Heroes & Generals is a free-to-play MMOFPS where Germany, United States and Soviet Union fight for victory in one grand online war. You fight and make friends as a team, and no matter if you play as Infantry, Tank crew, Fighter pilot, Paratrooper, Recon, or General you make a difference in the war.
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Release Date: Sep 22, 2016

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September 30

Seven Days – 135,278 battles later

One week ago we successfully launched Heroes & Generals – a success that in no small part is due to you, our awesome community. You guys really do make a difference.

To say that the past seven days have been an uncanny, even emotional, experience for everyone here at Reto-Moto would almost be putting it mildly.

Being no different than any other human beings we enjoy reading the positive and constructive feedback we have gotten on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter and in both our own forum and on Steam. Working on Heroes & Generals is as much about the community as the game itself.

Moving from open beta to a fully launched game is in many ways a change in the state of mind for us at Reto-Moto. But our commitment to Heroes & Generals and the community has not changed, and the game developers are already busy planning and especially working on next updates.

We have said it before, and we will gladly say it again: Launching really is only the beginning.

Heroes & Generals in the press

The launch of Heroes & Generals and especially our new trailer were very well received in the games press. We appreciate that games journalists from literally all over the world wrote about the game.

Below are a few of the quotes that we have put on the office wall:
The real magic of the game lies with the bicycles. This game has one of the most oddly realistic biking systems in any game.
Gamer Headquarters, Jason Stettner
A game with a great concept … Heroes & Generals can be quite fun with a group due to the vehicles and intrinsic strategies.
Mmohuts.com, Abubakr Mohammad
When independent Danish game studio Reto-Moto says 'one grand, persistent online war,' they are to be taken seriously.
Metroxpress, Morten Skovgaard

Player reactions we put on the office wall

Our community is extremely important and your praise is endlessly motivating to us. These are just a few and many more are placed on the office wall. Thank you guys!
Well been here for many a year ! through the ups and downs , well done reto, finally there! Thanks to all the vets for sticking with it and hope as he says its only the start! hope it is remembered through history as much as the real world war two. sincere congratulations.
Gratz, it was a bunch of years :>
We finally here! I Wish you lot’s of good ideas.
I do not wish you for the best community, because you arleady have one!
The WW2 gaming community was once saturated, now it’s dried. Till this game came!
[VPR] Venom (Steam)

We still love the stuff you do on Youtube

And you seem to have a glorious time in our game. A lot of Youtubers and our very own Community, the Reto Broadcasting Society produced some fantastic videos this week.

Flynny1201 also known as Pryvate_Jackson did a very nice interpretation of our trailer, have a look below:


And we really dig the approach and style that Devil's Advocate, known ingame as Barber_coming, demonstrates in his Heroes & Generals trailer:


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September 23

Heroes & Generals has now Launched!

It’s a great day for Heroes & Generals as the game has now Launched! Join us now to Make a Difference and Fight for Friends!


The Ultimate WW2 Game

While we are excited about all the things to come, join us to take a look at what makes Heroes & Generals the ultimate WW2 game now!

Your Choice of Soldier

A free-to-play Massively Multiplayer Online First Person Shooter set in the midst of the World War 2, where you can choose to play for Germany, United States and the Soviet Union. Fight for victory as Infantry, Tank crew, Fighter pilot, Paratrooper, Recon or General – choosing the role and playstyle that suits you.

Teamplay is Key

In this fight, your Squad and Team always has your back! Every single one of you makes a difference, but you are always best when fighting together!

Huge Weapon Arsenal

The ever expanding Armory contains more than 60 weapons including Pistols, Hand-grenades, Sub-machine Guns, Semi-automatic Rifles, Assault Rifles, Automatic Rifles, Bolt Action Rifles, Light Machine Guns, Anti-personnel Mines, Anti-tank Mines, Anti-tank Grenades, numerous Weapon Upgrades, and not to forget melee weapons and tools, such as the fabulous wrench.

Massive Vehicle Depot

You can choose from a growing depot of more than 65 vehicles, everything from light, fast, armed, armored, swimming to heavy, hardly destructible, spacious, containing supplies, specialized and camouflaged. Every soldier will find their favorite. And then there is the bicycle, a lean, mean transportation machine.

