Red Orchestra 2 Free on Steam to Keep Forever - Update

Red Orchestra 2 Free on Steam to Keep Forever - Update

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For 24 hours, everyone will be able to permanently unlock a copy of Red Orchestra 2 in their Steam libraries.

Update 2: That's all folks! The game has returned to its discounted price of $9.99.

Update: The free period has officially begun, head over to the game's Steam store page to add it to your library by the end of the day!

Original Story: "Free weekends," that is, making certain games free for all players to literally "try before they buy" for a limited time are nothing really new for Steam titles (especially multiplayer ones), but, the team behind Red Orchestra 2 is doing one better, allowing users to play the game for free, and then keep it forever, provided they add it into their Steam libraries at some point during April 23 (tomorrow). This is somewhat similar to the way Valve gave away Left 4 Dead 2 last Christmas.

Immediately following this period, Rising Storm - Red Orchestra 2's expansion pack - will be getting one of the aforementioned free weekends, where it will also be available to purchase at a discount. A very crafty business move any way you look at it - give away the vanilla game for free in the hopes that people will like it enough to buy the expansion.

"If you've been trying to convince a friend to play Red Orchestra 2 with you, there will be no better time than tomorrow!" said a developer, on the game's official Steam community page.

To unlock the game, you simply need to "add" it to your library from its Steam store page during the 24 hour period - you do not have to download it or play it for it to register.

A very nice gesture from Tripwire Interactive. I played Red Orchestra 2 when it first came out, and while it was too hardcore for someone who'd grown up on Quake, I'm sure fans of more realistic military shooters would appreciate it. But hey, can't complain about a free game!

Source: Steam

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Oh damn, I bought it when I could have gotten it for free! D=

I mean, sure, I bought it a few months after it came out, but it's FREE now! Dammit!

The game would be much more fun if the devs were focusing more on delivering quality content than cash grabs. Yes, RO2 is free, but the vast majority of RO players play the non free expansion Rising Storm. Unless you pay for it you get only "rifle access" (you can only use 1 class and your experience points are not recorded).

It's not my kind of game.

I prefer my games to be more 'fun', less 'work'.

The whole 'arcade vs simulation'.

It's free? Likely going to sit in my "Never played" statistic for a while, but hey, it doesn't cost me anything.

Also, the second digit of today's date is three. I think I'm on to something there, Valve!

Must not be up yet. It's still showing as $9.99 for me. I'll probably pick it up and try it because free. Thanks for the info

Either the free-ness hasn't happened yet or Valve have reached a new level of exchange-rate-madness where $0.00 = £6.99. I probably won't play the game but it can have a loving home in my backlog of games that will not be played until 2020, they'll appreciate the company I'm sure.

AWAR:
The game would be much more fun if the devs were focusing more on delivering quality content than cash grabs. Yes, RO2 is free, but the vast majority of RO players play the non free expansion Rising Storm. Unless you pay for it you get only "rifle access" (you can only use 1 class and your experience points are not recorded).

Even if the game isnt all that quality material I think that the "play the expansion for free with some limitations" is a really fucking good deal considering that in most cases you cant try anything. Its basicly a demo that isnt limited by time.

And even for RO it makes some sense, in WW2 there were probably a lot more regular infantry men then there were specialized units so the free players fill those slots nicely.

AWAR:
The game would be much more fun if the devs were focusing more on delivering quality content than cash grabs. Yes, RO2 is free, but the vast majority of RO players play the non free expansion Rising Storm. Unless you pay for it you get only "rifle access" (you can only use 1 class and your experience points are not recorded).

rifles are the only good gun in RO 2.

This isn't COD or CS, you are NEVER going to get close enough to use an SMG or even an AR. You'd get shot well before you get close.

The common distance of engagement is about 300-500 meters (150-200 in the smaller maps). RO2 is basically a hardcore sniper competition. Just like it was in real life.

So you are stuck slowly advancing and scanning the area for snipers. No HUD elements to help you either.

bullets? You have to check it periodically.

Who is around you? You have 2 eyes, use them. No color coded screen names over people's heads here.

scopes? scopes is for dedicated snipers. Who also get harassed more than a hot chick on XBL when someone wants the ONLY scope on the entire team. Better get used to squinting. Just like soldiers had to do in real life.

