Instinct  [developer] Feb 10 @ 5:48pm
Open Beta and where we are heading to!
At the 20th February of 2014, you will be able to join the beta if you pre-purchased Men of War: Assault Squad 2 on Steam!

Please also read our developer opinion on the beta

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We will gradually expand the beta and add new content and features along the way. In this regard, I'd like to address a few things:

Men of War: Assault Squad 2 runs on a different engine compared to the first part or any other Men of War game. This was a huge step for us as an indie developer and it was taking a lot of time to fix many of the issues we were encountering along the way. It's easier to build a game from scratch on a new engine, than porting it. The engine AS2 uses is identical to the engine Call to Arms will run on and you will get all the benefits of the modernized engine, such as multi-core threading and many new shaders including parallax mapping.

Aside from the core engine aspects, changing the whole multiplayer integration from GameSpy to Steamworks was a huge step as well. Changing a system like this is not like pushing a switch, instead it's many months of hard work. Work we dedicated to deliver you the best possible multiplayer experience.

Once everything works like we want, we will move on to add new features into the game and listen to player feedback. But please bear with us that performance and stability are our biggest concerns right now and fixing needs time. We want this game to look better and run better for everyone and this can't be achieved without your support and patience!

Lastly, more is not always better. Our main concern is to polish and fix all the existing features in-game to provide a fantastic and smooth experience for veterans as well as for newcomers. We have so many great features in this game very few people know about and we want to make sure everyone is able to see, learn and understand the game mechanics.

Some voiced the concern that AS2 was created to fund the development of Call to Arms. This is incorrect. AS2 has been discussed and agreed on before we went public with our plans for Call to Arms. In fact, the development of Call to Arms allowed us to invest way more into the engine which benefits all of us. Undoubtly, Assault Squad 2 contains the most changes out of any Men of War games and we will continue to support the game post release.

However, please keep in mind this is not Men of War 2, but Assault Squad 2, so do not expect a totally different game. We never promised such, nor will we. It's clearly communicated what AS2 will contain on the store page and every owner of AS1 receives an additional discount on an already rather affordable game. If you are looking for an overhaul of Men of War you can choose Call to Arms[www.digitalmindsoft.eu] or wait for Men of War 2. If you want all the great improvements and new technology we have been working on, Assault Squad 2 is your call!


We also want to thank you for your support and trust! Men of War: Assault Squad 2 is already on the road to be the most successful title in the series and we will make sure it deserves this spot!

Happy gaming! :)
Last edited by Instinct; Mar 16 @ 9:22am
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The Mighty Monstrous Cheese Feb 10 @ 6:06pm 
Thanks for posting this Instinct. I agree that the bugs and stability are the most important parts right now. Modding and playing other mods should be able to keep me busy until the game is running smoothly.
Fallschirmjager Feb 10 @ 11:35pm 
Thanks very good info there looking forward to a soild stable game . Its amazig fun glad you guys are working hard to keep us happy.
SirHinkel Feb 10 @ 11:46pm 
I'm really happy that you rescheduled the release and I'm even happier about these words.

But concerning your future plans / post-release-support: Is there any chance new infantry models / animations will be implemented?
RobZ Feb 11 @ 12:13am 
He said that they are planning that, but dunno when.
Flash Mcgee Feb 11 @ 12:14am 
On the 20th if we have pre-purchased will the install option show up in our steam game library under as2 which is currently greyed out and then contiune to be patched untill official release, or does it require some other way to access open beta?
Baring Feb 11 @ 12:34am 
Originally posted by Flash Mcgee:
On the 20th if we have pre-purchased will the install option show up in our steam game library under as2 which is currently greyed out and then contiune to be patched untill official release, or does it require some other way to access open beta?

just install it on the 20th of February. nothing else required.
=BlackDog= Feb 11 @ 1:19am 
Nice keep up the great work cant wait to see more people online for testing
Opavius Feb 11 @ 1:23am 
Great post Instinct :-) I was trying to say the same (that AS2 is not MoW2) to people that were concerned about AS2... Also thx for info, and thx for a hint, that MoW2 is real ! 8-)
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Gigantopithecus Feb 11 @ 3:27am 
thanks for the post , more communication about your future plans and the situation in general is indeed a welcome thing and decreases the speculation .
troll apple Feb 11 @ 5:33am 
i bought mow as2 in other place
this mean i can't join?
Shtoormovick Feb 11 @ 6:16am 
This should be posted on the store page.

I put my hopes in DMS, and this game will be all that, I'll probably even consider investing some rather inferior sum of money into the CtA, though the modern-day setting isn't anything I find appealing.
Rudel44 Feb 11 @ 6:21am 
it's magic
Mr Pink - [TGM]Von Right Feb 11 @ 6:48am 
The game (bugs not included) is good as it is.
What needs some love are the UI and lobby.
lakota362 Feb 11 @ 10:59am 
I gotta say after playing the series for several years (and being average at best) which keeps me coming back! You guys rock. All the critisim from your fans is because you raised the bar so high we have high expectations. Please make a way to contribute to COA and your projects through Steam. And thanks in advance for a taste of beta.
DJSatane Feb 11 @ 11:40am 
Originally posted by troll apple:
i bought mow as2 in other place
this mean i can't join?

If the place you bought it from also gave you a steam cd key(normally they should since its steamworks game) then you should be able to just add the cd key to activate product on steam and it will act as if you pre ordered it on steam I think and thus beta access on feb 20.
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