Darkest Hour: Europe '44-'45 is a modification for Red Orchestra. It focuses on the western European front during WWII from Operation Overlord to the end of combat operations on May 9, 1945.  Darkest Hour covers a multitude of combined arms and mechanized infantry engagements ranging through Normandy, Belgium, Holland, and Germany.

Darkest Hour can be downloaded from Steam here, and our active community forum is welcome to all players for their respected input and suggestions.


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5 comments by cmbasnett on Sep 13th, 2014

Darkest Hour is back!

It has been nearly 3 long years since Darkest Hour has seen an official update. Despite there being no plans for future updates, the game and our community has endured. As developers, it is inspiring for us to see that even in the wake of newer titles in recent years, Darkest Hour keeps bringing people back for its unique brand of game-play.

It’s with this inspiration that we have decided to continue official development of the game.

Our goals for this coming update are exciting and numerous. Aside from a staggering amount of quality-of-life changes and bug fixes, the update will also include brand new maps, game-play elements, vehicles and infantry tools which will add greater depth to existing levels and enhance the way the game is played.

Player input is important to us! As such, we will be open about our development process by keeping you in the loop on exciting changes and additions as they are being made. As always, we invite any and all feedback and discussion on our forums!

We look forward to the weeks and months ahead as we share the development journey with you, and we are excited to breathe new life into this game we love so much.

See you on the battlefield!

The Darkest Hour Team

P.S. Note that the Darkest Hour team is now separate from the Festung Europa team and that we are not taking any development resources away from Jackboot Games.

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Darkest Hour June 6th 2008 Trailer

Darkest Hour June 6th 2008 Trailer

Jun 4, 2008 Trailers 1 comment

A trailer showing off many of the new features, units and weapons of the upcoming Darkest Hour Beta 1.0

Darkest Hour Beta 1.0 Manual

Darkest Hour Beta 1.0 Manual

May 30, 2008 Guides 2 comments

The Darkest Hour Beta 1.0 Manual explains installing DH, how to set up the sdk, server and several new gameplay features.

Darkest Hour Feature Trailer

Darkest Hour Feature Trailer

Apr 11, 2008 Trailers 2 comments

The DH feature trailer....look here to learn more about our parachute and portable radio man systems. Release in May 2008

Christmas 2007 Teaser Trailer

Christmas 2007 Teaser Trailer

Dec 23, 2007 Trailers 1 comment

The Christmas 2007 Teaser Trailer for Darkest Hour.

Dog Green Teaser Trailer

Dog Green Teaser Trailer

May 11, 2007 Trailers 1 comment

The Darkest Hour Dog Green Trailer. Enjoy 5 minutes of action packed footage (which only shows 50% of the entire map) as well as numerous other features...enjoy...

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Revo1uzzer May 6 2011, 4:38pm says:

Did the mod get an update today or is my steam redownloading the mod?

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Bluehawk Feb 4 2011, 7:46pm says: Online

I'm going to be Canucking it up to an obnoxious level when Caen comes out.

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TheTommy Feb 3 2011, 8:48pm says:

You guys should really start to update the British like you did the Americans. It is sad, and unjust that you focus on one side while The British and Canadians did so much as well.

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Warluster Jan 21 2011, 1:07am says:

For anyone interested in taking a look at this mod, there is a gameplay blog over at Gamers United which details the experiences in Darkest Hour, and why it is worth downloading. Worth checking out for the veterans and potential players!


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BonKerz Dec 31 2010, 8:42am says:

are there still live servers for this mod? I don't think I've seen any in a long time.. I'd like to play it though!

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Zookerman Aug 28 2011, 3:56am replied:

I've joined a server with 71 players in it today. This game blows my mind.it just feels like you're in a real battle. It's so much better than the console crap I've been playing (Modern Warfare 2,Battlefield Bad company 2,etc). Graphics don't mean s*** when the game is this good. Because I've played this mod,I'm going to cancel my Battlefield 3 preorder.

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tman29th Jan 3 2011, 6:00am replied:

There's still 2-3 full at any given time, good days 4-6. For US, EU and Aussies.

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Elizabeth_Lestrad Dec 12 2010, 4:55pm says:

Hope you get a Omaha Beach or Point DuHoc map in at some point. The Dog Green and Juno Beach maps are kinda disappointing, lacking the high cliff walls and seemingly impenetrable defences that Omaha and DuHoc had as shown in these photographs:





I found the Dog Green map especially odd though, considering the bunkers were kinda pointless as none of them were facing outward onto the beach.

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SnakeTheFox Mar 10 2011, 1:49am replied:

There's already like 3 beach maps, including an Omaha Beach map with cliffs, isn't that enough? It's a terrible game premise anyway, and (just like in reality) it's a horrible unfun meatgrinder for the allies as you die, respawn, move up, die, respawn, move up, and repeat.

Dear Sperglord WW2 gaming community,


People with taste in map design.

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JonathanPL Dec 12 2010, 2:44am replied:

not really that much, last time I tried it was more like half a year.

But I'll give it a go if You say so. (even tho the postng hour makes You an American most probably, and US servers aren't that comfortable to play from Europe)

I just hope the update fix that damn uniforms.

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