Team17, the UK team that brought the Worms series into the world and published a few of my favorite games like OlliOlli2: XL Edition (one of the best skateboarding games of all time), has joined forces with Australian indie developer, Black Matter, to bring a World War II shooter to life.
That shooter is the Kickstarter-funded, realistic platoon-based multiplayer FPS Hell Let Loose, and it’s set for a PC early access release sometime in 2019. Now before you start thinking, “Oh, yet another WWII shooter”, what mainly sets Hell Let Loose apart from the rest is that it features 50 vs 50 battles, which is definitely impressive — to say the least.
Before getting in the heat of battle, there will be 13 playable roles for players to choose from, and each role has different weapons, vehicles, and equipment. Players will be able to play as an officer, scout, machine gunner, medic, engineer, tank commander, and other roles to get a full WWII combat experience. Combat in Hell Let Loose seems like it’ll be slow and steady, which to me is a nice change of pace given that several recent WWII shooters, like Call of Duty: WWII, have featured a more fast-paced, run-and-gun type style of gameplay.
Instead of players focusing on a “every man for himself” approach in battle, they’ll need to work with their fellow teammates to capture sectors and resources to successfully bring down the enemy team. With 100 players in battle and massive real-scale battlefields to take control of, strategy will definitely be the key to victory.
I’m far from a WWII history expert, but on the visual side of things, it looks like Black Matter put a lot of attention to detail in making Hell Let Loose as realistic looking as possible. All the historical vehicles, weapons and uniforms are intricately detailed, and the developer has mentioned that all the battlefields are based on actual real-battle locations in WWII. To accurately recreate these locations, the developer used and referenced real aerial photos and satellite imagery — which just shows how dedicated they are to making Hell Let Loose a real WWII game.
To get feedback from players during the early access period, the developer plans to collaboratively work with the community to gain insight on what changes need to be made, and the game will be regularly updated based on feedback. A roadmap of key content drops will also be made available when early access begins.
Enter the WWII battlefield by watching Hell Let Loose announcement trailer below:
Author’s Take: I’ve been itching to actually play a new shooter for awhile now. I think I need a break from insanely fast-paced shooters where I die and respawn every minute, so this game’s slow gameplay sounds great.
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