Good day soldiers,
Today, we see a strong offensive launched on the North African front with the Operation Battleaxe update. In this update, players can find plenty of new features including a new map, a new tank, and more to grow their WWII experience in Brass Brigade!
New Map - Operation Battleaxe
Operation Battleaxe was teased in a previous post, and it finally arrives in this new update. German and British forces are locked in a fierce battle for the Halfaya Pass in the desert outside Tobruk. The map features the infamous pass as its centerpiece with multiple firebases and supply depots supporting it on either side.
The map is fairly linear, meaning that teams will need to find flanks on either side to try and punch through the defenses. Either the British will be driven back into the desert or the Germans will be forced into a retreat - gear up and head out into this explosive new map unlike any other found in Brass Brigade thus far!
New Tank - Panzer IV
A new vehicle joins the German forces in Brass Brigade - the Panzer IV. Perhaps the most well known German tank next to the Tiger, the Panzer IV offers a lower profile, slightly higher top speed, and faster turret, making it a better match for allied armor in more enclosed areas. However, its weaker armor means it can't take as much damage as the Tiger, with the rear being poorly reinforced. The Panzer IV in Brass Brigade comes in two paint schemes - standard and desert. Look for them on maps with German forces!
Mulitple Tanks per Team
Brass Brigade now supports multiple tanks per team on certain maps! On multiple maps, different tanks will spawn for each team, and will continually respawn throughout the game. For example, this means that a battle between the British/American forces and the German forces can see Shermans, Cromwells, Tigers, and Panzers - all in one battle!
Leaderboard, Kill Feed, and more!
Per strong user feedback, an initial implementation of a simple leaderboard for each game has been added. Pressing TAB while playing will open up a leaderboard showing the top performing troops in the game. The same scoreboard, along with the player's personal kill/death ratio is also now shown at the game's conclusion. An optional kill feed is also displayed in the top right of the game, tracking the frags. Set your soldier's name in the settings menu to your liking and it'll appear that way in-game!
Weapon Accuracy Modifiers
Weapons have seen a significant accuracy bump as many players thought the weapons felt 'floaty'. However, you can modify the weapon's global accuracy and damage modifiers in the Settings > Gameplay menu. Feel free to set them to your preference! If you prefer the old weapon accuracy model, just turn it back down all the way to the left.
Return to Sender!
Players can now toss back grenades and explosives that land near them. If a grenade lands right at your feet, press the ACTION button (E by default) to throw it back. But be careful, don't get caught by a short fuse!
I am constantly reading and reviewing the suggestions the community leaves me. There are so many great ideas and features I would love to implement - some of them are already in the works, others are in the prototyping/proof of concept phases. I don't have any more specifics for now, but I am already working on more features to make your experience even more enjoyable.
Thanks for supporting Brass Brigade! I'm proud to share my work with all of you and I hope you enjoy this new update as the new year rolls around. Happy Holidays to everyone and here's to 2020!
-Until next time,