In the last weeks we have kept working on tweaking and polishing the Squad system based on player feedback and gathered data on how it performs in the live game environment.
With these updates (already on the live servers) we think it works really well and we have only a few extra tweaks and polished coming in the next update called Everhart! More about those in a future update!
Recent Squad Tweaks!
These tweaks all focus on making it easier for you to manage your squad and to help avoid leaderless squads getting stuck.
- Orders can now be given from all characters that have the squad leader unlock (rank 6).
- Ability to switch access-point is also available for squad leader cadets.
- If the squad leader/cadet has been missing from the squad for more than four minutes squad command is assigned to a new squad member.
- Added ready countdown.
- “Launch” button is briefly shown while 30 seconds timer ticks down.
- Even if a squad is not ready, the squad leader can select ‘enter combat’ and the squad will enter combat after 15 seconds
The new Squad System was introduced to support teamplay and for a lot of players this works really well. As our Game Director, Reto.RedBjarne, mentioned in the video we released on Friday, there are a number of improvements to the squads that a LOT of, especially veteran, players have requested! Today we roll out a number of hotfixes addressing a good selection of these!
Personal Squad Setup
You can now create your own squad and add that to the matchmaker, without adding a friend. The matchmaker will then try to fill open seats with other players. How do I do that I hear you ask?
The new update named ‘Devyatayev – Squad’ (named after the Soviet soldier Mikhael Petrovich Devyatayev ) is here! Here you can get a quick overview of all the new features we’ve added for you! The Videolog will start you off and we then continue with more details below!
The next major update will have a new faction, which is one of the smaller, but not unimportant nations of WWII: the Swiss faction. It is a neutral faction that cannot initiate the first attack towards any of the other factions, but if attacked by a faction it will then be able to perform attacks towards that faction for the remainder of the War, but only within the region of Switzerland.
The first and only Assault Team and soldier type available for the Swiss faction is Recon, but in coming updates we will add further Assault Teams and soldier types. The Swiss Recon soldiers will be armed with K31/43 rifles with 2.8x Scopes and a Swiss Army Knife as default weapon. The Swiss Faction will be the only Faction in which Soldiers will earn Gold instead of Credits.
In the upcoming weeks we will reveal more information about the Swiss faction…
Infantry! Infantry everywhere! After showing you the new M16 MGMC, the GAZ-AAA and the SdKfz 7/1, there are also a handful of other tweaks incoming for the infantry! In the coming update named Adams (after the American hero Lucian Adams) a number of tweaks and adjustments will enhance infantry gameplay.
WEAPON AND GUNPLAY TWEAKS
We have been digging through the stats for a while, listened (and read) a lot of feedback & talked to a number of players, and we have decided on a few tweaks to help improve the feel of the gunplay in the game. Most notably we are adjusting a number of values around the semi-auto rifles (the Gewehr 43, M1 Garand & Tokarev SVT-40) to make them more valuable as weapons for both new players and veterans.
As you probably know the current update, you’re playing right now, is called Zhukov (after the Soviet Marshal Georgy Konstantinovich Zhukov) and we’ve come to the end of the alphabet (excluding weird Scandinavian bonus letters).
So after having gone through a bunch of generals from A-Z, we think it is time to go highlight a bunch of heroes! And we also think YOU heroes playing the game should have a say!.
WANT TO HELP?
Jump into the forum here and suggest a hero with a name beginning with A and we’ll select from your suggestions! If you haven’t used the forum before, just login with your normal game account and password.