Thanks to Babykim, EU
SubOctavian on the new concept for the RN cruisers.
1). Smoke and HE is not what pleases the players nowadays;
2). Smoke and HE is probably the only way of making light cruisers effective, whereas heavier cruisers have other options;
3). If the German cruisers have introduced new variations of gameplay, with the former RN cruiser conception we expect a negative reaction of both captains and their opponents.
This is why we decided to radically change the concept of the branch. The RN will not be HE spammers, but would require thoughtful aiming and maneuvering. The change is radical. We are not sure that it will succeed on first try, nor can we exclude the possibility of a delay in the release.
It is premature to make conclusions at this point. The changes are being tested internally, after which they definitely be given to the super testers. This is why we are unable to go into more detail at this moment.
In any case, we want to make an interesting branch that will enrich the game play.
When the new concept matures, it will be discussed in patch notes of the corresponding version, as well as in publications dedicated to it. There will be more details in due time.
Additional bits of information from follow-up discussions:
1. They are experimenting with bouncing angles for the British AP.
2. The gameplay will be sufficiently different from Königsberg/Nürnberg concept.