One Grand War

Every shot, every kill, every single battle won, plays a role in the ongoing War. You are part of this, you make a difference shot by shot, battle by battle in the overarching war, where Generals are discussing strategies, move troops and provide resources for their faction to gain the advantage.


When the battle is over and the War is won, it is time to turn enemies into friends. In our welcoming community with more than 8.5 million players from 194 countries, you can make friends and discuss all things Heroes & Generals with people from all over the world.

Continuously Updated

The game is regularly updated with new vehicles, weapons and features and we are as excited as you about what comes next!
Here’s our Game Director Reto.RedBjarne, to tell you bit about the important milestone of launching the game:


And an important note to all players

Your accounts are just as complete as you left them. You can enjoy the game with all your soldiers, items, progression and earnings.

So come and join us, recruit your friends and leave a review on Steam when you enjoy playing Heroes & Generals.

Want to see how the first 72 Hours after Launch went? Check out This Post!

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About This Game

Heroes & Generals is the ultimate WW2 game – a free-to-play Massively Multiplayer Online First Person Shooter set in WW2, where Germany, the United States and the Soviet Union fight for victory in one grand persistent online war fought by players across the world.

No matter if you play as Infantry, Tank crew, Fighter pilot, Paratrooper, Recon, or as a General taking strategic decisions – everything you do makes a difference in the war.

There is a great variety of authentic weapons and vehicles accessible in the game such as the effective US M1A1 Thompson submachine gun, the legendary German Panzer V Ausf G. ‘Panther’ tank, the excellent Soviet Yak-9B fighter plane, and even a bicycle! The arsenal is constantly growing as updates for the game are released regularly.

In Heroes & Generals your team always has your back. Every single player makes a difference, but you win, lose and make friends as a team. With a growing and welcoming community and a focus on teamplay, Heroes & Generals wants to bring players together and have them make friends from all around the globe.

Make a Difference – Fight for Friends!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7, 8 or 10
    • Processor: 2GHz CPU w. SSE3 instruction set- dual-core
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI HD 4810/NVIDIA 9600 GT or above (with >512mb RAM)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible
    • OS: Windows 7, 8 or 10
    • Processor: Intel i5 processor or higher / AMD Phenom II X6 or higher
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 series or higher / AMD HD 6870 or higher
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible
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389 of 452 people (86%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
80.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
This game has just been cleared for release, and as a long term player who's checked then and there every passng update (all the way part from mid-2014 when the Open Beta started, and significantly before the Steam Beta) I cannot agree with that

There are still significant issues everywhere :

