In 2012, the developer of Mount & Blade: Warband – Napoleonic Wars, Flying Squirrel Entertainment, announced that it was a new U.S. Civil War-based project called Battle Cry of Freedom. It looked like an extremely ambitious company, with large 5×5 km maps, historically accurate weapons and uniforms, totally destructible environments and support for 500-player online battles (!), All of which can help explain why it took almost a decade to do it. to finally appear in Steam.
Please note that it is not yet on sale, nor does it even have a release date: the listing is strict, so fans can "want the game and follow the page to receive notifications whenever new information is available." . But the fact that it is there is in itself remarkable. Flying Squirrel has been posting fairly regularly developer blogs on its website since 2012, but the launch of the Steam page is the game’s biggest and most public breakthrough since it was announced.
Battle Cry of Freedom still sounds the same as in 2012, with multiple types of weapons and ammunition, realistic projectile physics and a variety of features for players ranging from basic infantry to engineer, surgeon and even any musician: you can become a fifer, drummer, or clarinet and play “historically accurate songs,” if that’s how you want to shoot. However, it does not want to be a detailed military simulation: The Frequently asked questions he describes it as "a mix between Mount & Blade and the Total War series", saying it aims to combine "a realistic, skill-based combat system with the enormous size and tactics of epic warfare".
The battles of 500 promised players have come out, however: instead, the Steam page says that up to 300 people will be able to go face to face "in a completely destructive and realistic Civil War combat environment." which will still serve for some quite strong conflicts.
Battle Cry of Freedom is currently expected to be released in 2022, and while you wait for this to happen (hopefully), you can learn more about the game at fsegames.eu.