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Report RSS Renaming the Armor-Piercing ammo power! Your feedback is needed!

We need to talk. There's a problem with the custom HUD. Why don't you come on in? I'm baking cookies!

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I'm Chris Hansen. Why don't you take a seat over there for me.

But seriously though, as most of you (hopefully) know, R6 is in the works for MEU, and one of the many new features included in it is the custom HUD. But, there's a problem...

The Problem

In the new HUD, there are text overflow issues with many of the longer weapon names, most notably weapons with armor-piercing rounds. Here are a couple screenshots of the text overflow issue:



The Solution

In the name of every weapon that fires armor-piercing rounds, "Armor-Piercing" will be changed to either "Armor" or "AP"! As such, we can't decide which one to go with, so we've created this very short survey for all of you to quickly vote on which name to go with! (Don't worry, all the survey consists of is a single multiple-choice question with only 2 choices.)


The Semantics

When it comes to UI/UX design, nothing should ever be confusing to the user; everything everywhere must make as much sense as possible.


With that said, there's a couple issues with using "AP" instead of "Armor", or vice versa. Neither "Armor" nor "AP" are very clear as to what they do — but, "AP" is actually a relatively-well-known abbreviation for armor-piercing rounds in real-world militaries. However, not all gamers are going to be immediately familiar with this abbreviation, and it might throw off players who are looking for "Armor-Piercing" rounds since that's how it's spelled in the Mass Effect trilogy. Because of all of those issues with "AP", "Armor" might be a better option, simply because it's slightly more explanatory.

That's why we need your guys' help deciding which option to go with! So in case you don't feel like scrolling back up to help vote, here's another link to the survey:


Outcome Examples

Following are examples of how each option would appear in-game.

"Armor" Examples



"AP" Examples



Comments
Alican71
Alican71

Taking out the "Sniper Rifle" bit would work as well, no?

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Shirazzarazza
Shirazzarazza

I prefer just shortening it to AP and I also agree with Alican's idea.

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Mengu
Mengu

The widow rifle icon does the same, even if by a couple pixels. What about making that part of the HUD just a little wider?

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Sanguinius
Sanguinius

Just use the abbreviation, we all know them.

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Raygoza
Raygoza

You can just use AP, I take it there wont be many shortenings and people would learn this fast.

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rkraptor70
rkraptor70

We all know what AP/API/HE supposed to be. So go with that.

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masterdude94
masterdude94

I would go with "Anti-Armor". It might fit a little better.

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Marth8880 AuthorSubscriber
Marth8880

RESULTS:

Welp, the responses are overwhelmingly leaning to rename it to "AP" at 77 votes with only 1 vote for "Armor", so "AP" it is. :) Thanks for your feedback, everyone!

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