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Balance Corrections

  • The detectability range algorithm when a ship fires her AA guns is similar to her detectability mechanics when firing her main guns, but is only applicable to detectability by air. This approach should eliminate situations when ships with low detectability range by air can remain undetected while firing at enemy aircraft.

Extinguish Fires Faster

  • Catch on fire (or don’t!) with this new balance change: we’re reducing the time it takes to extinguish fires on cruisers and destroyers. Extinguishing one source of fire takes 30 seconds at most instead of the 60 seconds it was. Admiral Graf Spee’s value is 45 seconds, the only exception. Hopefully this reduced time will help new players improve their battle performance at low tiers, encourage using consumables efficiently, and reduce excessive disparity between the Damage Control Party (When activated, instantly repairs fires, floods, and incapacitations, and prevents more for the duration.) and Damage Control Party II (When activated, instantly repairs fires, floods, and incapacitations, and prevents more for the duration.) consumables.

Smoke Changes to British Cruisers

  • We increased the active time of the Smoke Generator (While active, generates a smoke screen that blocks line-of-sight for both enemies and teammates.) on British cruisers from 7 to 15 seconds. This change should help players to use their Smoke Generator (While active, generates a smoke screen that blocks line-of-sight for both enemies and teammates.) consumable in a more efficient way and hide British cruisers deploying a smokescreen when they activate the consumable at high speed.

Other Ship Changes

  • We improved the effectiveness of the Defensive AA Fire (While active, the damage per second of large caliber anti-aircraft guns is increased.) consumable for all US and Soviet destroyers, as well as Loyang. It now makes the AA gun aura four times as efficient when activated and more viable compared to other consumables players can mount in the same slot. Try it out!
  • T-22 — Standard firing range reduced from 9.8km to 9.1km, detectability range by air from 3.4km to 2.96km, and detectability range by sea is from 7km to 6.52km -- this should improve her survivability and let players make the most of her torpedo damage. potential
  • Podvoisky — Reduced main battery reload time from 9.2s to 8.1s to increase the damage-dealing capability.
  • Kirov — Reduced main battery reload time from 15s to 13.5s to increase the damage-dealing capability.
  • Krasny Krym — Reduced main battery reload time from 9.2s to 8.1s to increase the damage-dealing capability.
  • Nicholas — Increased forward firing aiming angles of torpedo tubes, turret 3 for Hull B, and turret 4 for Hull A – this change should make it easier to aim the ship’s weapons at enemies.
  • Iwaki Alpha — Gains an additional slot for Hydroacoustic Search (While active, detects all enemy ships and torpedoes within the specified radius, without regard of obstacles such as smoke and terrain.) consumable. Main battery firing range increased from 10.21km to 10.71km to improve ship playability.
  • Arkansas Beta — Firing range of secondary battery increased from 3.5 to 4.5km, with upgraded accuracy. This should improve the ship's performance in close combat.
  • Chester — Engine room armor increased, firing accuracy improved for short-range battles.
  • Orlan — Made minor changes to HP distribution in fore and aft ends and superstructures. Main battery reload time reduced from 4.5s to 4.3s.
  • Bougainville — Made minor changes to HP distribution in fore and aft ends and superstructures. Main battery shell damage value increased from 1,000 to 1,400.

New Tier X Rentals for Clan Battles

  • Players who played a Random or Clan Battle with a Tier VIII-X ship during Update 0.6.12 Update got a special set of three special Tier X ships “rented” for temporary use: Japanese cruiser Zao, Japanese destroyer Shimakaze, and German battleship Großer Kurfürst. In Update 0.6.13, we remove these ships and replace them with the following three Tier X ships: German cruiser Hindenburg, Soviet destroyer Grozovoi, and U.S. battleship Montana. These ships will be removed when Update 0.6.14 releases.
  • Players who didn't play a single battle in Update 0.6.12 can play a Random or Clan battle in Update 0.6.13 with a Tier VIII-X ship, and the 0.6.13 Tier X rental ships will appear on their account so they can play Clan Battles.
  • After rental ships Zao, Shimakaze, and Großer Kurfürst are removed from a player's account, their respective Commanders move to the Reserve where their Skills are reset. Players can remaster the required Skills by redistributing Commander Skill points in Update 0.6.13.
  • Players who recruited a Commander for a rental ship, this Commander’s specialization changes to the starting ship of its respective nation.

