The Battle Grounds 2(BG2) is a Half-Life 2 multiplayer modification based on the revolutionary war. It is the sequel to the popular HL1 mod with even more features and possibilities. The British Army and its Native American tribal allies engage in battle against the United States Continental Army and local militia forces. Interactivity is a very important factor in this mod and team play is as important as ever before. Take aim and fire muskets, prepare bayonets and take control of the battlefield to succeed in your campaign for final victory. Combat will vary from long-range rifle marksmanship to brutal close quarters hand-to-hand melee fighting. You will need a mix of first person combat skills and quick-thinking strategy to survive. So prepare yourself to do battle for your side and to meet the enemy head-on. Only one side can be victorious.

Report article RSS Feed Battle Grounds 2 Version 2.0 Release Date Announced

Battle Grounds 2 Version 2.0 will be released at 12 AM, Eastern US Time on Saturday 4/24/2010.

Posted by Nathan_Hale on Apr 21st, 2010

The Battle Grounds 2 Team is pleased to announce the release of Battle Grounds 2 2.0. The game will go public at 12 AM Eastern US Time on 24 April 2010.


2.0 is the biggest change to Battle Grounds 2 since the port over from the Half-Life 1 engine. Not in several years have we had so many new features and so much improvement. The releases once again proves the BG Team has been hard at work. This release is the culmination of severalmonths' work by a number of talented individuals. The game improvements should be apparent from the start. This is an up-to-date, high quality game with a unique faithfulness to history and realism.


(Left: 1.5, right: 2.0)

The changes are too numerous to list but I will highlight just a few:

Weapons Selection and Ammo Selection:
-Players now can choose their weapons based on historically accurate weapons available to each class. You will get to choose from many of the guns the actual soldiers carried between 1775 and 1783
-New Fowler hunting smoothbore gun and new American Brown Bess muskets for the Americans
-New Brown Bess Carbine and Long Pattern Brown Bess musket for the British
-Added the use of "shot" for Carbine Brown Bess and Fowler: allowing performance and shooting similar to a modern shotgun style weapon
-Improved iron sights by Taxpayer and Nathan Hale


(New Weapon: American Fowler)

Classes:
-New British Light Infantry class

(British Light Infantry)


Animations:
-Third person reload added thanks to Jlea, Taxpayer and Peacekeeper's hard work
-New reload animation for Brown Bess Carbine
-Better balanced reload speeds for some long-range weapons
-improved first person animations by Taxpayer and Peacekeeper
-Greatly improved walking and other animations by Peacekeeper and Taxpayer


(New variety of player skins)


(Improved muzzle flash effects)

Visuals and Improved Historical Accuracy
-High poly world models for all weapons
-A large volume of new, high-quality textures for every player, weapon and many objects and maps
-New high-quality, realistic smoke with adjustable smoke settings to suit your preferences and computer performance
-Better effects: including new muzzle flash and flash alignments
-New and greatly improved interface with graphics and historical information
-Fully new player skins and random skin generation for many classes, including Indians and Frontiersmen
-New, improved faces for virtually all characters, including vast improvement to Continental Soldiers by Peacekeeper, Tax and JayArc
-New custom scoreboards unique to each map, with images related to the particular map being played
-Phong shader improvements by Peacekeeper


(New Continental Soldier visual, thanks to JayArc's help)

Maps and Map Resources:
-Assault fortress map, with cannon, exploding powder keg storage areas and fortress fighting by JakeParlay
-Miningtown, a combined effort of Taxpayer and Agent
-Battle of Concord, an historically-based line battle map by Peacekeeper
-Quebec, an historically based capture map originally by Cycophant, with new improvements by Taxpayer
-improved Plateau by Grantelbart
-capture the flag map improvements by Grantelbart


(Lake from Miningtown)


(Waterfall from Miningtown)


(Battle of Quebec Map)

Sound Upgrades:
-new sounds and sound fixes by PostalDude, including completion the difficult task of keeping sounds synchronized to animations

Code Upgrades:
-new damage and stamina settings to promote greater realism by HairyPotter and Tjoppen
-numerous bug fixes found by the team and community, as fixed by Tjoppen and HairyPotter


(Quebec)

Thanks also to continued support by Ben and Gecko to keep the BG site and domain running along. When the release time comes, we will post a short update with mirrors for the download. Please visit our forums, using the link at www.bgmod.com.

-Nathan Hale

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SinKing
SinKing Apr 21 2010, 7:11am says:

Pretty good, but we're used to BG2 standard by now ;)

I think you really got the most out of the concept, but for some shrewed reason I really like the line-battles most. They are somewhat a bigger destinction from other mods than the game mechanics alone.

Maybe your team can create some (more) maps for line battle and up the player limit to 60, on those maps. Though that would require some extra interfaces to properly group and command soldiers. Great mod though, always been!

