Hello everyone and Happy New Year!
Well, let’s start this year with small news, the round 2 of the update 0.8.0’s public test. Now, before we cover it, it is important to note that the round 2 will not be the last. There will indeed be a third round supposedly to try to somewhat tweak properly the Aircraft Carrier rework before its official release.
This round will start today, the 11th of January at 17:30 CET (UTC+1) and will end on the 14th of January at 16:30 CET (UTC+1).
The main complaints about the first round of the Public Test were the lack of damage from anti-air mounts as well as the overall lack of fun and impact of the Tier IV carriers Langley and Hosho.
Well, the changes are taking care of these issues, hopefully, Wargaming didn’t over-tweak things.
So, as said above, the anti-air, in general, is getting some love with the defensive fire getting buffed on its effectiveness and cooldown. Also, the flak, the explosions created by mid-range and long range are now not simple fireworks but they will deal more damage to planes hitting them.
The Tier IV carriers will now have torpedo bombers that will allow them to have a better impact on the game. The rest of their planes also received changes apparently but the nature of the changes is unknown.
Now, the last major change that needs to be pointed out is the change to the aiming time of IJN AP bombs. This is a significant change as you will now be able to drop the bombs effectively when they are the deadliest so at high altitude.
As you may know, the bombs now have a proper ballistic system in 0.8.0 compared to the system on the live server. This means that for AP bombs, the higher the bombs will be dropped, the better will be their angle of impact and penetration. If you drop bombs at the last moment they can simply bounce on the decks of ships. With this change, dropping AP bombs will be less of a trade between the effectiveness of the bomb itself and the accuracy of the drop.
Final note, the Ranked Arms Race is not available during the round but will be available on the 3rd round.
On this, good testing on the Public Test Server Captains!