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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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DrKievs Feb 14 2014, 11:33pm says:

If only unreal engine 4 was released when they began to make this game it would been a lot better... Not saying its bad seeing it is my 2nd most wanted game right behind destiny but if they can releases a gameplay before destiny is released for PC then it might be on top most wanted.

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oldtomboy14-18 Feb 10 2014, 5:11pm says:

I Love the progress you guys are making, the fantastic screenshots.I know you said on your twitter page that you will use the triple entente and Germany as the starting factions.But will you add more countries, like Canada and the Austria-Hungarian empire in the oncoming future?

Also,Could you bring us a little update ( sorry for my impatience and impertinence).But I think I speak for everyone that we are all excited for this game to go live on steam and we will support you wholeheartedly and with complete loyalty.

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Guest Feb 1 2014, 8:05pm says:

will there be canadian soldiers?

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Guest Jan 22 2014, 9:03am says:

Any news on this game? It has been nearly 2 months and total silence.Has it suffered the WW1 game curse and died?

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bells Jan 24 2014, 6:08am replied:

Not at all, we are still hard at work!

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Guest Jan 25 2014, 9:25am replied:

Good to hear, I'm dying to play this game;)

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reptiledude Jan 15 2014, 1:30am says:

I think you guys will find this interesting.

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CaptainBrit Jan 13 2014, 5:48am says:

They should also add the British Indian Army as DLC

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