Hello and welcome back to another update of Forgotten Hope. We have a rather large update for you today, as we have another map to show off, as well as the new US player models, and a brand new light machine gun. Enjoy!
Since the initial release of the Italian Army back in version 2.15, they have constantly received small upgrades and updates to make them a more fitting and unique faction to play as. Today we have something for the medics, as you can see from the screenshot above. It's Italy's own field dressing, which was re-skinned by Seth Soldier from the original field dressing which was created by Knoffhoff.
Up next we have something that is much more destructive than a field dressing. It's the ZB vz. 26, or MG 26(t) as it was known to the Germans!
The ZB 26 was a reliable and effective light machine gun developed in 1923 by a Czechoslovakian arms factory. The weapon featured a 20-round box magazine on the top of the weapon, a bipod, and fired the 7.92x57mm Mauser round. Soon after its adoption, the ZB 26 saw continued service with both Czech infantry and armored units. It even helped to influence other designs such as the British Bren Gun. However, soon after the German occupation of Czechoslovakia, the weapon was adopted by the Wehrmacht and was renamed the MG 26(t). It served in the same role as the MG 34, and in FH2, the MG 26(t) will act as the primary German light machine gun on select maps. The MG 26(t) was made by Seth Soldier.
The next item for today is our third map that will be released in 2.4. Unlike the last two maps, this one centers around one of the most well known battles of the 1944-45 winter. It is the Battle for Bastogne, which was made by Schism!
With the landscape covered in a heavy snow, players will have to fight hard to either capture or defend the town of Bastogne. At your disposal will be a vast array of defensive and offensive weapons such as anti-tank guns and armored vehicles. You may also receive the luxury of fighter aircraft over head from time to time.
December 20th, 1944. The German offensive of December 16th had been a complete surprise to the allies. As the inexperienced allied divisions on the front line were destroyed by the German onslaught, the 101st US Airborne division was hastily called in to plug the gap. By the morning of December 19th the division had arrived in Bastogne. The next day, it was completely surrounded. Cut off from the allied supply lines, without any possibility of being supplied by air, due to the harsh winter weather and even without proper winter gear, the 101st had to hold out against an enemy who had been preparing their offensive for months...
Last but not least, we have a few in-game screenshots of the new US player models. Here you can see the airborne variant, which has been fitted with winter clothing for combat in the Ardenne, and will be present on maps like Bastogne. There will also be an army variant of these player models, which will be featured on maps like Meuse River and Eppeldorf. The winter American player models were done by Pointblank86, Remdul, and Kev4000, with the faces done by Zero.