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The beta is almost here and we made this progress article to answer any concerned questions about the game and provide latest screenshots of the Real World-based Skirmish missions.

Posted by LordIheanacho on Mar 31st, 2013

The beta is almost here and we made this progress article to answer any concerned questions about the game.

We were originally planning a video version of the FAQ, unfortunately  we could not have enough time to make one (some of us have college education and finances to deal with), So we will post them in this article instead.

We have also recreated the Boxshot theme for our game. Hopefully, this will be the FINAL version of our Boxshot which you can find it on the IndieDB summary page. For now, here is the Wallpaper version.

Army Men III Wallpaper - Fresh out the Kitchen

Q: When is the 1st Beta release?

  • The first Army Men III Beta release will launch on April 30th.

Q: Will the Beta release become available to everyone?

  • Yes, Keep in mind that this is an Open Beta release.

Q: Will the Beta release support character customization?

  • No, however we should have the character customization feature setup by the 2nd Beta release. We plan to allow characters the ability to change their player character, including their headgear, body accessories, and even their gender.

Q: Will the Beta release provided more Skirmish missions than what existed in the Alpha release?

  • Definitely! We have the screenshots above us to prove that.

Q: Are there any unlockables features, special powerups, or Bonus missions in the Beta release?

  • Yes, Just like in Army Men: Sarge's Heroes (Dreamcast) and Sarge's Heroes 2, There are a few secret areas throughout the Campaign & Skirmish Modes. Some of them could provide a large arsenal of inventory, powerups, easter eggs, or even unlock certain cheats. If you are adventurous enough, you may find them. There are are also bonus missions being included in the Campaign (such as the Anniversary Map Pack) as well as future holiday map packs arriving in the near future.

Q: Will the 1st Beta support playing as the Tan Army or The Monster Horde (IGD's Army)?

  • No, we may release DLC that supports this at a later time, however we can not guarantee it at the moment.

Q: What improvements were made in the Beta version in comparison to the outdated Alpha version?

  • A LOT. For starters, cutscenes have been improved and the voice acting has been drastically improved. We have also recreated and revamped some of the campaign missions to better give players the feeling that they are fighting in the Plastic and Real World missions respectively.

Q: Explain the process of Campaign mode?

  • The Army Men III Campaign is practically the story mode of the game - Taking place where Army Men II last left off. Most of the missions in the Campaign take place in the Plastic World (and the last few in the Real World) as the Insane Grey Doctor threatens to destroy the plastic world with his warped experiments, and you will have to fight your way through all four of the Major nations - Tan, Green, Blue, and Grey, and take part in a full-scale assault on The Grey Doctor's fortress - an enormous Castle in the Real World.

Q: Explain the process of Skirmish mode?

  • The Skirmish mode is practically the arcade mode of the game. Fight your way through waves of enemies - Tan infantry, swarms of insects, hordes of zombies (and explosive ones), and even returning foes from Sarge's Heroes 2 reincarnated as the Machines of War.

Q: Is this game by any chance related or will end up like Sarge's Heroes?

  • NO. We get this quite a LOT. Even the public pages (like gamepron) are misleading. Sure, we may have similarities and references from the game (e.g. the Green Beans cans in the skirmish missions) as well as a returning character from SH2 (with a new origin), however, this game is by NO chance directly related to the sub-series. Remember that this is a direct sequel to the original game, if anything else, this game would probably be closest to Army Men 3D.

Q: Is this game anything like Call of Duty or trying to follow it's trend?

  • ROFL!! If I had a nickel for this one.... I can safely say, ANY game is prone to this stupid assumption (Even the all-mighty Halo 4 is vulnerable). I even see these assumptions in the ratings. I honestly don't know how else to say this but please understand, that this game is NOT a Call of Duty knock-off. Sure it has some similar elements that God forbid they popularized (such as the Health regeneration system and dual-wielding) however we are not even trying to follow the modern-generation trend that you would find from most AAA Games. That is why indie games like Minecraft are ultimately becoming more prevalent. While most AAA games are focusing more about forking up some extra cash with overpriced DLC and console-focused gameplay, Indie games are focusing on not only improving on new and/or enjoyable gameplay, but also adding User Mod support. I believe that is what ultimately extends the life of a product, more especially if it is poorly-received or underrated (i.e.Duke Nukem Forever). More of the reason why our standalone expansion. Army Men Multiplayer exists.
That is all folks! Keep in mind, we are but only a very small team (practically three core developers such as myself, and less than a handful of voice actors), So we are still looking for artists and programmers to complete Army Men Multiplayer sooner. If you are interested in helping this project and its online MP expansion see the light of day, just send us a PM via IndieDB or Skype.