You have to count your bullets manually, you have to spot your own targets, you have to gauge your own distance, you have to tell who is friend and foe by yourself.

and keep in mind, veteran RO 1 players call this the casual mode. Yeah.

i tried this during a free weekend and it wasnt really my style, but hell free is the best price, at the very least this will only boost my already impressive (if i say so) 136~ games collection on steam, and who knows, if i stop playing FTL or TF2 long enough i might give it a second shot

game's still not free, guess itll become free later on

Ultratwinkie:

rifles are the only good gun in RO 2.

This isn't COD or CS, you are NEVER going to get close enough to use an SMG or even an AR. You'd get shot well before you get close.

The common distance of engagement is about 300-500 meters. RO2 is basically a hardcore sniper competition. Just like it was in real life.

So you are stuck slowly advancing and scanning the area for snipers. No HUD elements to help you either.

bullets? You have to check it periodically.

Who is around you? You have 2 eyes, use them. No color coded screen names over people's heads here.

scopes? scopes is for dedicated snipers. Who also get harassed more than a hot chick on XBL when someone wants the ONLY scope on the entire team. Better get used to squinting. Just like soldiers had to do in real life.

You have to count your bullets manually, you have to spot your own targets, you have to gauge your own distance, you have to tell who is friend and foe by yourself.

and keep in mind, veteran RO 1 players call this the casual mode. Yeah.

Well I have played 1190 matches won 818 and lost 372. My most used weapon is the MP 40 and I have an overall Kill/death ratio of 1.86. If you want to win and get kills don't camp, run from cover to cover, use the cover of smoke whenever available and always look to flank. To be honest it doesn't matter what weapon you use you will always get more kills by shooting from where people are not looking. The problem with R01 and R02 is not enough people worked out that a moving target is more difficult to hit and not to keep standing in the same place and shoot at the person who killed you standing there last time. They are waiting for you to move there again and already aiming at that point so you will always be at a disadvantage. You know where they are, change your angle and shoot them from where they are not looking. You can just ignore a lot of players by staying out of the obvious lines of sight. Its much easier to get into the objective and bayonet the people standing staring down narrow gaps.

josemlopes:

AWAR:
The game would be much more fun if the devs were focusing more on delivering quality content than cash grabs. Yes, RO2 is free, but the vast majority of RO players play the non free expansion Rising Storm. Unless you pay for it you get only "rifle access" (you can only use 1 class and your experience points are not recorded).

Even if the game isnt all that quality material I think that the "play the expansion for free with some limitations" is a really fucking good deal considering that in most cases you cant try anything. Its basicly a demo that isnt limited by time.

And even for RO it makes some sense, in WW2 there were probably a lot more regular infantry men then there were specialized units so the free players fill those slots nicely.

It's a game though, not a WW2 simulation, and you still get anihilated by flamethrowers, smgs, LMGs, snipers etc.
Appart from that, XP is not recorded, rendering it useless if you want to purchase the game on a later date when it's on discount.
My gripe is not that you can only use one gun, my gripe is that overall tripwire adopts policies of douchebag gaming companies, by using cash grab tactics and introducing balance affecting DLCs in RO but mainly in their other games as well.

Ultratwinkie:
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Thanks for the detailed guide, but I play RO1 since it was a mod for UT and RO2 for years, and while my K/D isn't extremely impressive, I like to think I know how to play the game quite well.

I bought the Red Orchestra Humble Bundle ages ago and didn't even install it yet...

Btw, it's just the MP. Though I don't really see the point in seperating SP and MP...

CriticalMiss:
Either the free-ness hasn't happened yet or Valve have reached a new level of exchange-rate-madness where $0.00 = £6.99. I probably won't play the game but it can have a loving home in my backlog of games that will not be played until 2020, they'll appreciate the company I'm sure.

It costs them exactly 6.99 to change the $ to a £ y'know!

Typing ain't free.

Seriously though game prices in the UK fucking suck.

It will be free 11:00 am Mountain time, if you don't know what timezone that is I don't care because it's the only time that matter to me :P

If Red Orchestra 2 is as hardcore as it sounds then I can't imagine the veteran players will be very happy about the mass influx of COD kiddies from this date forth.

AWAR:

My gripe is not that you can only use one gun, my gripe is that overall tripwire adopts policies of douchebag gaming companies, by using cash grab tactics and introducing balance affecting DLCs in RO but mainly in their other games as well.

How is selling Rising Storm a cash-grab though? They don't sell skins, weapons, ranks, XP or anything. What they are selling are two factions, complete with weapons and maps, that people spent years working on as a job, enough content to be stand-alone, for 20$. There were no balance affecting DLCs in RO, apart from the two overrated weapons you got for pre-order that you could have unlocked in 10 hours of normal play.

