leadership handling the title and that Battleground Europe is still enjoying ongoing development.
Yesterday’s Heroes & Generals post got me to thinking about MMOFPS titles. Heroes & Generals really isn’t one, in my opinion, despite its developers referring to it as such in multiple press releases. It’s too small in terms of concurrent player count to really deserve the “massively” part of the MMOFPS moniker, at least to my mind.
When I think of the term MMOFPS, I think of sprawling titles like PlanetSide and World War II Online which feature truly massive (and zoneless) land areas and which support hundreds if not thousands of simultaneous combatants. Using my definition, then, there have only been three true MMOFPS titles ever produced: PlanetSide, PlanetSide 2, and WW2OL, which later had its named changed to Battleground Europe. What do you think, MOP readers? Do you agree that those three are it in terms of MMOFPS titles? Which one would you anoint as the greatest MMOFPS of all time? Vote after the cut!