Heroes & Generals is a Free2Play Massively Online FPS with a Strategic Multiplayer Campaign, set in the midst of World War II Europe, where the United States, Germany and the Soviet Union all fight each other for control.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (27,454 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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July 2

Free Independence Day Veteran Membership!

To help our American friends celebrate Independence Day this Fourth of July, we’re giving everybody a voucher with a free 24 hour veteran membership!

Voucher is valid until Monday 06JUL15, 0400 EDT / 1000 CEST (click to see when this is in your timezone).
So make sure you use the voucher BEFORE this time to start your free veteran membership.

NB: If you already have a running veteran membership, the 24 hours will be added to the end of it.

Voucher instructions
  • Launch the Steam client.
  • Log in
  • Click the Menu button (cog wheel) in the top right corner
  • Click on the “Redeem Voucher” button
  • Paste or type in the voucher code “ID2015” (first letter is an i like in independence :-D ) and click “OK”
  • You now have 24 hours of veteran membership added to your account.

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July 2

Walker's Wild Weapons! Incoming M1/M2 Carbine and....... StG44 :-D

Rumors have been flying! Whispers heard at night in the barracks. BUT NOW the wait is almost over! 2 new weapons shows up in the Walker update! The American M1/M2 Carbine and the German StG44! These much requested high tier weapons will soon be available to enjoy!

The next update is called ‘Walker’ after the American Major General Fred L. Walker, and here these new weapons will be available!

German Sturmgewehr 44

This is one of the most iconic weapons of World War II and is a truly fearsome beast. Sturmgewehr means “assault rifle” and that is just what it is for – Assault! It fires a shortened down version of the normal German 8×57 IS round called the 7.92x33mm Kurz (short). This gives it less power and range than the rifles firing the full-sized 8x57IS, but it more than makes up for this with a 30-round magazine, selective fire (choose between full and semi-automatic fire)

Once you start unlocking the upgrades for the StG44 you will be able to modify it to your personal taste, and that includes fitting a ZF-4 scope with the T-Post reticle on it.

American M1/M2 Carbine

A selective fire version of the M1 Carbine, called the “M1/M2 Carbine”. This was used on the Western Front when an upgrade kit was sent to the front to convert the existing M1 Carbines to selective fire to help counter the firepower of the German StG44. It uses a 30-round magazine and can be equipped with a low-power scope.

The M1/M2 Carbine can unlock and mount an M84 scope with the T-Post reticle.

With this update we are also introducing selective fire on the weapons that had this feature. Selective fire means that the user chooses whether to fire semi-automatic single shots or go full automatic. You can see by the bullet icon below the name if the weapon has selective fire like this M1918 Automatic Rifle.

Below is a list of the weapons with selective fire capabilities
  • M1918 Automatic Rifle
  • Thompson M1A1 SMG
  • M1/M2 Carbine
  • MG34 Light Machine Gun
  • Sturmgewehr 44 – StG44
  • Fallschirmjägergewehr 42 – FG42
NB: We haven’t forgotten our Soviet brothers and sisters, but unfortunately the transport time from the factory to the front took longer than expected so their new toy did not make it in time for the Walker update, but fear not. We have something really nice on the way for the Soviet faction as well and we’ll get it ready as fast as we can.

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About This Game

Heroes & Generals is a Free2Play Massively Online FPS with a Strategic Multiplayer Campaign, set in the midst of World War II Europe, where the United States, Germany and the Soviet Union all fight each other 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
1,880 of 2,231 people (84%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
32.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Early Access Review
DO NOT - DO NOT - DO NOT INSTALL THIS GAME. Even if you're playing with friends. Even if you want to spend money on it. DO NOT DO IT. This kind of game CANNOT BE SUPPORTED.

With the latest patch, people who do not outright buy weapons and equipment have to grind 300-400% longer for their gear. You need thousands upon thousands of hours to buy the equipment needed to even compete in this game now. Reto, the company who develops this game, admits their intention to make it impossible to get gear other than to spend money on it and offer NO EXPLANATION OR JUSTIFICATION outside of that. They are basically admitting to treating the majority of their consumers like dirt and are not even trying to shy away from that fact. They know it, they know that we know it, but all they care about is $$$.

Basically, the biggest slap in the face you can imagine. Not even EA can match this level of dastardly.

