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In this blog we will be looking at the new camera angles that are used in the new apb test build. there will be some pictures that show the new camera angles for both infantry and a video of the hind's new camera.

Posted by triattack on Mar 4th, 2014

Going to try to keep this a bit short. We've had a few issues with the APB test server that have made things difficult lately. A server override issue recently was causing the game to crash anytime a player joined because it tried to spawn them as a GDI minigunner, that no longer exists in our context. Despite this, balance changes and mechanics adjustments are coming together although it's not always something worth a screenshot or video. Some of the latest adjustments involve the addition of a Soviet jeep (right now it's a straight copy of the Allies' Ranger) and hiding the player names for "sneaking" infantry. Some holdups that were interfering with the explosion reduction logic changes are also now resolved, and that will receive some balance testing next weekend. Vehicles now purchase much faster, making it easier to assemble an army quicker.
 
For some changes you can actually see, several new camera adjustments are now possible, which will be of great benefit for us when nit comes to APB but also a huge bonus to anybody who's ever been frustrated by aiming with the Titan in Tiberian Sun: Reborn. Third person view is now set as an over-the-shoulder view instead of the old behind-your-head, which gives it a more cinematic feel but more importantly also gives you greater visibility towards whatever you're aiming at. It's just another way to make infantry play better, which was a big concern for the next release.


Same position and aim location, first versus third person

The new camara view for the hind. the Longbow has a similar one to this.


The new camera perspective for the Heavy Tank; the Medium tank has a similar one

The infantry self-healing logic is also in and ready for testing and balancing, so the numbers I'm about to give you are preliminary and will doubtlessly be adjusted. A video of this process is very boring to watch, so I'll describe it. There is a 45-second delay before infantry self healing kicks in. Being hurt resets this timer. After the waiting period passes, you begin to self heal at five HP per second until you're at full health or get hurt again (including fall damage or self-inflicted wounds). This process takes around 20 seconds to fully heal a soldier, and it means that about one full minute after combat you will be back to full health (but armor is not currently restored). That's perhaps quite a while during combat, but the idea as we've already presented it before is that you'll be able to either actually retreat for another attack later, or if you survive an engagement victorious you can press on without the need to return to your base. This negates the need for any kind of "Refill purchase" option, too.  

Volkov already self-heals, you might point out, during combat. Volkov's also now got a very short delay (three seconds or so) before he self-heals instead of constant healing, so if you continue to damage him he will be unable to effectively self-repair. Volkov's armor is restored by this process right now.
 

See you next time.

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brunocar
brunocar Mar 4 2014, 7:24am says:

cool to see updates, my computer cant run renegade x and i personaly like this ones gameplay more

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Tesrym
Tesrym Mar 4 2014, 7:40am says:

Awesome update guys! :D
I'm gonna take meself a game later today with APB.

I tried to play Renegade X earlier, but aint the same feeling without dear Volkov.

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Woozle
Woozle Mar 4 2014, 11:22am says:

I'd like this camera angle better if it let you see more of the vehicle. Can't admire the details as well.

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Guest
Guest Mar 4 2014, 1:15pm replied:

The new camera angle prefers situational awareness over the concept of constantly looking at the same vehicle which honestly degrades the combat effectiveness of the tank and it's crew. Although this is still subject to the psychological aspect of the crew itself, how it seems the main priorities in the field. I understand this kind of a... creates a dichotomy but in MP games it is important how you act, how you are working to help achieve victory for your faction/team.

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Clay_More
Clay_More Mar 4 2014, 6:12pm says:

very good changes you guys are putting in lately, only thing that remains is getting rid of the awful tech system.

for those who wish to see their tank, you could include that option in the menu somehow i guess.

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Lupus_of_nox_noctis
Lupus_of_nox_noctis Mar 4 2014, 10:39pm says:

So guys, why not using what Renegade X has layed down as a foundation branch off into that?

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Lupus_of_nox_noctis
Lupus_of_nox_noctis Mar 4 2014, 10:44pm replied:

I ask this cautiously because I dont want you to think that what theyve done is more significant than the work you guys have made

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Chronojam
Chronojam Mar 5 2014, 12:30am replied:

No offense taken at all. We actually had dialog with Renegade X much earlier, and did some experimentation on UDK ourselves after seeing their successes (porting assets, testing some gameplay, etc).

In the end we decided against it for a few reasons, but have taken the time to re-evaluate the option now and then. Seeing the UE4 SDK demonstration got us excited actually, and if there is a "UDK 4" we'll definitely play with that... although it will likely mean starting from scratch in terms of the gameplay mechanics.

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Jeffman12
Jeffman12 Mar 5 2014, 12:38am replied:

Too bad you can't get EA to sign off on letting you have the frostbite engine, but that might end up in them mandating you offer microtransactions, or paying real money for vehicles.

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AtlasTasume
AtlasTasume Mar 5 2014, 6:24am replied:

Im glad to hear you are considering it. W3D really feels old and sluggish to play now.

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Clay_More
Clay_More Mar 5 2014, 8:59am replied:

any engine switch will cost you a lot of effort either way especially if its somehthing like cryengine or udk. i heard youre working on better graphics, if you manage to get it to a modern level there wouldnt be a reason to switch engines.

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on1ondevelopment
on1ondevelopment Mar 8 2014, 12:55pm replied:

W3D is still a good engine, no matter if it's old or not this game is great!

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