Patch Notes - 1.3.410 - 07-JUL-2015

by Alexander Garden in [ Patch Notes ] on, Jul 7, 2015 12:00 AM UTC 340  comments

Tuesday, July 7th @ 10AM – 1PM PDT
Patch Number: 1.3.410

Greetings MechWarriors,

Welcome to the new River City!

As you may have seen from our recent sneak peeks, River City has undergone a complete overhaul. At three times the size of the original River City and featuring significant changes to the overall layout, pilots are in for an entirely new battlefield, demanding new strategies. Along with substantial changes to the size and layout of the map itself the new River City is the first standard queue map to receive these new map features: Dynamic Time of Day, breakable objects, and the introduction of Leopard-class DropShips for pilot drop zones.
Forest Colony will be the next standard queue map to receive a similar overhaul, as decided by the Calling All Founder's poll back in May.

Thunderbolt and Wolverine pilots have long distinguished themselves as heroes on the battlefields of the Inner Sphere, and today's patch sees the release of Hero variants for each of these Inner Sphere powerhouses. The TDR-5S-T "Top Dog" and the WVR-Q "Quarantine" are now available for MC through the in-game Store.

Rounding out the patch we have some excellent improvements to the hit-reg and host state rewind systems, 720p resolution support for the 'Expanded' MechLab layout, an array of weapon geometry adjustments, gameplay tweaks for ballistic weaponry, Jump Jets, legged 'Mech mobility, and the Assault game mode, along with Quirk adjustments for the Timber Wolf and Stormcrow.

Read on for details on all the fixes and changes, and we'll see you on the battlefield!
- The MechWarrior Team

Change Log

New Map (Standard Queue)



River City (new)

Along with a complete overhaul of its layout and composition, the new River City map contains three new features currently unique to River City. These features will roll out to other maps in future updates.

Dynamic Time of Day
Time of Day on the new River City is chosen at random, and is divided into four quadrants:
  • Dawn
  • Day
  • Dusk
  • Night
For public matches, each quadrant condenses its 6-hour duration into 15 minutes (the maximum match time for Standard Queue matches).
For private matches, the 6-hour quadrant duration will be condensed over whichever match duration is set in the Lobby.
When accessed through Testing Grounds the new River City will currently run through all of the above cycles once, from Dawn to Night.

Breakable Objects
The new River City features an array of interactive/breakable objects:
  • Trees - can be knocked over by 'Mech and projectile collisions
  • Statues - can be knocked over by 'Mech and projectile collisions
  • Street lights - can be knocked over by 'Mech and projectile collisions; the light will go out when knocked over
  • Flood lights - can be shot out with projectiles; the light will go out when shot
  • Fences - can be knocked over by 'Mech and projectile collisions
  • Antennae - can be knocked over by 'Mech and projectile collisions
These objects will not block or slow down 'Mechs or weapons fire.

Single-spawn DropShip drop zones
Players will now drop onto the new River City from one of three DropShip drop zones for their side. The DropShips will leave the battlefield once they have unloaded their 'Mechs.

