22.10.2005 03:00 GMT
Hello, and welcome to another Forgotten Hope news update. The developers of Forgotten Hope are extremely happy to announce that Friday October 28, is the release date for Forgotten Hope 0.7 for Bf1942. If the impulse takes us we may make a small update in the future, or not, and of course we are still preparing another Fan Map Pack, but 0.7 is the last planned release for BF1942.
Of course, this is not the end of Forgotten Hope. Winston Churchill, who is almost as well known for his skill with words, as he is for leading Britain to victory in World War II, said these words after the final Battle for El Alamein:
Churchill meant that, even though the war was far from over, the difficult first phase was finished, and there was good reason to have optimism for the future. We feel the same way about Forgotten Hope. Getting to 0.7 was a long and difficult road, with many mistakes and difficulties, but the experience has made us all better. All the hard lessons learned working on Forgotten Hope, will make Forgotten Hope 2 a better mod than it could have been without them.
Before we show you all the new screens, We would like to thank a number of people. First of all, we would like to thank Dice and Electronic Arts for making Forgotten Hope possible in the first place. Next we would like to thank all the retired devs, especially Armin Ace, without whose past work we would not have gotten nearly as far. Also, we would like to thank all the groups which provided us with the support necessary to keep moving forwards. These include Bf1942files.com for providing our web space and development forum, BFE-WaW for providing testing support, Gamingforums.com for providing our public forum, Warumdarum.de for providing testing servers and file space, and Wolfgaming for providing a test server and a very busy FH game community. We would also like to thank our testers for their willingness to repeatedly download and test the same maps over and over while we worked out the bugs. Finally we would like to thank all of the fans, whose enthusiasm and criticism made all the hard work worthwhile.
OK, enough chatter...on the stuff. You may have thought we were all done with showing you new vehicles, but there is at least one more, the Type 87e. This was a civilian KDF wagen body placed on a kubelwagen chassis. Many were tropicalized and sent to Africa. The one in our render shows the desert "balloon" tires, and is marked as belonging to a propoganda company. PK units were combination war correspondent and psy-ops units, that reported on the the war as well as conducting propoganda operations on the enemy and their own troops. The Type 87e was modeled and skinned by Rad.
Next, we have a new wallpaper, prepared by Lobo and Rad based on some of Rad's models. They have obviously both been working too hard and are in need of a short rest. You can get some other sizes in the media section.
Next we have a selection of in-game screens. Most are new images of things you have seen before, but perhaps in a new context. If you look hard you may find a few completely new things, like the new camo Stug Skin by fan mapper/tester Mr_Cheese.
Before we finish for today, we want to show you a few new statics from Forgotten Hope 2, that will be populating miltary installions on many maps. These include camouflaged German pup-tents, tank barriers, wood and steel quonset huts, and an observation tower. The tower was originally modeled by Mange, the tank barriers were modeled by Lobo, and the huts and tents were modeled by Rad. All were skinned or adapted and re-skinned by Rad.
That's it for this week, please come back again next week for the release of 0.7. Until then, feel free to visit our public forums to discuss this update and other news.