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Posted by: Lightning
04.12.2008 23:30 GMT

Hello and welcome back to another update of Forgotten Hope 2. In today's update we would like to highlight the major changes in Patch 2.15, release the changelog and unveil our final new feature for the patch.

The major changes in 2.15:
2 New armies:

  • The Australian Army

  • The Italian Army

3 New maps:
  • The Siege of Giarabub

  • The Fall of Tobruk

  • Tunis 1943

5 New vehicles:
  • PzKpfw VI Ausf. E 'Tiger'

  • PzKpfw III Ausf. N

  • Camionetta AS 42 'Sahariana'

  • SdKfz 251/10 (with 37mm Pak)

  • Pak 40

8 New weapons:
  • Enfield No1 MkIII*

  • Model 39 Combat Knife

  • Carcano Model 91

  • Carcano Model 91/38

  • Breda Model 30

  • Breda Model 37

  • Bomba a mano O.T.O. Model 35

  • Geballte Ladung Grenade

5 New deployable heavy weapons:
  • MG34 on Lafette Tripod

  • Vickers MkI on Tripod

  • Breda model 37 on Tripod

  • 3 inch Mortar Mk II

  • Schwere Granatwerfer 34

Many bugfixes and balancetweaks:
  • Improved vehicle loadouts for better performance

  • Improved collisions for smoother gameplay

  • Simplified armour collisions

  • Correct M3 Grant main gun

  • Correct Panzer IV armour

  • And much, much more...

You can have a look at the entire changelog here.

Now, we would like to show you another new thing in 2.15 - Awards. We decided to make use of Battlefield 2's award system to give players shiny medals and a place to keep track of how much they've been playing. The main focus in our award system is to reward the player for teamplay. There are medals and ribbons for capturing and defending flags, repairing vehicles and even calling in artillery targets. Of course, there will also be awards making a set numbers of kills with a certain weapon, or simply using it for a set amount of time. In 2.15, this award system will generally be experimental. We may add new medals and change the requirements later. If the awards are liked, we hope to finalise them before the release of Normandy.

Above we have 2 examples of the new awards. On the left you can see the 'Artillery Spotter Award, Bronze'. To get this award you have to get 10 Artillery kill assists in a single round. These artillery kill assists are also a new feature in 2.15, the game will now keep track of who's target is being used by the gunner and will award the spotter points for any kills the gunner makes using his target. On the right the 'Objectives Award, Silver'. To get this award you need to have 'Objectives Award, Bronze', 50 flag captures overall and capture 6 flags in a round. You can see your awards - and those of others - on a special website that will be released later, when it's completely finished.

Finally, when reading through the changelog you may notice another small feature - the Immersive Mode. This mode simply reduces the HUD to a minimum. It shows no health, no ammo and no minimap. To enable this feature you have to place an empty txt file in your mods/fh2 directory named "immersive-hud.txt".

That's all for today, but be sure to come back tomorrow for the 2.15 release! Until then, feel free to visit our IRC channel and our public forums to discuss this update and other news.


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