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Foxhole is a massively multiplayer game where you will work with hundreds of players to shape the outcome of a persistent online war. Players ARE the content in this sandbox war game. Every individual soldier is a player that contributes to the war effort through logistics, base building, reconnaissance, combat, and more.

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Key Features

Player Directed Warfare - Every soldier is controlled by a player. Players ARE the content

  • Sandbox warfare, where players determine the narrative of a long term war
  • Players drive every element of war, from weapon manufacturing and base building to strategy and combat.
  • Emergent strategies and tactics make every part the war feel unique
  • Your presence stays active in the world even after you've gone offline


Persistent Living World - Join hundreds of players in a shared, war torn universe

  • Conquer and relinquish territories in a back and forth, high stakes conflict.
  • Execute long term strategies that take days of planning, changing the tide of the war with minimal casualties
  • Join an alternate timeline universe where the great wars never ended and the world has been in conflict for over a hundred years.
  • Play as a persistent character throughout the war, gaining notoriety and influence among your faction


Realistic Tactics & Combat - Tense and cerebral battles that keep you on the edge of your seat

  • Capture and setup supply lines to keep your front line well equipped
  • Ammunition, resources, and information are limited, requiring players to work together to survive
  • Dynamic battle conditions: Use the time of day and terrain features to gain an advantage
  • Top-down, tactical combat where skills and strategy matter more than stats or XP points


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DISCLAIMER: All of the content below is heavily conceptual and may never be in the game. All Images and Text are stand-in. Please read this before taking the images out of context!

A Hex World (Pre) Post-Mortem

It’s out. Update 26 is out. At least (as of this writing) in its infant form. I remember like six months ago, concepting ideas for this monster of an update. Even though I know in my heart, this is my fault, and it tested me in ways I hadn’t been before. My job changed from ‘make content’ to ‘manage content’ for most of this cycle. I was Organizing, scheduling, planning the pipeline, overseeing quality control and lore consistency. No doubt, it was a change of pace.

I had to train a couple more people on our level design process and set dressing rules. We brought on Leon and HB to help out and—along with Max who I dropped into a fire and built foundations for all eight of the new maps—these boys put in the work.

Like a good map dad, I took the responsibility of assembling the new borders and reformatting the old maps. It’s important to understand how complicated this all was. The Unreal Engine doesn’t like non-square shapes (at least when it comes to the landscape). Stitching together 23 maps with 52 shared borders was a task I underestimated. I knew it would be tough, but it was so much more involved than I’d expected. Any of you guys who hopped onto the dev branch and followed along with the bug fixing process learned some sense of it—thanks by the way!

As with these significant updates, there are times when you think, “oh shit, I don’t think we can pull this off.” But of course, you steel yourself and push forward through the sludge and make it to the other side. To boot, we did it on schedule with no crunch, something I’m very proud of.

Looking forward, what’s in store for the maps? I’m not sure. I don’t expect we’ll see too many new maps for a while, but I do expect more in the future. We will continue polishing and adding to the maps until 1.0 and beyond, so if something doesn’t meet your expectations, have patience. Foxhole is still in early access, and for update 26 pumped out 8 maps and reformatted 14 old ones in ~ 2 months. It’s insane.

Tracking bugs was a fun process. For maps, in general, it can be a complicated task. Several times, while HB and I were doing bug passes on borders, our work was inexplicably undone, and we couldn’t figure out what happened. Once, after a border was edited, entire sections of a river went missing. We knew it hadn’t been deleted, because the process of doing so by accident would have deleted other assets in the area as well.

So to help understand who was doing what, we drew this map on the whiteboard to track borders and small tasks. When things get to this scale, there’s no guidebook for how to run things, so you adapt and keep going. Eventually, everything stabilised, but that first devbranch release, whew boy.
Anyhow, I hope you enjoyed a little bit of my musing on this update 26 map post mortem. For those of you who always yell for more lore. More is coming, in new and digestible ways. That’s all I can say for now. Godspeed and be always be foxy to one another.