LiMaSaRe:
If Red Orchestra 2 is as hardcore as it sounds then I can't imagine the veteran players will be very happy about the mass influx of COD kiddies from this date forth.

The hardcores are probably still whining about the Humble Bundle players.

I've already got it and I bought the Rising Storm expansion. It's an alright game, pretty boring after the novelty of "super realism" wears off. It's a pity that Rising Storm has stuttered like a bitch for me since it came out of beta.

Total LOLige:
I've already got it and I bought the Rising Storm expansion. It's an alright game, pretty boring after the novelty of "super realism" wears off. It's a pity that Rising Storm has stuttered like a bitch for me since it came out of beta.

The stuttering was something that effected the original RO2 as well, I think its a programming glitch.

AWAR:
The game would be much more fun if the devs were focusing more on delivering quality content than cash grabs. Yes, RO2 is free, but the vast majority of RO players play the non free expansion Rising Storm. Unless you pay for it you get only "rifle access" (you can only use 1 class and your experience points are not recorded).

You do realize that two of the maps released and both of the new vehicles are for the base game right?
And that Tripwire doesn't charge for map packs.

CriticalMiss:
Either the free-ness hasn't happened yet or Valve have reached a new level of exchange-rate-madness where $0.00 = £6.99. I probably won't play the game but it can have a loving home in my backlog of games that will not be played until 2020, they'll appreciate the company I'm sure.

Daily and weekend deals start/end at 10AM PST so right now still an hour and a half out before it would start.

Clowndoe:
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Tripwire made a mistake in my opinion in how they released Rising Storm.
By integrating it to the RO2, they effectively slashed their player base instead of nurturing it. For RO2 players the game is held hostage because more than half of its new features is locked away and teased, along with more than half of the player base. There is also no reason why anyone should buy RO2 in the first place, since RS already contains it, so yeah it is a cash grab since most of the new players will also have to pay for RS unless they want to play in underpopulated servers with mostly bots.

Well, it's up and running ladies and gentlemen. Steam is also still up...For now at the least.

AWAR:

By integrating it to the RO2, they effectively slashed their player base instead of nurturing it. For RO2 players the game is held hostage because more than half of its new features is locked away and teased

They didn't cut it in half though: after the RS craze died down, there were once again tons of pure HoS servers full of people. Turns out they had the player base for two games after all.

objective secured

im legitimately surprised of the amount of games ive gotten for free via GoG and Steam, sure its not PS+ numbers, but these games are REALLY free, they cost you nothing and you can keep it forever

goddamit, why wast PC gaming this awesome when i was younger? back when i had the time to play all these fucking games

Ultratwinkie:

AWAR:
The game would be much more fun if the devs were focusing more on delivering quality content than cash grabs. Yes, RO2 is free, but the vast majority of RO players play the non free expansion Rising Storm. Unless you pay for it you get only "rifle access" (you can only use 1 class and your experience points are not recorded).

rifles are the only good gun in RO 2.

This isn't COD or CS, you are NEVER going to get close enough to use an SMG or even an AR. You'd get shot well before you get close.

The common distance of engagement is about 300-500 meters. RO2 is basically a hardcore sniper competition. Just like it was in real life.

So you are stuck slowly advancing and scanning the area for snipers. No HUD elements to help you either.

bullets? You have to check it periodically.

Who is around you? You have 2 eyes, use them. No color coded screen names over people's heads here.

scopes? scopes is for dedicated snipers. Who also get harassed more than a hot chick on XBL when someone wants the ONLY scope on the entire team. Better get used to squinting. Just like soldiers had to do in real life.

You have to count your bullets manually, you have to spot your own targets, you have to gauge your own distance, you have to tell who is friend and foe by yourself.

and keep in mind, veteran RO 1 players call this the casual mode. Yeah.

Downloaded the singleplayer and had a go on easy.

Noticed that many AI enemies have the tendency to run in circles, or just stand and gawp at you as you run up to them to shoot them. Also several enemies didn't even flinch when I shot them right in the face with a rifle at about 10 yards. It took the second shot to kill them. One guy I bullseyed in a short corridor right in the face, he ran out the door, leaving a massive blood splat on the wall of what should have been his brain.

In short the enemy AI seems very glitchy. Is it just cause I'm playing in easy, or are there updates/mods I need to install to fix it?

