Rich Taylor answers NA/EU Armored Warfare community questions
The official portal posted the below question and answers and a few of them are probably of interest to most of you.
Armored Warfare Special Question and Answers session
Question: Will there be more Commanders added to the game?
Answer: Yes, more commanders will be added in the future. We also intend to expand the skill selections available for existing commanders. [I need to ask sometimes if the plans for commanders still call for specialized roles. For instance, there were supposed to be commanders that work in a class, or even just a tank. ~Spooky]
Question: Has it been decided what tanks will fill the tech tree holes? I am specifically interested in western MBTs tier 3, 4, and 6, BMP line tier 8, recon vehicle line tier 8 and more artillery vehicles?
Answer: There are candidates for these positions and the slots will be filled in the future – for example the tier 3 and 4 positions can be filled by the Centurion tanks, the candidate for BMP tier 8 is the Khrizantema-S. Please note however that these vehicles are not guaranteed or scheduled to come very soon. More artillery vehicles will be introduced after we are satisfied with the overall state of artillery in Armored Warfare. [The artillery holes in the arms dealer technology trees stick out, but it makes sense to hold off on introducing more vehicles to a class if they still have major changes intended for that class. ~Spooky]
Question: Are there any plans to create more challenging AI? And what about the PvE credit situation?
Answer: On “Hard” difficulty, Mission results are far from guaranteed due to a number of tweaks we have made to the system. In 0.12, PvE becomes even more difficult with the added spawn randomization and the “Insane” difficulty will return in the future. On the other hand, adjustments were and will be made to the AI behavior to reflect more the behavior of players (no more snapshots without any reaction time). To reflect these changes, we are currently reviewing the PvE credit income rate. Our general position has not changed – once the challenge level of PvE reaches the one of PvP battles, we can introduce comparable rewards. [The absence of the “Insane” mode is similar to the artillery above…they want to get the PvE game mode as a whole correct before introducing another difficulty level that has to be continually balanced as they tweak PvE. Once they feel comfortable with the PvE game mode we should see the introduction of the Insane mode again. ~Spooky]
Question: The North-American server has a pretty low active player count. Any plans on implementing server roaming?
Answer: No, that would make the problem even worse. Instead, we are exploring way of introducing more potential players to the North American server. Please keep in mind however that the game will be promoted much more once we are satisfied with the state of certain elements (high tier battles, artillery) and of gameplay in general. We are also exploring solutions to help with the long queue times in the Tier 1 and 2 range. [More advertising planned! Yeah, we pretty much already knew they were waiting for fixes and closer to the game’s release (Spring/Summer of 2016?) before making a big push. I understand they are between a rock (need players to play and test in OBT) and a hard place (don’t want to advertise too much and have players get frustrated with an unfinished game) but I’ve always wanted them to do a bigger marketing push. We have to trust they know what they are doing and it is still too early, but NA does need more players to make the matchmaker work better. Maybe their upcoming solution will improve things. ~Spooky]
Question: What will come after the Centauro 120?
Answer: There are several options. One of them is the return of Centauro 155, another one is the introduction of Centauro II.
Question: Which dealer will South-Korean and Israeli tanks appear in?
Answer: Fourth dealer. Please keep in mind however that the separation of vehicles into dealers is largely cosmetic – being a part of the fourth dealer’s pool does not mean the vehicles will appear only when the third dealer’s pool is entirely filled. [So a 4th dealer may come before the 3rd dealer is completely filled out? That works. More lower and middle tier vehicles are a good thing since more players are there instead of reaching up to tier 9. ~Spooky]
Question: Can you explain how multi-purpose heat rounds work in Armored Warfare?
Answer: Just like the regular HEAT rounds, but they additionally generate a small HE-style explosion. This HE-style explosion can damage internal parts if it penetrates the vehicle or external parts if it explodes outside the vehicle. In addition, if the round does not penetrate, it can still deal a small amount of explosive damage.
Question: Will there be more Terminator variant vehicles or BMPT/BMOPs (Obj. 787, BKM-1)?
Answer: Yes. We are planning to split the BMPT vehicles into a separate line with for example BMPT Gadyuka or BTR-T vehicles filling the gaps.
Question: Does Obsidian plan to upgrade the current Cryengine used to the newest version?
Answer: This is definitely something we intend to do but it will take a while to accomplish. CryENGINE has diverged in significant ways from the version Armored Warfare is based on, so a full integration will need to be conducted carefully as to not destabilize any existing systems while pulling in new features from the latest CryENGINE versions. [Updating your development platform to new versions is not a trivial task and can be a massive undertaking depending on the version update. I’d rather see Obsidian continue to get Armored Warfare tweaked and balanced under the current version long before worrying about updating the engine. Code with the upgrade requirements in mind to reduce future work of course. ~Spooky]
Question: Will Maximilian, or another commander with the same set of skills, ever be released for those who were cautious about preordering Armored Warfare?
Answer: No. Maximilian and his set of skills are exclusive to Founder’s Pack owners. However, his individual skills could potentially appear on future commanders. But no other commander will have the exact same skill set as Maximilian.
Source: Armored Warfare Developer Q&A: Special Edition