Heroes & Generals is a Free2Play Massive Online FPS with a Strategic Multiplayer Campaign, set in the midst of World War II Europe, where Axis and Allies fight for control.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (13,038 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 11, 2014

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“When we started developing Heroes & Generals it was with the intention of creating a game for the gamers as much as for ourselves. The games we have been creating in the past (back in the IO Interactive days) have all been shrouded in secrecy until they were released and therefore always carried a number of things that players did not like but we were unable to change. Because it is the players that in the end plays the game we think they should have greater influence on the development.

Since the very early days of the project in 2011 (pre-alpha stage), we invited players in to play the game and have involved our community in the making of Heroes & Generals and listened to the feedback from them. So it's a natural extension of the way we develop Heroes & Generals, to also include the Steam Community, by going Early Access.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We're approaching the end of our Open Beta/Early Access phase, but it's still too soon for us to put a date on when we'll launch.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“We're still tweaking, fixing bugs and adding new features to Heroes & Generals, and even though we feel that the game is now fun and quite stable, we still wish to get all things 'just right' before we call it 'launched'.

We do not plan to do a full server reset when the game launches.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“We're in the end of our Open Beta phase, preparing for launch.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Heroes & Generals is Free2Play. We wish to create a healthy, solid and well-balanced game and community, where you can get a great experience playing the game, no matter how much money you spend! There is already an in-game economy in place, where you earn in-game credits and warfunds for being active in the game, by playing FPS-missions and/or handling Assault Teams.

You can also buy gold, which you can use to buy practically everything, usually it give you the option of buying stuff ‘early’, so you don’t need to grind that much. We also offer a Veteran Membership to accommodate wishes of having an all-inclusive package, where you earn xp, ribbon-xp, in-game credits and warfunds at an increased rate etc.

Prices are regularly being tweaked now in Open Beta/Early Access and we will most likely still tweak prices at and after launch.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We encourage the players to participate in discussions in our forum: http://forum.heroesandgenerals.com/

When you write feedback about the game, remember to try and explain your reasons. Constructive criticism will help us build a better game for you.”
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November 11

Veterans Day - Veteran Membership

Today November 11th is 'Veterans Day' in the US, 'Remembrance Day' in the British Commonwealth and 'Armistice Day' in France, Belgium and other countries. This day marks the end of the first World War in Western Europe when the armistice took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning — the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918.

And while this day is not observed in Denmark (we were neutral in the First World War), we thought it would be fitting time to give all players from the greenest recruit to the most grizzled veterans a Free 24-hour Veteran Membership.

NB: If you already have an active Veteran Membership, additional 24 hours will be added.

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October 24

Twitch.tv – Devstream 9; Live from Copenhagen

IS it friday? YES it is. And that means we'll do a livestream on our Twitch channel: http://twitch.tv/heroesandgenerals at 1500 Central European Time.

(click here to see when this takes place in your timezone), or for you stopwatch-wearers in 4½ hours from now :-)

Reto.Gargamel and Reto.RedBjarne will answer questions from you, the players, talk about what's new and on the way and discuss tips & tricks.

Like the previous episode, this weeks episode will of course also be made available on our Youtube channel afterwards.

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About This Game

Heroes & Generals is a Free2Play Massive Online FPS with a Strategic Multiplayer Campaign, set in the midst of World War II Europe, where Axis and Allies fight for control.

The game uniquely merges epic first-person shooter action with a rich strategic layer, where your decisions have the power to turn the tide in an ongoing war among thousands of online players.

Players can choose to play as 'Heroes', fighting in the trenches, flying planes, commanding tanks and other vehicles on the battlefield, or take control of the war as 'Generals', determining the strategic direction and supporting fellow players by managing battlefield assets, army units and reinforcements.

The 'Generals' part of the game is also playable via the companion app 'Heroes & Generals: Mobile Command' which is available for iOS and Android.

As Infantry, Tank Gunner, Fighter Pilot, Recon, Paratrooper or General, your actions can turn the tide of a persistent online war, fought by players across the world!

Wars Aren’t Won By Tanks Alone!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8
    • Processor: 2GHz CPU w. SSE3 instruction set- dual-core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI HD 2000/NVIDIA 7900 or above (with >512mb RAM)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible
    • OS: Windows 7 or 8
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible
Helpful customer reviews
233 of 330 people (71%) found this review helpful
244.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Early Access Review
The game is a great idea and has great potential. Particularly an in dept development and progression system.
I have nothing but praise for this game yet still in development. It clearly needs some polishing but then for a BETA one cannot complain in the least sense.