Hero in a half shell:

Downloaded the singleplayer and had a go on easy.

Noticed that many AI enemies have the tendency to run in circles, or just stand and gawp at you as you run up to them to shoot them. Also several enemies didn't even flinch when I shot them right in the face with a rifle at about 10 yards. It took the second shot to kill them. One guy I bullseyed in a short corridor right in the face, he ran out the door, leaving a massive blood splat on the wall of what should have been his brain.

In short the enemy AI seems very glitchy. Is it just cause I'm playing in easy, or are there updates/mods I need to install to fix it?

The "single player" is just the multiplayer with bots. The game is a multiplayer shooter through and through. The bots barely function, much like the single player skirmish of say Battlefront II for example. If you don't like multiplayer shooters then RO2 is certainly not for you.

This is a wonderful deal. RO2 is one of my favourite shooters of all time. Between TF2 (for arcade, shooty fun-times) and RO2/Rising Storm (for intense, 'realistic' and aggressively difficult times), I don't need any other shooters. The community plays both the base game and the expansion often and there are always full servers on each. Many servers actually run a mix of both RO2 and Rising Storm which is my personal favourite.

The influx of new players is going to be painful for all involved. This game has a learning curve resembling a near-vertical cliff face. If you are new expect to die a lot before you can even manage to get a single kill, not that your KDR matters anyway...something else a new player will have to figure out quickly.

Hero in a half shell:

Ultratwinkie:

AWAR:
The game would be much more fun if the devs were focusing more on delivering quality content than cash grabs. Yes, RO2 is free, but the vast majority of RO players play the non free expansion Rising Storm. Unless you pay for it you get only "rifle access" (you can only use 1 class and your experience points are not recorded).

rifles are the only good gun in RO 2.

This isn't COD or CS, you are NEVER going to get close enough to use an SMG or even an AR. You'd get shot well before you get close.

The common distance of engagement is about 300-500 meters. RO2 is basically a hardcore sniper competition. Just like it was in real life.

So you are stuck slowly advancing and scanning the area for snipers. No HUD elements to help you either.

bullets? You have to check it periodically.

Who is around you? You have 2 eyes, use them. No color coded screen names over people's heads here.

scopes? scopes is for dedicated snipers. Who also get harassed more than a hot chick on XBL when someone wants the ONLY scope on the entire team. Better get used to squinting. Just like soldiers had to do in real life.

You have to count your bullets manually, you have to spot your own targets, you have to gauge your own distance, you have to tell who is friend and foe by yourself.

and keep in mind, veteran RO 1 players call this the casual mode. Yeah.

Downloaded the singleplayer and had a go on easy.

Noticed that many AI enemies have the tendency to run in circles, or just stand and gawp at you as you run up to them to shoot them. Also several enemies didn't even flinch when I shot them right in the face with a rifle at about 10 yards. It took the second shot to kill them. One guy I bullseyed in a short corridor right in the face, he ran out the door, leaving a massive blood splat on the wall of what should have been his brain.

In short the enemy AI seems very glitchy. Is it just cause I'm playing in easy, or are there updates/mods I need to install to fix it?

The Singleplayer is a tutorial like Titanfall's campaign.

Once you get into the MP, the real game, everything I said kicks in big time.

One thing to note to noobs:

Russians run with their gun in both hands.

German carry theirs in one while running .

Keep track of your team. because TKing is very easy to do and gets everyone mad at you.

RO2 needs an influx of dedicated players, and this giveaway might be the edge the game needs in order to keep pop numbers up and steady. Anyone who is a fan of WWII shooters should give it a chance.

One note: Tripwire recently updated their EULA with a clause that lets them revoke CD keys from players who engage in "abusive behavior" - http://forums.tripwireinteractive.com/announcement.php?f=7&a=10 . Not quite sure how I feel about that -- on the one hand, RO2 has had its share of reprehensible players (Mike Nomad and friends, vocal Nazi fanboys, etc.); on the other hand, this seems like a very heavy-handed way of dealing with trolls and griefers. We'll see how well it works.

Ultratwinkie:

The Singleplayer is a tutorial like Titanfall's campaign.

Once you get into the MP, the real game, everything I said kicks in big time.

One thing to note to noobs:

Russians run with their gun in both hands.

German carry theirs in one while running .

Keep track of your team. because TKing is very easy to do and gets everyone mad at you.

Fair enough.

