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Beta Changes - Improvements, Tweaks, and Fixes from The Community ( source )

 

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After more testing in our beta phase, we’ve read through literally all of the comments and discussions we could find in the community and we’ve taken the feedback onboard and applied it to the game
Hopefully, this will be yet more evidence of the bright future of Battalion’s competitive scene.
We don’t just listen to the community and react. We make our own assessments, we watch your feedback come in and evolve as more hours are put into the game, we then read and listen to your feedback on reddit/twitter/steam, then we discuss potential fixes for your issues, and then we implement/test, and then we push the game to the community for feedback!

 
Esports, Tournaments, and Events

First off we’d like to just give the community a small insight into the future of Battalion as a competitive title. Obviously, the competitive side of the game is a huge focus for Battalion, but we aren’t going to start with a huge prize pot without first growing the competitive scene. Our goal is to see each event grow bigger than the last. In the last 12 months we’ve seen multiple games grow too quickly in the esports scene without building the game on a solid foundation. Since the big success of our beta, we’ve been presented with so many amazing opportunities to push Battalion as not just a competitive game but to also have a professional scene as well.
We’re humbled to be presented with these opportunities, but we wanted to let the community know that regardless of how much money gets thrown at events and tournaments the most important thing to us; is to keep our focus on fostering growth in our fan base and our competitive scene, it is not possible to buy your way into esports.
To grow the game competitively we need you guys to continue your support and patience! We also would like to stress the importance of Clanwars going forward, being able to compete against other teams without ever having to leave the game is a huge step forward for a competitive game like ours. On top of this, we have some huge announcements on the horizon, surrounding Clanwars.
So whilst we’ve had many offers for events, we’re choosing to support a select group who share our ideas of steady growth. If you are an event or organisation looking to collaborate, please don’t hesitate to contact esports@bulkheadinteractive.com

 

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Changes & Improvements
Changes to Mid-Air Accuracy
We’ve acknowledged that beta players felt the time to kill was to low and that corner strafing/jump peaking was too common. Previously in Battalion, weapons were 100% accurate in the air. We have now added another layer of depth to the game, to reduce the amount of ‘flying around corners’. Whilst this is still a valid strategy, it should no longer be always the most optimal way to approach a gun fight. This effects the snipers & kar98 most of all. For an amount of time when a player is in the air, they will no longer be able to hit perfectly accurate shots. This change is ONLY applied to horizontal movement (X & Z axis), if you stand still and complete a regular vertical jumpshot, you will retain 100% accuracy. This change has been applied to the following weapons at different levels of inaccuracy.
  • Kar98 Sniper (Extreme)
  • Springfield (Extreme)
  • Kar98k (High)
  • STG44 (Medium)
  • BAR (Medium)
  • Thompson (Minor)
  • MP40 (Minor)

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BAR & STG44 movement speed changes
After much discussion from the devs and the community. We have decided to buff the BAR & STG movement speed across the board. Firstly, we have increased ADS movement speed on the BAR & STG by 20%, this is intended to make peaking corners easier and remove the necessity to strafe round every corner. We have also given the BAR & STG a buff by making their regular movement speed 20% faster.

Kar98k ADS speed changes
We have made the Kar98k’s general move speed slower, however the ADS speed is the same. We have moved away from any class based movements and adopted more weapon specific movement speeds. This hasn’t made a massive change and its more of a buff to the other weapons than it is a nerf to the Kar98k. This again feels a lot more balanced when we have tested it internally. It’s worth noting that it’s counterpart the M1 Garand is now faster in ADS than the Kar98k. The Garand has the faster peak but takes 2 bullets to kill!

Sniper rifles movement changes
Previously, the snipers were set at the ‘medium’ movement speed. The Springfield and the Kar98 Scoped will both now have a reduced ADS walk speed and their overall movement speed will be slower. Generally, all the classes aren’t too dissimilar in speeds at the slow/medium level. But we felt the snipers were so fun to use for players that we didn’t want to nerf them by hurting the weapon. So we decided to nerf it in other ways. So far the sniper, still feels great but feels A LOT more balanced than it was.