However, alas I cannot support a p2w game. As membership will grant you the option to take an extra equipment slot and perk into battle. These are not unlocks no you only have that option if you pay the monthly fee. If they were one time (low) payment unlocks (even per soldier you own) I may forgive them for it but this is a very well camoflaged p2w trick.

Also a graphics option menu would be nice. Because only being able to fiddle with the (very limited) graphics option during battle (while your team mates are fighting with one man less, cause you need adjust stuff again) is just ♥♥♥♥ poor designing.

However trying costs nothing so go for it!

EDIT (see comments for more):

I have spend several hours on this game now and actually do enjoy it between the aimbotters and well as I stated the somewhat OP double badges. Concerning the 4th equipment slot it offers little more than some versatillity as you have the same weight constriction with 3 slots.
I would say this game is like BF1942, but better and with a campaign (strategy) side to it. I see great potential and thus I have actually financially supported it. But aslong as a game supports so much as 1 p2w option I cannot give it a thumbs up.

As stated the game needs alot of polishing, more maps and refining the ones they have (good layout on most of them!). Features such kicking people out of your vehicle cause they are .... well you know. And for the same reason prevent people from using your assault squads and wasting every last resource you pump into the war. Prevent spawncamping, Improved physix (its not bad but real weird at times). I have seen bodies fly past the moon for one thing on several occassions. Tanks climing up walls, yet skiiing of low slopes etc etc.
And last not but least rebalance the factions. Right now some US items are OP. As a dedicated GM player we tend to suck it up and not whine (like many, not all, US players). But it can get annoying. I understand the US needs some OP items at this stage as they seem have to largest number of noobs in the game and therefor lost nearly the first 100 wars. But lets face it, it does kinda suck....
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42 of 51 people (82%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Early Access Review
I was wondering why I had barely heard of anyone playing this game, or why nobody ever talked about it; it's pretty apparent why now though. It's a wallet warrior's dream, but for those looking for an actual game, look elsewhere.

So I thought this game was really fun at first, gave it a good review and was really enjoying the gameplay. As you get further in, however, the game really begins to lose it's fun, and fast.

You start to see how screwed the ingame economy is. For example, in order to counter enemy tanks, you're going to need the Panzerschreck, which is 35000 silver. That's not bad, if you're a decent teamplayer you get roughly 3000-4000 per match. But when you use it, you're spending thousands to restock it's ammo. Which, if you need to use it a lot in a particular match, often leaves you with a negative balance of silver. In a single match I had to spend over 5000 to replenish it.

Same goes for vehicles, you're going to be spending thousands per match repairing and restocking your vehicles to the point where your meager amounts of silver per match won't cover it, and you'll slowy dwindle your resources until you're forced to use stock gear again. Leaving you ♥♥♥♥ed if the enemy team has a lot of vehicles.

Ontop of that, past the beginner weapons you're going to be expected to spend absurd amounts on new weapons (an MP40 costs 127,000) and that's ontop of grinding ribbons for them to be unlocked, and saving up silver without losing it all from repairs and ammo.

Tired of recieving negative amounts of credits? Want to unlock new weapons and vehicles? Shekel up goyim, and you can have everything instantly :^) you won't even have to level up, paying does that for you!

edit: looks like even the devs acknowledge this. Check out the ultimate packs and the description for them on Steam.
"This pack enables you to get the full Heroes & Generals experience, where you can play all roles as Heroes on the battlefields AND command Assault Teams as a General without first having to spend hours, weeks and even months of playtime to progress your characters and unlock weapons, equipment and vehicles."
They're TELLING US to forget about playing, just fork out money to get the 'full experience', as if having to play is a chore. Shouldn't the entire game be fun, not just when you fork out $110 or spend months grinding? What ever happened to putting time into a game because it's enjoyable? Not because you 'have to' to have fun...
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104 of 155 people (67%) found this review helpful
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Early Access Review
Fun game, but in my opinion, only up until rank 3...Before rank three, it puts you into games of 'skirmish' maps, perfect for 10 v 10. Then it FORCES you into maps with people that have more skill, better weapons, etc. Not only does it do that, but the maps it forces you into only has a limit of 20 players playing at once, which is still 10 v 10...on maps that are big enough for hundreds...HUNDREDS of players. Don't let the term 'MMOFPS' fool you...it's match based. This makes 'battle lines' almost non existant due to lack of troops. Seriously, 80 percent of the time I was killed, it was from behind during those maps, because it is SO easy to just walk around the objectives, and due to the size and amount of various types of foliage and terain in the way, no one would ever see you. Ever. Which makes snipers practically dominate...Oh, another thing...the bullet drop and speed of this game is...it's...it's just dumb. Not even 100 yards out and it just drops so hard, or the target moved out of the way because you know...apparently, you are playing with nerf darts in this game, that's how slow bullets travel.

