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9 comments by SharkYbg on May 4th, 2015

Hello Star Wars: Battlecry fans and Happy Star Wars day!

It’s been exactly one year from our announcement that we are moving to the epic Unreal Engine 4. A lot has changed since you first started witnessing our progress and watching everything slowly take shape.

Because it’s May the 4th as you already know, we think that this is a great moment to celebrate and reward your great support over the years with something special. We’ve put a lot of work on this and hopefully you will like it.

It’s time for our first gameplay video showing what we’ve been up to in Unreal Engine 4. Keep in mind that this is in a heavy WIP stage and a lot of things are missing. Everything you see is subject to change. So take this more as a proof-of-concept, the rest will be filled, polished and tweaked as we continue to make progress.

Now a few screenshots taken during our gameplay and the video itself.

Enjoy and may the Tr4iler be with you.

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HighOnTea May 15 2015 says:

So, apparently Battlefront from DICE will not feature aiming down the iron sights, scopes only. (

Will BattleCry have weapons with iron sights and will the player be able to use the sights?

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Themanwithideas May 15 2015 replied:

In the gameplay they gave us it shows iron sights being used, I personally prefer iron sights over what was used, it just felt cheep.

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SaltedQuailEggs May 15 2015 replied:

I hope they don't add in iron sights, makes it feel more true to Star Wars. Sure some of the guns had sights, and sure troopers did aim them down, but in reality and in the heat of the moment, any real soldier's first impulse isn't to make sure they are perfectly aligned with their sights in order to fire with accuracy. What you would do is get the gun aligned with your head and fire. One more thing, most Fps shooters today like to imagine your weapon fires with the accuracy of a stormtrooper but once you aim down the sights, you've got pinpoint accuracy which makes zero sense to me as you can miss a point blank sniper rifle shot in a games such as CoD. Anyways, that's just my two cents on the matter.

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SharkYbg May 15 2015 replied:

Actually it makes sense in real life too. Maybe you haven't tried real weapon but in general if you don't aim down the sights or the scope you simply don't know where your bullets will hit. What is represented with having less accuracy when not aiming is something completely realistic. This is also represented in numerous shooter sims like Arma so you can see even they do it this way. Also moving fast and firing in real life is exactly like stromtrooper aim(pure luck).
About first impulse... this is completely different topic. First soldier's reaction is to get to cover somehow and then shoot accurately.

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SaltedQuailEggs May 17 2015 replied:

I don't agree with what most Fps games today do with their hip firing mechanic. Of course you won't know exactly where your bullet will hit if you don't aim down the sights but lets say you see an enemy 20 feet away from you down a hallway, will you aim down your sight to fire, or line the gun up to your head (point shooting, or reflexive fire, forgot the actual term) and fire. Either way, you'll kill the target but one is much quicker. In an average Fps however, if you went with the latter option, your bullets would have been all over the place but realistically the only factors affecting bullet spread would be the gun and your grip while firing. Beyond close range, I agree with you that you would obviously need to use your sights. Btw I don't know where your going with first impulse, I really meant if an enemy pops out of a corner or something, sorry about the misunderstanding.

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SharkYbg May 17 2015 replied:

Yes you may not have a lot of time if you are not prepared and not aiming down the sights already. I haven't heard of a tactic where you just hold the gun forward and fire however you want. Unless you are some kind of rookie or a rebel who hasn't been trained how to hold a gun. In this case you just pray that the other doesn't hit you and you fire as fast as you can to force him to cover and you run to cover yourself.

Also why there are iron sights on guns if they are useless? They are clearly not used for very long range. Even SWAT teams when engaging they always operate with aiming their guns down the sights because if someone comes they have to make sure they will hit him.
With just holding the gun straight forward(without looking down the sights) even withing 6 meters (20 feet) you firing radius will be at least 15 cm. Yes you may kill the target but you will have to fire a burst of at least 15 rounds to make sure at least 1 hits him. Realistically there are many things that will affect the bullet spread, not just the grip and the recoil. There are things like you breathing and other factors... Because you don't know where your bullets will hit you fire your first shots somewhere forward(remember you are under pressure), then you try to correct the offset but because of the recoil you can't measure exactly how much you need to correct and you hit off again and so on...
It's like playing basketball in some way. You can measure exactly where things will go. The iron sights prove the needed info when talking weapons even at close range. So just pointing the gun forward and holding it tight doesn't guarantee your needed aim.

