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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
Guest Jan 7 2014, 8:28pm says:

I havn't heard much about this game, or what it's like, but May I suggest adding the following, if not already added.

-Australian Infantry
-Mortars
-Gas
-Cavalry
-Flyable Bi-Planes(I Think that would be amazing)

Now I know that is alot to ask, but there are not many good WWI games out there, but this, from what I heard is the best one so far. Good luck, I hope all gose well. ;)

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JibbaJabbaFool
JibbaJabbaFool Jan 10 2014, 11:34am replied:

I don't know about the first one, but the rest are there apparently!
They said before that they're introducing more countries as the game develops, but I wouldn't know.
Stay hopeful though :D

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AubeSangante
AubeSangante Jan 9 2014, 8:58am replied:

*- French army

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Guest
Guest Jan 24 2014, 7:32pm replied:

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Schrubber
Schrubber Jan 11 2014, 11:19am replied:

I think they will add the French army after the first release as DLC.

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AubeSangante
AubeSangante Jan 22 2014, 9:37am replied:

That would be nice :D

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JibbaJabbaFool
JibbaJabbaFool Jan 4 2014, 7:15pm says:

I know it's a little bit late, but
Happy New Year everyone!
Hope you all have a great 2014, and looking forward to hearing more from you guys at TopHat!

:D

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Guest
Guest Jan 3 2014, 8:34pm says:

I am a map designer, I can script in Lua aswell.

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stephenmbanham
stephenmbanham Dec 24 2013, 8:35am replied:

Haha thanks! I'll make sure he knows ;) Have a great Holiday from all of us here at Idris! And thank you so much for making such an awesome game!!

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Schrubber
Schrubber Dec 24 2013, 9:21am replied:

Thanks, but I'm just a big fan and no developer of this great game :)

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