1946. Mankind has just suffered one of the most brutal wars it ever faced. While the rest of the world is still rebuilding, a scientist of unmatched genius by the name of Albert Einstein decides to act. With a device he was engineering at a secret research center in Trinity, New Mexico, he travels back in time to kill the person who he sees as the root of all misery: Adolf Hitler. He catches up with Hitler in 1926 and disposes of him without thoroughly considering the consequences, as time will soon tell.

It's now the 1950s. World War II never happened -- at least, not yet. Germany remains a peace-loving country with close ties to other European nations, now facing increased tensions with Russia under Josef Stalin's rule. In order to realize the glorious Marxist dream he has envisioned, Stalin mobilizes the forces of the USSR. His goal? The conquest of Europe. The nations under threat form the Alliance that seeks to put an end to this madman's nightmare before he can see to its completion. The Great World War II has begun.

  • Steamroll over Europe with the high-powered arsenal of the Soviets or repel the invasion with the technological superiority and cunning of the Allied Forces in a team-based FPS inspired by Westwood Studios' hit real-time strategy game, C&C Red Alert.
  • Wage warfare on the land and in air with units ranging from Mammoth Tanks and Chinooks to Phase Tanks and Longbows.
  • Pacifist? Repair your base as an Engineer, support the war effort as a Medic or Mechanic, or infiltrate the enemy stronghold and steal intelligence or assets with Spies and Thieves.
  • Timed and tuned Tech Levels unlock progressively more powerful weapons and vehicles as the match progresses. Early infantry skirmishes give way to full combined-arms conflict, with high-tech war vehicles including the stealthy Phase Tank, nuclear Demolition Truck, and high-voltage Tesla Tank!

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3 comments by Chronojam on Sep 28th, 2014

By now, you've hopefully had a chance to take APB out for a spin. It mixes things up a bit, so don't forget to leave us your feedback. We're working on another update for that, with more code fixes and some balance refinements. If you haven't had a chance to play it yet, please do. Pyryle did a great job getting all the tweaks in place.

APB 3.0.0?

Concurrently with the APB 2.X branch, work also continues behind the scenes on the next major version (let's call it APB 3.X), which principally revolves around a lot of engine changes.

There are a lot of changes coming, and it's not all just unit stats. That said, a lot of the balancing has been revisited substantially. A lot of old balancing was done how it was because of engine quirks, unsurprisingly; that's why the Hind chaingun was changed to an autocannon, that's why snipers were removed.

Months and years of changing things around and units being added or removed has left us with a bit of a mess. All the raw numbers are being cleaned up and numerous old armor definitions are being discarded or brought into line to make future adjustments easier on us.

Fixing up the armor is one thing I was not personally looking forward to really dealing with, because it's rather clunky and we have a lot of legacy crap in there -- lots of fractional changes have resulted in some weapons doing (for example) 0.1753x versus a particular armor, with the actual weapon set to do 31.067 damage. That's hard to think about, and hard to talk about, and makes it harder to compare units against each other both for players and for us devs.

Moderator Pushwall has recently been promoted to full staff and is working on balance refinement as a logical continuation of how Gamma's weapon/armor interaction worked out. Thankfully, in addition to Pushwall coming on board to help out, Danpaul's also working on some better tools to handle unit balancing beyond "loose text files and spreadsheets and a calculator." Progress!

HUD Updates

Talking more about the big update, we've got some battlefield intelligence updates.

Better targeting feedback is being improved. In addition to hitmarks and hitbeeps (audible damage feedback, which you can toggle on and off as you please), your range to target is now displayed when you aim at something.

Since we've added locational damage, we're looking into having the crosshair indicate if you are aimed at a weaker or stronger portion of an enemy vehicle (probably by color). Altogether, you should have a better idea of whether or not your target should be, or actually is, taking damage now.

In addition, context-sensitive radio commands are being looked into. The idea is that you will be able to have a couple keys to press to indicate something about your current target. Instead of just pressing a few keystrokes for a vague "Attack my target" and hoping somebody nearby figures out what your target is, the radio command sent will actually specify what your target is. This way you will also be able to specify a particular building to attack, or defend, just by pointing at it.

Helpfully, radio commands will also specify what you are. Asking for health? Radio commands will say what unit you are, so your team knows if you're a vehicle that needs a Mechanic or a soldier calling for a Medic.

Somebody says the base needs repairs and you reply "Affirmative?" Now your team will know if you're just some far-off Medium Tank that's agreeing, or are a Technician who can do something about it!

To make things more helpful, your radar icon will blink as a little quote bubble for a few moments, too. There was a hilarious bug that cropped up while testing this that ended up breaking all vehicles such that firing your weapon would cause your whole vehicle to stutter. Also, your soldier would stand outside the tank in a T-pose, and the camera would shift underground. The fun things we run into!

