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Greetings Troopers! It has been quite a while since we had a development based update, so I thought it was high time we got this out to you people to show you were we are at with our work on The Battle of Hoth. It has been a slow slog, life has a tendency to get in the way of long term projects like this, such as myself having the joyous arrival of a baby girl last Christmas, believe me she has been taking up a lot of my time these past 7 months. That said, work does still progress...

Posted by TALON_UK on Aug 16th, 2013

Greetings Troopers!

It has been quite a while since we had a development based update, so I thought it was high time we got this out to you people to show you were we are at with our work on The Battle of Hoth. It has been a slow slog, life has a tendency to get in the way of long term projects like this, such as myself having the joyous arrival of a baby girl last Christmas, believe me she has been taking up a lot of my time these past 7 months.

That said, work does still progress, and this update will show you some of the less glamorous locations within Echo Base which will help fill in the gaps and flesh out the massive location which is a bustling Rebel Outpost. Where do the Rebel personnel sleep? Eat, receive briefings? At the initial concept blocking out stage we looked to the Dorling Kindersley book of Star Wars Complete Locations for inspiration where movie reference wasn't enough and to help fill in the gaps. Following are some of the results.

 
 

First up, the Briefing Chamber. Once we distilled the massive cross section illustration of Echo Base now to the key locations seen in the movies and the essential other elements we wanted to feature, this location stood out as a must have. Effectively a large arena featuring a projector screen and a nice juxtaposition of prefab elements and carved out ice chamber, this could prove to be a striking location to look at, but also an interesting one to battle in, with wide open spaces, but also minor pockets of cover in the form of the chairs in the center of the chamber, not to mention the podium on stage. You'll be dodging more than rotten tomatoes if you take up position up there.

 

With the Bunk Room, or Standard Personnel Quarters we are looking at just a standard generic room that can be scattered around the base. Within these you might find hidden pick-up items, or just a respite from the battles going on within the base.

 
 

Then we move on to our final location of this update, the Pilot Ready Room, a last place for pilots to catch up on their battle plans or relax prior to jumping in the cockpit. This room features a number of elements that will be familiar to Star Wars fans. The centerpiece is a holographic projector based on the one in the briefing room on the Rebel cruiser known as Home One or the Headquarters Frigate, which featured in Return of the Jedi. Additionally there are holographic Chess tables (which can be programmed to show tactical data as well as animated Chess pieces) and couches similar to those seen within the main hold of the Millennium Falcon. This mishmash of items can easily be justified by the prefab nature of the base. All the materials they brought in to build the base will most likely be modular living space components from their ships, and there has always been a bit of a thrown together nature to Rebel Alliance tech reflecting the various cultures thrown together to form the Rebellion.

Well I hope you have enjoyed this look at what we're currently working on. Next up we'll have the more easily recognisable key location of Hangar 7, so keep your eyes peeled for that one.

Finally, don't forget that this weekend sees the opening round of the new Campaign this Sunday. Numbers are still pretty low so the event might get postponed for a week or two to allow more people to join. If you want in on some epic First Strike Star Wars multiplayer action sign up today at Rebel Defiance:

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Until next time,

See you on the Battlefield Troopers!

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Renorick
Renorick Aug 16 2013, 7:23pm says:

Looks good guys, hope to see more ice with the next update.

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Survive9
Survive9 Aug 16 2013, 9:49pm says:

Hope your baby is doing great, and take your time and be thorough so there won't be any bugs on the next release

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SHOGUN096
SHOGUN096 Aug 17 2013, 3:41am says:

I can't wait for this map!:)

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Wolf0x
Wolf0x Aug 17 2013, 4:16am says:

Very nice

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TALON_UK
TALON_UK Aug 17 2013, 9:42am says:

Thanks Survive9. Aye, the baby is doing great, a bonnie lass she is too. And as many of you know, we are taking our time with this map (heh, to say the least), haven't got much choice with the skeleton crew we're working with right now, but yes, we want to do this fantastic map justice, so it is not something we'll rush out to you guys, we want to get it right.

That said, we may look at doing incremental releases once it gets to that sort of stage, so we can have pubbers test it out as we add new features, and to get something out there to the faithful who have been waiting so long for this map. However we need to look at the logistics of doing that, and if it is feasible. So it may or may not happen, but watch this space.

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SharkYbg
SharkYbg Aug 19 2013, 8:30pm says: Online

Always nice to see some eye candy stuff from you guys ;P
Can be there played actual chess on the tables.I can imagine a stormtrooper playing against a rebel on a chess focused really hard with bets like the hangar or the death star and the rest cheering around ;D

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TALON_UK
TALON_UK Aug 20 2013, 8:17am replied:

Heh, I don't think we'll be doing anything quite so elaborate as having a Dejarik (holo chess) mini-game, but we may put a hologram display over the main projector featuring an AT-AT Walker or tactical representation of the Hoth battlefield or something.

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