Road to Forgotten Hope 2.45: Part 1 Hello and welcome back to another Forgotten Hope 2 update.
As you can no doubt guess from the title, today we are pleased to announce that Forgotten Hope 2 version 2.45 will be released at:
Friday 13th July 2012 @ 18:00 UTC
Although this comes a full year after the last release, we think that the many changes that have been made in this time will make version 2.45 well worth the wait. Remember to stay tuned throughout the week for more information and of course the all important final part this Friday.
We would also like to give a special 'thank you' to our beta testing team. Without their continued support and dedication, there would be no FH2 as we know it.
As well as the release date, today we'd like to tell you about the third and final map that features in version 2.45. This time we find ourselves on the flat and dusty landscape of Tunisia. In attack and counterattack, both sides will have a helping hand from the abundant flora that makes this landscape so different from the sandy wastes you might be more familiar with. The map Sidi Bou Zid was made by Lili Marlene, with finishing touches made by Stubbfan.
The American landings in Morocco changed the balance of forces in North Africa drastically, forcing the Axis into a struggle for survival on two fronts. However, there was still some fight left in their battered forces: On February the 14th 1943 the 21st and 10th Panzer Divisions launched a strong offensive against American forces in the Tunisian village of Sidi Bou Zid. Among their forces also were some of the new heavy Tiger tanks. While they managed to break through the Allied lines, the Americans were already preparing a counter attack to regain the lost ground...
Road to Forgotten Hope 2.45: Part 2
Today we have a few screenshots of some new American vehicles that you will be able to find on the map Sidi Bou Zid. First up is the M3 Halftrack. Entering service in 1941, it was an improvement over the earlier and smaller M2 Halftrack and featured a rear door to the crew compartment. It differs from the later M3A1 variant already featured in Forgotten Hope 2 in that the armament is pintle mounted above the front seats rather than on a ring mount above the front right seat. The M3 Halftrack was made by Agus and exported by Kev4000.
Next up we have two Gun Motor Carriages based on the M3 Halftrack. The first of these is the 75mm Gun Motor Carriage M3. The success of the German armour in the invasion of France showed the need for an effective tank destroyer, and a solution was quickly found by mounting a 75mm Gun M1897A4 onto an M3 Halftrack chassis. Making up the majority of all tank destroyers in service in the North African Campaign, by 1944 it was considered obsolete in Europe although it continued to see service in the Pacific Campaign until the end of the war. The M3 GMC was made by Agus, Darren and Pointblank and exported by Kev4000.
The second variant on show today is the M13 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage. The US Army recognised the need for a mobile anti-aircraft gun, and had initially used various vehicles armed with single machineguns. With the adoption of the M33 twin M2HB powered mount, they had an effective weapon, and in 1942 the M33 mounted onto the M3 Halftrack was standardised as the M13 MGMC. However, within months it had become substitute standard with the adoption for the M16 MGMC armed with the more powerful M45 quad mount. The M13 MGMC was made by Agus and exported by Kev4000.
You will also be able to find the M33 dual mount as a stationary anti-aircraft gun.
Road to Forgotten Hope 2.45: Part 3
Hello and welcome back to another Forgotten Hope 2 update.
We'd like to start today's update with a trailer made by betatester Kubador. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
While you are watching the trailer, why not prepare yourself for tomorrow's release by downloading the passworded torrent files. The password to extract and install these files will be released tomorrow at the same time as the non-passworded direct download links. You will need a bittorrent program to download these files, many of these can be downloaded for free.
The following torrent contains everything you will need to play Forgotten Hope 2.45. Unfortunately, there is no patch from 2.4 to 2.45. The torrent contains two password protected RAR archives containing the installers, when the time comes you will need to extract both and install them.
Remember, you will not be able to access the actual files until this Friday. If you do not wish to download these torrent files, you can wait until Friday at 18:00 GMT to download the un-passworded files from a list of mirror sites.
If you are a server administrator and would like to have your server up and running by this Friday for the release, you can download the necessary files here.
Finally today, we'd like to list some of the changes in version 2.45:
3 New maps:
Battle of Keren
Sidi Bou Zid
7 New aircraft, including:
Supermarine Spitfire Mk. IX
Junkers Ju 87D-1 "Stuka"
Macchi C.202 Folgore
Curtiss P-40E "Kittyhawk"
21 New Allied vehicles, including:
M3 Scout Car
M3 Gun Motor Carriage
37mm M3 AT Gun
Cromwell Mk. VI
Churchill Mk. III
9 New Axis vehicles, including:
Cannone-Mitragliera da 20/65
PzKpfw III Ausf. L
SdKfz 135 "Marder I" on 39H(f) chassis
12 New weapons, including:
Bomba a Mano L
Many further changes, including:
Sector Push added to several maps
Objective Mode updated and added to Anctoville
Gameplay and Graphic changes for Crete and Operation Cobra
101st Airborne player models
To see a more expansive list of changes, you can read the changelog here.