GROUND BRANCH

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  • GROUND BRANCH

In GROUND BRANCH, you will play as the elite paramilitary arm of the CIA's Special Activities Center/Special Operations Group (SAC/SOG) and lead other special operations forces through challenging deniable ops all over the globe. With deliberate, calculated and unforgiving gameplay, GROUND BRANCH aims to be the true rebirth of the tactical realism genre of the late '90s and early 2000s. Powered by Epic's Unreal Engine 4, GB puts the "tactical" back in "tactical shooter"—no compromises.

TRUE FIRST PERSON



GROUND BRANCH's unique True First-Person System improves world immersion and awareness of your surroundings, providing zero disconnect between your view and your character's physical presence in the environment. See your foot sticking out of cover? Better tuck it in—enemies may be able to see it (and shoot it) too, but only if their line of sight and muzzle are verifiably unobstructed. Cameras are placed at the character's eyes and bullets originate from the weapon's muzzle. In GROUND BRANCH, what you see is what you get.

A minimal HUD with multiple optional elements ensures that vital information is available, but never a constant obstacle to either immersion or your field of view.

▶ UNPRECEDENTED CUSTOMIZATION



Say goodbye to pre-defined kits and fully customize your character and gear from basic appearance and outfit to in-depth vest and weapon platform customization, down to individual pouch and attachment placement. What you bring to your mission is determined only by your loadout choice, with realistic consequences: With the upcoming encumbrance and stamina system, too much equipment will impact your character's speed and performance; place a scope too forward on the rail and your sight picture will be too small; bring a long rifle into CQB and weapon collision may prove a hindrance.

Forget unlocks, microtransactions and loot boxes. Ground Branch operators get all the right tools for the job straight away—courtesy of the Agency.

▶ OPERATE, COOPERATE



Whether in 8-player co-op or 8v8 adversarial game modes, GROUND BRANCH's unforgiving gameplay makes careful and calculated teamwork essential. Gather your teammates and practice in full-featured training areas, including shooting ranges with dynamic targets and customizable killhouses. Integrated VOIP with both 3D positional voice and radio ensures full communication capabilities with no need for third-party software. Text chat and pre-recorded voice messages (commo rose-style) also available for the mic-less and the shy.

Prefer single-player? Missions with friendly A.I. and a full command systemare fully planned.

▶ BE IN FULL CONTROL


In the tactical shooter realm, movement and weapon handling are king. Take full control of your character with standing, crouching and (soon!) prone stances—each with multiple movement speeds—as well as unique weapon postures (including low- and high-ready), leaning and stepping out, free-look (head movement independent from aim), customizable and optional free-aim (dead zone), dedicated mouse sensitivity sliders for point-shooting/unmagnified/magnified aiming, and all-around highly configurable key bindings.

You can also choose between speed reloads (drop magazine) and tactical reloads (retain current magazine) on the fly.

▶ ADDITIONAL FEATURES
(both working/in-process—marked √—and planned)

Missions

 

  • GROUND BRANCH's unique "campaign" format will deliver smaller, more localized sets of missions based around global hotspots, with a centralized intelligence interface to monitor them and receive new mission orders over time. The choices you make along the way may affect future engagements.
  • √ Based on unique environments all over the world, the non-linear mission and map designs offer multiple entry points and open-ended outcomes.
  • √ Enemies are spawned at mission start, with a degree of randomization to quantity and location. No "monster closets" or magic enemy spawns based on player location or mission progress.

 

Multiplayer

 

  • √ Ready Room: A physical multiplayer lobby where you can plan your approach, see your teammates' loadouts, test weapon configurations on a firing range and jointly select insertion points.
  • √ Full—and free—dedicated server support. Host a server wherever you want!
  • Create your own unit patches and attach them to your character's sleeves and headgear.
  • Full support for MP ladders.
  • After-action review (AAR) following each mission/round.
  • Server-side options.

