Hell Let Loose takes its 100-player WW2 battles into Early Access
Posted by: on pcgamer June 9, 2019
Large-scale World War 2 shooter Hell Let Loose has entered Early Access, where it will remain for at least a year.
The focus of its 100-player fights is on teamwork and strategy, and you'll have to keep supplies moving to your frontline while you set up forward spawn points and capture sectors of the map. You can pick one of 14 classes, including medics and tank commanders, and your team is organised beneath a group of officers who will direct your attention on the battlefield.
During Early Access, developer Black Matter Studio will add "several more features, maps, and quality of life changes". Its full roadmap, below (click the full screen icon to see it in more detail), shows that the first addition will be Utah Beach, one of the central locations in the 1944 Normandy landings. One side will battle up the beach from landing craft before capturing areas of the countryside inland.
The team will also add a cosmetic customization system, deployable items such as machine gun nests, and a new attack vs defense game mode during Early Access. In total, the updates will take "a year or more to complete".
I like the minimalist UI shown in the trailer at the top of this article: there are no aiming reticles, so you have to rely on your iron sights. The early user reviews are "Mostly Positive", with 78% of players impressed with what they've seen. It's not a perfect start, but it suggests you should at least keep an eye on Hell Let Loose if you're into large-scale shooters.
It's $30/£25 on Steam, and the price will likely increase as it improves.
Other Hell Let Loose News
Hell Let Loose - September 11, 2019
We’ve been assessing and prioritising a large amount of content we’re currently working on, as often implementing one feature too early can have negative consequences for other areas of development - causing us to have to re-do work. As you can imagine, we’d much prefer to work efficiently and quickly, so we’ve been revising our roadmap continuously before updating it. One of the biggest challenges we face is making sure that we keep you abreast of developments, without overpromising or having to drastically delay release.
Developer Briefing #38 – Unit Management System! August 21, 2019
Developer Briefing #37 - Hands on with Hell Let Loose! August 15, 2019
Patch #5 - Live Now! August 8, 2019
Developer Briefing #36 – Tiger 1 First Look! August 7, 2019
Patch #4 Hotfix - Live Now! August 5, 2019
Patch #4 - Live Now! August 1, 2019
Developer Briefing #34 – Post Update 1 Fish! July 24, 2019
Update 1 Hotfix Available Now July 19, 2019
Update 1: Utah Beach - Live Now! July 18, 2019
Hell Let Loose is a realistic World War Two first person shooter with open battles of 100 players with infantry, tanks, artillery, a dynamically shifting front line and a unique resource based strategic meta-game. This is World War Two at a scale you’ve never played before.
Developer: Black Matter Pty Ltd
Publisher: Team17 Digital Ltd