Eastern Front is a free mod for Company of Heroes. Following the ethos of mimicking a Relic Entertainment expansion pack, Eastern Front has succeeded in adding two full new factions, the Soviet Red Army and the German Ostheer, packed with unique and exciting units to the existing armies - a feat never before achieved in the Company of Heroes world.

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Hello Eastern Front fans,

We have recently opened a new section titled "Jobs" where we list the positions that are open in the Eastern Front Team.

At the moment we need:

For more information about the desired position please click on the link.

We also take this chance to tell you that we are havne't stopped to work on Ostheer, here we have a couple of pics for the Infantry Post Gruppen:



And we also present you, the official layout of Ostheer(for the Alpha):


After some discussions, we have decided to remove some units and at the end this is how Ostheer is going to be entering to the Alpha(at least the tech structure). We hope in this way balance would be easier to achieve.

The Beta will start soon :)... our balancers will approach to Ostheer and work with it, after that the closed Beta might extend to Donors and special guests ;).

Regards,
Eastern Front Development Team

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tjak1
tjak1

Neat.

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GriffinZ
GriffinZ

T1 Support sure will have a trouble dealing with snipers.

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Darkbladecr
Darkbladecr

true snipers could have be an issue, but its the risk you take for a defensive strategy

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Mattdamon07
Mattdamon07

i would say for T1 to swap the car with the flak and what about panzerfusliers?

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Walki Creator
Walki

That's not a flak that's the "mortar" (leInfGeschütz) of the Ostheer. Also mention the fact that the pool layout may change in the process of balancing.

On the other hand, if we would switch the kubel with the leInfGeschütz then the Assault pool would be weak against snipers as the "Sharpshooter" is no real sniper like you know the others, he fires bursts and if he cloaks he can only move proned.

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Mattdamon07
Mattdamon07

well anyway i thought ostheer had a mobile flak

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Goblin_5
Goblin_5

Ferdinand gonna be a call-in I hope. Ferdi/Elephant is one of those tanks that defines the Eastern Front to me.

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Walki Creator
Walki

Yes, it will be ;).

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Goblin_5
Goblin_5

Excellent :D

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Jordy☢Boii
Jordy☢Boii

Im a good beta tester i would be glad to help :)

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Walki Creator
Walki

Apply here: Easternfront.org

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Sanguinius
Sanguinius

Do you remember the movie "Saving Private Ryan" ??? Last coupe of minutes when Americans jump that Panzer 4, and then all of a sudden Germans come out of the corner with some kind of "Machine Cannon" and make the meat pie of all those Americans. Well that "Machine Cannon", is that it in tier 1 below the support ??? I always wanted to see that weapon :P

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Walki Creator
Walki

What you see in the movie is a 20mm flak (in the movie they scream "20mm pak from the right!" which is wrong).

The Ostheer uses the "Leichtes Infanteriegeschütz 18" which fulfills the role of a "strong" mortar.

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blackbishop Author
blackbishop

@Sanguinius
We wanted to depict it for Ostheer as well :)... but unfortunately, the lack of staff members and the available time of our active members pushed us to remove it from the Alpha.

We weren't sure if we will be able to produce such unit, it's animation process is harder(IMO) than animating a tank. So, it is better to discard it for now and moving forward; you know, Ostheer is already delayed and we cannot delay it even more for something totally uncertain ^^.

So, if we ever make this unit(or someone else does it), maybe could be added as reward unit.

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Sanguinius
Sanguinius

Okay no problem i understand, thanks for the fast response. I'm glad i was not the only one thinking about that 20mm flak :)

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mark_70
mark_70

I see PzII, PzIII & PzIV (panther) but no Pz IV??

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Walki Creator
Walki

Pz IV is going to be featured as a foreign tank.

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mark_70
mark_70

@Walki, u mean doctrinal unit?

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Walki Creator
Walki

Yes, that's what I meant.

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blargtroll
blargtroll

mark_70, you forgot the PzVI Tiger, Also a Doctrine Tank(Right?). And Production version(Henschel Turret) of the PzVI Ausf B Tiger II Reward Unit(Correct me if I'm Wrong)(Due Note: all of this is speculation, just a fan making some guesses)

And the Panther was PzV :P

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mark_70
mark_70

"And the Panther was PzV :P" - typing mistake XD

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mark_70
mark_70

OH, ok. I hope we can see the doctrines soon...

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EmpireFox
EmpireFox

German production of the final period?

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LethalDosage
LethalDosage

I'm concerned that they're a bit light on infantry. The basic infantry seem to be the only real combat squad, the others (Flam pioniere and panzerschrek squad seem to be more support). I hope each doctrine also adds a second (and better) main infantry squad, either as a cal-in or added as a production unit when they're unlocked.

