Frontline: Epic Normandy Test Wrap-up

Hello everyone,

Wargaming published today their conclusions from the last Sandbox. Here’s what has been published in the official portal.


After crawling out from under the deluge of data we collected, we’re extremely excited to brief you on the results of the Frontline test. Its massive battles with double-sized teams, respawns and resupplying really clicked with everyone. We’re pleased with what we’ve seen and will continue working on Frontline together with you. All the feedback and associated stats also helped us identify elements that require revision and/or improvement.

Before we get into details, we’d like to thank those who joined us on the server, poured hours into playtesting the new mode, and supplied the devs with substantial feedback. We are always listening and absorbing the data as we think about our next steps! Now that we have time to sit down and share them with you, let’s get to it.

What worked well

The completely new experience this mode presents ensured there’s never a dull moment! That’s right; the sheer scope of intense action you get when 60 vehicles cross paths on a 9km2 arena resonated with the Sandbox community, offering a much-desired change of pace from Random Battles. Those who were there will back us up and say the mode brings quick-fire decision making to the forefront with its long-distance shootouts, fierce short-range encounters, and positional fire.

The rank system we introduced to stress the importance of individual performance got a thumbs-up from the majority of testers, too. We’ve seen many great suggestions on evolving this component, and the team is carefully evaluating several proposals.

The gameplay pace in Frontline proved to have enough options for fans of heart-pounding close-range duels and positional combat alike. To promote more movement, we introduced respawns, repair and resupply zones, and it worked. If players know they can return after being destroyed, or replenish ammo or HP, they’re much more inclined to perform daring maneuvers and get up close and personal, instead of cautious and discouraging camping you often have in Random Battles. At the same time, those who’d rather trade shots at distance and/or catch enemies unaware by setting up an ambush have plenty of opportunities to utilize these tactics across the vast expanse of Epic Normandy.

What will be improved

The Frontline economy became one of the most-discussed topics on the Sandbox forum. We went into the test with a Tier X economy, ensuring players that this is nothing but a temporary setup and we would get down to crafting the mode’s economy at a later stage. Along with assessing the gameplay, during the test we analyzed how many credits and XP players earned and how many credits they used per minute; which vehicle classes and vehicles are top-earners and which lag behind, etc. This data will lay the groundwork for the Frontline economy. Our goal here is crafting a model that could fit nicely into the game’s overall economy, while also fostering an enjoyable experience.

The mode’s performance received mixed reviews. We had some reports of FPS issues, while other players argued that the performance didn’t differ from production servers. Along with feedback, we gathered a lot of technical data and are already working on optimization. We won’t declare Frontline ready for release until we ensure its performance meets the quality standards of production servers.

The defense gameplay needs some serious improvement. Right now, defenders aren’t rewarded for well thought-out actions, unlike the attackers who move deeper into defensive lines when they succeed in capturing bases. Defense roles seem far less exciting than an offensive ones, which is somewhat discouraging for those who end up protecting the land from enemy invasion. How does it affect things? Well, here’s the short version: lower motivation leads to more careless performances, which in turn results in the more excited attackers getting statistically more wins. Moving ahead, we’ll brainstorm how to make the defense just as rewarding as attacking.

The fluid gameplay also has a serious downside. It naturally pushes slower vehicles to the sidelines. The situation on the battlefield changes far too quickly for them to adjust to it. For example, they would end up destroyed with an AI airstrike simply because they didn’t leave the captured area in time and often had little choice when it came to respawning. As a result, players tended to choose more mobile and fast mediums over slower heavies. It’s good that we’ve noticed this trend early because it gives us time to revise the battleground so each vehicle type could contribute to the match outcome. Given how much time it takes to grind to Tier X, it’s really important that we provide players, who put this much time and effort into leveling, with gameplay worthy of any Tier X tank.

Looking Ahead

Armed with all the constructive feedback we received, we’ll get down to improving the mode based on your suggestions. In the coming months, we’ll be optimizing its technical performance, working on economy, iterating on defense gameplay, and evolving the map layout to ensure all vehicle classes have a meaningful role, including slower tanks. Along with that, the team will be integrating revised arty and Tier X light tanks into the mode. As always, we’ll keep you posted on progress.

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World of Warships 0.6.6 Public Test

Hello everyone,

Public Test will be running from 25 May at 18:30 CEST until 29 May at 15:00 CEST (UTC+2).

Patch Notes

Scenarios & PvE Operations

Initially, Cooperative battles were introduced mostly for the training purpose or for a sake of upgrading ships from stock to top, but they were never considered as a full-featured game mode. However, we saw that many players found their joy in fights against bots. The great majority of positive comments regarding Halloween mode made us sure that a new game mode would be in demand – the one, where players are not just fighting till all enemies are defeated or till victory by points, but feel themselves real participants of a naval operation. That is why we are luckily introducing you a new mode called “Operations”. Besides it, we plan to develop a battle type “Scenarios”, completing it with new modes.