This kind of behavior is unacceptable and other developers needs to know this kind of attitude towards customers and consumers is UNACCEPTABLE. This game NEEDS TO DIE in order to get that message through. Please rate my review positively in order to get more visibility.
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267 of 314 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
77.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
Early Access Review
I started playing a week or so ago and LOVED this game. The ability to actually hide in bushes, no big name tags over enemy heads giving away the hiding spot, camo working the way it does in real life, making you hard to see. The leveling system WAS pretty cool ranking up ribbons and gaining levels to unlock new class like tanker and paratrooper all the way to general. And of course the persistent war that was run by players at officer level allocating resources and assault teams to be fought out by the players. I liked the no third person view in a tank but being forced to see through the vision slit, or pop your head out of the turret hatch for a better look and pray nobody popped ya...

The game gave way, WAY more xp for capturing and holding control points rather then kills and the plenty of ribbon upgrades (that unlock all the vehicles, weapon mods, and special traits) that were not tied directly to combat would gain xp by you doing smart things in the game, like moving slowly, crouching, picking up teamates in transport vehicles, sprinting etc...It was a nice blend of realism and fun with plenty to do. The grind was pretty steep, but it did not bother me to badly, I was unlocking things at a nice pace and was enjoying the game so much I paid money to unlock the Tiger I and bought a 30 day "premium" account.

Then they destroyed it. Unannounced and buried in the patch notes as "Ribbon drivers adjusted" and mentioned NO WHERE else was a 75% NERF to ALL XP GAINS!!! The game was already a steep grind, now, its damn near pointless to play. There are about 35 ribbons, all of which unlock things in game, and the estimate given by the developer was "200 hours of game to max out ONE stinking ribbon..." also, ribbons are not shared between your characters, so your tanker, your pilot , your para-trooper have to grind them all individually....Not to mentions there are three nations and nothing gets transferred between those either...

I've never felt so spit upon by a developer before, seriously, I've never cared to write a review before, but folks, I gotta tell ya the sad truth, this is a game with a ton of potential, and some unique and fun qualities, but I would NOT recommend starting the game as new player now, you are gonna face nothing but players with almost/all unlocks already completed and you will be in for a grind of, literally, THOUSANDS of hours before you are even competative. Which means you won't have any fun playing the games biggest draw the "war" until then as well...

Go play world of tanks, war thunder or red orchestra 2 instead....what a shame...
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103 of 125 people (82%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
1,869.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Early Access Review
Dev managed to completely ruin this game with the latest update. Both fps and strategy side is poinless to play with the time consuming and annoying restrictions in strategy part and turning it to a grindfest fps wise.

The idea was promising, the combination of rts and fps is unique, the attitude and greed of the devs is unbreable. Do not waste any time with the recent build, wait for the rollback or forget it.
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75 of 99 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
173.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Early Access Review
This game used to be alright. Then they implemented the V-Build (most recent version), and everything went to hell. There's an aspect of this game called "ribbons", which allow you to unlock weapon upgrades and badges to give you perks in combat. In the V-Build, Reto (the developers) reduced the amout of Ribbon XP gain by 75%. This makes it really hard for paid players with Veteran (the game's membership" and boosters (increase ribbon XP gained) and downright impossible for free players to unlock higher tier upgrades. Older players now have a huge advantage, as they have weapons new players will no longer be able to earn unless they pay money.

If the Ribbon nerf introduced in the V-Build is removed, I will write another review praising this game, as most of the other aspects are in fact fun. However, as it stands now, new players shouldn't even bother downloading this game if they don't plan on spending real money to advance.
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45 of 54 people (83%) found this review helpful
524.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
Early Access Review
I used to love this game. I used to tell buddies about this game to come try it, hell, I even almost got my girlfriend to play with me not too long ago. I was actually really excited about this game's future.

But this last update I just cannot recommend the game anymore.

Before this last patch I used to put up with the moon gravity, the subpar optimization, and the borderline 'P2w' concept, because I liked the devs and I paid a little to support them here and there.

But with the latest 'T' build, they nerfed the ♥♥♥♥ out of XP ribbons and grinding for something like the next tier of tanks is almost impossible... Unless you pull out the credit card.

Want that Easy Eight? $10, or dedicate hundreds of hours to get it. To get ONE tank out of all the career choices, all the tanks, and ALL of the factions you might want to play.

Want that fancy Pershing? Or Tiger? Or IS-2? $20 bucks or grind even MORE!

This just isn't a good business model, I understand F2P games need support and funding to keep going, and I was doing just that before the change. But to change your business scheme after you've racked up a decent playerbase is pretty lame in my eyes. Not to mention that these guys hardly even mention anything in the patchnotes about the ribbon nerfs... They just nonchalantly tell us to ♥♥♥♥ off and if we don't like it, well tough sh*t.

I was as loyal as they get to Reto and the game, check my hours. But I'm done until fixes are made, and I'm sure as hell not supporting actions like that.

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