Hello everyone, from long hiatus returns the Insider to tell us, what’s going on inside Wargaming by having a look at the group developer discussions and chain letters, that travel amongst the Wargaming employees. As always, take everything with a grain of salt, as it is the Insider’s interpretation rather than hard data. Insider talks about Havok: “I had known since December Havok wouldn’t come to the game yet, and perhaps this needs a further explanation: The main reason Havok cant be in game is because of synch problems from server-client interface, it takes a very stable internet connection currently and less than half the playerbase has such (red-dotting here and there), so the slightest desynch on such causes the debris go haywire or fall to visually wrong places (server decides that debris was dropped at “x0,y0,z0″, but client displays “x3,y4,z5″). Also, as of the current version test, only high end computers can correctly run the game as desired (can’t have Soviet abaccus unable to play the “people’s game”!) So until they figure out how to optimize this, the game would be a whinefest of people going through houses that don’t get destroyed or maybe destroyed and debris not doing their “block shots” mechanic (its visually there but serverside, the debris was displayed elsewhere).” The rest, in points: - new Xbox map “Pacific Island” is coming, exclusively for WoT Xbox - some developers refer to Smolensk as “Chernobyl”, due to the nature of the map - apparently, developers are not happy with the “drag queen” male voices, they are going to contract some Russian actress for girl voiceover. Voices of other nations are not clear yet. - WG is currently testing map format of 1300×1300 - Battle Assistant (the “arty mod”) is currently considered to be added into the game because “it’s less boring”, graphically decent, not dull “satellite view” and seems to have a generally good acceptance amongst players (excepting the “anti-arty jihad players”), no plans to ban the current mod either - at least 3 fun modes are planned for this year - no plans to add “tank healers” (SS: ARV’s and such) - at some point, there will be a test of respawn mechanism - maps planned for rework or removal: Hidden village (complete rework) Mines (may get bigger, it’s uncomfortably small for end-tier tanks at the moment and it has a large amount of draws on clan wars) Ensk (unknown) Windstorm (unknown) Murovanka (unknown) - WG is aware of piracy of their images in toys and whatnot, but it’s nearly impossible to fight these (a legal money black hole) since most of these companies that prey on the WG images/products and such are Chinese bootleg makers and they are very obscure to bring into a legal court in China and are generally shortlived, so pouring money in a legal court on china would simply bear no fruits or retribution

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