New Hero 'Mechs:
Thunderbolt "Top Dog" TDR-5S-T
  • Price: 4,875 MC
  • Tonnage: 65
  • Engine: 260 Standard
    • Top Speed: 64.8 kph
    • Max Engine Rating: 315
  • Torso Movement:
    • 80 degrees to each side
    • 20 degrees up and down
  • Arm Movement:
    • 20 degrees to each side
    • 30 degrees up and down
  • Armor: 416 (Standard)
  • Internal Structure: Standard
  • Weapons & Equipment:
    • Head: Heat Sink
    • Left Torso: Medium Laser x4, Heat Sink x3
    • Center Torso: Heat Sink x2, Engine
    • Right Torso: Medium Laser x4, Heat Sink x3
    • Right Arm: Large Laser
    • Left Leg: Heat Sink x2
    • Right Leg: Heat Sink x2
  • Hardpoints:
    • Left Torso: 4 Energy
    • Right Torso: 4 Energy, 1 AMS
    • Right Arm: 1 Energy
  • Heat Sinks: 23 Single
  • Jump Jets: 0 (0 Max)
  • ECM Capable?: No
  • MASC Capable?: No
  • Module Slots:
    • Mech: 1
    • Consumable: 2
    • Weapon: 2
  • Movement Archetype: Medium
  • Quirks:
    • Acceleration Rate (Low, Med, & High Speeds): +10%
    • Deceleration Rate (Low, Med, & High Speeds): +10%
    • Turn Rate (Low, Med. & High Speeds): +10%
    • Armor Strength (Full Body): +12.5%
    • Structure Strength (Full Body): +12.5%
    • Torso Turn Angle (Yaw): +9
    • Torso Turn Rate (Yaw): +10%
    • Energy Range +5%
  • 30% C-Bill bonus
Wolverine "Quarantine" WVR-Q
  • Price: 4,125 MC
  • Tonnage: 55
  • Engine: 275 XL
    • Top Speed: 81 kph
    • Max Engine Rating: 360
  • Torso Movement:
    • 125 degrees to each side
    • 30 degrees up and down
  • Arm Movement:
    • 30 degrees to each side
    • 35 degrees up and down
  • Armor: 368 (Standard)
  • Internal Structure: Endo-Steel
  • Weapons & Equipment:
    • Left Torso: Jump Jet
    • Center Torso: AC/5 Ammo, SRM Ammo, Engine
    • Right Torso: SRM 6 x2, Jump Jet x2, Double Heat Sink
    • Right Arm: AC/5, Medium Laser x3
    • Left Leg: AC/5 Ammo, SRM Ammo
    • Right Leg: AC/5 Ammo, SRM Ammo
  • Hardpoints:
    • Right Torso: 2 Missile, 1 AMS
    • Right Arm: 1 Ballistic, 3 Energy
  • Heat Sinks: 12 Double
  • Jump Jets: 3 (7 Max)
  • ECM Capable?: No
  • MASC Capable?: No
  • Module Slots:
    • Mech: 1
    • Consumable: 2
    • Weapon: 2
  • Movement Archetype: Medium
  • Quirks:
    • Acceleration Rate (Low, Med, & High Speeds): +5%
    • Deceleration Rate (Low, Med, & High Speeds): +5%
    • Turn Rate (Low, Med. & High Speeds): +5%
    • Additional Armor (CT): +9
    • Additional Armor (RT): +13
    • Additional Armor (RA): +18
    • Torso Turn Angle (Yaw): +6
    • Torso Turn Rate (Yaw): +5%
    • Ballistic Velocity: +10%
    • Ballistic Cooldown: +10%
    • Laser Duration: -10%
    • Missile Velocity: +10%
  • 30% C-Bill bonus

