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 (27,290 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 1

Tank and vehicle balancing in coming Walker update

We have pulled performance stats for all vehicles and looked at how they perform in game and we’ve been digging through our forums and the Steam discussions to gather as much community feedback as possible, and now we’ve rolled this into a great big balancing pass for armored vehicles (and AA cannons).

The next update is called ‘Walker’ after the American Major General Fred L. Walker, and here these tweaks, fixes, etc. will show up. Keep reading for more details on what is being improved.

Here is a list of the changes to each of the vehicles affected. We’ve included images as well for those of you that might not be 100% fluent in the different factions’ tanks.

Panzer III, ausf. J – Medium Tank
  • Increased reload speed to more realistic values
  • Aligned AP ammo down to US/SU counterparts in the same caliber
Panzer IV Ausf. H – Medium Tank
  • Aligned weapon ammo multipliers up to meet US/RU counterparts
T-34/76 Model 1942 – Medium Tank
  • Aligned Speed, Acceleration and Turn Speed down closer to US/GM counterparts
  • Aligned APCR ammo multipliers down to correct specs.
T-34/85 Model 1944 – Medium Tank
  • Aligned Speed, Acceleration and Turn Speed down closer to US/GM counterparts
IS-2 Model 1944 – Heavy Tank
  • Aligned Acceleration down closer to US/GM counterparts
SU-85 – Tank Destroyer
  • Aligned Acceleration down closer to US/GM counterparts
M4A3E8 Sherman – Medium Tank
  • Adjusted Weapon ammo multipliers down a bit closer to historical data.
Hellcat – Tank Destroyer
  • Armor set to correct values, some plates were too thick.
  • Acceleration buffed to more correct values
Anti-Air weapons
  • All AA weapons tweaked and adjusted to make them more balanced
  • All AA made more effective against planes

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June 23

Factory Map changes coming in Walker update

While we are still hard at work getting the Walker update ready for you all, it is time to lift the curtain and reveal some of the awesome new features this update brings! The update is called ‘Walker’ after the American Major General Fred L. Walker.

A map that has been around for quite a while is the Factory map, and this time Reto.Desji managed to find time in between his other very secret work to give it a makeover, addressing a lot of the major and minor annoyances on the map, as well as adding a solid handful of new tweaks to improve the level.

We’ll go through the changes here in a quick list and then below you can see the devstream from June 19th where Reto.Desji and Reto.Gargamel show all these changes in magnificent moving pictures!

B-line – The Main Gate
The updates on the B-line mostly serve to help the attackers avoid getting pushed back to the Access Point too easily.
  • Access-point B1 is now a radio post on the mountain. Attackers can take B2 quickly and then continue the attack on the Factory Gate (B3).
  • “B2″ now has an AA-position which can be used to suppress the mountains, to avoid enemies shelling it from the mountains & hills
  • “B2″ redone and moved a bit back to prevent enemies from shelling it from afar.
  • “B3″ is now the main factory gate buildings (formerly B2)
  • Additional cover added between Access Point (B1) and Factory Gate (B3)
  • Additional cover between added between Factory Gate (B3) and Objective 1

Screenshot above shows Access Point B1 with Factory chimneys visible in the distance.

A-line – The Train Tracks
  • Access Point completely redone and moved closer to Train Platform (A2), this helps attackers gaining momentum, as this line was previously too difficult to attack
  • Additional cover added to the area around the Access Point
  • Additional cover added between Access point and Train Platform (A2) to make firefights more fun for infantry
  • Added a bunch of props in A2 capture zone to make it more interesting, and enlarged the capture zone
  • Added ladder to the roof of A2 to create more dynamic flow
  • Storage Hall (A3) capture zone extended to include entire storage room
Objectives – Assembly Halls ‘Anton’ & ‘Berta’
  • Assembly Hall ‘Anton’ (O1) capture zone extended to include entire room
  • Assembly Hall ‘Berta’ (O2) capture zone extended to include entire room
  • O2 vehicle spawn – Fixed flipping emergency tank spawn to stop vehicles flipping over
Devstream #36 – June, 19th, 2015
Starting at 6m 20s Reto.Desji and Reto.Gargamel go through and show the changes to the map, so press play, sit back and enjoy!


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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
1,710 of 2,040 people (84%) found this review helpful
4 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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741 of 873 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
133.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
Early Access Review
- Installing the game
- Played 133 Hours
- Spend 40/50€ in item & subscription (to support devs team)
- Stop playing (4 monts) because IRL
- Try to reconnect, password failed
- Try to recover password, failed
- Mail at support ... 8 Days for answer

Support Answer (short version) ?

you made a typo in your email address (Gmmail.com with 2Ms ).
If you no longer know your password, you can not retrieve it.

See you soon on the battlefield !

Soit's like ... Thank you for your money, and now back off !

Game removed succesfully !
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212 of 254 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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251 of 333 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Early Access Review
Such an obvious pay2win game. (or you waste half of your life for leveling up)
- No anticheat;
- No balance;
- No tank limits;
- More than 10uero for useless premium per month.
Play till 3rd level then suck a bunch of male reproductive organs or delete it and buy Red Orchestra 2.
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71 of 89 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,829.5 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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