DigitalMindSoft's Men of War: Assault Squad 2 — a follow-up to its infantry-heavy standalone expansion — has now moved into Open Beta, though not quite as open as you'd think. For those wanting to jump in on the World War action, you'll have to pony up some cash first, with Open Beta only being offered to those who pre-order the game
To help make things a bit more clear on the situation, a developer from DigitalMindsoft has taken to their Steam community forums, outlining new details on the Open Beta process including talks on just how different this new title is.
Men of War: Assault Squad 2 runs on a different engine compared to the first part or any other Men of War game. This was a huge step for us as an indie developer and it was taking a lot of time to fix many of the issues we were encountering along the way. It's easier to build a game from scratch on a new engine, than porting it. The engine AS2 uses is identical to the engine Call to Arms will run on and you will get all the benefits of the modernized engine, such as multi-core threading and many new shaders including parallax mapping.
Interestingly, the team has also dropped their support for GameSpy in favour of Steamworks integration, a large step for any developer. As with many games in open beta and early access, DigitalMindSoft warns that you should be prepared for technical issues, especially in multiplayer. You should read about them in this FAQ page
before deciding whether or not to jump in.
DigitalMindsoft also responded to fans who raised concerns that Assault Squad 2 was created solely to fund the development of their other title, Call to Arms. "This is incorrect," it said. "AS2 has been discussed and agreed on before we went public with our plans for Call to Arms. In fact, the development of Call to Arms allowed us to invest way more into the engine which benefits all of us. Undoubtedly, Assault Squad 2 contains the most changes out of any Men of War games and we will continue to support the game post release."
Those jumping into the Open Beta will find 15 new singleplayer skirmishes, 25 reworked skirmishes from the original Assault Squad, and its multiplayer and cooperative modes. Find out more through the official Steam page