It may not get a whole lot of press around these parts anymore, but Heroes & Generals is still a fairly popular game. No, scratch that. It is a very popular game. After joining Steam's Early Access platform after spending a good deal of time in an alpha state, the game quickly gained 1.5 million new players since going live on Early Access.
The news about the player count doesn't come without tons of other details, too. There's a brand new update inbound for Heroes & Generals and it's detailed in a seven minute video log that you can check out below if you have the time.
If you don't have time to watch the video or aren't in a position to watch the video, the new update for the game sports more ranks leading up to General, as well as additional perks for those who take on officer roles, such as being able to earn company points to add more units into your deployment stash. So the more you level up to become a General (as opposed to a Hero) you can command more troops, more units and more to dominate the battlefield.
The only drawback to leveling up to become a General is that eventually when that character is eligible for conversion you can't go back; it's an irreversible upgrade. Additionally, Generals can't be used on the battlefield. The upside is that they have the most company points to deploy all sorts of useful units across armored tanks, air strikes and ground forces.
As mentioned by Jacob Andersen, Game Director at Reto-Moto in the latest Heroes & Generals press release about the “Rommel” update...
"I'm personally very excited to finally add generals as characters in Heroes & Generals," ..."The Rommel update is an important update, as it wraps up our vision with the character progression tree, so you may start your career as a foot soldier and work your way up to become an officer and finally a General in order to command armies and wage war resources. "
This should add an interesting dynamic to the PvP in the game, as well as the ambitions of players who would prefer to direct the battles strategically from the map, compared to those who would prefer to take the fight to opponents on the ground level.
If you don't have time to hit level 17 naturally the game does afford players a short-cut via the cash shop. It is free-to-play after all.
On the soldier front the team has added in the ability to fix and repair vehicles on the fly with the wrench. That's right, you can now imitate your favorite moments from Battlefield where you're desperately trying to a repair a vehicle while everyone and their mother attempts to shoot your exposed and vulnerable body.
And speaking of tanks... the game's tank tread physics have been upgraded for better movement over diverse and difficult to scale terrain. It looks good.
You can check the game out right now over on Steam's Early Access, drop in and see some live-streams of the game via Twitch or visit the official website for more information.