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10/30 Major news on H&D2
10/19 Official site updated
10/10 More H&D2 news
10/09 New poll results
10/04 Major Site changes
10/02 Part 3 of the Q&A
10/01 Poll results
10/01 Part 2 of the Q&A
9/30 Questions & Answers



Major News on H&D2
Monday 30th October 2000
 

As promised we have sack loads of new information about H&D2, we have no new screenshots but plenty of mouth-watering information.

INTERFACE

The first thing that will come as a blessing is the new tactical map, they have made some major changes to it since the days of H&D. Instead of having to wait of a separate screen that can take a while to load up, pausing the action, Illusion have built in a new tactical map that at the touch of a button opens in your control interface. The tactical map and interface are on one screen, you can switch between them by pressing one button, making it easier to control the soldier.

MISSIONS

Their will be 24 missions, in 7 campaigns, set in Africa, Burma, London, Normandy, Czech borders and Germany, some tactical like in H&D, Some of them are story driven where you play with one character, Gary Bristol. It all ends with an epic battle between the SAS and the KGB that leads us on to the cold war.. Every mission will be set in a different environment and all have a different goal, and each of these goals is a step towards the goal of the campaign. You will be able to actually take off and fly planes in various missions, here is an example of one of the actual game missions.

Example: You control a six engined Messerschmitt 30023A - A big transport plane. You're flying through a big valley and you are attacked by British fighters (because of your German markings) The flying missions in single player are mostly limited, because you can not fly from the level. However in multiplayer it will be possible to get a plane, fly away and attack from the air.

MISSION EXAMPLES

1. Daylight missions in woodlands. You have to sneak your 4-man squad into an enemy compound and crawl into the back of a truck. This then drives you into a base where you have to infiltrate the camp.

2. Your men have to board a battle cruiser (see screenshots) and eliminate all the crew before you send a signal then plant magnetic mines all over the ship and sink it.

3. Your ship crashes into an iceberg, which the Germans are using as a survey base. There is a submarine docked at the base, you must break into the base, and steal the sub.

Other features include the ability for your character to swim which should have been in the first H&D and FFF/DB, but the inclusion of the ability to select your gun position as either H&D style of FFF/DB style gets my vote as the best change, and we have the assurances that you will never fall through the scenery in H&D2.

MULTIPLAYER

With games like Teamfortress 2, all the new unreal mods and not forgetting counter-strike, H&D2 needs to come up with something special if its going to be serious multiplayer competition to all the above, and from what we know its certainly taking no prisoners.

Their will be the classic H&D co-op style of play that we all love allowing 4 players (number of players not yet confirmed) to team together and play the whole game from start to finish. Then we have the new types that follow closely from games like Counter-strike and Quake such as deathmatch and capture the flag. But there is more, one of the more interesting mulitplayer modes will be the stealth games, now these do sound fun, here is an example:

One team guards a base and in the base is either an important prisoner or artefact, the other team all equipped with silencers and other stealth goodies have to enter the base and steal, kidnap or rescue the required object or person. I can see stress levels running high on this one.

We hope this whets your appetite for what is sure to be an astounding game, we will be bringing you more info and an exclusive video after our trip to Take2 next month.

Most of this news was obtained from PCGamer magazine, they also have some new screenshots from the game in this months edition.


Official Site Update
Thursday 19th October 2000
 

The official Hidden and Dangerous website was updated this week, the update includes 2 new H&D2 fan sites and a brief press release. There is also a link to 2 new exclusive screenshots, but don't get too excited about them as they are not that exclusive they have been on this site for over a month now. Anyway its worth reading the news as its not often updated at the moment.....
.click here to view it now.


More H&D2 news
Tuesday 10th October 2000
 

Thanks to Fugue (our head news sniffer) we have more great Hidden and dangerous 2 information. Some of this new info clears up a few of the debates regarding missions and locations. Go and read it here.


Poll Results
Monday 9th October 2000
 

Latest poll results:
We asked Should H&D2 have more, or less cut scenes than H&D1

More cut scenes than H&D1 = 56.7%
Less Cut scenes than H&D1 = 0%
The balance in H&D1 was perfect = 43.3%

Thank you for voting, new poll up on the forum


Major Site Changes
Wednesday 4th October 2000
 

We have made some changes and expansions to the site this week. The changes are as follows:

1. The link to the news is now index1.htm and NOT news.htm (for those who link direct to the news page.
2. The home page has now been removed and replaced with "The War Room" This page features on the true history of the regiments that fought during WWII. It will include some amazing true stories from the front line. We have opened the page with a look at the SAS.
3. The War Quiz page is now called competitions. The war quiz is still running but we have added another competition to go with it. Check it out here.


Q&A Part 3
Sunday 2nd October 2000
 

The final part of the Questions &Answers has been uploaded, we hope you all got the answers you wanted, and for all those people who's questions we were unable to answer, we will be running another one in the near future.
Plenty to talk about on the Forum, get over and join in the conversation you don't need to register.


Poll results
Sunday 1st October 2000
 

Here are the results of the last poll, we asked...What type of missions would you like to see MORE of in H&D2?
You voted:
Stand off missions ( you hold out against waves of enemy) 37%
Assault missions (you have to attack an enemy base) 37%
Stealth missions (firing your gun is not allowed): 10%
Vehicle missions (You spend most of the mission in vehicle): 0%
Search missions (you have to find a hidden item): 3%
Demolition mission (you have got to blow up an objective): 13%

These results have been sent to programmers. New poll is up on forum


Q&A Part 2
Sunday 1st October 2000
 

The second part of the questions and answers is now available on the F.A.Q. page, this one includes new information about the lead character Gary, and some interesting news about vehicle weapons. Check it out here
More answers to follow next week.


Questions & Answers
Saturday 30th September 2000
 

Well the exclusive answers to your questions have arrived, we have opened the F.A.Q. page to display them all. We have uploaded the first 5 questions and answers, more will follow tomorrow when I get time. If you want to discuss the answers do so at the forum. I can tell you that some of these replys from illusion sound fantastic.








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