Otherwise, i can see the Ostheer relying on their armour a lot. Which, while that would make them perfect to compensate for the PE's shortcomings (and vice-versa), on their own i can see them failing early game, especially against the Soviets. All that armour will also have trouble against the US Airborne (and all their AT), and the Soviets who have both cheap AT, AT emplacements, and AT squads.

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Walki Creator
Walki

We also have Panzerfusiliers that can be called in from the Forward Support Center. If you go straight for them, they can be a powerful closerange weapon. Another thing is the cheap MG34 which can easily hold back the command sqauds an Conscripts in the beginning. Last but not least, the flak 38 emplacement which can easily deal with soviet blobs. btw our balance team got access to the Ostheer yesterday and are now able to work on it!

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CadianConscript
CadianConscript

There is something that confuses me a lot. You guys say it's "alpha" but people apply for "beta testing". Does that mean that alpha stage is internal testing and beta will be announced later on OR it is just a misunderstanding and people are actually applying for the alpha tests?

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CadianConscript
CadianConscript

...also, sorry for DP but forgot to ask you guys, do you have any plans for a alpha/beta shoutcast as an introduction for the Ostheer? Perhaps the sublime dudes will be happy to make one for you guys =)

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Walki Creator
Walki

We just entered the Alpha stage so the Balancers can start to work on the Ostheer. However there is still too much Art (2d/3d) missing to enter the Beta stage. We're currently thinking if we are going to accept Beta Tester applications because we already have a lot (~100). Don't worry about the Beta, it's going to get annouced for sure ;)

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TotalFun
TotalFun

Nice work guys. Thet tech tree is after all modernisations, right ?

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Walki Creator
Walki

Yes, it is.

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TotalFun
TotalFun

Can you make same tree before modernisations ?
And why do you remove portable 20mm flak ?

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Walki Creator
Walki

We removed the 20mm FlaK because it was unnecessary. There are enough other units like the static flak 38, Luchs and the sdkfz 251 c with it's mobile flak 38.

About the tree before modernisation I'll ask the other Devs :P.

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TotalFun
TotalFun

Nice keep on work

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blackbishop Author
blackbishop

@TotalFun
The tree before modernization is the same, just that the last unit of each T2(Luchs & PaK40) & T3(Panther & Brummbär) pools are not available.

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TotalFun
TotalFun

Did you change ostheer concept, just a lite bit ?

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blackbishop Author
blackbishop

@TotalFun
We changed some things, so we try to reduce the redundancy of units at some extent. Ostheer used had a lot of stuff, and while having much diversity sometimes is good, that's not the objective of EF(adding diversity at the expense of redundant units).

We also tried to give a different "feeling" to Ostheer when comparing to other axis factions. We really think everyone will like the final product ;).

Atm I think the current design is not broken(or at least not that much as soviets used to be in 1.0), so you can expect than Ostheer design remain like this(or if we change something shouldn't be that noticeable).

As we have learnt a lot of stuff while creating the Ostheer, we hope we can apply it to soviets as well in the future.

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TotalFun
TotalFun

Hey, What do opel blitz on that picture ?

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Walki Creator
Walki

It's the way Ostheer securces ressources. We'll explain it later.

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achilles_91
achilles_91

units are ok. there is just one problem, they would need panther to be a little stronger, cause it's useless for that price( and make it cheper ).. or maybe better solution they need to be able to produce tiger, not to call off by doctrite, but they need to be able to produce it ! simmilar to russians have is-2. everything else seems good considering you will add some inf with doctrines.. good luck ef, im your great fan.

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Walki Creator
Walki

Ostheer is able to produce tigers in the Panzer Kampf Kommand after you got a certain ability from a doctrine.

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blackbishop Author
blackbishop

@achilles_91
What price? ;)

Remember Ostheer is a different faction, so it's panther will have a different cost, just like PE & WH panthers cost is different(bad comparison I know :P). I think you will be satisfied with the result :D!

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achilles_91
achilles_91

just to say, that i registered here only because of this thread, or more precisely because of EF :)

Walki, that thing adding tiger by doctrine to be recruitable is great. i was thinking smth like that.

blackbichop, price for panzer V.. i cant say just like this, i had to try game(that version) so i can feel balance.. but 600+ in manpower (and 130+ fuel i mean hello??) is definitely too much.. in PE it's much better done thing with panzers V V( but just as you said, bad comparison:)).

however i want to say thank you guys for fast ansvering.
and just one more thing, i love when russians have trench's.. but you know what's best for this mod.. good luck to all EF team.

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