Another thing is...If you are rank three and don't want to pay them money...you're going to get murdered by tanks and planes...a lot...because all you have is a rifle...which does nothing to them. So you have to grind out match after match of either losing, or getting destroyed and barely winning.

So yeah, if you play it, have fun from ranks 1-3 against evenly matched teams on maps that support 20 people and have 20 people.
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505 of 832 people (61%) found this review helpful
31.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Early Access Review
Drove a bicycle into a wall and died. 11/10
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23 of 28 people (82%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Early Access Review
The most frustrating game I have played in a while.

I am really interested in Heroes & Generals. I love the concept as well as the throw back to old WWII shooters like call of duty and battlefield 1942. There are forever a few major flaws in the game which I cannot stand.

1. The game progression is way too slow. You are barely rewarded for kills so I tried spending most of my time capturing points. But even with a descent KD ratio and number of caps, I only seem to get 200-300 XP out of a game. Since it takes 6000XP to reach level 4 from 3 and the class I am interested in (paratroopers) requires level 7 the grind is just too long.

2. The action moments are few and far between. This game is a lot of fun when you get on a kill streak and you are working as a team. But I spend most of my time respawning, running between shortness of breaths and getting killed almost as soon as I get in the fight. Taking a jeep only makes you a bigger target from what I've experienced.

3. Unbalanced. You cannot have fun when you are up against tanks, snipers, and dive bombers when all you have is an M1.

4. Unintuitive. There are a lot of things that don't make sense. For example why can't you switch loadouts between deaths? If the loadout isn't working in a certain scenario i.e. against tanks, why can't I change my loadout or character?

5. Clunky movement. The movement is not meant to be crisp like bf4 or cod, I get it. But I think ithe responsiveness is excessively slow. slowing down, jumping, even running into a doorway is difficult in this game.

6. Money. Just like the latest episode of South Park on fremium games: this game is barely fun unless you sink money into it to get the good weapons and classes.

The game is still in beta and I hope some of these issues will be addressed. But as it stands now, I find the game rather unenjoyable. Which is a shame because I love the concept.
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38 of 59 people (64%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Early Access Review
This game has some decent foundations, but you'll quickly realize it's just a clunky pay-to-win mess. Some of the mechanics are okay, some aren't; shooting is decent, hit detection is atrocious, and the sheer number of hits some people can survive is bizarre. Are people paying real money for armour that lets them become bullet tanks? I hate this game.

Red Orchestra 2 is better in just about every way; better shooting mechanics, hit detection, graphics, ambiance, gritty warzone feeling, spawning, capturing, everything. Red Orchestra 2 is the game to play if you're looking for WW2 combat. Everything you do in that game is a struggle for control of the battlefield and every kill, suppressing fire, and advance is satisfying and helpful for the entire team. Heroes and Generals completely fails to have that in-depth feel.

Strangely enough, I was excited that this game would be MMO and you could traverse the Western Front and choose where to battle, but you can't, it's not an MMO, it's just done in map instances. Even Red Orchestra 2 has more players per match. Way more. Play Red Orchestra 2 instead of this, you won't be let down.

