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22 comments by rocknroll237 on Aug 20th, 2014

Hello Star Wars: Battlecry fans (and the First Strike fans who are also reading this),

Today we have a big bit of news for you folks - the First Strike team is merging with the Star Wars: Battlecry team!
As Chad (new project leader of First Strike explains), 'When the First Strike team looked into switching to the Unreal 4 game engine, it just made sense to look into combining forces instead of starting completely over on a new engine. Both teams have a desire to develop a PC focused Star Wars game that simulates the the role of a trooper fighting for the Rebel or Imperial forces in large scale combined arms battles.' 
 When developing a game for a galaxy far, far away, almost everything has to be created from scratch. One of the things we're exploring at the moment is importing First Strike's large collection of models into the Unreal engine. If assets require improvements or modifications, this can be done but it will hopefully mean things will get done quicker and we can produce the free stand alone Star Wars game fans have been wanting all along. 

On top of that, the fact that we are merging with a very experienced and skilled team is exciting and we look forward to the future! 

We will keep you updated if anything else changes about the game/team.

Thank you for your support and patience,

The Star Wars: Battlecry team (and the newly merged First Strike members!) 

Btw, here's the awesome pic team member Jo Greve made for us to celebrate the merge!

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austen1000 Aug 29 2014, 8:36am says:

Alright, since First Strike is merging with Battlecry (ironic, since it was a Battlecry dev member who recommended the mod in the first place), I have one question. When will AI bot support become available?

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austen1000 Aug 29 2014, 2:34pm replied:

You guys haven't cut bot support from multiplayer, right?

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Schlechtwetterfront Aug 30 2014, 6:54am replied:

Bots are not a priority, but a possibility.

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austen1000 Aug 30 2014, 11:09am replied:

I'm not going to lie, that actually disappoints me a little (more so if bots are indeed not included eventually). It's getting harder and harder to find games with good singleplayer support. I haven't played any Battlefield game past 2142 because of the lack of bots (singleplayer campaigns get repetative after a while), and 2142 was only because of the First Strike mod. If bots are included, me, and surely others as well, will greatly appreciate it. I already know that Battlefront 2015 is not going to include bots, so, thats out of the question.

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Schlechtwetterfront Aug 30 2014, 1:37pm replied:

We have very simple (Team) Death Match bots right now. These will stay, but extending those beyond the Death Match rules and making them smarter depends on how fast we progress with other stuff, where the team's skills lie at that time etc.

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austen1000 Aug 30 2014, 1:45pm replied:

Well, I know the Team Lead of First Strike, Dnamro, was an expert of sorts with adding bot support to mods, like First Strike. Perhaps maybe he could contribute to the bot sector if he gets the chance. Heck, if I could afford the UE4 engine, I would learn the AI systems and contribute myself.

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rocknroll237 Sep 1 2014, 12:49pm replied:

Dnamro has indeed been looking into AI support, but like Ande says, there are more important aspects of the game to focus on atm.

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austen1000 Sep 2 2014, 3:14pm replied:

I know you guys have more important things at the moment. As long as improved bot support comes at some point in time, I am content with waiting. I just didn't want them to be left out completely, or at least left out of conquest mode.

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Guest Aug 21 2014, 5:48am says:

Wow! This is exciting news! First Strike has always been my favorite mod, now things get even better! Best of luck to you guys, looking forward for things to come :)

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Truebladed404 Aug 22 2014, 7:12am replied:

They certainly are a skilled group. They are bringing a healthy amount of experience with them. Now that we have their assistance, Battlecry will be all the better!
Also, to the First Strike team, Thanks!

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