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Upcoming adjustments to Air vs Ground balance (Dec 5, 2012) 
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Post Upcoming adjustments to Air vs Ground balance (Dec 5, 2012)
Hey all!

First of all, since I think this is my first official post since the game has been live, a quick introduction. My name is Matt Higby and I'm the Creative Director for PlanetSide 2, my job is to work with all of our game designers as well as the other team directors to help build the game. I'm also supposed to post on the forums and make funny movies on youtube.

I wanted to post today to talk about some changes to vehicle balance and especially air-to-ground gameplay. Air-to-ground interactions (and i'm talking about ground-to-air interactions with this too) are one of the most challenging balance touch points in the game. It's very easy with minor changes to make people on either end of this equation feel like they're getting hosed.

Goal for ground based anti-air:
We've talked before a bit about wanting ground to be an effective deterrent to air, and a very dangerous threat against pilots who are being risky (strafing, bombing low, hover spamming rockets, etc), but not necessarily be a hard counter to air. Ultimately friendly air power should be the best counter to enemy air power. I think that statement has been interpreted by some as us saying that the current balance is what we want, I want to be clear: that is not the case. Currently the air-to-ground balance is favoring air a bit too much, and aircraft have an imbalanced influence on the battlefield compared to ground.

In next week's update we're making some adjustments to the air-to-ground gameplay, some of these will affect ground vehicles and some even affect infantry vs infantry, but the main purpose is to bring air and ground into balance a bit more. None of these are enormous changes, but the cumulative effect should be closer to our goal of allowing ground to be an effective deterrent to air and a dangerous threat against pilots who are being risky.

Lock on Rocket Launchers (AV and AA):
- Range Increase
- Faster reload time (to compensate for lock on time)
- Now require lock on to fire

Flak:
- Minor damage increase
- Projectile speed increase

A30 Walker:
- Buffed Damage
- Faster Projectile

Rocket Pods:
- Decrease to the inner explosion radius: 3m to 1.5m. This is the center of the rocket explosion where the maximum damage occurs, so this will not affect direct hits. Effectively this makes the damage falloff at the center of the rocket pod explosion start closer to the center.

Flak Armor:
- Increase maximum explosion resistance for certed Flak armor from 25% to 50%. This makes Flak armor a more viable choice over Nanoweave for soldiers being attacked with explosives.

Decimator:
- New Heavy Assault common pool rocket launcher. High-damage anti-vehicle weapon, has a slow projectile speed and no lock on, but does massive damage to vehicles and other armored targets.

As I mentioned earlier, this is a very complex balance touch point, and we expect that balance changes will continue to occur to this area of the game until it feels great. We think these changes should help a lot to keep infantry and ground vehicles feeling competitive with their colleagues and enemies in the sky and will be a good first step in the journey of balance.

As always, we are eager to hear your feedback, questions and concerns.

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Post Re: Upcoming adjustments to Air vs Ground balance (Dec 5, 20
Dang, now I have to swap out my rocket launcher once in a while. Hope they fixed the A30 Walker. Sorry, no Lancer yet. :cry:

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Post Re: Upcoming adjustments to Air vs Ground balance (Dec 5, 20
ObsidianOne wrote:
Dang, now I have to swap out my rocket launcher once in a while. Hope they fixed the A30 Walker. Sorry, no Lancer yet. :cry:



I'm kinda indifferent to the Walker on the Mag... I don't think the walker is enough of a deterrent while equiped on the Mag to make it worth the drop in effectiveness that the Mag takes for having AA on it.


As for it being useful on the Gal, yea... That's a nice one. It should make gal drops a bit easier if we can easily chase off one ESF. I'm sure we'd still be toast with 2+ ESFs on us, but that's kinda rare, and probably expected if we are hitting a major hot zone.

I'm just hoping the Skyguard is back to being useful again. I want a reason to go ahead and buy the damn thing... it was completely useless at launch... unable to take out an camping ESF at moderate range with a full clip is insane. The faster projectile speed should make being more accurate easier, thus improving the efficiency of it.

2-3 Skyguards should be able to lock down the airspace above a large mag column. Since you are giving up EVERY other possible engagement for using a skyguard (does pittance against armor and even infantry, has cardboard protection, is annoying to drive and shoot, most effective as a relocatable turret)... the trade-off should be effectiveness against it's sole target.

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Post Re: Upcoming adjustments to Air vs Ground balance (Dec 5, 20
ObsidianOne wrote:

Lock on Rocket Launchers (AV and AA):
- Range Increase
- Faster reload time (to compensate for lock on time)
- Now require lock on to fire


This is a biggie if I understand right. You'll HA e to have a lock-on to fire now. I wonder if that means you cannot use AV to kill a MAX? I've never tried to see if there was a possibility for a lock-on, but I have fired at MAXs and softies before.


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Post Re: Upcoming adjustments to Air vs Ground balance (Dec 5, 20
Prez wrote:
ObsidianOne wrote:

Lock on Rocket Launchers (AV and AA):
- Range Increase
- Faster reload time (to compensate for lock on time)
- Now require lock on to fire


This is a biggie if I understand right. You'll HA e to have a lock-on to fire now. I wonder if that means you cannot use AV to kill a MAX? I've never tried to see if there was a possibility for a lock-on, but I have fired at MAXs and softies before.


When duelling several enemies, instead of reloading my Oriaon, I shoot a rocket at their feet which usually ends up as a kill. Now I will have to use the new decimators.

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Post Re: Upcoming adjustments to Air vs Ground balance (Dec 5, 20
Lock on rocket launchers. The default one, and now the deci, should work dumb fire fine. So you'll have 2 dumb fire options, 1 vehicle lock on, and 1 aircraft lock on.

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