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SaltedQuailEggs May 17 2015 replied:

This is what I mean, please give it a read:

But hey, we both want the best shooting mechanic possible and have different views on the matter so why argue, truce?

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SharkYbg May 18 2015 replied:

Yes it's described well here but it doesn't say it's more accurate than sight aiming. True though that it is much faster to pull off in favour of really good accuracy. It's enough to hit a target at close range.

True that arguing is not needed, discussions are good thing though;P. Yeah just wanted to clear what is being used and why. Gotta say that we kinda want to bring somewhat realistic feel to the game too and the more people understand why we do things the better.

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SaltedQuailEggs May 18 2015 replied:

Point shooting vs. Sighted Shooting has been a well debated topic among military and police personnel for close range engagements but yeah, it's always good to have a nice debate about something, as long as it's not just for the sake of arguing. Good luck with the game and I know it'll turn out great.

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SaltedQuailEggs May 18 2015 replied:

One more thing, you never directly stated whether or not you will be using an ADS mechanic or a more Halo-esque no ADS style with scoped aim only.

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SaltedQuailEggs May 17 2015 replied:

Forgot to add that what Battlefront EA will do with allowing only scopes to aim down makes sense since most medium to long range engagements require a some sort of sight outside of the standard iron sight. Also to the people who are butt hurt that they aren't getting Battlefront 3, the previous Battlefronts did not have any sort of ADS whatsoever besides the zoom mechanic which I'm not 100% positive will be present in Battlefront EA

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thefinalhack May 15 2015 says:

You should consider doing a colab with this guy:

He's done a lot of detailed albeit unique star wars designs. Sometimes that unique variety of assets in a game can really make a difference.

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GeneralAdrian May 16 2015 replied:

Wow, he looks really good! The Battlecry Team should consider getting in touch with him, as he would probably wan't to join so that more people could experience his amazing art in games.

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Delta1116732 May 12 2015 says:

Damn this looks amazing, nice to see that we have a mod similar to Battlefront being made by/for the community. Wish I could assist, but I'm afraid I don't know the Unreal Engine too well. I have a giant folder of Star Wars sounds if that would even help the slightest. Sounds from Republic Commando, and other sources that are Star Wars based.

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SharkYbg Creator
SharkYbg May 16 2015 replied:

We are trying to have assets that are made by us and not taken directly from somewhere else like past games or movies but thank you anyways.

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thefinalhack May 11 2015 says:


Something has being bothering me about the gameplay in the trailer and I've not being able to put my finger on it.. until now!

Turns out it was the third person camera position, it seems you've succumbed to the bizarre practise of having view shifted to the right so you character is on the left. This might be an art style of whatever but I personally would much prefer Battlefront 2 style camera positioning where the character is centred.

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SharkYbg Creator
SharkYbg May 12 2015 replied:

What wasn't mentioned is that we were following the swbf3 style that was supposed to be and can be seen bellow. It could also be modified so it limits to some degree people from peeking around the corners.


Of course like Rocknroll said we could just add classic style and swbf3 style to choose from.

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Themanwithideas May 15 2015 replied:

Unless they changed their plans no.

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rocknroll237 Creator
rocknroll237 May 11 2015 replied:

Might be a good idea to make multiple selectable camera options in the menu. That way we can cater to everyone's tastes.

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thefinalhack May 11 2015 replied:

That certainty sounds like a sensible route to go down.

Also as I've got your attention might I ask if you have any idea what specs will be needed for 4k at 60fps, I only ask because I can't help but be slightly worried that the reason the video is in low resolution is that it needs high specs for higher res.

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Themanwithideas May 11 2015 replied:

They have said they don't know the specs yet, it also hasn't been optimized yet.

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