Does anyone here remember WWII Online? It was an attempt at making a FPS with a persistent battlefield set during World War II. It didn’t go very far though—mainly due to the fact that you’d wander for ages to find one enemy.

But this concept is far from dead, and the folks at Reto-Moto are getting ready to take the FPS genre by storm with Heroes & Generals, which just broke from the confines of its Alpha stage to a closed Beta. It’s a massively multiplayer shooter, but it uses a command screen to skip over any overly long journeys to find a battle.

Before I go any further, I should add that we’ll be getting a hefty number of beta keys to give away, but you can also put in your request for one on their site.

But, back to the game. Heroes & Generals is packed with vehicles, has a full array of different squad types, and has a General-level overworld where players call the shots on where to advance and where to move troops. It also has bicycles. If this sounds a bit confusing, check out the developer’s videolog at the bottom of this post.

The team behind Heroes & Generals is trying to bring something new to the FPS genre. They state that it “takes a cue from the long tradition of multiplayer WWII shooters, but seeks to reinvigorate a genre that some might say has fallen into stagnation. We aim to refresh the genre with the help of the community and beta testers.”

These are, notably, the guys who brought us Hitman and Freedom Fighters. To make a long story short, Reto-Moto was founded in 1997, turned into IO Interactive, got sold to Eidos, then the founding members decided to embark on their own path, and reformed their original company, Reto-Moto. So this is technically the first game under the studio.

They’ll be listening to the community throughout the closed Beta stage to help build the FPS game we’ve always wanted, and by the sounds of it, this is well underway. The developers state in a press release:

“Each player in Heroes & Generals chooses their own destiny. You might join the Axis and climb the ranks as a foot soldier, firing off countless rounds in epic battles for crucial landmarks. Or perhaps you’ll become a general in the US army and accept the task of deploying resources and reinforcements across a vast strategic map,” they state.

“Either way your decisions and actions fundamentally impact the game. Whether you play a fearless infantryman blazing the trenches, a hotshot pilot renowned for precision bombing runs, a brutal gunner assigned to a rumbling tank battalion, or the ace commander directing it all from strategic command – every active soldier contributes to an evolving online war that will soon expand to smartphones and tablets as well,” they state.

They’ll be taking a unique approach to all of this. The game will have associated iOS and Android apps that will let players control the overworld command.

There’s a lot to look forward to with this one, so check it out, and we’ll keep you posted.

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Joshua Philipp is the founder and editor of TechZwn.com. He's also an award-winning journalist at Epoch Times.

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