20.08.2008 19:00 GMT
Hello and welcome back to another update of Forgotten Hope. Today we have quite a bunch of new renders and screenshots for you, but first we would like to officially welcome Otolikos to our development team. We have already shown Otolikos's map Tunis a few weeks ago, but last week he became an official dev. We have also had an interview with Mod DB recently. It includes exclusive screenshots and information regarding the upcoming 2.15 patch and the Normandy theater. Here is a small excerpt:
ModDB: From your recent media updates, it is evident that the team are working hard on the upcoming 2.15 patch. I understand the Tiger Tank has made its way in-game as well as some of the German & Italian weaponary. What are the main changes/additions we can expect to see in the upcoming release?
FH2: Aside from the inclusions of the Italian Army and the Tiger tank, we are working on a new HUD system that will be better suited to a WWII shooter than the standard BF2 comrose. Also, we have introduced a grappling hook kit in the map "Giarabub" to make room for some real LRDG (Long Range Desert Group) assaults!
You can read the whole interview here: Forgotten Hope 2 Moddb Interview.
The first render for today is one of the Grappling hooks we spoke about in the Mod DB interview. This British grappling hook was modeled, skinned and coded by ctz.
You will be able to find this grappling hook in special commando kits, which are usually limited to one per team and only appear on certain maps. You can use it to climb onto objects that are out of reach for other soldiers to gain excellent outflanking positions. Although only the person with the special kit can throw and pick up the hook, once it's in place, anyone can use it to climb up and down.
Next up are renders of the famous M1 Garand, by Seth Soldier and Winchester Model 12 trench gun, by Lobo.
The M1 Garand is probably one of the most famous allied weapons of World War 2. With over 5.4 million produced this is no surprise, but it was also the main rifle of the US army, where as all other nations only used semi-automatic rifles as a supplement to their main bolt-action rifles. It was designed in 1932 and officially adopted by the US military in 1936, but it wasn't until 1941 that the entire army could be equipped with them. As the war was raging on in Europe, sufficient numbers of M1s had to be produced and in early 1940 as many as 600 rifles could leave the factory in a single day. The M1 Garand used .30-06 rounds in 8 round clips and had an effective range of 500 yards.
The Winchester Model 1912 "Trench Gun" had proved extremely effective in the First World War at clearing out trenches. In the Second World War it was a lot less effective, as the ranges at which the combat took place were a lot larger. Nevertheless, The Winchester M12 still saw extensive action in the Pacific, where combat ranges were a lot closer than in Europe. Although in small numbers, the M12 was used in Europe, but mainly by military police.
Finally, we have some in game screenshots of the Focke Wulf 190 and Fieseler Storch 156, of which we showed the renders in previous updates.