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Grantelbart Creator
Grantelbart Apr 21 2010, 12:22pm replied:

The player limit had been increased before, it is 64 now. Nothing will stop you from running such a server and some LB clans already do :) if you want I might dig up a demo from such an event. I don't know if someone has turned it into a video of some sort

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JLea
JLea Apr 21 2010, 11:17pm replied:

Line battles are the worst, simply because you get a 14 year old on a power trip screaming at you on the mic for not saying the right voice command

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PierreOfTheFrench
PierreOfTheFrench Apr 21 2010, 8:11am says:

Very nice, can't wait to get into this again. Was always a great mod and the updates kept me coming back :)

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theM3nace
theM3nace Apr 21 2010, 8:26am says:

great! can't wait

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Isundir
Isundir Apr 21 2010, 8:27am says:

For some reason I never liked the whole musket thing one shot reload just fails eh before the Napoleon era was epic and after but I never liked the Napoleon era (and I love history stuff(and shooters that why I think one shot reload fails)) xD

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HellsHigh
HellsHigh Apr 21 2010, 11:07pm replied:

Just keep in mind it is a revolutionary war mod...

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JLea
JLea Apr 22 2010, 12:46am replied:

uhh the napoleonic era was the definition of epic. 200,000 soliders on a field at a time with cannons, horses and smoke everywhere

but yes it's pretty bad for a fps lol

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Turj
Turj Apr 21 2010, 8:46am says:

Yeah! epic stuff!

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Juffe
Juffe Apr 21 2010, 8:51am says:

Cool.

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HellsHigh
HellsHigh Apr 21 2010, 9:29am says:

Yaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!

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lordegern
lordegern Apr 21 2010, 9:47am says:

Light Infantry...hmmm interesting indeed.

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Torabi
Torabi Apr 21 2010, 9:57am says:

Holy moly. What a massive update! It is great to see that this mod is evolving so much.

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xXMaNiAcXx
xXMaNiAcXx Apr 21 2010, 10:17am says:

Wow! Nice, I loved the new muzzle flash :)

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izzysinz
izzysinz Apr 21 2010, 10:39am says:

Hmm, This may drag me out of my retirement and get {22nd} General Izzysinz back in game

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grrenlink
grrenlink Apr 21 2010, 10:53am says:

http://ihatejade.com/?id=qa51r8yjykozzgqa78osf02fawqb53

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dudethisismyname
dudethisismyname Apr 21 2010, 11:53am says:

Very nice :)

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RKotern
RKotern Apr 21 2010, 11:56am says:

Holy .... Great stuff

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Dr.Afanickton
Dr.Afanickton Apr 21 2010, 12:29pm says:

a day after my birthday! woohoo! perfect gift! =D

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slayersarge
slayersarge Apr 21 2010, 1:48pm says:

Not to be obscene or anything but....
When BG2 came out with an update I...
JIZZED IN MY PANTS!

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awesomepossum
awesomepossum Apr 21 2010, 2:57pm says:

Excellent, I've been meaning to get around to playing this mod again, Now I have a perfect reason to. Nice to see an update.

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havepie
havepie Apr 21 2010, 4:21pm says:

**** yes, I could have sworn you guys said you were done with development last build, so glad your not.

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Angerfist219
Angerfist219 Apr 21 2010, 5:17pm says:

This may be the reason for me to get back in to BG.

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Exoddus
Exoddus Apr 21 2010, 5:46pm says:

"Third person reload added" Finally! This will give line battle a mega boost in look and feel.

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ChaoticNeutral
ChaoticNeutral Apr 21 2010, 7:21pm says:

Holy ****, this looks like you put every improvement I could think of in an update! Awesome!

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Singularitus
Singularitus Apr 21 2010, 8:43pm says:

You guys never seize to amaze me. This game has gone from some crazy-**** stab fest that I played at 4 in the morning at a LAN party to a fully realized historic shooter. I am truly impressed with your work and dedication to this wonderful mod.

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HounderKnight
HounderKnight Apr 21 2010, 9:40pm says:

An amazing update to an already great mod. Thanks for keeping the mod fresh and alive :)

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olvimasta
olvimasta Apr 22 2010, 9:36am says:

I LOVE BATTLEGROUNDS 2!!! Best new mod concept that doesnt involve rocketlaunchers,m16's, or lasers!

+1 vote     reply to comment
SuperNoodle
SuperNoodle Apr 22 2010, 5:45pm says:

I'm so glad you didn't give up on this mod. One of my favourite ones out there. Keep up the fantastic work guys!

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sasuke2490
sasuke2490 Apr 22 2010, 5:50pm says:

awesome mod

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Agent[BG2Dev]
Agent[BG2Dev] Apr 23 2010, 4:13am says:

19 hrs and 47 min

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RKotern
RKotern Apr 23 2010, 4:34am replied:

im waiting

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