There and back again: A Developers's tale

Hello fellow Caoivaians, I thought I’d give a deep dive into how we landed on some of the design choices that you’ll be seeing in this update. As mentioned in the Foxhole DevStream 63, the first visual conception of the logistics revamp was a large industrial themed area that would include huge warehouse buildings with several bay doors to really sell the idea of a logistics center.

This area included the factory, refinery, storage depot and the new logistic warehouses. These would be interactable structures for creating and picking up shipping containers. Everything would be handled completely in the UI and would not exist in the world as a physical object. We made this logistics center huge as we assumed there would be a lot of traffic coming and going in this area. In some rare cases these areas even included a full shipping dock complete with multiple cranes to sell the look of a shipyard.

The cranes themselves at this point were initially static objects similar to the current construction yard and depending on time, were going to animate them. As we continued to test and move forward with this concept we ran into a lot of snags. The area itself was just too large and made it very difficult for the level designers to make an area have its own identity. In some areas it literally just wouldn’t fit, it was about the size of a Port base, so you can imagine trying to all of a sudden cram that beefy boi in many maps. After seeing a few of these in the world, we discovered that they all looked similar.
Luckily from this idea, the concept of the crane was born. Once seeing the rough models of the shipping dock we sat down and seriously asked ourselves, “Can we make the crane a player controlled vehicle?”. We watched as Phil began to fill with excitement and dread, because he knew it would be his problem to solve. As the conversation went on and the excitement over a physical crane became a reality, so too did the droplets of sweat from Phil's brow.

Once we knew we were moving forward with the crane we put Julian to work on the concept. While Julian designed the look and style I went to work on a block-in 3D model. We knew that with this vehicle it would require a lot of testing and that some questions for the visual design would be solved in prototyping with a 3D model. In the beginning we opt’d to keep the 3D models fast and loose cause we knew things would change a lot through all the testing.

With the 3D models we wanted to test a lot of things at once: how it moved?, how big will it be?, what style of crane arm would we go with? The earliest version of the crane looked like something out of an arcade crane game but we knew it would help us get the answers we needed and it would be one step in getting us to the final asset.

With every test we got a little closer to what became the final design.

It was this that last version you see there that we landed on the scale and that fact that it was going to be a telescopic arm. Height is always something that is very tricky to get right in foxhole. So with the final few adjustments made to the 3D model block-in and with a more clear concept design finished we moved on to the final testing stages before completing the model.

In the end we were all very happy with the way it turned out, with a huge effort on several of the team members it was a pretty great feeling to see the crane finally working in game.
As we tested and worked on the crane asset we still had other questions to answer, like: what was it going to move? How do we use it in foxhole? These questions became easier to answer after we figured out why we wanted and loved the idea of the crane. Foxhole is a tactical game, things being physical is what makes it cool. The idea of logistics and the amazing visuals that inspired us all were extremely tactical in nature. And so the construction yard was birthed. Like most things we didn’t nail this on our first try, it took us a few shots. The first step that we needed to take was figuring out what it was going to be used for, at first it was just for shipping containers.

We made so you would need to interact with this small building to create and remove shipping containers into the real world. The shipping containers would fill the blocked off space in the back and then populate based on the construction yard becoming filled to its maximum. But this still didn’t quite feel quite hands on enough. Sure there was more of a real world visual representation going on but it was still somewhat “magical” in its design. Also by this point we had come to the realisation that it was more than just shipping containers involved in what we were attempting to design. We wanted more, that is logistics after all. So going back to the drawing board we tested the possibility of shipping and storing vehicles. This conversation opened up more needs for logistics and influenced the design of a few more assets moving forward.

So we expanded the storage depot, had Julian work on a concept of a more construction yard feeling, construction yard and began testing the size restrictions and constraints of shipping vehicles, containers and field artillery. With these changes we also made the shipping containers now a physical, buildable, object that you need to move and place at your leisure. Once tested, it all started to really feel good, like it was coming together and so we started toward designing the visuals for the final versions.

