Patch 1.2 is here. We apologize for the long wait for the patch. We have identified and fixed what we believe was the main issue causing the serious lag...
Iron Europe is a World War I mod for the Mount&Blade Warband Napoleonic Wars DLC. Our goal is to immerse players in the brutal battles of WWI. Players will have the opportunity to fight it out, for France or for Germany, in the trenches and in no man's land. Play as an expendable rifleman grunt, a brave officer leading from the front, an artillerymen supporting your comrades from afar, or an elite assault trooper, spearheading attacks.Use bolt-action rifles, machine guns, and pistols to take down enemies from a distance or close in and engage in brutal hand to hand combat with knives, clubs, and the trusty bayonet. A host of features, including whistles, bleeding, bandaging, and grenades have been added to bring the WWI experience to life.
-Two Factions: French Third Republic, German Empire. Fight for the French Third Republic or the German Empire. These mighty titans of Europe have different strengths and weaknesses which players can discover and use to their advantage.
-Wide variety of classes: Each class is unique, with it's own advantages, disadvantages and equipment sets. Apart from typical, expected classes such riflemen, officers, and artillerymen, you'll have the opportunity to play as a support trooper, helping your comrades with ammunition and bandages. Or instead, be an elite Stormtrooper, serving the Vaterland by overrunning enemy defenses and striking deep into their territory. Yet more opportunities await you as a French trench sweeper, a Chauchat gunner or an armored German sentinel.
-Tons of New Weapons: A wide range of killing instruments are at your disposal including bolt-action rifles, revolvers, semi-autos, machine guns, knives, clubs and bayonets.
-Grenades: Use grenades to assault enemy positions. There are several different types, including both fuse and percussion grenades. Each has unique characteristics, for example, the M16 Stielhandgranate has long range but is awkward to carry while the F1 grenade can be carried in great numbers but cannot be thrown very far. Several Stielhandgranates can be bundled together to form a concentrated charge.
-Medical System: Taking a large amount of damage causes bleeding which can be stopped with bandages, carried by support troopers and medics. Medical Corp classes can provide treatment with morphine.
-Ammunition Crates: Support troops can carry ammo crates around the battlefield, allowing comrades caught in prolonged combat to resupply.
-Heavy Machine guns: Use heavy machine guns to hold of the enemy charge! Heavy machine guns can be moved around and are highly effective against anything that moves.
-Whistles: As an officer, rally your men and sound the charge with a whistle.
-Binoculars: Binoculars come in handy when you're a sniper, artilleryman or officer. Locate enemy positions and plan accordingly.
-Sniper Rifles: Shoot of your enemies helmets with this highly accurate scoped Rifle.
-Artillery: Rain fire on your enemies with infantry support guns, field guns and trench mortars.
Today's Developer Blog will talk about the team's work over the week on Patch 1.2 and show the new French Sentry and Rifle Grenadier classes.
The biggest priority was, of course, to figure out a solution to the lag issues that have been plaguing servers reaching more than 80 players. Thankfully, the FSE team took the time to help us identify the issue and we're fairly certain that it has been fixed. However, we plan to test it extensively to confirm this. Additionally, we have reworked our BRF files, major reorganizing has been done and unnecessary resources have been deleted. This should further improve performance. If the testing goes well, 100-200 people playing on a server should no longer be a problem.
As well, we've worked to flesh out our current factions. New classes, weapons and uniforms have been added. Two major things that'll be shown in this blog are the French Sentry and Viven-Bessiere rifle grenades.
Many have requested a French sentry to counter the German one so here it is. This one was a bit more difficult than the German one as French experiments with body armour were not as successful as the Germans. However, doing some research, I've found some types of French armour that wouldn't be completely unlikely to be seen on a French lookout in 1916-1917. He wears a chest plate, an Adrian stomach guard and Adrian shoulder guards. All of these were produced and issued in large numbers but were typically discarded due to the discomfort they caused.
Here's the Viven-Bessiere rifle grenade that the French Rifle Grenadier class will be getting.
The VB grenade was the most widely used French rifle grenade of the war. A cup launcher was attached to the rifle to hold the grenade in place for the bullet to strike it. Unlike many rifle grenades at the time which required blanks, VB which could be fired with a normal round, which avoided the problem of nasty accidents happening when the wrong ammunition was used. It was a very effective weapon, significantly boosting the firepower of infantry units, and had a significant impact in shaping French late-war infantry tactics. There may be concerns that France is getting too many new toys this update, but don't worry, Germany will have some surprises of its own either in the 1.2 patch or the next.
Unfortunately, I don't have an exact date for the patch release, but I can say that it's going to be soon. We are aware that server population has gone down quite a bit since the release but know that this will not stop the team from periodically improving the mod. Hopefully, the 1.2 patch and subsequent updates will help the situation. However, the team alone cannot keep the mod alive. We need you guys, the community, to continue supporting us as you have the in past, spreading the mod and simply playing it. Thanks for joining us on this Dev Blog!
Highest Rated (17 agree) 10/10
From my time with the press copy, I've found that this game is absolutely next-gen. Taking the already astounding M&B engine and taking it to all new heights. This includes the DirectX11 beard physics. I found the opening cutscene very emotional, it struck my soul and immersed me into the story-driven world of Iron Europe. The only downside to this game so far, is the lack of a download link. Edit: Download link has been released, as well as an update to the game platform to enable Oculus Rift…
Feb 14 2014, 5:46pm by IllusiveCam