That said, we’re introducing a new battle type Scenario to the game. With the release of update 0.6.6, four different operations will be available that you can have a go at during the Public Test. Continue reading

World of Warships – Sub_Octavian Q&A on Asia Forum

Hello everyone,

Thanks to Verence196 for sharing the information, a digest on the most important answers from a Q&A with Sub_Octavian on Asia Forum.

Source: World of Warships EU Forum


  • Not currently planning to add more port filters
  • WG experimenting with new strike armament and load-out re-balancing for carriers. May be introduced on Enterprise and other ships. No MM changes for carriers currently planned.
  • Clan membership limit will be expanded, but no ETA currently available.
  • Training room functionality is not currently being worked on, although improvements are desirable.
  • No nerfs to Saipan aircraft are currently under consideration.
  • A number of high tier destroyers might be getting deck armor buffed to 19 mm/16 mm in 0.6.6, allowing them to bounce 203mm shells.
  • WG may consider removing torpedo splash damage in the future.
  • WG is working on updating the radio commands/quick keys.
  • Skill based MM will not be introduced to random battles.
  • WG is not planning to nerf RN cruisers.
  • Old temporary campaigns are not likely to be rerun. WG prefers making new stuff.

World of Warships – Some Information from Russian Server #17

Hello everyone,

Thanks to Babykim for translating and sharing, information from the stream with developer JamesWhite on May 22.

Source: World of Warships EU Forum

“The staggered release (of Hood) has been met with utmost negativity, although we had such offers in the past. The players have been very negative about selling the most expensive package alone and for that price. I don’t want to cover-up, we have apparently miscalculated, it was not the best decision to offer a bundle. I hope and will do everything so that nothing similar will ever happen on the RU cluster. We will sell new ships by offering a choice of bundles, from more expensive to bare-bones. We have learned the lesson by studying your feedback on the official forum and other online resources. We have understood that the bundle pricing strategy was erroneous…I consider it a personal error, and we do not plan vexing players in the future.”

About the forthcoming premium Ships

  • Carrier Kaga will be sold in June. (Already available on Asia Server)
  • Cruiser De Grasse will be sold in 0.6.5, but only as part of a combat mission with an XP requirement.
  • Cruiser Makarov will not be sold or awarded in special events. How it will be distributed remains a secret.

World of Tanks – Mod Portal

Hello everyone,

Wargaming just released a new Mod Portal. It’s still in Alpha stage and only available in Russian at the moment, but might be available for other Regions if it’s proven to work.

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The idea is to make a common place with approved modifications for the game, where players can go and download. This is Wargaming second attempt to build such a portal and will be further developed and improved over time. If you want to check it out, just click here.

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World of Tanks 9.19 – M4A3E8 Sherman Armour Changes

Hello everyone,

I’ve was going though a list of upcoming changes for Update 9.19 and I noticed a small change on the M4A3E8 Sherman.

On Update 9.19 it will receive an armour buff on the gun shield:

  • Front Gun Mantlet changed from 89 to 177.8 mm;
  • Back Gun Mantlet changed from 76 to 88.9 mm;

All other values stay the same, not a massive change but it’s a welcomed change as the tank will become a bit better while hull down.

World of Warships 0.6.5.1 Update Notes

Release Notes 0.6.5.1

Changes

  • Upon selling ships equipped with camouflage, the camouflage will now be automatically dismounted and moved to your inventory.
  • Fixed an error where the system message indicating you’ve chosen the incorrect ship and battle type for a campaign was displayed in Russian.
  • Fixed an error where the Aircraft Carrier camera was switched upon designating several navigation points set via Shift, even after turning off the “Switch off Shift on aircraft carriers” option.
  • Fixed an error in the “Hunt for Bismarck” campaign’s Mission #3 final task where it rewarded the outdated unequippable Upgrade “Secondary Battery Modification 1”.

Bismarck Campaign Fix

The final Task for Mission 3 mistakenly awards an unmountable Secondary Battery Modification 1. We’ll be changing the reward next week in Update 0.6.5.1 to an Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1. If you won the Second Battery Modification 1 via the Task, you’ll have the Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 credited to your account if the Battery Modification is still in your inventory.

To avoid a Credit loss, please don’t sell the incorrect upgrade, and wait for the 0.6.5.1 release to have it changed to the right one. If you sold your Secondary Battery Modification 1, it won’t be exchanged for the correct one.