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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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Turkish007 Jul 31 2014, 5:43pm says:

I am very excited for this to come out :)

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Generalfeldmarchall Jul 30 2014, 12:19am says:

At last some WW1 game! Tracking!!

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Schrubber Jul 28 2014, 2:41pm says:

Today is the centenary for the start of the First World War, I bow my head before all those who fought and died in this terrible war.

Lest we forget!!!

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CaptainBrit Jul 4 2014, 9:16pm says:

I think that there will be an update on the 100th anniversary of WWI on the 28th of July

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SeangisKhan Jun 5 2014, 12:59am says:

Well guys i was finally able to get ahold of one of the devs to see our conversation visit here
Now keep in mind this is not an official post, so take it as you like, i am now much more optimistic for this game

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Schrubber Jun 7 2014, 11:59am replied:

Thank you, I had hoped to hear something like this from a developer. Spread the news, The Somme is alive!!!

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Ozolantz Jun 7 2014, 12:42pm replied:

Hell yeah!

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SeangisKhan Jun 5 2014, 3:58pm replied:

btw did anybody else get what he was implying with the Epic's update ?

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oldtomboy14-18 Jun 1 2014, 6:39am says:

6 months have passed and not a word as been spoken about future developments of this amazing game,if the game (god forbid) is dead then at least have the common decency to tell us that you will no longer be working with this project, it's getting beyond a joke now and all of us who support this game are increasingly worried for this game.
So please developers pull your finger out and respond to our pleads and we just want to know the future for the "Somme".

(sorry for the rant people but I just want to express my views and increasing concern for this game)

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