At the 20th February of 2014, you will be able to join the beta if you pre-purchased Men of War: Assault Squad 2
Please also read our developer opinion on the beta
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! :)