 

Miscellaneous

 

  • Full mod support.
  • √ No gear unlocks, hit markers, kill confirmations or score pop-ups.
  • Weapon bracing/supporting.
  • √ Varied arsenal: Multiple handguns, submachine guns, carbines, assault and battle rifles, machine guns, DMRs, sniper rifles and explosives to choose from, with selectable ammunition type (e.g. full metal jacket, hollow point or subsonic rounds, smoke grenade color etc.).
  • √ Map variation: In addition to day and night versions as well as weather variation, maps have small details that can change between rounds, such as doors and windows that may be open, closed or blocked.
  • √ Unlimited loadout save slots.
  • √ Item sharing/dropping/pickups.
  • √ Accurate ballistics with penetration, bullet drop and stopping power simulation.
  • No regenerating health or health packs: Administer first aid to non-lethal injuries for reduced combat effectiveness.
  • Location damage model: Expect visible injuries and consequences, such as limping, reduced arm function, and/or hits to stamina and accuracy. Players immobilized from a non-lethal injury can stay in the fight.
  • Carry teammates to safety to administer first aid—or to safely recover their ammo, gear, cargo or body if they are no longer alive.
  • Appropriate and realistic playable female characters.
  • √ Partial controller support (configurable).

 

GROUND BRANCH Version 1030.1 Build ID: 5556979 (client) / 5556987 (dedicated server) Download size: 99.5 MB (client) / 57.1 MB (dedicated server) This Build Update details the first patch for GROUND BRANCH V1030, now live under your regular (non-CTE) game install. ℹ️ What about CTE? In case you are wondering: GROUND BRANCH CTE will not be used for a while, so if you need to free up some disk space, go ahead and uninstall it. Patch 1030.1 is primarily a server/networking fix, but has several othe...

2020-09-20

GROUND BRANCH version 1030 Build ID: 5514975 (client) / 5515031 (dedicated server) Download size: 5.6 GB (client) / 398 MB (dedicated server)⚠️ NOTICE ⚠️ This update will completely wipe your saved game settings, but not your item builds – although we strongly recommend manually deleting all folders in …/Documents/GroundBranch. That is necessary to ensure certain updates and items do not conflict with old files. Sorry for the inconvenience! It's been a long time since version 1029, and if you ha...

2020-09-10

⚠️ NOTICE ⚠️ This update will completely wipe your saved game settings, but not your item builds or loadouts. That is necessary to ensure certain updates do not conflict with old files. Sorry for the inconvenience! CTE Update #003 is, we hope, the final testing build for version 1030. There have been plenty of optimization passes and bug fixes, some content and effects updates, UI/HUD improvements and more. Let's go over the highlights: What's new Performance optimization Dynamic lighting and ma...

2020-09-05

We got a new update out for GROUND BRANCH CTE. Not sure what GROUND BRANCH CTE is? Click here. This is a relatively small update, so we'll simply list the main things to look out for, test and give us feedback on. What's new? Engine changes to load additional DLLs required by Steam dedicated servers. This should make dedicated servers usable again, but we need broader testing to make sure, so let us know and be sure to hop on our Discord if you need help setting yours up. Improved server/client ...

2020-07-23

⚠️  NOTICE ⚠️ These release notes are for the 1030 testing build, not to be confused with the actual (and upcoming) 1030 release. If you have been looking closely, you may have noticed a new app showing right underneath the regular GROUND BRANCH entry in your Steam Library: {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/4016748/2c40b3edbad6fb2adcf136fbafc34395780824d2.png GROUND BRANCH CTE (Community Test Environment) is a separate install for those who want to test updates before the actual, official release. Test updates...

2020-07-14

PC SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

MINIMUM SPECS:

Minimum:

 

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 7 SP1 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-2500K or AMD FX-8350 or better
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 or AMD Radeon HD 7850 or better
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 30 GB available space

 

RECOMMENDED SPECS:

Recommended:

 

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-4790K or better
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290 or better
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 30 GB available space

 

MAC SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

MINIMUM SPECS:

Minimum:

 

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

 

RECOMMENDED SPECS:

Recommended:

 

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

 

LINUX SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

MINIMUM SPECS:

Minimum:

 

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

 

RECOMMENDED SPECS:

Recommended:

 

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

 

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