From the Armored Warfare forums: Developer News #11
Armored Warfare early access is live all weekend so many of you are busying playing. For those that are taking a break or don’t have access yet, I wanted to share some tidbits from the forums. Note that unless there is breaking news, the posts may be sparse this weekend. I have had a couple tank video requests that I will try to fulfill and will be joining players on the battlefield.
All the quotes below are from SilentStalker….for a content manager he sure has been busy on the forums! That is a good thing.
I think we have covered this before, but the spotting mechanics in the first test were not much different than in World of Tanks. I suspect instead of the 6 or 7 visual points WoT uses to spot a tank, Armored Warfare is using more of the outline. Other than that major difference the mechanics were the same. The Armored Warfare team is addressing this.
As someone pointed out, the scouting is a bit of a problem right now. We however do have some exciting things coming up so stay tuned
When you are in a game where the vehicles are mostly MBTs but the other team has a few more AFVs there can be a big visibility gap between the two sides. A tank with 350m view can’t advance very well when the enemy team has forward vehicles providing a 450m view range. Combine that with having firing avenues on any advancing tanks and any sort of enemy push needs to be all together or the battle isn’t going to go very well. What “exciting” things coming up to improve this should be interesting. I know Armored Warfare staff have tossed around the idea of special artillery shells, one of which could be a revealing shell. I doubt this is the only addition SilentStalker is referring to, but it would add an interesting dynamic to the game.
For now, if you are in an AFV don’t be afraid to go out and spot. It isn’t your job to go YOLO (you only live once) out and get killed, but often times you can advance further than MBTs because of your camo rating. On the new Roughneck map, I ended up 2 tiers down in a BMP-1 a few times last night so I just carefully ran for my life back and forth in the northern valley (lighting up the enemy team). In one game I think I finished 3rd and the other first in reputation, doing very little damage. So spotting not only helps your team win, but you are rewarded as well.
Influx of negativism
I like to see the Armored Warfare staff are still making it a priority to fight toxicity. The loss of chat powers in games can certainly slow people down.
We are constantly fighting (and by that I mean punishing) vulgar players and teamkillers. Many players found themselves without the ability to write anything in the chat recently and some were banned. This is the first truly massive round of EA (EA1 had less players online due to fewer optimizations) so issues are to be expected, we will deal with them. Stay frosty!
Suffer not trolls!!!
I haven’t seen many people away from keyboard myself, but with most things remember we are still in the early Armored Warfare testing phases.
Please note – and this is important: a large part of the AFK players is due to the fact that this game is not completely stable on some configurations and it simply crashes. We know about that and we are working on improving the client. In the meanwhile however, we all have to understand that there are some issues of this nature and be tollerant of them. It will get better in the future.
This is here mostly as a reminder to not get bent out of shape over your stats in the dossier. Either negatively or positively. But it is also another indication that the Armored Warfare tests are going to last months. The open beta test may not be until the fall at the earliest?
Guys, this is Early Access, the purpose of which is to TEST stuff. Early phase of Early Access. We have months of testing ahead of us. There is stuff that has some obvious flaws, like the way some of the vehicles are balanced or that recent reload bug. As such, statistics are truly meaningless and calling someone a bad player based on EA stats is foolish to put it mildly.
Armored Warfare storyline
We know Armored Warfare will have a robust PvE content for people who don’t enjoy the PvP aspects as much or just want more gameplay. Not much is known about the PvE content, but the backstory is starting to come out.
We will slowly start to disclose the storyline of the game. Take it as the first step.
Here is the quote SilentStalker is referring to. This comes from his PT-76 article that we previously covered.
He disliked it as soon as he saw it. The bulky heavily sloped front reminded him of a boat – and you don’t send a boat to do a tank’s job. And then there was the commander – a morose brute of a Russian, ex-military.
I can’t wait for the Armored Warfare retrofit system, PvE mode details, and all the commander/base/RPGness content to start coming out.