- The grind is unbearable, and requires you to spend 100 hours brainlessly playing game after game for minimal returns. Everything is grindable, the levels, the credits, the guns, the explosives, the ribbons, the vehicles, the badges, the attachments, the assault teams, even your knife (which you don't get in any capacity until 5 levels of a ribbon). It's the bad kind of grinding and forces you to play with awful gear for 50 hours before you get the really meta loadouts. Even significant experience at FPS skills will get you so far if you're using a NERF gun against a laser gun
- The Strategy Game is unplayable until 50 hours of grinding... or for a one time fee of 50 DOLLARS (or local equivalent plus tax and handling). It's blatant what they are going for, and even if you decide to grind your way here, the AT deploy queues mean you literally have one shot at playing Generalisimo before it's game over for literal days. And for that matter, you'll have to wait days to deploy your ATs if you're not in for the first hour of the war
- The Action Game has been left equally broken, you have to sprint hundred of meters but all your characters have severe asthma and will explode if you sprint more than 10 meters, meaning his iron sights will fly everywhere. The spawn points are fixed and sometimes have no cover between them and the objective, meaning sniper and tank galore. Sometimes enemy spawn points are DIRECTLY in the way to the objective. The physics engine randomly breaks and will sometimes instantly kill you if you gently bump into something with a vehicle, or send your car to do a sick 180° wheelie when you tried to gently steer right
- There are still horribly powerful equipments that break the entire game, and which are -thoughfully- locked behind walls of grinding... or a small fee of etc. M1/M2 Carbine is basically a modern assault rifle out of nowhere, Chaffee and Hellcat outperform all other tanks due to speed beating armor (bad game mechanics there), the Soviets get a Tank Destroyer disguised as an APC and the PTRD which can one-shot vehicles and infantry which makes it more of a .50 cal rifle than anything, all factions have access to OHK Rifles that ruin the balance and allow you to bodyshot kill soldiers from across the map, LMGs can be hipfire spammed when standing and moving, etc. Will never be addressed, because of all the kids who max their credit card to buy the big bad toys.
- Most of the higher mechanics are horribly unpolished. Backcapping is a valid strategy because caps capture so fast that a single soldier on a motorbike can lock 8 players going for the next point, and no-one defends because you are PUNISHED for it. Literally spamming a car at every spawn is a perfectly valid tactic, and even preferable because "clown cars" are prime targets for tanks sniping across the map and OHK snipers taking potshots at the targets, etc.
- Tanking and Flying are both unrefined. Tankers will quickly find a deathly hate for the so called "AT Rambos", and literally every soldier has an AT nade in its pockets, meaning tanks are relegated to sniping from across the map with HE shells, and of course anti tank. APCR makes armor useless, meaning the King Tiger and the small light tanks with a tiny cannon are about as viable in a direct confrontation. Flying is fine, but clearly they've never doublechecked the XP since I get insane amounts of it for doing nothing useful, and there's still blatant unbalances (German plane gets one bomb, the others get two. No idea why, you go ask them because the Junker is certainly not a beast with MGs OR airborne handling). As for the idea of bombers, close air support, fighter split ? You'd wish.
- A lot of promises and excellent suggestions went literally nowhere over two years. I remember seeing mortar loading slides in the earliest stages of the pre-Steam Beta, those don't exist. Artillery doesn't exist in any capacity either. AA trucks exist apparently, not that you'll see them often. Suggestions for Medic and AT classes to split up the omnipotent Infantry went nowhere. The "factory AT production" got turned into a global and awfully scaled AT production queue. And you are still stuck in 20 v 20 when most maps have four flanks open (only two in Staged because closing a flank nukes all your ATs on that front) which could easily fit a humongous 64 v 64. New maps like special capital maps, naval landing maps, coast maps, more town variations (took them two years to fix the 10-ish maps they had). Oh, and yeah, the promise of "battleships" they just threw out at the recent dev stream. As if that's gonna happen, a whole naval game out of the blue when we can't even get close to finishing the land or air one

The concept is sound, the execution is not. These two years of open beta have been a rollercoaster of bad and good, but now it's just a clusterf**k that is only playable if you are lucky enough to be matched with the right players who don't abuse literally every tactic at their disposal, against 10 Recons that sit across the map instantly killing you unless you're driving in a car (and even then, I've trained to shoot out drivers as a Recon), against 10 Paratroopers that will cap the point behind you and drive you out of the map before you can even sprint your way back.

The development team is incredibly silent and does not appear particularly stressed to adress the foul peasants who are writing long, argumented, researched posts detailing the flaws in the game, instead focusing on adding more overpowered equipment to make people buy it for real cash. Zero communication from the dev team, if the game was broken to the point where people fell out the map every time they spawned we'd be surprised to even see a tweet from them.

I cannot see this game being playable for another year, and that is they fix every item on this list, and don't just wall themselves in silence and pretend nothing bad is occuring.

Edit : Since this has received a surprising amount of attention, I went around and clarified a few points, also I have to say it clearly. The sticking point why I don't recommend this game isn't just "gun X or gun Y is overpowered", but the fact even getting a single clarification or promise from the devs on what they plan to do hinges on the miracle. A quick scan of their own official forums shows devs literally never answer to threads as far as the eye can see, despite the low post traffic that makes it perfectly manageable.

