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|'''Developers:''' Various
 
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|'''Publisher:''' [[Macmillan Digital Publishing]]
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*[[Macmillan Digital Publishing]]
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*[[Ubisoft]]<ref>[http://www.thelegacy.de/Museum/game.php3?titel_id=4498&game_id=4536 TheLegacy :: Battlezone: Battlegrounds] on [http://www.thelegacy.de TheLegacy.de]</ref>
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*[[Heracles Brigade]] <small>''(1.1+)''</small>
 
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|'''Release Date:''' September 1998
 
|'''Release Date:''' September 1998
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|'''Latest Version:''' 1.1b
 
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'''Battlezone: Battlegrounds''', often shortened to ''Battlegrounds'', ''BZGrounds'', or ''BZG'', was the first official expansion for to be released for [[Battlezone]] by [[Macmillan Digital Publishing]]. It consisted of a total of 98 new maps of varying quality spread across multiplayer and [[Instant Action]], the [[LevelCataloger]] program to install and manage them, and the [[1.4 Patch]]. Unlike the later expansion [[Battlezone: The Red Odyssey]] it does not include any new factions, nor does it include a significant number of new units.
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'''Battlezone: Battle Grounds''', often shortened to ''Battle Grounds, Battlegrounds'', ''BZGrounds'', or ''BZG'', was the first official expansion for to be released for [[Battlezone (1998)|Battlezone]] by [[Macmillan Digital Publishing]]. It consisted of a total of 98 new maps of varying quality spread across multiplayer and [[Instant Action]], the [[Level Cataloger]] program to install and manage them, and the [[1.4 Patch]]. Unlike the later expansion [[Battlezone: The Red Odyssey]] it does not include any new factions, nor does it include a significant number of new units.
   
 
== History ==
 
== History ==
The maps contained within Battlegrounds were developed at varying times between Battlezone's February release date, with most being released online some time before Battlegrounds' development. Macmillan gathered them through a variety of means, making direct requests to some authors and putting out a public request for submissions through [[Realm X]],<ref>[http://archive.wired.com/culture/lifestyle/news/1997/07/5451 Star-Searching in a Realm of Development] on [http://www.wired.com wired.com]</ref> though some maps were created by their designers specifically for Macmillan's use.<ref>Battlezone: Battlegrounds{{C|, Part___1 subform.txt}}</ref> After Macmillan's enlisted designers [[Toni Chaffin]] and [[Jason L'Hirondelle]] sorted through the maps and selected the ones they wished to include, they then created a review and description for each for use in LevelCataloger's database.<ref>[[Battlezone: Battlegrounds (Manual)]]{{C|, pages 6 & 15}}</ref>
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The maps contained within Battle Grounds were developed at varying times between Battlezone's February release date, with most being released online some time before Battle Grounds' development. Macmillan gathered them through a variety of means, making direct requests to some authors and putting out a public request for submissions through [[Macmillan Digital Publishing#Realm X|Realm X]],<ref>[http://archive.wired.com/culture/lifestyle/news/1997/07/5451 Star-Searching in a Realm of Development] on [http://www.wired.com wired.com]</ref> though some maps were created by their designers specifically for Macmillan's use.<ref>Battlezone: Battle Grounds{{C|, Part___1 subform.txt}}</ref> After Macmillan's enlisted designers [[Toni Chaffin]] and [[Jason L'Hirondelle]] sorted through the maps and selected the ones they wished to include, they then created a review and description for each for use in Level Cataloger's database.<ref>[[Battlezone: Battle Grounds Manual]]{{C|, pages 6 & 15}}</ref>
   
