Chapter One: Overlord

Traction Wars is a Free to Play, standalone WWII Realism Game utilising the CRYENGINE. It will offer a gaming experience that highlights realistic and historically accurate environments leading you through the battlefields of WWII. The first release "Overlord", will feature the early stages of the Normandy Campaign between the British and German Armies. From the infamous D-Day invasions through to the capture of Caen in the Summer of 1944, players will take part in some of the most fierce and bloody battles in history. Traction Wars will be released in a series of chapters, each expanding upon the previous. Chapter One: OVERLORD, is currently in development.

The following features will be included in the first release:

  • Two Nations (Britain and Germany)
  • Teamwork Orientated Gameplay
  • 20+ beautifully authentic WWII weapons
  • Squad & Command System
  • Balanced & Historically Accurate Class System
  • Historically accurate and detailed maps
  • Custom Interfaces and HUD
  • Original Soundtrack

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10 comments by [TWDEV]_General_Naga on Aug 16th, 2014

Hello there my fellow Traction Warriors. [TWDEV] Hannibaldinski here - welcome to another Traction Wars development blog. In previous updates we have shown some of our “Work in Progress” first person weapon animations, but today I want to talk about the third person, full-body animations such as running, crawling and jumping.

[TWDEV] Maniche lurks in the undergrowth of the Mo-cap studio.

Animations are not my main task and I'm normally working on different things but once in a while I encounter interesting technologies due to my current stay in Sweden. This time I came across a room which caught my full attention. The room contained a fully operational high speed motion capture system, also known as Mo-cap. The first thing that came to my mind was: “**** ****, we need this for Traction Wars”. Using my superior seduction techniques on the person in charge I managed to get a reservation to use this fascinating piece of equipment for a full day. I immediately called up fellow developer [TWDEV] Maniche, who drove the three hundred kilometres from Norway to help me out.

We humans are so used to body movements like walking that it is very easy for us to spot flaws in artificial animation. This makes creating full body animations an incredibly difficult and time consuming task, often taking days or weeks just for a normal walking loop. It is challenging to find the right balance and weight to make a full-body animation feel as realistic as possible. Because of this, Motion Capture is used heavily in current games and movies.

These small white dots reflect infra-red light back to the cameras around the room.

They are strategically attached to the subject enabling realistic motion to be captured.

The commercial grade Mo-cap system uses eight infrared (IR) cameras placed around the subject; in this case [TWDEV] Maniche due to his military experience. Lots of very reflective dots are strategically attached to the subject to reflect the IR light back to the cameras. These dots are so bright on the captured image that they can be separated from the surrounding environment. Due to the use of multiple cameras precision of movement can be calculated to an accuracy within 0.2 millimetres, 120 times a second.

During our capture day we tried to get as close to the real movements as we could. Using weights, a full sized rifle prop and help from [TWDEV] VonMudra during a live Skype call, helping us with the correct way weapons were carried and used. From grenades to heavy machine guns, running, climbing and setting up - we went through as many movements we could think of. It was good to see [TWDEV] Maniche running around getting tired while I pressed the right buttons and verified the captured data so anything could be re-done if something went wrong.

We look forward to showing the processed Mo-cap animations on our in-game characters in the future. Until then, stay tuned for more development updates. And thanks for reading!

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reptiledude Oct 23 2013, 3:09am says:

Are the German character models going well? :D
Just curious.

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yoje Oct 19 2013, 6:32pm says:

any idea when a closed alpha at least?

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[TWDEV]_General_Naga Oct 20 2013, 2:46pm replied:

Afraid not. We aren't planning a closed alpha/beta at the moment but that may change in the future. IF we do then we'll make an announcement over at first before third-party sites such as here.

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AtlasTasume Oct 19 2013, 6:14pm says:

Oh, hey guys? The ever important question for every FPS game: If you look down, can you see your own legs and feet? :P

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cinco Oct 20 2013, 3:33am buried:


nothing more than a novelty feature.

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Roughbeak Oct 19 2013, 8:01pm replied:

Almost anything is possible with the CryENGINE 3. :)

Answer to your question: yes! ;)

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Roughbeak Oct 17 2013, 9:45am says:

With all these epic posts by the devs here, no wonder this game will rock.

It almost sounds like one of those games developed by a official company or even better! :)

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Roughbeak Oct 15 2013, 7:57pm replied:

This game will totally be free to play.

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hannibaldinski Oct 15 2013, 4:25pm replied:

Steam is something we're looking in to.

On a side note, Taction Wars will be totally free :)

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AtlasTasume Oct 19 2013, 12:42pm replied:

Will it also come DRM-free? As in, so I can run it without having to run silly background programs such as Steam.

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