Kar98 Scope sight changes
There was a consensus that the Kar98 scope wasn’t as nice at the Springfield. While we like the asymmetrical nature of the rifles; we wanted to make the sight feel a bit better. It’s a minor change but we’ve made the sticks/bars in the sight thinner & skinnier.
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Sniper forced unscope
Previously, snipers were able to take a shot and remain in scope while bolting the weapon. Now, the player is forced to unscope. This functions the exact same way as Call of Duty 4, so it is worth noting, when you take a shot, you will need to manually press unscope, to not feel ‘stuck’ otherwise you will feel slow. This is just an extra layer of detail that adds another layer of skill to Battalion.
Hopefully, snipers will no longer be overpowered, but they will still feel great to play.

Pistol speeds
As part of our movement changes, the pistol now also has its own unique speed. SMG’s and Default Weapons are faster than the pistol, however other weapons are slower. Keep this in mind when you’re rushing to get that pick!

Fixed Exploits on Derailed
Various unfair spots and strange angles have been fixed

Upottery training map fixes
Black lighting errors on Upottery have been fixed, it now also has a loading screen
 

Arcade Improvements
Going into beta, we were already aware of issues with spawns in CTF, DOM, and TDM. The community tested the beta and came to the same conclusion that the spawns were not good enough. Fortunately we had started work on arcade spawns already and we were able to get them in just in time, we’ve tested them internally and they are much more intelligent!
 
Gameservers
Dedicated Server Files
We will be releasing the dedicated server files via the Steam tools section on February 1st. You will be able to host your own servers easily.


Player Counts
Technically, you can run a 50v50 game if you so wish! However, we have tested the game with 18 players max, so anything after that is uncharted territory. As part of our “Major Content Update” in summer 2018 (www.battaliongame.com) we plan to include ‘large map support’ so that players can begin to play games with larger server numbers. Remember, the more players in a game, the more your frame rate will be effected.

Pre-Order Gameservers
We’ve been working with Multiplay who host all of our matchmaking servers, but they will also be hosting servers for players who want to run their own game! Their servers will be limited for 60 tick for now this will change in the future. Visit https://www.multiplaygameservers.com/game-servers/battalion/

Tick Rate
After much deliberation, we have decided to run our matchmaking servers at 60 tick. There are multiple reasons for this and it is important that server providers read this. We fully intend to offer 128 tick servers in the near future, but currently with our time constraints there are bugs with 128 tick. Some animation related and some spectator related. Clanwars is in its early stages but we intend for it to use higher tick servers, so fixing these issues are a priority for us.
If you do run your own server, we advise you do not use 128 tick and stick to 90 at most. But remember, the game has been most tested at 60 tick.
 
Mini Beta
We have made some changes to match making over this week, to improve the overall experience. Whilst for marketing purposes, we don’t want to run another beta, we do want to test the match making one more time before Early Access.

This weekend, between Friday the 26th and Sunday the 28th for approximately 1 hour. We will push out an update to the Battalion Test Zone (TZ) and we will live the servers.
To be clear; we have no interest in promoting this or even giving the exact time, this is for technical testing only. At some point via both the Studio Leads twitter (www.twitter.com/Brammertron) and the official Discord channel, we will say “The servers & update are live”. From then there will be a small window to play and test the game. However, our ONLY interest is testing match making.

 
Thanks for your support! Battalion is releasing to Steam on Thursday February 1st 2018 (Next week). To help us promote the title, the best support you can give is:
 
  • Purchase The Game Day 1
  • Write a review for game on Steam

We’ll see you at release!
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2 minutes ago, Kevinos said:

Hello, Would you be able to have a tutorial for server installation via steamcmd ?.

Will he be the same as csgo? just change the id of the game?
tjhx

Server installation should be the same of other games as it is provided on steamcmd.
Just need to know the Steam ID of tool. ( most probably different of the game itself)

A tutorial for config files will be welcome, ..... unless they think to add the doc directly to the tool.

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54 minutes ago, MissDL said:

can we download the early acces tonight at 00:00 ? :D i can't wait for the game

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