World War II Multiplayer FPS “United 1944” Closed Beta Begins on 19 May

Developer Novarama has announced that their upcoming multiplayer FPS United 1944 will conduct its first Steam closed beta from 19-21 May. During this time , participants will have the chance to play United 1944 for 4 hours per day.

Set late in World War II, United 1944 is a 16v16 multiplayer action strategy game where you will “scavenge for resources, craft weapons, find enemy intel documents, establish outposts, and destroy all enemy bases…” presumably by also blowing stuff up and shooting people in the face. The environment maps confirmed to be in development so far include the theaters of North Africa, France and Russia.

Here’s the official breakdown of United 44 from Novarama, followed by the latest trailer:

In United 1944, soldiers and civilians will fight together to take the last stand. Domination takes more than being a good marksman, as you’ll have to work together to scavenge for supplies, fortify your HQ, defend outposts, and craft your arsenal if you’re to win the final battle. Overcome your adversaries by using the resources you gathered to build defensive walls, set mines, and block streets with barricades.

There are no predetermined classes in United 1944, so you’ll have to evolve your playstyle to your team’s needs through an open-ended skill tree during each match. Mix and match over 40 abilities across skill trees for engineer, recon, sharpshooter, explorer and support roles. Become a spy when night falls, or a sniper from the rooftop when the new day dawns. Maybe you want to stay out of the frontlines and focus on crafting medicine to heal your teammates. Create your own fighter to help turn the tide of war!

With a dynamic day/night cycle, dense cities where every building is traversable and offers unique lines of sight, and 18 weapons ranging from improvised rifles and makeshift shotguns, to classics such as M1 Garand, MP40, Kar98k, and many more period appropriate firearms, United 1944 seeks to offer the most immersive take on WWII battles yet. You’ll have to use the entirety of the war torn maps to gain a strategic advantage by skillfully traversing rooftops and tunnels while cleverly taking advantage of the time of day to gain the upper hand.

You can request access to the United 1944 closed beta on the game’s Steam page here. The game is expected to receive a full commercial launch on PC later in 2023.

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