Also that tip is a massive help, thanks.

Now I just have to wait until the multiplayer updates finish loading and I can give this a proper go (and die moronically a lot.)

Chaosritter:
I bought the Red Orchestra Humble Bundle ages ago and didn't even install it yet...

Btw, it's just the MP. Though I don't really see the point in seperating SP and MP...

It saves disk space.

got it when it was free, now to find time in my schedule to actually try it....

AWAR:
The game would be much more fun if the devs were focusing more on delivering quality content than cash grabs. Yes, RO2 is free, but the vast majority of RO players play the non free expansion Rising Storm. Unless you pay for it you get only "rifle access" (you can only use 1 class and your experience points are not recorded).

well, after the free version been, well, free, a lot of people will be trying it out, myself included. so expect more players there.

Ultratwinkie:

You have to count your bullets manually, you have to spot your own targets, you have to gauge your own distance, you have to tell who is friend and foe by yourself.

the videos i saw have player names above friendlies, so i guess that can be used ti determine who is friend or foe?

LiMaSaRe:
If Red Orchestra 2 is as hardcore as it sounds then I can't imagine the veteran players will be very happy about the mass influx of COD kiddies from this date forth.

let them whine. personalyl i see it as a influx of easy targets for them.

capcha: stop wasting time
yeah, maybe i should

Strazdas:
got it when it was free, now to find time in my schedule to actually try it....

AWAR:
The game would be much more fun if the devs were focusing more on delivering quality content than cash grabs. Yes, RO2 is free, but the vast majority of RO players play the non free expansion Rising Storm. Unless you pay for it you get only "rifle access" (you can only use 1 class and your experience points are not recorded).

well, after the free version been, well, free, a lot of people will be trying it out, myself included. so expect more players there.

Ultratwinkie:

You have to count your bullets manually, you have to spot your own targets, you have to gauge your own distance, you have to tell who is friend and foe by yourself.

the videos i saw have player names above friendlies, so i guess that can be used ti determine who is friend or foe?

LiMaSaRe:
If Red Orchestra 2 is as hardcore as it sounds then I can't imagine the veteran players will be very happy about the mass influx of COD kiddies from this date forth.

let them whine. personalyl i see it as a influx of easy targets for them.

capcha: stop wasting time
yeah, maybe i should

There are 3 modes:

action: COD wannabe easy mode with training wheels. According to RO players.

realism: The real mode where 99% of the player base is.

classic: "cry baby" mode. People that want the old RO1 difficulty because they don't like the second game. But they still want RO2 graphics.

Some servers KNEW that the free game day would bring in noobs, and have turned on friendly names until they get better or leave. However, no-names was standard and still is. on action mode, the name above the head thing is a given.

But everything I said applies. You have to do everything unless you are on a server with training wheels.

which is why the vets want the free players out because they jump into the game without playing the tutorial and team killing. Just like the free weekend.

and most of them tend to play russian.

and yes, there are plenty of easy targets now. I went from a level 10-20 rifle to a level 39 in two days. The max level is 50.

Oh, and there are pseudo RPG elements like buffs, debuffs, and stats. watch out for those. New players never know what "suppression" is and think its their health being low that's turning their screen grey.

Ultratwinkie:

There are 3 modes:

action: COD wannabe easy mode with training wheels. According to RO players.

realism: The real mode where 99% of the player base is.

classic: "cry baby" mode. People that want the old RO1 difficulty because they don't like the second game. But they still want RO2 graphics.

Some servers KNEW that the free game day would bring in noobs, and have turned on friendly names until they get better or leave. However, no-names was standard and still is. on action mode, the name above the head thing is a given.

But everything I said applies. You have to do everything unless you are on a server with training wheels.

which is why the vets want the free players out because they jump into the game without playing the tutorial and team killing. Just like the free weekend.

and most of them tend to play russian.

and yes, there are plenty of easy targets now. I went from a level 10-20 rifle to a level 39 in two days. The max level is 50.

Oh, and there are pseudo RPG elements like buffs, debuffs, and stats. watch out for those. New players never know what "suppression" is and think its their health being low that's turning their screen grey.

thanks for the information. The video i saw must have been from one of the servers with the names turned on. they did had all the manual aim ect stuff. heh, i even heard people literally paint their own aim circleon the screen to see better when game has none.

well, no names would sure lead to a funny chaos, this game sounds quite hardcore. its about time shooters got something like that (on a popular level).

 

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