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

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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

Comments
SinKing
SinKing

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
Grantelbart

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

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

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

great! can't wait

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Isundir
Isundir

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

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

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JLea
JLea

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

Yeah! epic stuff!

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Juffe
Juffe

Cool.

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HellsHigh
HellsHigh

Yaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!

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lordegern
lordegern

Light Infantry...hmmm interesting indeed.

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Torabi
Torabi

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

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xXMaNiAcXx
xXMaNiAcXx

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

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izzysinz
izzysinz

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

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grrenlink
grrenlink

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

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dudethisismyname
dudethisismyname

Very nice :)

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RKotern
RKotern

Holy .... Great stuff

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Dr.Afanickton
Dr.Afanickton

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

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slayersarge
slayersarge

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

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

**** 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

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

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Exoddus
Exoddus

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

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ChaoticNeutral
ChaoticNeutral

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

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Singularitus
Singularitus

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

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

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olvimasta
olvimasta

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

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SuperNoodle
SuperNoodle

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

awesome mod

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Agent[BG2Dev]
Agent[BG2Dev]

19 hrs and 47 min

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RKotern
RKotern

im waiting

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