 
== Maps ==
 
== Maps ==
 
=== Instant Action ===
 
=== Instant Action ===
Battlegrounds introduced 46 Instant Action maps to Battlezone, some of which provided new narrative and others which did not, on average of a higher difficulty than the campaign missions in the original. Several of the maps provided a connected narrative through their out-of-game briefings regardless, notably the [[Alternate]] and [[Enforcer & Slingshot]] series. As a result of an issue with LevelCataloger's database the Instant Action map Capture the Relic is inaccessible to the program; this caused most counts of the included maps to be one short.<ref>Battlezone: Battlegrounds{{C|, inputdat.txt}}</ref>
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Battle Grounds introduced 46 Instant Action maps to Battlezone, some of which provided new narrative and others which did not, on average of a higher difficulty than the campaign missions in the original. Several of the maps provided a connected narrative through their out-of-game briefings regardless, notably the [[Alternate (Campaign)|Alternate]] and [[Enforcer & Slingshot]] series. As a result of an issue with Level Cataloger's database the Instant Action map Capture the Relic is inaccessible to the program; this caused most counts of the included maps to be one short.<ref>Battlezone: Battle Grounds{{C|, inputdat.txt}}</ref>
   
 
=== Multiplayer ===
 
=== Multiplayer ===
Most of Battlegrounds' 52 multiplayer maps followed the already-existing formulas of the [[Deathmatch]] and [[Strategy]] gamemodes, with a few branching out into [[Sniper Deathmatch]] and [[Race]], but Battlegrounds also included maps that had play similar to a rudimentary form of the [[Capture the Flag]] and [[Strategy Capture the Flag]] gamemodes that would later appear in [[Battlezone II]].
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Most of Battle Grounds' 52 multiplayer maps followed the already-existing formulas of the [[Deathmatch]] and [[Strategy]] gamemodes, with a few branching out into [[Sniper Deathmatch]] and [[Race]], but Battle Grounds also included maps that had play similar to a rudimentary form of the [[Capture the Flag (Gamemode)|Capture the Flag]] and [[Strategy Capture the Flag]] gamemodes that would later appear in [[Battlezone II]].
   
 
== Re-release ==
 
== Re-release ==
When the [[Battlezone Gold Pack]] was released in September 1999 to commemorate the launch of [[Battlezone II]], it bundled Battlegrounds alongside Battlezone, its other Macmillan-published expansion [[Battlezone: The Red Odyssey]], the [[Battlezone Official Strategy Guide|Official Strategy Guide]] and the [[Battlezone II Demo]]. Battlegrounds gained much greater exposure through the Gold Pack than it ever did alone, and standalone copies of Battlegrounds are rare as a result.
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When the [[Battlezone Gold Pack]] was released in September 1999 to commemorate the launch of [[Battlezone II]], it bundled Battle Grounds alongside Battlezone, its other Macmillan-published expansion [[Battlezone: The Red Odyssey]], the [[Battlezone Official Strategy Guide|Official Strategy Guide]] and the [[Battlezone II Demo]]. Battle Grounds gained much greater exposure through the Gold Pack than it ever did alone, and standalone copies of Battle Grounds are rare as a result.
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==1.1 Release==
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An unofficial 1.1 release of Battle Grounds was released in March 2015. This version updated the included maps for compatibility with the [[1.5 Patch]], added six new maps to complete series like [[Alternate (Campaign)|Alternate]] and [[Enforcer & Slingshot]], and included a completely re-written version of [[Level Cataloger]] that overcame the issues that prevented the original from running on modern systems.<ref>[http://www.battlezone1.org/battle-grounds-1-1-t4111.html Battle Grounds 1.1] on [[battlezone1.org]]</ref> Version 1.1b followed four months later.
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==Battlezone 98 Redux Version==
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In April 2016 the [[Heracles Brigade]] ported the maps from Battlezone: Battle Grounds to [[Battlezone 98 Redux]] and released them as day-one content on the game's Steam Workshop. With the release the group worked to improve the quality of the included maps and implement features such as lua scripting not supported by previous official versions of the game. Later patches meant the maps had to be removed and re-ported.
   