Oh and, Heroes and Generals is pay-to-win. Enough said.
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
79.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Early Access Review
If you like running people over with bikes, chasing people with a shovel, whistling for no reason, and over dramatic deaths play it its a free to play :D
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33 of 51 people (65%) found this review helpful
36.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Early Access Review
Trees are the real enemy.
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28 of 43 people (65%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Early Access Review
Great idea badly put together.
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32 of 52 people (62%) found this review helpful
35.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Early Access Review
Extremely pay to win, but still a somewhat fun game if you are in the right match with even teams.
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27 of 43 people (63%) found this review helpful
50.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Early Access Review
I tried this long ago and enjoyed it but the lag was killer!!! However as a relook back into the game has been warranted i have found the issues of lag to be corrected and am absolutely enjoying the hell out of this game!!! They have done a real nice job with it overall and look forward to upcomming patches to see where it goes!
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34 of 56 people (61%) found this review helpful
140.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Early Access Review
Heroes & Generals is personally one of my new favorites. You're probably wondering, "Why do we need ANOTHER WWII first person shooter? There are hundreds to choose from already!" Yes, while many WWII shooter games are available, this one brings some new aspects to the table. The first thing I praise the game for is its historical accuracy. The guns, the soldier design, the buildings, the battle areas, all of it is so realistic I sometimes forget I'm even playing a game. The graphics are beautiful, but on the downside, the game is poorly optimised as it is still in beta stages. The way you unlock and get new weapons isn't anything unique, a level up and gain experience to unlock weapons system, but I feel the system is very well balanced, unlike many other games. Recently, there has been a lot of conflict about if this game is pay to win, or P2W. My personal opinion on this is that it's more pay to PROGRESS not pay to WIN. A player who earned their weapons and earned the upgrades will still do better than a person who just joined and poured money into getting the perfect weapon. Even though weapon stats help, the game is still more about skill than the right gun. Everybody has their own play style and their own favorite guns and favorite upgrades, there really is no meta. Paying to unlock items in the game is more of saving yourself the grinding. In the game, you can fight for the Axis or the Allies on the western front. The soldiers you can choose from are infantry, tanker, figher pilot, paratrooper, and recon. All the types of soldiers support eachother and play a major roll in the victory. If you play for a while, you can move your soldier up to a general, and command armies to different cities on the map to help lead your side to victory over Europe. Other than minor optimisation issues, I have no problems with this game. It is one of the better WWII first person shooters I've seen out there. The game is free while in beta, so go download it and join the fight!
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36 of 60 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Early Access Review
The whole game is designed to present you with the choice to grind for days to fully customize a single weapon or pay for it through microtransactions. Game also has a killcam that reveals your killer. Putting this one down and not coming back.

Would not recommend to anyone.
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25 of 42 people (60%) found this review helpful
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Early Access Review
Such an amazing game, a game were it demands you to use team work and use your surroundings as cover. Finally a World War 2 game which makes you feel like your actually in the war. There is a lot of weapons to choose from and classes which are the Infantry with normal assault rifles such as the M1 GARAND, the Tank Crewman which uses tanks in the battlefield, Paratrooper which comes in from the sky's and gets right in the action, the Recon which uses snipers from a far range from the battlefield, and the General which commands the war in which way to go and who to fight next.

You can choose which side your on when you start to play, you can choose either the Germans or the Americans. The Americans get the M1 Garand as the starting gun and the Germans get the Gewehr 43. You can then start to level up your character from there on and unlock new weapons such as the Thomson for the Americans. Just that you have to grind your way to the new ranks because it is pretty hard to level up, the best way to do it is to get defence kills by staying at your flag and getting kills on whoever comes to take the flag from you.

I would give this game a 7/10 just because there is some minor issues with the game, but hey it is in Beta stage.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Early Access Review
Drove a bike into a river and it caught on fire and exploded killing both me and my squad..

biking simulator 10/10
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29 of 51 people (57%) found this review helpful
26.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Early Access Review
Another grind my gear/sniper heaven/freemium

Could have been fun but the above just ruins it.
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
35.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Early Access Review
Signed up, put some money into it to buy tanks. Server comes down for maintenance, go to log back in, queue for a match, get logged out to read iv been banned. No help or word from their support team. Gameplay itself is fun and i personally like it and recommend people try it. However i cannot in good conscience recommend spending any form of money on this game, especially if you can get banned without so much as a peep as to why. That aside it is fun for what it is and i'm still playing on a second account, but i wont be putting in any money again and i advise others not too either.
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51 of 94 people (54%) found this review helpful
49.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Early Access Review
Sumary of the story: Germany wins. Always.
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18 of 31 people (58%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Early Access Review
Drove a car over a rock, car exploded.


Still its pure freemium. Its a bit of fun but dont expect to progress far without spending your hard earned cash.
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22 of 39 people (56%) found this review helpful
134.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Early Access Review
A very good game, with lots of exciting opurtunities. It is very clear that a lot of work has gone into this game, and I can't wait to see what happens in the future! Good graphics, excellent guns and a phenomonal WWII feel!
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