Edit 2 : If you've not been annoyed by AT Deploy Queues because you're not even close to that stage yet, then the queues to GET TO PLAY THE GAME should do the trick, wherever logging in or the insane lobby delays (didn't talk about the matchmaker, but it's not great). I can't even tell what the idea behind this nonsense is. Servers overloaded ? Put more online. You've gotten money from your store for the better of two years, and now you have tons of new players which -might- consider it too, if ever they can play. Just, why ?
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136 of 173 people (79%) found this review helpful
30 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
44.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
More grind than planetside 2 married to archeage. If you can get past that I guess it isn't the worst shooter out there.
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139 of 191 people (73%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
432.0 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: September 23
This game has no atmosphere, no communication, nothing to really fight for. But it has a LOT of content to make any WW2 fan happy. But also, sadly, the majority of players are basically clueless about what to do ingame thanks to the developers not bothering with tutorials. The main developer even said he personally doesnt believe in them. Nothing like what a War should be. In Heroes and Generals, new players are trained through a grenade spammy map with only one objective to focus on. Doesnt the developers care about making a game that players know how to play instead of running around pretending to be in battlefield or cod? Its frustrating to say the least. But with a F2P game, Il know, ultimately what the developers aim for. A pile of pancakes of content but no bacon or jam to make it really edible. And they claim the game is out of beta? Good one. Piling on with content but no fixing of exploits or buggy mechanics for 2 years is NEVER enough to get it out of beta.Now the new spawns are totally ridiculous.
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78 of 98 people (80%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
98.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
A reasonable WWII shooter with a decent strategy compenent. Hamstrung, I'm sure you'll be shocked, by its free to play model.

The gameplay is reasonably solid - hit registration could be strange and frustrating at times, and heavily uneven matches ( e.g infantry vs heavy tanks) usually mean steamrolls unless you have vets familiar with all the derpy technqiues (kamikaze bicycles etc.) on your team.

A decent free experience if you squint but, again like many f2p titles, it is basically a money pit.

The core friction issues with the monetisation have been present since early in development, have been raised repeatedly and never eased much so I don't expect it'll change in any significant fashion.

Worth an evening of your time and probably not much more. If you're looking for something in a similar vein you might find Red Orchestra 2/Rising Storm a good fit - WWII FPS, eastern and pacific fronts, fairly low min requirements and cheap especially on sale.
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93 of 128 people (73%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
44.2 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: September 23
How to get rid of your 80% negative reviews: get the game out of beta.

You have to repair your grenades.

When the game came to steam they didn't bring content first, they came up with the P2W crap so you could pay for this unfinished java crap.

They banned people ingame because they talked to much on reddit about the bad balance and crappy development. And again, they came out of beta just to trick people, so that their "very negative" status was gone, just for a while anyways.

Well played Reto, well played.
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144 of 211 people (68%) found this review helpful
103 people found this review funny
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
Pro Cycling Simulation 1942

No, seriously, riding a bike is FUN!

You start with a low level reifleman, play games, get EXP and credit to unlock attachment or better gun or even vehicles and aircraft.

There're four mode, from a small-scale encounter to a war mode with tanks and planes.


in-game purchase warning, but that's your choice.

Will participate in Tour de France 1942 as a German pro cyclist again.
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101 of 146 people (69%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2,458.0 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: September 23
Unfinished, broken, unbalanced game.

Shady company that does shady business, often does ninja nerfs:
I have a lot of hours in this game, but last half a year RETO has been spitting in to their player faces.
First cuts their armies in half, then slightly decreases grind in order to do a ninja patch to double ot tripple the prices for all the units.
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39 of 47 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
36.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
Matchmaking is ♥♥♥♥! Veterans VS noobs.
Very pay to win. New players cannot compete with vets.
Respawn timer gets longer as more deaths, so losing team is punnished.
Placed into squads in battle, can't leave them till it ends and cannot play with another charactor if on is in battle already, so no leaving a battle that is being spawn camped.
Paratroopers will spawn camp you, they are endgame lvls.
Tanks mostly are useless cause every soldier can solo kill you with AT grenades.
Most tanks don't have coaxial for killing infantry.
As a tanker, within a min an enemy will drive behind you with a AT rocket and kill u.

