Today’s issue is “interesting”. Basically, what happened: a flood of artywhiners, moaning about arty nerfs started spamming the developer thread and SerB switched to troll mode, as he usually does. Well… you’ll see. - red screen of death is apparently back for 0.8.6, happens allegedly in sniper mode, the new detail reduction system automatically sets everything to minimum and then crashes. SerB’s answer: “Write a support ticket” - the shell prices were rebalanced not only based on their damage and penetration, but also based on the type of the gun they are used in. That’s why the (weaker) premium KV-5 shells are more expensive than (stronger) premium KV-4 subcaliber shells. - devs don’t think the tier 8 premium vehicles with limited MM will suffer from the tier 9 arty (too much) - further measures to reduce arty amount (SS: RU server reports the same 5v5 arty battles as before)? “If necessery” - currently it can be assumed, that tier 10 arty is balanced towards tier 10 tanks - Q: “All the guns now have basically the same accuracy!” (SS: common complain is that the guns are too accurate) A: “How terrible…” - Q: “Too many fires caused by accurate guns!” A: “How terrible…” - Q: “Mods not working!” A: “How terrible…” - Q: “Priest moved to another tier, wtf?” A: “How terrible…” (SS: this question was even in rhymes :) ) - Q: “The amount of arties did not get lower…” A: “How terrible…” Well, basically, “How terrible…” was the answer on most complaints about 0.8.6. There is a lot of whine, including “hidden arty buff”. Some exchanges are actually really funny: Player Vesil: “I am quitting the game!” SerB: “How terrible…” Player Vesil: “You don’t have much of a vocabulary” SerB: “How terrible…” Player LordStuped: “Do you have to make fun of players, who don’t like the patch?” SerB: “How terrible…” - Q: “FPS dropped significantly…” A: “How terrible…” (later, when asked whether he doesn’t respect players, SerB states: “It is necessery to distinguish players and idiots. Those are two (unfortunately still somewhat overlapping) categories. We do respect players, but with idiots it’s not that simple. This (thread trollflood) happens regularily – idiots come here and the thread topic is temporarily exhausted (SS: as in out of order)”) - ingame penetration indicator works automatically, there is no need to manually adjust values for it - dynamic camera is apparently fine: “you can turn it off (if you want to)” - Q: “Why did you decide not to implement the British arty with autoloader?” A: “Beause the arty doesn’t come in this patch.” (SS: not sure what SerB exactly means, probably just a brushoff, either way, the British arty with autoloaders doesn’t appear in the leaked British arty branch) - it’s possible there will be various sound settings for 2.0, 2.1 and 5.1 sound - when near tank corpses, jerking of the aim circle left and right is likely the effect of dynamic camera - 8.7 will be a simple patch, containing apparently only content (vehicles,maps), not functional changes. SerB confirms 8.7 will bring British arty. - developers won’t be able to judge the effect of 8.6, when 8.7 comes out (SS: meaning it will come soon), the results will most likely be known in 8.8 tho (SS: later, Storm stated that it takes roughly a month to collect the date, it’s therefore logical to assume that the British arty will come within the month) - the average battle duration is cca 7 minutes and it practically hasn’t changed since the game came out - developers are considering the implementation of T58 (T57 Heavy with a 155mm gun) – not as a CW reward vehicle, but apparently as a regular one – but SerB states that it’s hard to balance (as in, overpowered) - shell ejector animation might be added, “when it’s done it’s done” - Q: “I went thru the thread, not enough concrete answers, just ridicule…” A: “I went thru the thread, not enough concrete questions. How terrible…” - SerB explains his attitude towards forum whiners: out of all the active players (those who play once per month), only 1/10000 are whiners, who try to pretend to be the “voice of the nation”. SerB finds that amusing. - Westfield map was changed (SS: not sure I know how exactly, something about the sloped access from the village near the bridge towards the left base being removed), it was intentional - the game is changed in big patches (rather then series of small minipatches), because: “That’s the general speed of development. The project is complicated, any changes must be accompanied by serious program testing. That’s not possible when doing frequent minipatches.” - it’s possible the possibility to sell Superpershing for gold will come even after 8.7 – it’s necessery to implement the mechanism for that first. “It’s not a complicated mechanism, but as this matter concerns money, it will have to be tested thoroughly.” - SerB on arty: “It was created to limit the heavies and especially heavily armored tank destroyers. The changes were designed to reduce arty effectivity against fast vehicles, while keeping the “heavy tank killer” function.” - SerB doesn’t think the shell distribution within the aim circle will change further - current maps being developed are mostly based on exotic regions, so that Clanwars maps can use those. Future maps will be more traditional, such as a “USSR city in winter” (this is an example) - there are still issues with making the friendlist and ignorelist longer, when it comes to easy ignorelist cleaning, the developers are waiting for the new reworked chat, they don’t want any temporary solutions - 0.8.6 contains no “hidden” changes in engine fire mechanism - SerB states that FCM50t is doing fine in 0.8.6, players just need to play it properly – as a medium, not as a heavy, it’s sort of “anti-Superpershing” - there will be no “spring” special camo implemented - there will be no “art of war” competition for arty, because the devs want to nerf it, not make players play it more - it’s unlikely that second German TD line will come in upcoming patches, but it will most likely come before the Chinese arty - MM mechanism itself did not change in 0.8.6 - the exact percentual effect of the camo net will not be disclosed (it’s not confirmed 0.8.6 camo net gives a 25 percent bonus) - Storm is working on new camo system description article - it’s not possible to make the dynamic camera not-optional, because that would mean transferring the camera calculations to the server. If it becomes possible, the camera will become compulsory. Continue reading →

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