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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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stephenmbanham Dec 23 2013, 5:22pm says:

Hey! We're doing an Indie Of The Year special series on the Top 100! And we featured your game!

Check it out?

Thank you so much in advance! and we hope you like the video!

Alot of team effort went into it! So if you could help us out and spread the word we'd be so grateful and thanks again for your amazing game!!!

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Schrubber Dec 24 2013, 6:54am replied:

Dat voice, I could listen to him all day long ;)
And the video is great btw!

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TheJamsh Dec 21 2013, 6:15am replied:

Yes, though at the moment we are unsure of how much.

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TheJamsh Dec 14 2013, 6:38am says:

Hey guys!

There are currently no plans to do a Console port of the game, we're strictly developing for PC right now. Licensing, Testing and Releasing a stable Console game is a complex process and just the PC version is taking up enough of our time ;) That said, you never know what the future holds!

We are still going strong however! We've had some big internal changes recently which have stunted development but we are all working away behind closed doors! Stay tuned for a new update soon!

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dirtybertieladiesman Dec 18 2013, 12:03am replied:

I'm so damn excited for this!!

Keep up the good work, you have my best wishes.

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JibbaJabbaFool Dec 14 2013, 3:27pm replied:

Thanks so much for the heads up! :D
I just heard about Sony giving Indie developers a chance to have their games on the PS4, and thought you might be interested.
But I'm happy either way because I already have a PC which could probably handle this! :)

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Guest Dec 8 2013, 3:47am says:

this game needs to come out

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KambizII Dec 6 2013, 6:46am says:

Maximum number of players? 64?

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