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thealakaylion
thealakaylion Mar 31 2013, 11:16am says:

It all sounds great! Also, I have friends that think this is a CoD or Halo rip off. I have to put them in their place. In no way this game is. Can't wait for the game! Hmmm... I'll think about signing up, for helping with the MP deal. Gotta think about it first. Give me about a week. Thanks guys. You all deserve the a Medal of Honor, for bringing our childhoods back. =D

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LordIheanacho
LordIheanacho Mar 31 2013, 11:59am replied:

Thanks! Although I probably should rephrase the article a bit more - I would say ALL shooter games are vulnerable to the CoD/Halo rip-off accusations.

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Wulfburk12
Wulfburk12 Mar 31 2013, 11:35am says:

Nice!

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ExecutorTassadar
ExecutorTassadar Mar 31 2013, 5:27pm says:

Wow! Amazing progress -> I can't wait!

btw:

The Unreal Engine's lighting system amazes me every time. So pleasing to look at.

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PSP-H4CKERxX
PSP-H4CKERxX Mar 31 2013, 8:00pm says:

Can't wait and also is there going to be coop/mp?

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LordIheanacho
LordIheanacho Mar 31 2013, 10:26pm replied:

*facepalm*

Damnit, I forgot to add that question...

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.JAS
.JAS Mar 31 2013, 8:52pm says:

It's a damn shame that any kind of shooter game that comes out is accused of being a "Call of Duty ripoff"...

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sithpal
sithpal Apr 1 2013, 3:30am says:

sucks how anytime something creates something and its used in the game any games that come after are said to be stealing there idea. if games where not allowed to use other game mechanics there would be about 5 games. i pulled that number randomly but point is there would be very few games in existance...goodwork peoples

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LordIheanacho
LordIheanacho Apr 1 2013, 10:30am replied:

That is very true, which means games like Unreal and Wolfenstein, or even Halo and Call of Duty would never even existed.

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SkiderRunner
SkiderRunner Apr 4 2013, 8:36am says:

Is there a Tan campaign in this, or will I be able to play as the Tan?

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LordIheanacho
LordIheanacho Apr 4 2013, 1:53pm replied:

In this upcoming Beta release, No. However I do plan to release a map pack that mainly focuses on the Tan Army perspective for the Beta release. So keep an eye out for that. I recommend tracking this page to know about it as soon as it that and/or the beta are released.

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SkiderRunner
SkiderRunner Apr 4 2013, 9:06pm replied:

I also heard some thing about customizing our FFA character? Can we chose there color?

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LordIheanacho
LordIheanacho Apr 4 2013, 10:25pm replied:

Yes, that will be possible in the 2nd (Cooperative) Beta release.

Looks like I will have to update the FAQ...

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SkiderRunner
SkiderRunner Apr 5 2013, 7:39am replied:

like instead of a helmet they have a field cap. instead of a standard uniform you have an officers uniform.

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LordIheanacho
LordIheanacho Apr 6 2013, 3:44am replied:

It may not arrive in the 2nd Beta release as we hope (probably just character mesh color and player change instead). However we ultimately plan to improve character customization to support custom accessory and gear (such as the examples you mentioned) + the custom mod support to add custom accessory. Man is user-mod content awesome!

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PlasticCommando
PlasticCommando Apr 9 2013, 10:11pm replied:

Firstly I I would like to say, thank you soooo Much! I grew up with these games and hated that 3D0 died before polishing them up! Looks pretty cool except it would be alot more like the original if you had plastic guns that matched the soldiers. One of the things that ruined the games for me was the metal rail looking guns in Sarge's War. Please go with plastic M16A1s and backpack flamethrowers. You guys rock.

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LordIheanacho
LordIheanacho Mar 10 2014, 1:53pm replied:

No problem!

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