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#1 InnerSphereNews

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Posted 15 January 2021 - 11:41 PM





First Development Update of 2021 for MechWarrior Online!
Daeron Katz and Matt Newman talk about
December Event and Sales Recap,
What they have been up to in the first 2 weeks of January,
the Upcoming changes targeting a February Patch,
and the upcoming Roadmap.






Give your feedback on the new variants you want to see added to the game



#2 catgirl

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Posted 16 January 2021 - 12:00 AM

Happy 2021! Updating biweekly or even once a month, unless there's any changes, sounds like a good idea Posted Image

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Posted 16 January 2021 - 12:10 AM

Happy new year! :)
Could someone give a quick summary of the dev update?

#4 Saved By The Bell

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Posted 16 January 2021 - 12:16 AM

Its possible to add more background music?

Even Faction Play has 2...

Or may be no music, like mercenaries 2.

#5 D V Devnull

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Posted 16 January 2021 - 12:19 AM

View PostDer BierVampiR, on 16 January 2021 - 12:10 AM, said:

Happy new year! Posted Image
Could someone give a quick summary of the dev update?

I second this. Not everyone has time (or the ability to focus) for a 50-plus-minute video. Yes, I'm Serious... I'm EXPLICITLY NOT trying to be mean to PGI's Staff here! :o

I will try to force myself to watch the whole video later in one sitting if I can possibly get the time, but I can't make a promise on that... Sorry! :(

~D. V. "could also really use an unbiased pack of text notes telling what the video contained" Devnull

#6 CycKath

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Posted 16 January 2021 - 12:29 AM

Time of day Changes = No More Rain Storm on Bog????????

#7 martian

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Posted 16 January 2021 - 12:41 AM

View PostInnerSphereNews, on 15 January 2021 - 11:41 PM, said:

Daeron Katz and Matt Newman talk about


Just post the text version ...

#8 LordNothing

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Posted 16 January 2021 - 12:46 AM

View Postcatgirl, on 16 January 2021 - 12:00 AM, said:

Happy 2021! Updating biweekly or even once a month, unless there's any changes, sounds like a good idea Posted Image


i be happy with quarterly. but they have to be actual patches and not just fluff.

View PostCycKath, on 16 January 2021 - 12:29 AM, said:

Time of day Changes = No More Rain Storm on Bog????????


id rather they add it to the vote screen.

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Posted 16 January 2021 - 12:58 AM

according to Steemchat the number of players in december, have not been so high since December 2018 or June 2018.

what a miracle two free mech can do, so i would suggest that you could win, one free special mech variant every month, the first half year.
that should bring some of the players back Posted Image

Edit: link to steemchat
https://steamcharts.com/app/342200

Edited by Flanking Boy, 16 January 2021 - 12:59 AM.


#10 Der BierVampiR

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Posted 16 January 2021 - 01:08 AM

View PostFlanking Boy, on 16 January 2021 - 12:58 AM, said:

according to Steemchat the number of players in december, have not been so high since December 2018 or June 2018.

what a miracle two free mech can do, so i would suggest that you could win, one free special mech variant every month, the first half year.
that should bring some of the players back Posted Image

Edit: link to steemchat
https://steamcharts.com/app/342200


Thats a charming idea! :)

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Posted 16 January 2021 - 01:18 AM

tl;dw

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Posted 16 January 2021 - 01:27 AM

In Summary:

They have divided the year into 4 quarters and are focussing on specific aspects each quarter. There will be a minimum of one patch per quarter (usually in the 3rd week during scheduled down-time) but hopefully more as changes become available.

Quarter 1 – Re-connection time to be extended to 4 minutes / Significantly lower c-bill costs for unit recruitment / Bolt-ons will stay on (potential challenges exist) / Static time of day for 6 maps (adjustable if feedback dictates) e.g. Crimson Strait will be at dusk (6:45pm iirc) / Increases to the cadet bonus achievements to include such things as colours, cockpit items and GSP / Log on volume to be lowered / MWO comp titles and badges to be added.

