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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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nikolas5243 Jan 9 2013, 3:46pm says:

this game looks amazing

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terrorcell1 Jan 1 2013, 7:27am says:

I hope you guys end up adding ANZAC infantry ;) It all looks rather professional.

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Doppler° Jan 6 2013, 8:55am replied:

G'day! We can't lie, they're in our sights for development. :)

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Guest Dec 29 2012, 1:28am says:

Will the game be 2 player?

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Doppler° Dec 29 2012, 10:20am replied:

I'm not sure what you mean by that. The Somme is a multiplayer game, 32 player servers, 16 each side.

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JibbaJabbaFool Jan 2 2013, 8:26am replied:

I think what they mean is is it offline co-op

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Guest Dec 27 2012, 1:41am says:

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Doppler° Dec 27 2012, 6:25am replied:

We've seen their work and it's good! But currently we are perfectly comfortable working on our own, competition is always healthy! Thanks though!

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Guest Dec 27 2012, 1:35am says:

Hey guys! I would very much like to tell you that this is single handed my most anticipated game of my life.
I have never seen a ww1 strive like yours is. The elements being added here will revolutionize WW1 video games, all thanks too you. Please keep at it, to many people give up on projects like these.
GL my friends. Stay vigilant and keep the matches dry!
-Excited player

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Doppler° Dec 27 2012, 6:26am replied:

Awh, thank you very much for your kind words!

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