Total War Arena: Developer Newsletter #23 min read
The details of this have been worked out, and it’s being implemented as a toggleable box in the options menu. We found that the camera doesn’t offer a significant overall advantage, as there are pros and cons. For example, archer players were able to see further and try to avoid being hit from behind, but would more easily walk into stakes, caltrops etc as they weren’t checking the ground directly in front of them enough. Different unit types have better awareness at different camera heights, so bear that in mind before toggling it on!
This is something we’ve spoken about for a while, and with our next major update, we’re hoping to address it. One part of the upcoming friendly fire changes affects ranged units and how their projectiles act. We have heard your feedback that it’s frustrating to accidentally fire upon your allies and to feel like you had little control over the situation, so we set out to find a way to increase your control over situations where friendly units are engaged in combat.
The first change here is an increase to accuracy for all units. Projectiles will scatter slightly less, and therefore will hit your allies less frequently while they’re engaged in combat. Be warned, you will still hit your allies, and this is far from the best way to deal solid damage to your enemies, but we wanted to make it easier for high-skill players to be able to avoid friendly fire as much as possible and make sure you can more accurately predict what your click will do.
This comes with a slight decrease to missile damage (which results in a net 0 power increase), and a decreased cooldown for focus fire abilities, so that you’ll be able to pick your specific targets more often and feel more relevant even in the messiest of combats.
These changes are a part of the overall FF update, there are other improvements to stakes, spear phalanx, caltrops, artillery, and various other FF sources.
There have been several posts about lag over the last few weeks, and we’ve been paying close attention to how we can improve our graphics processing to reduce this. Some big improvements have been found, especially on low end machines, and we’re seeing the below increases in frame rate:
|RESULTS||Frame Rate Improvement 3.0 to 3.1|
|i5-4690K/GTX 1070 x2||16.7%|
|TR1950X/GTX 1080 Ti||4.9%|
|i5-3570K/RX 470 x2||4.6%|