The new build named Manstein (after the German Field Marshall Erich von Manstein) is live on the servers! And here is a short update explaining the new features we have added for you to enjoy!
New Mountain Map
We have updated the Mountain Map with about 200% more mountain and a lot of improvements to how the map is constructed behind the scenes. This makes updating and adjusting easier, so we can make sure the map stays as fun as possible over time without turning level designer's hair gray.
Take a look here for screenshots and additional details.
"Enough with these fences everywhere! Destroy them!" That is how it sounded here at HQ, so we can now destroy fences by crushing them with tanks, shooting them or by having things explode next to them. Click the link for more details (and a few splinters).
Asset Streaming & Partial-State Update
Behind this cryptic sounding point hides two very important features. Asset Streaming lets us load assets (textures now, models & modifications & vehicles in the future) into a running action game. Streaming also adds a layer of performance optimization on graphics adapters without tons of onboard memory as explained here. The Partial State Update is a new generation of the network code handling how your game communicates with the servers. This lets the game send smaller packages and gives a better game experience for all players, but especially those further away from the servers. More Techy info here.
Mounted MG34 & Weapons Sounds
In addition to improving the game's performance we have also added a new weapon. The MG34 has been added as the mounted machinegun of choice on a couple of German vehicles and we have added the first batch of the new weapon sounds (with more to come).
Fog of War
In Manstein we introduce fog of war for the first time. This is mainly relevant for Generals as it now only let's them see what their Assault Teams can see. Take a look here for more information!
There are of course more happening in the build, so continue reading for more details…
Here is a list of some additional features in the Manstein build.
- Assault Clock update
- Refactor XP system to reduce risk of error.
- 25% XP Bonus included in Veteran Membership
- Campaign Map level redistribution
- New capture jingles
- Modification to how German uniform receives light, make them look lighter in colour
- WeaponMods high level boost
- Armor Model Impact Feedback
The Mobile Command app moves along on its own release cycle (when at all possible) so the current version is compatible with the Manstein build when it goes live. The newest version contains the Fog of War, as well as a few bug fixes on both iOS and Android.
For a more detailed changelog take a look here: Changelog on the wiki.