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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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Guest Mar 2 2013, 2:34pm says:

Will you manually operate the bolt or will it automatically do it? I like to have to click to reload after each shot

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Stalhelm Feb 28 2013, 4:09pm says:

Any chance we'll see some underground tunnel warfare beneath the battlefield? I think that would be incredible to have a network of tunnels beneath the main map and having to fight it out in close quarters in almost pitch darkness and also its a part of WW1 that is rarely explored but was quite significant.

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Doppler° Feb 28 2013, 4:29pm replied:

I'm not sure how that would work in a multi-player, sounds more like a single player campaign thing to me!

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Stalhelm Feb 28 2013, 5:06pm replied:

Yeah your probably right! Thanks for the quick reply anyway and keep up the great work!

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kai229 Feb 28 2013, 4:34pm replied:

Actually i agree, but like... The player needs to dig it, to get to the enemy base or something, underground tunnels would work pretty well :D

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lapje75 Feb 28 2013, 12:08pm says:

is there gonne be a free public beta testing?

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German_Soldier Feb 28 2013, 4:43am says:

the game will be finished in april 2013??

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Doppler° Feb 28 2013, 6:12am replied:


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Guest Feb 21 2013, 2:12pm says:

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Stalhelm Feb 21 2013, 12:08pm says:

Any chance we'll see some hand to hand combat i.e trench clubs, daggers, knuckle dusters, that sort of thing?

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