Other Improvements

  • New visual tips on the battle loading screens correspond to the type of ship selected, her armament and the player's Account Level.
  • Checked and unified survivability of AA guns and secondary guns per a single standard for U.S. and Japanese ships, and Soviet cruisers.
  • Murmansk: It now requires slightly less damage to a ship’s AA and secondary guns to incapacitate them – affected guns include Japanese and US 76mm guns, as well as U.S. 102mm and 40mm guns.
  • In Post-Battle statistics, a Clan tag color depends on the League a Clan reaches in the Clan Battles. If a Clan doesn’t belong to any League, its tag will be white.
  • Fixed occasional bug of graphics settings not being set correctly game launches for first time.
  • Now, the “Alt+Enter” key combo enables “Full-screen windowed” mode instead of “Full-screen” mode.
  • Fixed “Ready” button remaining active in Clan Division when a player selected a carrier.
  • Fixed incorrect set of sounds playing for USS Alabama.
  • We also changed the tech tree’s appearance, improving its look and information. A white frame surrounds all the ships a player has purchased, while the XP and Credits required to get ships they don’t have appear on the ship’s icon.
  • Changed FPS counter mechanism to be more accurate. It no longer indicates abnormally low values. Players used to see the frame count instantly because it was read every 0.5s, but now it displays an average number of frames per second for the 50 frames that preceded the update tick. Most applications use this method, so we decided to adopt it as well.
  • Removed a visual indicator located next to the ping reading, as it activated even during 'hang-ups' not related to ping, while the ping value provides just enough information.
  • Made minor changes to HP distribution of Hit Points of some modules for several ships – it won’t affect the number of HP on any ship:
    • Tachibana, Tachibana Lima: Forward compartment HP reduced by 200 HP.
    • Isokaze Hull (B): Steering gears HP increased by 400 HP.
    • Kongo Hull (A): Forward magazine HP was reduced by 2,300 HP.
    • Izumo Hull (B): Forward compartment HP increased by 100 HP.
    • Furutaka Hull (B): Casemate HP reduced by 200 HP, superstructure HP was increased by 200 HP.
    • Storozhevoi Hull (B): Superstructure HP reduced by 100 HP.
    • Sims: Forward compartment HP reduced by 100 HP.
    • Fletcher Hull (A): Superstructure HP reduced by 100 HP.
    • Omaha:
      • Hull (A): Forward compartment HP reduced by 200, service space HP above casemate increased by 100 HP, aft compartment HP reduced by 100 HP, superstructure HP increased by 100 HP.
      • Hull (B): Forward compartment HP reduced by 200, service space HP above casemate increased by 100 HP, aft compartment HP reduced by 100 HP, superstructure HP increased by 100 HP.
      • Hull (C): Forward compartment HP reduced by 200, aft compartment HP reduced by 200 HP, superstructure HP increased by 500 HP.
  • Essex Hull (A): Steering gears HP reduced by 800 HP.
  • Independence Hull (A): Steering gears HP reduced by 400 HP.
  • Minekaze Hull (B): Steering gears HP increased by 400 HP.

Additional Fixes

  • Ensured appearance of waiting order indicator on icon of a selected air group in battle.
  • Fixed ship sale cost not showing in center of system messages.
  • Fixed confused appearance of control area capture icons in standard(Random) battles.

New Content

Ships

  • Developers, Supertesters and other special contributors can test the German Tier VI destroyer T-61, Italian Tier VII cruiser Duca degli Abruzzi, French Tier VI destroyer Aigle, and Japanese Tier VII battleship Ashitaka. The ships being tested are not available for purchase or research, but players may encounter them in battle.

Sound Mod Improvements

  • While still not officially supported, we’ve improved the functionality of player-created sound mods -- a control.xml file is created for each mod, which contains paths to all that mod's files.

Removed Content

  • Halloween ‘16 and ‘17 Ports
  • End of "Saving Transylvania" and "Sunray in the Darkness" operations. As Update 0.6.13 concludes the "Saving Transylvania" and "Sunray in the Darkness" operations, all event ships and their Commanders are removed from accounts. All upgrades, signals, and flags are then removed from the ships and placed in the Inventory. Players who purchased upgraded consumables during the event, they'll be removed at the rate of 7,500 Credits added for each consumable.