Quarter 2 – Improving existing content (mech variants) and spawn points – community feedback required and welcomed

Quarter 3 – New content in the form of Matt's event queue – more info to follow

Quarter 4 – Not sure, depends on progress and resources

It was stated that technical resources and support are hard to come by at the moment due to the demands of MW5 development. It is anticipated that more resources will become available as the year progresses but these will need to be planned and negotiated.

The Roadmap will be published soon. It is flexible, malleable and only a broad outline

New bundles are being created (including for Steam) – feedback and suggestions appreciated.

More VLOGS to come on an 'every other week' basis. Additional news items as and when required.

Discord to be expanded to reflect larger mech community (not just MW5)

Looking to open up the WIKI but will need help and support

Dev Hunts ongoing, hoping to automate the rewards.

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Posted 16 January 2021 - 01:38 AM

Seeing the following posts — which I'm guessing are all based on the video — made me stop long enough to give some opinions of my own... here goes...





View Postcatgirl, on 16 January 2021 - 12:00 AM, said:

Happy 2021! Updating biweekly or even once a month, unless there's any changes, sounds like a good idea Posted Image

View PostCycKath, on 16 January 2021 - 12:29 AM, said:

Time of day Changes = No More Rain Storm on Bog????????

View PostLordNothing, on 16 January 2021 - 12:46 AM, said:

i be happy with quarterly. but they have to be actual patches and not just fluff.


id rather they add it to the vote screen.

I think I can also agree with only having Quarterly Patches as it would give PGI's QA Staff the time to ensure that various...
  • Feature Enhancements
  • Bug Fixes
  • Game Mode Changes
  • Map Availability Changes
  • UI Repairs (Still wondering when someone will fix the Server Selector so it's ALWAYS available... It should not be merely intermittently available!!!)
  • New Mechs
  • New Maps
  • New Game Modes
  • Camo Bug Fixes (I'm looking squarely at you, Mech_Con Camo!!!)
  • etc.
...would not introduce additional Bugs and/or Other Issues that would force Extra HotFixes to be rapidly pushed out. Rushing is worse than having the job done right in the first place, and we don't need to stress PGI's Staff on things like this! Heck, if we don't rush things so hard on the Production Systems, then maybe we could Pre-Stage more of the New Stuff through the PTS to ensure more Bug-Free Final Versions of stuff coming out. :)


And yes, I'm also one of those who would be upset by Viridian Bog losing the "2200 Start Time" Version with the lightning and rain storm... It really is an interesting & nice map environment to play in, so if we're going to lose the Time-Of-Day Changes that cause lag to everyone, I'll hope that Viridian Bog gets an additional "Night" Version to accompany the original "Day" edition that it started out with. The same should happen to River City and several others, if getting rid of Time-Of-Day Changes is going to be an actual thing. Don't forget to also bring back River City's (and Terra Therma's) Classic Versions as well! :mellow:





As for this...

View PostSaved By The Bell, on 16 January 2021 - 12:16 AM, said:

Its possible to add more background music?

Even Faction Play has 2...

Or may be no music, like mercenaries 2.

More pieces of Background Music would be a nice thing to have, reminiscent of the "MechWarrior 2 & 3" PC Games from way back when. Like, definitely a few more pieces for the MechLab Main Interface, but it would also be nice to have some during the actual Match-playing, obviously with additional options as to which sections of the game have the Background Music enabled. Those earlier games really lent some immersion into the tempo of the battles with their provided Mission-Specific Music that could be listened to. And on the other hand, I wouldn't be at all surprised if some people have been getting droned to sleep by the Faction Play, Solaris, and/or MechLab Background Musics running for too long. So yeah, like I said, more Music Control Choices and more Music Pieces in order to break the feeling of being lulled to sleep. :o





...and now I hope everyone will pardon me here so that I can get back to my own Mech Garage and such. So many things to do, and less time than I would like to have for them. :wacko:


~Mr. D. V. "Patches shouldn't be too fast... Alternate Map Versions still wanted... More Music & Options would be nice..." Devnull

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Posted 16 January 2021 - 01:39 AM

Thanks for the summary! :)

View PostZephrym, on 16 January 2021 - 01:27 AM, said:

It was stated that technical resources and support are hard to come by at the moment due to the demands of MW5 development. It is anticipated that more resources will become available as the year progresses but these will need to be planned and negotiated.


