World War 2 online shooter Battalion 1944 will be blazing onto Steam Early Access on February 1st, Bulkhead Interactive has announced. Clearly inspired by the original Call of Duty and its unmatched run ‘n’ gun WW2 gameplay, Battalion 1944 pits two teams of five against one another if past-paced infantry combat, split across six different modes.

“It feels good to get Battalion 1944 into the hands of gamers after working on it so hard,” says Joe Brammer, studio lead at Bulkhead Interactive. “We’ve been testing the game behind closed doors with our Kickstarter backers. It’s now time for us to extend our testing to Early Access to help what I believe can be one of the best competitive FPS games ever.

“We’re going to be using the beta to run domination on the Manorhouse V1 map, as well as showing off our new competitive mode ‘Wartide’ on the map Liberation. It’s one last chance for us to test out our wares with FPS players before we make the leap to Early Access.”

Battalion 1944 really looks to be tackling that old-school Call of Duty itch that just isn’t scratched these days, and it’s also looking pretty awesome.  A WWII shooter without killstreaks and unlocks is just music to my airs. It also seems like it’s a bit of a bargain at £11.99 / €14.99 / $14.99.