Thank you for the response to our last dev brief - we’ve been exceptionally grateful and excited to be on the journey together! This week we’re pleased to announce Update 14 & The British forces are targeted for deployment on May 25th.
This will be another major update, bringing with it two brand new maps, the start of the British forces, along with new weapons & vehicles, new free & paid DLC items, our first iteration of video tutorials, and non-verbal communication tools - as well as general bug fixing.
Today, we’ll be taking a look at how the British forces are shaping up, along with the weapons and vehicles you can expect to see at the end of the month.
Last time we revealed a North African campaign, El Alamein, would be available for players to jump into and experience a whole new biome, with open landscapes and plenty of verticality. In this dev brief, we’ll be taking a closer look at Driel, our second map based in Holland.
Taking inspiration from the events of Operation Market Garden, Driel offers intense combat where players will need to apply a tactical approach to securing territory and traversing the small villages and farmland.
Cross over using the bridge, or risk becoming an easy target by wading through the river.
Driel, featuring a sun-lit sky, rail bridge and waterway.
Another perspective of the railway bridge on Driel.
Strong point positions and map layouts for both Driel, and El Alamein.
Driel, a North/South battle scenario.
El Alamein, a West/East battle scenario.
Great Britain Weapons
As we grow nearer to the release of British forces, let’s take a closer look at some of the weapons players will get to deploy with later this month.
Well made and solid, the Lanchester MK1 was a submachine gun manufactured to offer British soldiers a reliable ruggedness, recognizing the value of the submachine gun after the events at Dunkirk.
As a contrasting counterpart to the Lanchester submachine gun, the Sten entered the battlefield as a cheaper alternative to the Lanchester and the Allied favoured ‘Tommy’ gun, with the Sten’s ability to support more soldiers with submachine guns on the battlefield.
Considered reliable in skilled hands, the Bren provided a slower firing rate that allowed for easier control and accounted for effective cooling between bursts.
Lee-Enfield Pattern 1914 (P14)
Used throughout WWI, the bolt action rifle went under further modification to support soldiers in WWII. Often used by snipers, the P14 was durable and somewhat heavier, contributing to its reputation for accuracy.
Designed in the United States and mass-produced in the United Kingdom, the Lewis gun featured a top-mounted pan magazine, as well as an aluminium barrel shroud to offer effective cooling. Following the loss of a large part of the British Army’s weaponry across France, many Lewis guns were repaired, before being issued to the British and Allied forces.
Created in 1942 in response to the need for a more effective portable anti-tank weapon, the Projector, Infantry, Anti Tank (PIAT) offered greater penetration power than its anti-tank predecessors, and was able to launch projectiles over a more effective range.
Rifle No.4 MK1
A classic service rifle built with infantry in mind, offering a lighter and more robust design than the standard rifle.
Webley MK VI
Shortages of handguns during WWII meant that a number of older weapons were also reintroduced, including the Webley MK VI, which was issued to soldiers in the British Military.
Fairbairn Sykes Knife
Resembling a dagger, this double-edged fighting knife was issued to units within the British Army during WWII and designed for surprise attacks and fighting.
Great Britain Armor & Vehicles
Sherman 76mm Firefly
Notorious in its tank destroying capability, the Sherman Firefly was one of the most common vehicles used by the British Forces, fitted with a powerful 17-pounder anti-tank gun.
Sherman Firefly - Heavy Tank.
With its Rolls-Royce Meteor engine, the Cromwell offered reliability and speed, while being a powerful medium tank.
Bedford Transport Truck and Cromwell - Medium Tank.
Primarily used as support fire, this British light tank featured a quick-firing 2-pounder gun, produced by the Vickers-Armstrong company.
Proving to be an important tool on the battlefield, the Daimler recon vehicle was fast, mobile, and lightly armored.
Great Britain Soldiers
As an initial introduction to the British forces, players will find their soldiers garbed in the British battledress. Worn mostly in temperate climates, Battledress was introduced before the start of WWII, and was worn as late as the 1960s.
Designed with mechanized infantry needs in mind, the British battledress comprised of a short wool jacket, buttoned to the outside of high-waisted wool serge trousers.
Great Britain Commander wearing the rubberised Macintosh Raincoat.
Infantry Soldier wearing the P-37 Battledress.
Cast Your Vote
In our last developer briefing, we asked for your input on which map you’d like to see refreshed later this year. Depending on the map chosen, the refresh goes above and beyond general optimization with a new lighting pass, a review of cover and accessible buildings, and even the opportunity to revisit capture points.
Head over to today’s Reddit post to cast your vote and discuss your ideas!
As a reminder, here are the options:
- Purple Heart Lane
- Omaha Beach
- Utah Beach
We’re excited to announce that we’ll be exhibiting at FORMAT, the UK’s biggest games industry night life event, on the 25th May! Players local to Manchester will be able to head on down to the event, suit up as the British forces while trying out Update 14, and meet some of the team.
Secure your ticket now at https://bit.ly/hll-tickets and make sure to use the code FRM_MCR25 for 25% off!
War Correspondent, Content Creator, and Community HLL Videos
The Hell Let Loose Hungary community tried their hand at a cinematic remake of the iconic Fury Tiger vs Sherman tanks scene in-game, check this out:
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With that, we look forward to seeing the results of the voting over on Reddit, and will be readying up to share more details on all that’s coming with Update 14 in the next developer briefing.
We’ll see you on the frontline!