Eastern Front is a free mod for Company of Heroes. Following the ethos of mimicking a Relic Entertainment expansion pack, Eastern Front has succeeded in adding two full new factions, the Soviet Red Army and the German Ostheer, packed with unique and exciting units to the existing armies - a feat never before achieved in the Company of Heroes world.

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Since MOTY 2014 has arrived, we thought it would be a good idea to make an update of what we are doing and what has been done.

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Hello comrades,

It has been almost four months of silence, so we decided to make an announcement, to tell you what's going on on the mod. But rest assured, as usual, we haven't stopped working on the mod regardless of our lack of announcements.

1) Models

We still have a lot of work on this front, but slowly things are getting done:

* T-60: As we have commented many times, now the T-90 is replaced by a T-60 light tank. It is a more solid unit for the Soviets than the previous one and there is more to it, but it will be a surprise until you play the new version. The texture is not final.


* T-34 variants: We are close to finish this new model, hopefully it will be ready by January thanks to the efforts of DMz and Beefy^. As you know, both will have access to cage armour (the requirements are still up to discussion), the flamethrower upgrade and will still be able to carry an infantry squad (unless you purchase the cage armour, then it can't carry anyone).


* SU-85 & SU-100: This model still needs a bit of work, but we expect it will be done before we launch the Steam version. It will feature the old cage armour upgrade (most likely it's requirements will match with T-34's upgrade) and it will be able to transport infantry just like the T-34 units (except when you get cage armour).

* 75 mm leichtes Infanteriegeschütz 18 (aka leIG 18): Burro has made a new model for this weapon, and it will be properly animated by Walki.

2) Balancing

Thanks to the feedback given, we have tweaked Ostheer and Soviets and the balance is better... it will be up to you guys to judge that when playing though. It really helps us when balance issues are discussed in the public section, so we are looking forward to more balance discussions in the near future.

Also, I would like to ask, if possible, for players to submit PvP replays of Ostheer vs Commonwealth. This is to improve the balance between those factions; Brits are known to be disliked by a lot of the CoH community, however, as they are part of CoH and Relic worked to balance them against their factions, it is our duty to make these scenarios more balanced.

3) Greenlight


We are not dead on that matter, if you probably think it has past a lot of time since we were greenlit and we haven't been added into the store. Perhaps you lost hope because The Great War 1918 was the first mod released even if Eastern Front was the first mod greenlit. But the problem is, mods don't run correctly in Steam at the moment and it is what Relic is working to get right. Thanks to their support we have hope that soon this problem will be fixed and we will release Eastern Front on Steam. We still stand on the decision to not release the mod on Steam until these problems are fixed because it will only cause troubles to every other mods around.

In other words, it means we are really close to get on Steam, so stay tunned!

4) New Patch ??


We are still working and discussing about when we could release the next patch and what additional content will have, and by additional content we mean the first reward tree for Ostheer. We are still working upon a few suggestions and discussions made about some problems we had for the current public version, so, if you want to know what we are discussing feel free to check our forums.

5) MOTY 2014


The time goes on, and we are again at the last month of the year, so, it is time to vote comrades! Last time we got the 4th. position, let's climb to the top!

If it is the first time you hear of the MOTY (Mod Of The Year) event, it is a yearly event where users vote for their favorites mods to contend for the title of MOTY, this contest is divided in two parts to make the more popular mods prevail:

  1. Vote on the top 100 mods: In the first stage only these most popular mods will pass.
  2. Vote for the top 10 mods: Once a mod pass the top 100 part, the next step is to win the top 10!

In order to vote for Eastern Front to achieve the top 100, click here and vote clickling the "VOTE FOR THIS MOD" button as it is displayed here:


6) New Event Manager

At last but not least, we are proudly to announce a new member of the crew, who will be working on orginizing events and posting articles for Eastern Front, his name is Floki.

If you are part of our Steam group of Eastern Front, you would have noticed events being announced since the last weekend, so expect we become a bit more active than before in our interactions with the community. If you are not, feel free to join us!


That's all for the moment, but stay tunned for more news in the coming weeks!

Thanks for your support,

Archaic Entertainment Team

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blackbishop Author
blackbishop

We will add screenshots of the other models later ;).

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FoxFort
FoxFort

That's cool, can you make new textures for Relic wermacht infantry, from white and sky blue to more realistic spring/summer camo and make it as optional replacement for wermacht infantry.

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Kriegtooth
Kriegtooth

Nice! Glad to hear you got work going on :D

And make sure any future updates will be compatable with the old games. Im on dial up, and my girlfriend does my mod downloading for me.

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blackbishop Author
blackbishop

@Kriegtooth
That's a bit difficult. We make new installers from time to time because something the patches doesn't replace files correctly(windows directory permission issues I guess) and it makes people have problems with their mod.

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Kriegtooth
Kriegtooth

Whats the installer got to do with Steam? I was kind of thinking that the difference is a file or something XD At least thats what it was for the last version update

Well I hope it works as best as you can, or the team or other fans can make a old version patch. Help us with lame connections out

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blackbishop Author
blackbishop

@Kriegtooth
I see, but I haven't read anything about Steam in your comment and we already said in the past that we would continue posting new versions here as well. Most likely when we release the mod in Steam, we will pack everything on SGA files just like Relic, so most likely will be as big as Relic's past updates.

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RicharRB
RicharRB

what about soviet engeeniers?
May be return him stormtroopers function?

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blackbishop Author
blackbishop

@RicharRB
The "Sturmovie Ingenery" upgrade is not necessary at the moment, because the Red Army has enough offensive power and means to get it.

However, that doesn't mean it is gone, we are going to make it available in one of the reward trees.

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RicharRB
RicharRB

It's good news for me.Thanks.

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Kriegtooth
Kriegtooth

Ugh, I cant respond to comments. Damn dial up. So do forgive me

What I mean is, I have an older version of COH. Will you all continue to support that, or attempt to via small patches, like what was made for an earlier version of EF?

I believe you told me that I can continue to use some file from that older version, named factions I believe, and things will still continue to work

At least try to keep that up until you get to the foreign volunteers for the Ostheer! Thats what im really hyped for! :P

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Walki Creator
Walki

Well download the latest EF version and then apply the compability patch afaik this should work as only one .dll file changed (this won't change with newer versions of EF).

2nd solution, you activate your retail coh cd key on Steam and use the '(New Steam Version)' to run EF :P.

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CadianConscript
CadianConscript

Looking good =) Can't wait to try it out!

"За Родину!"

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blackbishop Author
blackbishop

@CadianConscript
Thanks for your support! :D

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