Camera Updates

Earlier, we added options so that the cameras could be shifted around a little bit more than before. Mostly this was useful for making an offset third person camera for soldiers, or a vehicle like TS:Reborn's GDI Titan mech. But, wouldn't it be cool if you could have a slick offset view for the V2 Launcher, too? Or how about a close "gunner's view" for the Ranger? Each of these would make aiming easier, but you could only have one camera profile per vehicle.

Obviously that had to change. We're able to have an arbitrary number of cameras per unit now, and will be grabbing some help from the testers to craft some new options. After all, everybody has a different favorite perspective. The keybind is shared with the infantry first/third person view toggle and you can also cycle backwards through the list when also holding "shift."


Ranger cameras during test (GIF animation)

We'll probably have two or three per vehicle, depending on what makes sense and what works well during testing. A Minelayer doesn't really need too many camera options, but a Longbow or Hind could probably use a couple. If you have any suggestions, we're listening.

Battle Info Screens

Team Info Overlay Replacement

Alright, so we once had static updates bound to the J/K/L keys for team, overall, and server info. These were opaque, took up your entire view, and also locked your controls, and yet they were just snapshots that didn't actually update until you opened them again. Yuck.

Now, we've got some brand new non-modal displays that will show you your team info, or a player overview, or your base status and they update live as every point or credit is earned, or purchase is made, and so on. Plus, they don't lock your controls, so you can keep on driving/shooting/playing.

The team display shows your teammates, their cash, their score, their kills and deaths, what soldier they're using, and what vehicle they are in. If they're simply riding along in the vehicle, they get a [+] indicator prepended to the unit name. If they're on your team and are a spy, their soldier type has [Spy] prepended, so you know!

The players display shows both team's players, their score, kills, and deaths. The same [Spy] notification shows up for spies that belong to your team. The bases display shows both team's structures, AI-controlled Ore Trucks, support facilities such as Service Depots, plus defenses such as Tesla Coils and their current health -- all updated in real time of course.

That's it for this update. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter at @BHPTeam and Facebook as Bluehell Productions. We're trying to keep these updated with important information and news updates for things like when the site and services (TeamSpeak, IRC, gameservers, etc) will experience downtime. Also if you want to tell your friends about the games, these are easy ways to get them aware.

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Aircraftkiller Jan 17 2005, 1:41pm says:

It's not updated. This is simply an archive now. The updated page is located in the news on this page.

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matrixnut42 Jan 17 2005, 12:17pm says:

Wow! RenX actually updated it!

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Metalhead1488 Jan 9 2005, 1:49pm says:

I have the full installer pack for this mod. They have added a lot since then. Which patch should i download?

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matrixnut42 Dec 19 2004, 1:20pm says:

Someone needs to update the moddb page :P

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iNVaDOrXL Dec 19 2004, 5:07am says:

I press mod watch on the page that tells u everything about the mod on the moddb website... and it leads me to my private mod watch page... but i cant use any options off my mod watch page... and i dunno how to add a mod to watch.. plz PM me ASAP

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drunkill Nov 25 2004, 4:43am says:

Game has moved over to the HL2 engine, so yeah, there mihgt be a patch for the renegade engine (W3D) but mihgt not be, so what there is now, will basicaslly be it, HL2 will have many more players, and mods if they are known are accepted into the HL community very well, so yeah... we have moved, now there can be extra high detailed things!

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PaladinX Nov 7 2004, 11:41pm says:

Have you guys ever thought of anything new to add, like improvements or add a menu to buy back buildings so that gameplay lasts longer? Have you thought of that?

Actually, i would like to see purchasable upgrades to improve the unit's defenses and attacks. This will improve gameplay much.

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drunkill Oct 27 2004, 5:39am says:

Its called patching, the version 9932 is the latest one out, 9935 is soon to come.

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Metalhead1488 Oct 21 2004, 6:28pm says:

This mod is a sweet. I see that they keep adding things to it, is there a way to update this mod so i can have the new units in the game?

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Renagede77 Oct 18 2004, 5:54pm says:

Will there be at least one map with bots for the 'Multiplayer Practice' in Renalert like in Renegade?

There should be a charge up sound (Bwooooop!) for the Tesla Coil like in Red alert. The Oblisk of Light always charged up just like CnC.

It'd prevent less heart-attacks with the warning/charge-up sound, 'cause when it just zaps you when there's been a lack of sounds (other than music and footsteps) then you just about die from the instant *ZAP* sound blasted out your speakers.

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i haven't even played it yet, but i still give 10!

Mar 14 2011, 11:18pm by BionicleManFanatic

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