Sandbox: Summary of 1st Iteration

Source: eekeeboo, EU Forums

Update of Sandbox HE Testing 23/10/19

We have patched Sandbox server. And here the text for the players

Just a couple of words about the preliminary test results.

Over the past weekend, we tested the new mechanics, gathered statistics, and analysed them. The tests showed that the mechanics of dealing damage work correctly, without technical issues. Now we can gradually reconfigure the efficiency of HE shells.

What happens to the HE vehicles?

Since the start of testing, one of the most discussed points was the future of the vehicles that base their gameplay on using HE shells. For example, the KV-2, the FV4005 Stage II, the Japanese heavy tanks, some Premium vehicles, etc.

We’re listening to your feedback and we will pay close attention to the precise reconfiguration of gameplay for such vehicles. However, the current test will check the system-scale changes in the mechanics of HE shells without reconfiguring particular vehicles. We will start tweaking certain vehicles individually after we finish this stage of testing and come to a common conclusion.

Additionally, we will make changes to HESH shells in the following iterations of the Sandbox.

What will change with the release of the update?

Characteristics that were tested from Thursday to now represent the minimum efficiency of HE shells. Next, we will continue their step-by-step reconfiguration in search of the optimal efficiency and frequency of use in battle. In this update we will:

  1. Increase the damage per shot value for all HE shells by 75%. This should affect the efficiency and frequency of use among all HE shells, both low and large calibre.
  2. Correct the damage drop-off in the burst radius. It will be changed from 0.1 to 0.5 on the edge of the splash. We will also make the damage drop-off from the centre to the edge more linear. This change will permit dealing damage if you hit an external module.  
  3. Increase the probability of critical hits on a vehicle’s modules.    
  4. Increase the angle of armour shrapnel spread if an internal module is hit from 45 to 60 degrees.   
  5. Reconfigure the shock wave mechanics to deal more damage. This will be most noticeable on lightly armoured vehicles.     
  6. Fix the deviation in damage per shot for some HE shells with this value in Update 1.5 (technical cut of the Sandbox).

These changes should increase the relevance of HE shells in their new role and increase the number of critically damaged modules compared to the first iteration of the test.

None of these changes are related to the final testing results, and we will continue reconfiguring HE shells. For now, we want to see how these changes will affect the use frequency of these shells in battle and their statistics, as well as compare the data with the results of the first iteration of the test.

Then, step by step, we will try to achieve the optimal balance between HE shells efficiency and their frequency of use in battle.

And then we will start reconfiguring vehicles individually, including those that are actively discussed in the community.

Cheers, eek.