'Stormaktstiden; "the era of great power”. For over five centuries, the Swedish Empire has long been one of Europe’s greatest powers. Following the indesicive Great Northern War in the early 18th century, hostilities between Sweden and its northern neighbours, most notably the Russian Empire, continued to rise. The 19th and 20th centuries passed and many conflicts for dominion of northern Europe were waged. Still, the Swedish Empire held firm. By the 21st century, Sweden had become a great European superpower. The year is now 2017. Once again, the Swedish Empire has entered into an “era of great power” (Stormaktstiden). For nearly forty years there has been relative peace as Sweden and Russia have been locked in an arms race. After a Swedish diplomat is assassinated in St Petersburg, tensions between the two countries come to a head. In anticipation, Russia launches a pre-emptive attack on the Swedish held territories of Finland, Estonia and Livonia. As the Second Great Northern War begins, the various different nations of Eastern, Central and Northern Europe declare their position, either forming a coalition with Russia, or jumping to the defence of Sweden and the Stormaktstiden, spiralling it into a truly continental war.'
The world of Stormaktstiden is very different to our own. The continuation of absolutist monarchies and colonialism has meant that technology has not advanced in the same way as in our reality. Nuclear power and weaponry is never developed due to the world wars not occurring, and computer technologies are not researched to the same extent. Instead the world has stagnated with real-life style mid 20th century technology (1950s-1980s, somewhat dieselpunk/atompunk/cyberpunk/retro-futuristic style aesthetic). Socially and politically, society itself has also stagnated. The ideologies such as fascism or socialism that rose out of revolutionary movements across the world are never conceived resulting in the grand empires of Europe continuing to dominate most of the entire planet.
In terms of gameplay, Stormaktstiden features a newish game mode inspired by the new ‘operations' mode in the recent Battlefield 1 in terms of mixing the popular rush and conquest game modes, however, on a somewhat larger scale. Factions and maps wise, upon the first release (v0.1), the mod will just feature two factions - the Swedish and Russian Empires - and probably around 5-6 maps, but over time new maps and factions will be added through updates. In terms of weaponry and vehicles, as I mentioned above, the mod has dieselpunk/atompunk/cyberpunk/retro-futuristic design elements and so the weapons will reflect this. I’ve designed all of the weapons myself taking INSPIRATION from various different real world weapons as well as those from games such as Fallout or Wolfenstein. Sound design, as with my previous efforts, will also be of top priority as an aspiring musician and sound designer/engineer/whatever myself.
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Stormaktstiden is being made with one thing in mind: originality. I'm sure that many are tired of the same tired Russia vs USA or WW2 settings, and so, it was my intention to, not only create something unique, but also to create a whole world/alternate history setting. Having studied the Russian Empire these past two years on a history course at college, the conflict between the powers of Northern Europe during the early modern era really interested me. In terms of art design, I am a huge fan of the retro-futuristic aesthetics explored in such mediums as the Fallout, Alien or Wolfenstein franchises. For the gameplay of Stormaktstiden, I want to create a somewhat middle-ground between the fast-paced gameplay of more modern FPS games (primarily Battlefield 1's operations mode) and the open, large scale warfare explored in, say, Project Reality or Forgotten Hope 2 for example.
And now, for our first preview. This map is called Erastfer and is set in Swedish Livonia (parts of real-world Estonia and Latvia), a colony of the Swedish Empire.
Here we see the Imperial Russian Army face off against the Swedish forces in a fairly expansive woodland map with dense forests, rolling hills and sprawling farmland. (Still W.I.P as of July 2017)
'The Livonian Offensive was a major part of the inital Russian offensive into Swedish territory. Striking from the southern end of Lake Peipus, it was the aim of the Russian 6th Army under the command of Vladislav Ryzhkov, a veteran commander of the Russo-Japanese Wars, to capture the area south of the major city of Dorpat. After securing the city of Marienburg, the 6th Army began their push northwards towards Dorpat. Unexpectedly, Swedish forces were encountered well dug-in at the small town of Erastfer, around 30 miles from Marienburg in the south and another 30 miles from Dorpat to the north. Fighting in and around the town was fierce, but eventually, the Russians overcame the Swedish defenses and made a break out for Dorpat. The Battle of Erastfer marked the beginning of the end for the mobile warfare that was commonplace during the early phase of the war.'
If you are interested in working on this mod, please contact me (NinjaTheCat) here on Mod DB. We are actively recruiting and will welcome those of any skill set in regards to Bf2 related modding.
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