TO4: Tactical Operations is a round based fast-action first person shooter with classic controls. Built using the Unreal Engine 4 – Welcome to TO4!
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Note: This Early Access game is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you should wait to see if the game progresses further in development. Learn more

What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We chose to make this game Early Access due to the fact we are not a big studio. We are a small group of enthusiastic gamers who like those old, easy-to-learn-hard-to-master online shooter games. Let's call them "Arcade Shooters", for old times' sakes.
We decided to lay the foundations of the game we love before we released on Steam's Early Access, this means that we are releasing a stable version of the game, but it's not complete by all means, it still requires a lot of work mainly visuals and content.
Early Access will enable us to build a player base and an enthusiastic community for the game, as a byproduct we can potentially find more talented individuals to get involved in the development of the game.
The main thing we would like to communicate: We are going to make this game with the active player base involved, we will be developing the game while we play. This is how we have been doing it in the closed alpha stage and we intend to keep to that during the Early Access stage.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Early Access of a game is not a punishment. It's a fully playable fun game. With features and elements that will make the game stand out from the rest. It just needs more content and polish (work on changing the current placeholders for unique content). Early Access lets the community play the game and give feedback, it also gives the development team a good advertorial to get new talented developers who can contribute to the project.

Our Early Access is the follow up to our Closed Alpha phase which ran for 4 months. We are aiming for at least a twice that period of time in Early Access. Our aim is to release the game somewhere as soon as possible. We will have various closed/open alpha sessions.”

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

“When talking about leaving Early Access, it's best to talk about additions, features, and the overall vision for the game. The full version of the game will contain much more content. More maps, extra characters, more weapons, etc. But the most important difference will be that we are currently working (while in Early Access) with placeholders for animations, sounds, environment models, etc. We plan on replacing those with unique content and further polishing the game during development.

So the full version (not the final!) will be more about quality and quantity as the foundations are already in place. After this full version, we do intend to keep working on the game and bring more content to it.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Currently, the game has most of its basic gameplay functionality and is fully playable.

The Early Access version contains
  • Seven competitive maps with various themes and objectives
  • A variation of 14 buyable guns, divided between the two teams
  • Two teams both with 1 or 2 playable characters
  • Fully working settings menu, in-game server browser, chat functionality, hit stats during gameplay.

The Game modes for Early Access
  • Hostages rescue (both teams possible)
  • Bombing and defusing scenario
  • (Team) Escape scenario
  • Terminal or other objective hacking
  • Team Deathmatch

The things you need to know about this Early Access version
  • The game is multiplayer focused. There will be no single player experience in the Early Access version.
  • Some menu’s and overviews are still rough. They work, but they might lack that intuitive feeling and attractive look that you might expect.
  • Some features are implemented but might need tweaking (weapon balancing, economy balancing, map layouts, etc.). Feel free to give us feedback on that!
  • The maps are currently built with content that is not unique to the game, we did try our best to make unique environments on every map. We hope to enhance that unique feeling more in the future.
  • As developers, we also play the game, feel free to say hi when you see the TO4 tag in-game.

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

“This game in its current state and for the foreseeable future is free to play.”

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

“It's easy for you to give us your feedback about the game, we are open to suggestions, criticism, bug reporting and your support via our discord community hub and our website (with a forum and bug tracker). On our Discord Hub we will keep you up to date with development news and discuss the road ahead of us as well as building a healthy community around the game.”
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November 18

Devblog #13


Going Forward!
TacByte
Hey everyone, welcome to our devblog #13. Before we delve into the blog we want to say that despite the lack of DevBlogs we are still developing the game, we are investing a lot of our time and effort into this project and we are getting ever closer to an Early Access release date.

If you would like more information then you should consider joining our Discord server, there we will answer your questions and give other updates about our development. Currently, we have 750+ Members, so come and chat with us.



