12.06.2011 18:00 GMT
Hello and welcome back to another update of Forgotten Hope! It has been a few weeks since we've had an update, but today we are back, ready to begin showing off some of the more major changes that you will see coming in 2.4, along with a small teaser trailer, and a new shovel!
Up first, we are proud to show off the first screenshots of a major graphical update to FH2. FH2.4 will feature new shaders developed by Remdul. These overall changes will bring the look of Forgotten Hope 2 on-par with most modern games.
The post-processing effect consists of several elements. The first and most notable is 'color correction'. Color correction changes the overall look of the image by subtly altering the colors and contrast. Each level now has it's own look, accentuating the colors of environment, adding to the immersion.
The second most noticeable improvement is the blur. In previous versions of FH2, the iron-sight depth-of-field effect showed slight double-vision. This has been greatly reduced through dithering, and now looks much more natural. Usage of the blur effect has also been expanded, it is now enabled not only for iron-sights, but also for binoculars, gun sights and deployable weapons alike.
Two other minor aspects of the post processing shaders is the slight darkening of the corners of the screen, and a faint film grain.
The 'near-death' effect has also been improved, as you can see in this screenshot below.
It should also be noted that the new effects have been carefully tweaked as not to interfere with gameplay. Lastly, a handful of BF2 shader bugs and compatibility issues have also been fixed.
Next up for today is a brand new melee weapon for the US forces; the M1910 Shovel!
The M1910 (or T-handle as it was sometimes called) was a simple entrenchment tool made from metal with a wooden handle. It originally saw action in World War I, with many also being used in the second World War as well. Due to its relatively crude and weak design, the older M1910 was replaced in 1943 by the M1943 Shovel, but it was never completely phased out of use. The M1910 Shovel was made by Remdul.
The third item for today is a small teaser trailer made by betatester Kubador. If you look closely enough, you should be able to spot some unseen content! Enjoy!
Finally, Forgotten Hope Game Night (FHGN) #16 is fast approaching. Be sure to check 'here' for more updates on when it is happening and how you can participate.