22.08.2005 21:00 GMT
Hello and welcome back folks for another Forgotten Hope news update. Before I reveal any new goodies, I want to welcome our newset member, Civius to the team. Civius is already well known as an eminent fan mapper, but what is less well known are his considerable coding skills. He has been making a variety of fixes and tweaks that may be the subject of a later update. For now, lets give Civius a warm welcome!
Our first news item this week is a completely new Pacific map, Midway 1942 by Dime a Dozen. Midway is a 6.2 square kilometer atoll located in the North Pacific, about a third of the way from Hawaii to Japan. The Japanese fleet attacked the island in June of 1942, in order to eliminate a forward US base, and in the hopes of luring part of the U.S. fleet into a position where it could be engaged on favorable terms and destroyed.
Instead, the Japanese fleet was heavily damaged, losing four carriers, while sinking only one U.S. carrier. The battle of Midway has been called the turning point in the Pacific war, and afterwards, the Japanese fleet remained on the strategic defensive for the remainder of the conflict. Dime a Dozen's Midway is an objective-based map, where the Japanese fleet attempts to destroy U.S. naval forces and ground-based air installations, before losing their own ships. The map features many new statics, including new aircraft hangars by Malsa as well as clouds and albatrosses by Lobo.
As a final treat we have a new vehicle, the Ford GPA, which was modeled and skinned by Rad. The GPA was designed to be used in amphibious landing operations, but proved to not handle vary well in open water, and was used by the U.S. in this role for the Sicily landings. Most of the GPAs were eventually sent to the U.S.S.R. where they proved well suited for crossing the many rivers and streams blocking the path of the advancing Red Army.
That's all for today folks. We hope you enjoyed the update and would like to invite you to visit our public forums to discuss this or other Forgotten Hope news.