In an effort to streamline the flow of information, increase transparency, and stop the rumor mill within the community, we will be publishing monthly (or bi-monthly) press releases titled Focus Fire. These press releases will detail what is happening or has happened within the community, current community efforts, as well as upcoming changes and announcements.
Current Community Efforts
Survival Operations is proud to announce a new community program: Survival Operations Player of The Month. This will be a player, regardless of gaming platform, that has gone above and beyond the norm to help the community and its members. Do you know a friendly Day-Z player who is always helping fresh spawns? Do you know someone in MSO who takes the time out of their gameplay to always help the newest members adjust to hardcore mil-sim? Did your buddy create some ARMA mods or maps that SO is using?
If you know someone deserving of this award, please nominate then below using the Below form. Nominations will remain open monthly from the 1-5 of the month. Once the nominations are received, members of the officer, director and admin corp of SO will vote on who they believe is the most deserving of the award. Prizes will vary from month-to-month. The nomination period will last first the first 5 days of the month (this month being 1 - 5 June) and voting will take place in the following days. Most months, winners should be announced within 72 hours.
Its that time again ladies and gents! Another Sig of the Week competition has been posted on the forums. The theme for this SOTW is LASERS
If you are interested in participating, be sure to check out the details in the SOTW #3 post. Good luck, have fun!
To celebrate the release of the Game of the Year edition of Rising Storm, Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad will be FREE for one day. That is right FREE, not a free-weekend but free to own forever. So for a 24-hour period, you will be able to download and keep the game forever.
By navigating to steam store page and downloading the game AFTER the promotion starts and BEFORE it ends (the promotion will last 24 hours), the game will be free to keep forever!
It is now available for FREE on steam for 24 hours only - Grab it now! To claim your Red Orchestra 2 gift, all you need to do is install it. If you dont install, it goes back to its regular price and you miss out! The offer ends April 24th at 10AM Pacific Time.
Remember that whilst Red Orchestra 2 gives you full access to the Russian setting it will only give you limited access (limited class selection choice) to the Pacific follow up, Rising Storm. Rising Storm itself will have a regular free-weekend this weekend as well.
Sony Online Entertainment has raised the curtains on its next project, a massively multiplayer online game called H1Z1 that is set in a post-apocalyptic world. SOE president John Smedley suggested that the game would be available for play soon, via a tweet.
According to SOE, the free-to-play game will see players fight for survival in a world ravaged by the fictional H1Z1 virus. Set 15 years after the initial outbreak, players will face the infected, wild animals, and other survivors. The game will include scavenging and crafting elements, and SOE president described the game as a sandbox style of gameplay, allowing players to craft shelters and fortresses.
The main thing that differentiates H1Z1 from the other great games in the genre is the emphasis we are putting on player ownership and building. We want you to be able to form roving gangs that are headquartered out of an abandoned warehouse that you have taken over... or a house you have built from scratch after having cut trees down and secured the resources to make it.
Our focus is building a sandbox style of gameplay where players can build shelters out of resources in the world, he says. They can even work together to make amazing fortresses complete with weaponry to help defend against both the Infected and other players. Players also have access to a very deep crafting system that can let players make a huge variety of awesome stuff, including weapons and things like Molotov cocktails, explosives… and other fun surprises.
as with PlanetSide 2, players will eventually be able to submit their own creations for inclusion in the game. The main thing that differentiates H1Z1 from the other great games in the genre is the emphasis we are putting on player ownership and building, says Smedley. We want you to be able to form roving gangs that are headquartered out of an abandoned warehouse that youve taken over... or a house youve built from scratch after having cut trees down and secured the resources to make it. We are giving players the tools to make their own towns, camps and defenses, and they can decide how to set up their base (which is in the world, by the way, not instanced). Were building in all the social features youve come to expect from an SOE game (grouping, proximity voice chat, voice chat for your gang, and many other cool social features).
Check out some gameplay and interview footage from Game Talk Live: Exclusive H1Z1 Gameplay Footage with John Smedley
GameSpy Technology, the Glu Mobile-owned service that provides multiplayer functionality for thousands of games on console, PC, and mobile devices, will be shutting down all of its hosted services as of May 31, according to the company website. The once-common Powered By GameSpy slogan will no longer apply, and could potentially affect hundreds of game titles.
Introduced in 1999, GameSpy was integrated into more than 1,000 games from more than 800 developers and publishers; including EA, Ubisoft, Gearbox, Nintendo, Konami, Capcom, 5th Cell, Koei, and more! This featured multiplayer matchmaking, leaderboards, and cloud storage across platforms including Android, iOS, Nintendo DS, Mac, PS3, Playstation Vita, Wii, Windows PC, and Xbox 360.
Various publishers are handling the shutdown in different ways. In a forum post, Bohemia explained that: This is going to affect multiplayer in our games that use Gamespy for matchmaking, cd keys authentification and NAT traversal from Arma: Resistance to Arma 3. We are planning to introduce an alternative solution using Steam to Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead and Arma 3 users. Other games (Take On Helicopters, Arma 2, Arma 2: Free, Arma, Arma: Cold War Assault) will have more limited multiplayer experience with loss of server browser, cd key authentification and NAT traversal systems. That said, direct IP connection to servers should work even after Gamespy services are no longer available.
You can view the complete list of affected game titles on the GameSpy tech website.
Activision: Activision wont be affected
Bohemia Interactive: Yes, we are aware of GameSpy issue and we are very near to [finding] some suitable solution, but I cant tell you more details at the moment.
I am proud to officially welcome you to the newly launched version 2.0 beta website for the Survival Operations Gaming Community! Please keep in mind that this is a BETA launch, so bugs are expected, and development is currently ongoing.
As we grow and our users become more familiar with the new website, we will be looking to the community for content and feature ideas, for the community as a whole, as well as portal specific features and content (EX: the MSO portal has an enlistment feature that no other portal has).
In addition to the launch of the new BETA website, the forums will be going through some changes throughout the week as well, moving to a new structure (re-arranging categories, groups, and permissions a bit), and may see some occasional downtime due to this maintenance.
With the launch of the v2.0 website, Survival Operations will be recruiting staff for specific portals, graphics designers, writers, developers (php, java script, html, css), and more! Stay tuned for more information related to job openings, requirements, and how to apply!
We would love to hear your feedback. comments, concerns, and bug reporting in regards to the new website. If you have time to drop us a line, please do so in the v2 Beta Website Feedback thread. Looking forward to growing, and seeing what you all have to say!
Meta, Survival Operations CEO.