Pathfinder Games’ CryEngine powered World War II first-person shooter, Vanguard: Normandy 1944, has officially entered into Early Access on Steam for just $14.99. The game also has a 15% off discount during the first week of being on sale.
The multiplayer FPS launched with two playable factions, three maps that sport day and night versions, six main weapons, and one major game mode.
The game is themed around historically accurate, tactical, team-based action, the complete opposite of how EA and DICE promoted Battlefield V.
Game matches play out pretty quick, though, since the developers have it setup where a single bullet can end you… quickly. They explain…
“We don’t want to spend 20 minutes walking to an objective, or game rounds lasting over an hour. We want to create an intense and tactical objective-based shooter in a modern engine that is fun to play, yet players still face the threat that a single bullet can end their life. You will find that a well organised squad utilising suppression and manoeuvring as a single fighting unit is the most effective road to success.”
This is a huge departure from the way every AAA developer makes their games, where death doesn’t matter and the game plays out so fast and so quick that you would think that you’re playing through a war experience developed by ADHD-riddled kids.
The core experience in Vanguard: Normandy 1944 is themed around utilizing tactical team-based gameplay where suppression fire and teamwork are key. If you attempt to run out and do some guns-a-blazin’ Rambo-inspired tactics like in Rainbow Six: Siege, you will get gunned down and you will stay down.
One part of making the game feel more authentic is the 3D bi-aural audio that allows players to use environmental cues to find out where an opponent is and how to attack a choke point.
The game is still far from complete and the developers don’t expect to have a working, full version of the game up and out until a year from now. So Vanguard: Normandy 1944 won’t be done and finished until 2020. You can learn more by visiting the Steam store page.