Closed Stresstest
TacByte
Let's start with some good news. In our Discord, we have the "TheFirst100" group (The first 100 Members to join our Discord server) and this group will get access to the game in December 2018. This means we can open the game to a larger testing group and they can finally play the game, we know it took such a long time. If this test goes well and our systems are robust enough we will expand the testing group sometime in the new year. We are sorry that we can´t grant access to everyone right now, Please remember this game is not finished or nearly finished yet, we've invested a lot of time getting TO4 to this point and now its time to allow more players to try/test our game with us, We are looking forward to having more people giving us their views and or criticisms of the game. Primarily opening our game up to a bigger group will enable us to test the performance of our servers/clients under a heavy workload. This test should also show assist us to balance our maps and help us to make adjustments where needed. More details will come when we are close to the test.



TacByte team changes
Jack M & Skyline
Our Discord members have already noticed that we have two new members "Skyline" and "Jack M" in our Tacbyte Crew. Some people maybe recognize "Skyline" due to the fact he was part of the project in its early stages, "So welcome Back Skyline". Now we have 3 coders, that's awesome news for us at TacByte, furthermore, he is familiar with the project and he has already started working on the game. Jack M is our Sound designer, he prepares and edits the projects Sound files so they can be implemented into the game, up to yet we didn´t have a Sound designer and we are glad that "Jack M" has joined our crew "Welcome Jack M". The full potential of his sound design will come out when we have added FMod to the game. We are still working on that.



The unraveling of a planetary sized constricted ball of hair aka our Code
TacByte
That's how Skyline described our code, of course, it isn´t as bad as it sounds, but it is kinda funny and worth repeating in the blog. This is just a part of our development when we started this project our knowledge of Unreal Engine 4 wasn´t as good as it is now. We grew with every problem we solved. So some parts of the code that are working need to be rewritten, in the end, it's better for all of us, a clean code will help us when problems arise, then we can find and fix them easier and quicker. There was also a tremendously work at the code that was put in by TH120 & DarkSoe, it's not possible to show that, but you will feel it when the game will run buttersmooth in the end. The Viewers of the last Livestream saw that we suffered a lot of server crashes, that has now been fixed, small error big impact, however, there are plenty of bugs left to fix/find, so let's leave that to our Dev team and Alpha-Testers, On a side note we would like to thank the active Alpha Testers for their work on TO4, Thank You. Now let's move on to some new Features that have been added to the game.Main Menu, Crosshair Editor, Shell-Out, Gameplay



Main Menu, Crosshair Editor, Shell-Out, Gameplay
DarkSoe & TH120
The Visual of the Main Menu remains the same but the plugin that we used has been replaced with our own code, now it's our own Menu, we wanted to hold off replacing it but we had a lot of complications working with the old menu plugin so we thought no time like the present. We have also added a Basic Crosshair Editor, nothing super fancy but it does the job for now. We have also added an alternative Weapon Hud, some of our Alpha Testers liked it some didn't. Take a look at the picture. We added a Shell-Out animation to all our Weapons, so when you're firing a gun you see the empty shell ejected from the chamber and the shell falls to the ground and remains, it also makes a sound when it collides with the terrain. Fine tuning is still needed but it works and gives the weapons a better feeling. We made some gameplay changes to the hacking and bomb scenarios. Now you can defuse or hack (same panel) with a maximum of 2 players at the same time to speed up the hacking or defusal. This is only something we are testing and we are not sure if it's a good idea or not. What do you think?

Please Visit our Website for the Screenshots



Map work
Ssswing
The maps Scope and Blister suffered from some scaling issues and didn't match the performance we needed for the game. Our new versions have Tacbyte's own style, they are a lot bigger and the performance of the maps has been greatly improved. All of our Alpha testers are really happy with these changes, since the gameplay on it improved drasticly. It is difficult to do comparison screenshots because both the maps are really different now, but take a look at the pictures from November 2017 and November 2018.
Check out our Media Section (High Resolution), we have recently updated it with new Screenshots, or just check it here below (Low Resolution).