Oh well, that doesn't sound to good.
And that sounds like they still doesn't want to fix those invisible walls on a lot of the maps .:(

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Posted 16 January 2021 - 02:29 AM

I don't know if the developer is looking here, but here go Posted Image

one thing that i always found annoying was/is, if you get kicked out of a game.
is that you have to get by the hanger first to reconnect. why not do like the do in world of tanks.
it detect that you already playing a game, and automatic startup in that game.

that save a lot of time and there are greater chance that you are still alive when you get back.

edit: to quote on a message

View PostDer BierVampiR, on 16 January 2021 - 01:08 AM, said:


Thats a charming idea! Posted Image

well all for a free mech Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image [font=Roboto][size=4]

Edited by Flanking Boy, 16 January 2021 - 02:33 AM.


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Posted 16 January 2021 - 03:07 AM

I am part of a large clan and we ALL want to join in a single game together and can't because of a group max size of 4.

#17 K4I 4LL4RD LI4O

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Posted 16 January 2021 - 03:23 AM

Hm so where are all those big changes they promissed us in all those beard talks??? Seams like there is not much going on behind the curtain. A shame really...

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Posted 16 January 2021 - 03:28 AM

THANK YOU FOR NERFING THE INTRO!
Praise the Sun My ears shall not bleed any more,

Edited by Knight Solaire of Astora, 16 January 2021 - 03:29 AM.


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Posted 16 January 2021 - 04:34 AM

1) The MWO Splash Screen (when logging into MWO game client via Steam) still says 2012-2019
Please fix this!!!

2a) Re-introduction of the Steam 'Mech Performance Packs I & II, for Light/Medium/Heavy/Assaults.

~Personally, I feel it does not have to come through Steam; MWO can directly offer similar mech packages directly from MWO if it wishes to (similar to the "Bundle" Christmas 2020 re-introduction of the IS Phoenix Variants).

~Personally I do not need any new Special Variant mech camo artwork, but that's just me.

Steam Performance Pack I (for Light/Medium/Heavy/Assault)
http://mwomercs.com/...-the-gift-store

Steam Performance Pack II (for Light/Medium/Heavy/Assault)
http://mwomercs.com/...e-through-steam

My own shopping list from above eight (8) packs:

Light:
RavenRVN-3L(S)

Medium
Hunchback HBK-4P(S)
Shadow Cat SHC-Prime(S) -- with ECM please (not AMS)

Heavy
Timber Wolf TBR-C(S)
Grasshopper GHR-5H(S)

Assault
Warhawk WHK-C(S)
KGC-000B(S)
Dire Wolf DWF-W(S)

2b) How about throwing in a "free" Mad Dog MDD-Prime(S) for anyone buying 4 of the above 8 'Mech Performance Packs? Posted Image

3) Finally, can MWO/PGI consider changing the Clan Omnimech "Set Bonus" to "Set-of-6" instead of "Set-of-8" in order to enjoy the set bonuses?
I strongly feel that this would make Clan Omnimech sales much more interesting for MWO, both for Clan Omnimech "Hero" and above proposed "'Mech Performance Pack".


View PostZephrym, on 16 January 2021 - 01:27 AM, said:

In Summary:

...Log on volume to be lowered / MWO comp titles and badges to be added.

...New bundles are being created (including for Steam) – feedback and suggestions appreciated.



View PostKnight Solaire of Astora, on 16 January 2021 - 03:28 AM, said:

THANK YOU FOR NERFING THE INTRO!
Praise the Sun My ears shall not bleed any more,

Edited by w0qj, 16 January 2021 - 04:51 AM.


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Posted 16 January 2021 - 04:35 AM

The abolition of groups from solo quick play? Not?
Creating a matchmaker? Not?
Are these issues not being discussed?

Edited by Voice of Kerensky, 16 January 2021 - 04:38 AM.






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