Tripwire Interactive are happy to announce the results of Breakout, the final phase of the Counterattack Mapping Contest for Red Orchestra 2. With over $35,000 in total prizes, the competition has been fierce. The first phase showed some serious skills from the mapping community – this final phase has stepped it up even further. Again, great fun to judge – and it looks like people have had great fun playing the maps. Don’t forget that the contest versions of the maps are available on Steam Workshop – and we aim to bring many of them into the fold as official RO2 maps in the future.
Firstly, for the Grand Prize, winning a further $5,000 and a unique, RO2-etched Origin Laptop (take a look at http://www.originpc.com/ to see just how special these things are), is Danh Truong’s Winterwald!
Next, the winners in the “Best Original Level” category are:
1. Winterwald by Danh Truong, winning $5,000
2. Bridges of Druzhina by Kieran Tobin, winning $2,500
3. Coldsteel by Johan van Pelt – wins $1,000 Read more
After years of waiting, fans will get their first taste of Red Orchestra 2 as the beta launches for all those who have pre-purchased the Deluxe version of the game. Pre-purchase numbers for the game have shattered all expectations with gamers around the world voting with their wallets for their shooter pick of the season. Anyone that pre-purchases the deluxe edition before the game launches will get instant access to the beta, so head on over to http://store.steampowered.com/app/35450/ to get your copy and join the fight!
The first phase of the pre-purchase beta will include 3 levels from the game running the 3 gametypes – Firefight, Countdown, and Territory. From the open destroyed cityscape of Fallen Fighters, to the close quarters combat of Apartments, and the wide open tank battles of Gumrak – the beta gives players a sample of the diverse action Red Orchestra 2 has to offer. Apart from the opportunity for people to play the game early, this is our volume and final balance testing, so we are looking for feedback. Head for the Tripwire forums to give us that feedback.
Recommended Server Hosting Partners
In a first for a game of this kind, Tripwire Interactive will be allowing individual server admins as well as GSP’s to host ranked servers for the game. We feel the “walled garden” approach many developers take to server hosting makes it difficult for the clan/gaming communities as well as stifling mod and custom mapping development -two things that are very important to the success and longevity of any multi-player game. We have also put together a list of Recommended Server Hosting Partners that we’ve been working closely with to ensure they provide a good experience for our fans and game server admins as well as meeting the hardware requirements of the game. The list of recommended server hosting partners, as follows: Read more