The Map-Prelude had some minor visual changes. It's now a more damp forest, with reflective pools, muddy tracks and a more tense feeling to it.

We are also happy to mention a new map (WIP name: FollowTheMoney), its a smaller map focused on 2vs2 and 3vs3 gameplay. The mapshots are from a very early moment. In the mean time we are working on RapidWaters and Converge to increase performance and gameplay on these maps.


Please Visit our Website for the Screenshots


New Weapon Animations
slayer5530
Slayer made you some new Eyecandy to look at and the Special Force finally gains its correct MP5, our Silenced MP5A2 is out and the original MP5SD is in, we know you wanted it, obviously the Terrorist still have the MP5A2.

Please Visit our Website for the Videos


Introducing TO4ST
DarkSoe & TH120
TO4ST is our "Tactical Operations 4 Server Tool" this addon to the admin panel will enable the server owner to configure the server in many ways, for now, DarkSoe has been working on TO4ST Weapons. So you can create Servers that allow or disallow certain weapons on the server, as an example, you could set up a server which ONLY allows Sniper rifles and Pistols, TO4ST will also Auto Buy set items at the beginning of each Round. Currently, you can only make these changes in the Servers Config file, but this will change in the future and this function and any future admin functions/options will be added to the Admin Tab. We can´t wait to see Desert Eagle only servers again.



Final Words
TacByte
We hope you enjoyed our Devblog and we hope we took away some of your concerns or doubts about out develoment, we are steady working at the game. Some more news about this very soon. Again we mention: feel free to join our Discord channel and join our growing community!

Thank you

TacByte


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October 6

Livestream today!

Hey everyone,

we'll be doing a livestream today at 2:30PM EST / 20:30 CEST. We have some new things to show you, see you later!

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About This Game

TO4: Tactical Operations brings back those nostalgic feelings you know from the early days of online shooters. We love that sheer easy-to-learn-hard-to-master attitude. The fun of playing with friends in a game where you need tactics, ammo clips, bravery and perhaps a bit of luck.

Game Modes
TO4: Tactical Operations brings the game modes that we all know. Team play on every map with bombing (and/or defusing) scenario’s, hostages rescue, the hacking of important assets and escaping with the whole team before the other team finds you. And most important, if you don’t succeed in one of those objectives, you always have the classic Team Deathmatch.

Playing the game
The game is a classic round based game. At the beginning of the (timed) round you can buy weapons, armour, and grenades with the money you have earned the round before. When you and your comrades are all geared up, you will find yourself in unique worlds where you will have an objective. Complete the objective, wipe out the entire other squad or let the round time run out. The choice is up to you. But it will reward you with stronger weapons, good map rankings and good long fights.

Key elements
The movement of TO4: Tactical Operations is something unique. The game is fast, an almost arcade-like feeling in a realistic world. carrying a knife, pistol or rifle, your movement speed will not differ. Jumping, crouching, swimming, climbing ladders, you are in control of the direction you take. Gunfights you ask? Well, we do have a lot of guns in the game, and each has a unique feeling to it. You will find yourself switching between your 3 weapon inventory slots to win that 1 v 1 battle with an opposing player. Firefights take longer, you will not die instantly from only one shot. But the better your aim, the faster your opponent will go down.

Multiplayer
TO4: Tactical Operations development is focused on multiplayer gameplay. We love to play versus real people and not unimaginative bots or learnable AI, we have made this easy with an In-game server browser to help you find a good place to have fun with friends and other players or to find the most challenging game for your level of gameplay

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

This Game may contain content not appropriate for all ages, or may not be appropriate for viewing at work: Frequent Violence or Gore, General Mature Content

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ i3-4340 @ 2 x 3.6GHz
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD RX 550 or Geforce GTX 660
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-2500K @ 4 x 3.7GHz
    • Memory: 12 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD RX 480 or Geforce GTX 1060
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
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