 
== Gallery ==
 
== Gallery ==
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Bzg front.jpg|Front cover
 
Bzg front.jpg|Front cover
 
Bzg rear.jpg|Rear cover
 
Bzg rear.jpg|Rear cover
Bzg_manual.jpg|Manual|link=Battlezone: Battlegrounds (Manual)
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Bzg_manual.jpg|Manual|link=Battlezone: Battle Grounds Manual
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
   

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Battlezone:
Battle Grounds
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Information
Developers: Various
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Release Date: September 1998
Latest Version: 1.1b

Battlezone: Battle Grounds, often shortened to Battle Grounds, Battlegrounds, BZGrounds, or BZG, was the first official expansion for to be released for Battlezone by Macmillan Digital Publishing. It consisted of a total of 98 new maps of varying quality spread across multiplayer and Instant Action, the Level Cataloger program to install and manage them, and the 1.4 Patch. Unlike the later expansion Battlezone: The Red Odyssey it does not include any new factions, nor does it include a significant number of new units.

History Edit

The maps contained within Battle Grounds were developed at varying times between Battlezone's February release date, with most being released online some time before Battle Grounds' development. Macmillan gathered them through a variety of means, making direct requests to some authors and putting out a public request for submissions through Realm X,[2] though some maps were created by their designers specifically for Macmillan's use.[3] After Macmillan's enlisted designers Toni Chaffin and Jason L'Hirondelle sorted through the maps and selected the ones they wished to include, they then created a review and description for each for use in Level Cataloger's database.[4]

Maps Edit

Instant Action Edit

Battle Grounds introduced 46 Instant Action maps to Battlezone, some of which provided new narrative and others which did not, on average of a higher difficulty than the campaign missions in the original. Several of the maps provided a connected narrative through their out-of-game briefings regardless, notably the Alternate and Enforcer & Slingshot series. As a result of an issue with Level Cataloger's database the Instant Action map Capture the Relic is inaccessible to the program; this caused most counts of the included maps to be one short.[5]

Multiplayer Edit

Most of Battle Grounds' 52 multiplayer maps followed the already-existing formulas of the Deathmatch and Strategy gamemodes, with a few branching out into Sniper Deathmatch and Race, but Battle Grounds also included maps that had play similar to a rudimentary form of the Capture the Flag and Strategy Capture the Flag gamemodes that would later appear in Battlezone II.

Re-release Edit

When the Battlezone Gold Pack was released in September 1999 to commemorate the launch of Battlezone II, it bundled Battle Grounds alongside Battlezone, its other Macmillan-published expansion Battlezone: The Red Odyssey, the Official Strategy Guide and the Battlezone II Demo. Battle Grounds gained much greater exposure through the Gold Pack than it ever did alone, and standalone copies of Battle Grounds are rare as a result.

1.1 ReleaseEdit

An unofficial 1.1 release of Battle Grounds was released in March 2015. This version updated the included maps for compatibility with the 1.5 Patch, added six new maps to complete series like Alternate and Enforcer & Slingshot, and included a completely re-written version of Level Cataloger that overcame the issues that prevented the original from running on modern systems.[6] Version 1.1b followed four months later.

Battlezone 98 Redux VersionEdit

In April 2016 the Heracles Brigade ported the maps from Battlezone: Battle Grounds to Battlezone 98 Redux and released them as day-one content on the game's Steam Workshop. With the release the group worked to improve the quality of the included maps and implement features such as lua scripting not supported by previous official versions of the game. Later patches meant the maps had to be removed and re-ported.

Gallery Edit

References Edit

  1. TheLegacy :: Battlezone: Battlegrounds on TheLegacy.de
  2. Star-Searching in a Realm of Development on wired.com
  3. Battlezone: Battle Grounds, Part___1 subform.txt
  4. Battlezone: Battle Grounds Manual, pages 6 & 15
  5. Battlezone: Battle Grounds, inputdat.txt
  6. Battle Grounds 1.1 on battlezone1.org
Battlezone Series
Games Battlezone (Battle Grounds · The Red Odyssey · Rise of the Black Dogs · Gold Pack) · Battlezone II: Combat Commander
Remasters Battlezone 98 Redux (Battlezone 98 Redux: The Red Odyssey · Battlezone 98 Redux: Odyssey Edition)
Soundtracks Battlezone (The Red Odyssey · Rise of the Black Dogs · Early Test Soundtrack) · Battlezone II (Battlezone II Music Pack)
Demos Battlezone (Instant Action · The Red Odyssey) · Battlezone II
Strategy Guides Battlezone · Battlezone II
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