It was three weeks ago that the Kickstarter for the World War Two multiplayer shooter Battalion 1944 blew past its initial Â£100,000/$145,000 goal, yet it’s only today that developer Bulkhead Interactive got around to announcing stretch goals. The good news is that a single-player campaign is among them. The bad news is, it ain’t gonna happen.
The single-player campaign will be added if the Kickstarter achieves Â£1.2 million/$1.67 million in funding, which is awfully optimistic given that it’s currently sitting at Â£253,000 with less than a week before it’s over. Anything is possible, I suppose, but Â£1 million in six days? Sorry, no, I don’t think so.
There are more achievable goals on tap, however. At Â£250,000 the game will get enhanced particle effects, Â£275,000 will see the addition of the Currahee bootcamp map inspired by Band of Brothers, and Â£300,000 will buy a competitive D-Day map, which are always fun. For Â£325,000, the British will join the fight, with their Lee-Enfields and their Stens, and at Â£400,000 the Soviets will bring their burp guns to the party.
As for that crazy single-player stretch goal, the studio said that it’s been a â€œmassive requestâ€ from the community, but if you want it, you’re going to have to pay for it. â€œWhilst the heart of Battalion lies in the multiplayer experience (which will always be our core focus), we would consider adding a single player campaign if we reached Â£1,200,000,â€ it wrote. â€œGood single player campaigns arenâ€™t cheap to make, thereâ€™s no â€˜add single playerâ€™ button for us; it would cost a lot of time and money to make, hence the large funding goal.â€
Fair enough, then. The Battalion 1944 Kickstarter comes to an end on March 3.