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10 comments by Doppler° on Aug 23rd, 2014

The Somme - WWI FPS

Greetings Trench Rats,

Long time no see isn't it? First off, allow us to say that we have been monitoring our networks and your voices, we deeply appreciate the love and passion that The Somme's community has, it really does warm our hearts.

To address the elephant in the room, yes we did disappear, it was for deep personal reasons that had relevance between all developers (families / work / finances). A handful of developers on The Somme, myself included do not develop games as a professional job, The Somme is a hobbyist project. Across the entire team we passively share the same opinion that we let the community down by not announcing what was going on, why we had disappeared and what is happening with The Somme.

We are in hope that the community accepts a sincere apology from the development team.

To clear any confusion surrounding The Somme, The Somme is not 'dead', we at the time abruptly paused. That has now changed and the TopHat team are now in a much better place than was previously and is why we would like to officially announce that The Somme has resumed development indefinitely. The downtime allowed us to reflect on what we failed at previously internally / externally, this will now play a huge role in how The Somme will be presented and developed, so don't expect plenty of media without a good reason for you to see it.

Kickstarter will not be happening, this doesn't mean you will lose the opportunity to play early versions of The Somme.

Greenlight, wow did you make your voices loud. We have at right this moment, 18,451 'Yes' votes, 4,800 followers, 1232 comments and 70,992 unique visitors. We're not worthy, we're not worthy!

We moved The Somme to the Unreal Engine 4 for obvious reasons and would like to state that The Somme is no longer a 32 player game, The Somme will now run as a 64 player game - Yes that's right, 32 v 32 across large battlefields. Unreal 4 allows us as developers to do wondrous things and that doesn't only mean to make the game look pretty. This a huge transition and we ask the community to be incredibly patient with us, there's a lot of new tech we're adapting too, it also means all of our art has to be revisited and that will take time.

The Somme is now on a fresh path, expect a lot of our external sites to be cleaned up / wiped, allowing the community to continue their discussions and wants for The Somme - we will be watching/reading/listening.

That's all for now Trench Rats.


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btwinch Sep 10 2014, 8:32pm says:

Please make it more realistic than Verdun where people are just running all across No-Man's-Land with no consequences.

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comegetsome89 Sep 4 2014, 12:53pm says:

please tell me the 32/32 will be classic tdm? not this verdun failed-squad setup? and how bout dm?

looking forward to being first in line to get the game. rock on!

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Doppler° Sep 5 2014, 3:35am replied:

There is no such thing as TDM or DM in The Somme, because it isn't the right type of game-mode for WW1. We have a completely new game-mode called Conquer. More info in the future.

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Schrubber Sep 2 2014, 12:40pm says:

Seeing this update after a long and exhausting road trip without internet access makes me very happy! Can't wait to see some footage with the Unreal Engine 4.

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JibbaJabbaFool Aug 24 2014, 10:41am says:

Thank you SO much for clearing this up! :)I was worried for a bit there

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Generalfeldmarchall Aug 24 2014, 1:53am says: Online

At last some update!! Thanks guys for not abandoning us!!

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Doppler° Aug 24 2014, 3:01am replied:

We'd never abandon you. :)

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JibbaJabbaFool Aug 10 2014, 12:42pm says:

Will you chaps be at gamescom by any chance?

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Doppler° Aug 15 2014, 3:17pm replied:

No, we won't be sorry!

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JibbaJabbaFool Aug 16 2014, 4:08pm replied:

That's ok :) I was just wondering.

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