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World War 2 shooter Hell Let Loose is free to play on Steam this weekend

Hell Let Loose, the first-person shooter from Black Matter Pty Ltd and Team17 Digital Limited, aims to capture the chaos, intensity, and desperation of World War 2 through massive 50 vs 50 multiplayer battles. If an intense firefight across iconic maps sounds like your thing, the developer has opened up free play for everyone on Steam this weekend.

Devoted to its roots, Hell Let Loose puts a strong emphasis on historical realism. "Placing you on real-scale iconic battlefields of World War II is at the heart of the Hell Let Loose experience," says the official description. "Historical vehicles, weapons, uniforms are intricately detailed, and the combat is as brutal and bloody as it was on the day. Combat takes place on huge, to-scale maps from real battle locations, recreated using archival aerial photography and satellite imagery in stunning detail using Unreal Engine 4."

The free weekend follows on the heels of the Omaha Beach D-Day Update, the game's third update since it entered Early Access in June. As the name suggests, the update adds the Omaha Beach map to the roster, unfolding with 50 players at sea attempting to land while the other 50 attempt to riddle them with bullets. The attackers will then have to make their way across the beach and its extensive trench network, eventually fighting through fields and villages.

The Omaha Beach map is accompanied by a new mode: Offensive. Instead of protecting a single sector against the enemy forces, Offensive tasks the defending team with holding two strongpoints per sector line, forcing the group to fall back and defend a new frontline if both strongpoints fall. Strongpoints cannot be retaken once lost. To win the battle, the defenders must hold the line for 30 minutes. Black Matter plans to test the new mode on the Omaha Beach map before bringing it to the other battle zones in future patches.

Hell Let Loose is free to play on Steam from now through 6 p.m. BST on Monday, October 14.