The last two vehicles of this update were the flatbed and the freighter. Visually they were actually the simpler thing to design and needed the least iteration. We always knew we were gonna have both these vehicles from the beginning of designing this update. We just had to make sure the visuals and the scale were appropriate for foxhole. Both of these beasts were very large and needed to work with the world as it is, so we tested logistic runs and made sure we adjusted scale where needed and moved forward with the final designs.

This update has been quite the adventure but as I’ve said before, I love this stuff ;). Hope you guys enjoy this update as much as I have had working on it.

The day before Update 26


We're on the eve before Foxhole's biggest update yet. I'm very nervous about this update and stress levels have been at an all time high. These are usually good signs because they mean that progress is being made for better or worse. Regardless of how development may seem from the outside, I can tell you that the dev team has pulled off not one but several huge technical and design feats for War Machine that wouldn't have been done if we weren't willing to take some big risks and leaps of faith in our ability. The unified map screen allowing the entire world to be viewed at once in real time, the map streaming and border travel technology, a fully functioning physical crane, and the massive undertaking of building 23 seamlessly connected regions are features far beyond what we pulled off previously.

A few years ago we outlined our vision for what Foxhole should be and even though we've taken a few steps back at some points I feel like everything we've done in Update 26 is taking big swings towards the proper direction. The push towards a more singular and unified world, a more tactile and collaborative logistics game, and a return to player agency with the removal of the Port Bases (i.e. safe zones) are all things that I'm happy to bet the game on, regardless of the outcome. If we end up screwing up its not because of the an incorrect direction or a lack of ambition, but perhaps the execution or some risk item that bites us in the ass. This update is exciting to me not only because of what it's offering now but because of the momentum it's bringing to the project.

This fall we are hoping to revamp the intelligence game in a way we've always dreamed of doing so and then toward the end of the year we will be completely revamping the base building game from the ground up. In between we will be touching on other areas as well like combat, medical, and logistics. In all of these areas, expect to see changes that are in the spirit of Update 26, which is a focus on player agency, tactile gameplay, and collaboration. Foxhole will never be the same after War Machine hits tomorrow. See you all on the other side.


That wraps up another Dev Blog. Be sure to check out our Foxhole Dev Stream for more information about upcoming features. If you have any burning questions you want answered be sure to tweet them to @Matt directly on Discord or Twitter, if your question gets selected it will be answered live on stream!

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Devblog 67: Building a new world Part 3


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Will you ever add the ability to tow field artillery and field HMGs with Trucks, or maybe other vehicles? I never understood why that wasn't present.

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Fabulous game

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The community has improved from last year-- However, the issue still lies in the conflict of interest of the community management partaking in the game as an organized clan and swaying the game to their favor in every world conquest.

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I very very like the mutiplayers onilne game.I almost become a realistic soilder .Fantastic exprience.

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This is the best, most unique, addictive and creative tactical game I ever play. Really addictive and enjoy the community.

You should try the game. Try it, and you will know that you will vote this game for best indie.

Thank you for listening my explaination.

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Game is pretty chill. Devs have their own fav clans and host events for them. And when they host public events, it's for the popular clans or streamers.

I wouldn't say they "don't care" about the other players - but there's that vibe though.

Bugs are crazy. Landmines can't be removed, vehicles get stuck on the gate, people do a crouch bug and become near impossible to shoot, others can levitate and become a levitating god who can shoot while avoiding gas/nades/tank shell/shotgun/bullets, you got to reload 2-3 times under duress because of the reload bug, if you're a passenger on an APC - you've got a 10% chance of being recruited to the space program, it's impossible to see anyone in bushes even if you're right next to them, you can warp thru trucks and people can carry trucks at times.

They're not interested in fixing what they have. They've made that clear in the last dev stream.

Still - I dedicate a lot of time to the game because of a few people I met in the game. They're really cool, and small teamwork allows you to have loads of fun and kick a lot of ***. So there's that.

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Oh you play the pre-alpha version lol

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