I keep coming back to this every 6 months, these probs have never been addessed.
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37 of 47 people (79%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
This game was great fun for a time. Sure, some of the animations are a bit janky, and sure, some of the maps might have small gaps through which you can glimpse into the aether, but it was FUN. Think of it like a poor man's Battlefield. Capture points, gear unlocks, vehicles, all good stuff. I can't remember the last time a multiplayer game kept me clued to the monitor for more than a couple of hours, this game did.

But then. Once you level up your profile to a specific rank, your matchmaking group is upgraded into what I believe is called the 'Gold group', meaning that you will be matched against everyone else who has ever hit Gold. That's right, you're ranked by your play time, not your unlocks (which take a really long time, or a lot of RL money), not your skill, by your ♥♥♥♥ing play time.

Once I was placed into 'Gold' it was like I hit a brick wall. Everybody's got tanks, everybody's got fighter planes, everybody's got the best guns, while I had ♥♥♥♥ all. Getting stomped and not being abled to do anything about it is not a whole lot of fun.

What a ♥♥♥♥ing disappointment.
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35 of 44 people (80%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
269.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
This could have been a great game, but it simply is not. So many flawed implementations and half-♥♥♥♥♥ systems that it really seems like the game is held together with just enough duct tape so that you will spend money hoping you will enjoy it more afterwards. You won't.

Every single thing in this game has a price tag (both game and premium currency) to the point where it just feels like a very greedy game. Fired some bullets that round? Pay for more ammunition. And to repair your gun. And if you used any explosives pay for those too. And pay to repair the jeep you spawned once, obviously. It never ends.

The game starts off moderately fun because there is a tier system so all of the new players are playing against themselves, which is more enjoyable, but it also makes the game appear way more entertaining that it actually is. Once you get into the higher tiers there will be no more fun.

Also, the game looks almost nothing like the screenshots on Steam. Every texture is a dull grey and everything blends into the background. The game HUD takes up way too much of your screen and you can not turn it off. Good luck seeing anyone.

Overall its just a very poorly made game, but the concept has so much potential that I have sunk way too much time into it thinking that it will get better, it MUST get better. It won't.
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22.1 hrs
Posted: September 30
The grind is too much
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0.3 hrs
Posted: September 30
Very, Very fun. Never could think a bike ride could be so fun! GG game-makers, GG
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Master Steve
0.3 hrs
Posted: September 30
not bad at alll
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5.0 hrs
Posted: September 30
amazing no lag game :D
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2.6 hrs
Posted: September 30
Simply awesome.....matchmaking takes some time but its worth playings
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31.0 hrs
Posted: September 30
I played the beta and hated that. I just got it today to try it out, it still sucks. In order to get anywhere in the game, you need to grind for possibly close to 50 hours. This is due to the absolutely ♥♥♥♥♥♥ starting guns. Without premium, you can get about 1000 in game coins with base gear. Any decent gun costs well over 100,000. There is NO matchmaking. In any game you'll be up against people who've logged hundreds of hours. Tanks are indestructable with base gear. You'll have to rely on your team to kill them. Because of the disgusting greyness of the game, people are pretty much invisible. It takes me almost 5 minutes for a game to load. Unless you want to grind for hours on end, all while screaming because of the unbalanced gameplay, go ahead and get it. Other than the broken gameplay, ♥♥♥♥♥♥ guns, awful net code, less than stellar graphics, and pay to win features, its a good game.
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0.7 hrs
Posted: September 30
Good Game
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114.8 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: September 30
Typical Pay-to_Win with no real strategy. All of the factions are basically the same with exact same play styles and units just with different skins. Save your time and money and go play one of the other dozens of Free-to-Play games out there that actually care about their community and what their players have to say.
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39.5 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: September 30
This would be a great free to play game
If it was free..(Btw I consider time spent leveling up a currency of itself)
Expect to drop 20+ dollars on it if you want to play with the fun ♥♥♥♥ and save 100s of hours of grinding.

I consider it worth 20 but not much more but it is a good game, thats my 2 cents worth

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82.8 hrs
Posted: September 30
Chased a guy with a shovel as he desperatedly tried to shoot me before I hit him in the head and killed him. 10/+0

Matchmaking 3/10

Grind 0/10

Prices 0/10
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