Gameplay
Assault Game Mode
  • Turrets have been removed
Ballistic Weaponry
  • Inner Sphere Autocannon/10 - Ammunition per ton increased from 15 to 20
  • Clan Autocannons and Clan Ultra Autocannons have had their number of projectiles per volley reduced:
    • Clan-AC/2 reduced from 2 rounds per volley to 1, damage is now 2.0 per round
    • Clan-AC/5 reduced from 3 rounds per volley to 2, damage is now 2.5 per round
    • Clan-AC/10 reduced from 4 rounds per volley to 3, damage is now 3.3333 per round
    • Clan-AC/20 reduced from 5 rounds per volley to 4, damage is now 5 per round
  • To compensate for the above changes, adjustments have been made to Clan AC/UAC/LB-X(Slug) ammo counts:
    • Clan-AC/2 ammo per ton reduced from 150 down to 75 (1/2 ton = 37)
    • Clan-AC/5 ammo per ton reduced from 90 down to 60 (1/2 ton = 30)
    • Clan-AC/10 ammo per ton 60 matches IS AC/10 change (1/2 ton = 30)
    • Clan-AC/20 ammo per ton reduced from 35 down to 28 (1/2 ton = 14)
Energy Weaponry
  • PPC velocity increased to 1100, up from 950
  • ER-PPC velocity increased to 1200, up from 1050
  • Clan ER-PPC velocity increased to 1200, up from 1050
Jump Jets
  • Class I Jump Jets:
    • Initial boost off the ground increased from 158 to 220
    • In-air thrust increased from 50 to 68
    • Duration of burn (fuel amount) reduced from 4.9 to 4.1
  • Class III Jump Jets:
    • Duration of burn (fuel amount) increased from 3.2 to 3.75
  • Class IV Jump Jets:
    • Duration of burn (fuel amount) increased from 3.2 to 3.75
'Mech Mobility
  • When a leg is destroyed on a 'Mech, the 'Mech will slow down to 15km/h before being able to slowly regain speed back to 40km/h max
  • Additional hits to a legged 'Mech will no longer slow it back down to 15km/h
'Mech Fixes and Changes
  • Awesome
    • Weapon visualization passes
  • Banshee BNC-3M Champion
    • Fixed an issue where this Champion was providing Bonus C-Bills instead of Bonus XP
  • Centurion
    • Ballistic weaponry has been remodeled
  • Cicada
    • Weapon visualization passes
  • Commando
    • Weapon visualization passes
  • Dragon
    • Weapon visualization passes
  • Ebon Jaguar
    • Fixed minor cockpit clipping issues
    • Fixed an issue where the 'Mech would spin non-stop after death
  • Executioner
    • Fixed minor cockpit clipping issues
  • Hellbringer
    • Phranken pattern improved
  • JagerMech
    • Fixed a cockpit texture issue
  • Spider
    • Leg hit meshes have been fixed
Quirk Changes
Timber Wolf
  • TBR-Prime
    • Left Arm and Right Arm: Reduced Laser Duration from +6% to +4% and Energy Cooldown from -6% to -4%
    • Left Torso: Removed +3% Laser Duration and -3% Energy Cooldown
  • TBR-A
    • Left Arm, Center Torso, and Right Arm: Removed +3% Laser Duration and -3% Energy Cooldown
    • Left Torso: Reduced Laser Duration from +12% to +8% and Energy Cooldown from -12% to -8%
  • TBR-C
    • Left Arm: Reduced Laser Duration from +6% to +4% and Energy Cooldown from -6% to -4%
    • Center Torso: Removed +3% Laser Duration and -3% Energy Cooldown quirks
  • TBR-D
    • Left Arm, Center Torso, and Right Arm: Removed +3% Laser Duration and -3% Energy Cooldown
  • TBR-S
    • Left Arm and Right Torso: Removed +3% Laser Duration and -3% Energy Cooldown
    • Right Arm: Reduced Laser Duration from +6% to +4% and Energy Cooldown from -6% to -4%
Stormcrow
  • SCR-Prime
    • Head: Removed +3% Laser Duration and -3% Energy Cooldown
    • Left Arm and Right Arm: Reduced Laser Duration from +6% to +4% and Energy Cooldown from -6% to -4%
  • SCR-A
    • Left Arm: Reduced Laser Duration from +9% to +6% and Energy Cooldown from -9% to -6%
  • SCR-B
    • Head: Removed +3% Laser Duration and -3% Energy Cooldown
    • Left Arm: Removed +6% Laser Duration and -6% Energy Cooldown
    • Right Arm: Reduced Laser Duration from +9% to +8% and Energy Cooldown from -9% to -8%
  • SCR-C
    • Left Torso, Right Torso, and Right Arm: Removed +3% Laser Duration and -3% Energy Cooldown
  • SCR-D
    • No changes
MechLab
'Expanded' View resolution support
  • The minimum supported resolution for 'Expanded' view is now 1280x720
  • The Warehouse and 'Mech Stats windows are now exposed through roll-out tabs when running 'Expanded' layout at resolutions from 1280x720 to 1440x900
Host State Rewind Fixes and Improvements
  • HSR algorithm now rewinds animation state when compensating for ping
  • Fixed some issues with the HSR algorithm that would contribute to missed shots
Optimizations
  • Reduced client upstream bandwidth usage by approximately 40-45%
  • Reduced client downstream bandwidth usage by approximately 20-25%
General Fixes and Changes
  • Fixed an issue where 'Mechs could sometimes be seen through walls under Thermal Vision
  • Fixed an issue where lighting under DX11 was slightly darker with MSAA/TXAA on
  • Fixed SLI issues under DX11. DX9 SLI profile fixes are pending work from NVIDIA
  • Fixed an issue where the 'With Premium Time Enabled' box in the End of Round Player Stats summary was not displaying the correct XP value
  • Fixed an issue where the Spider Mastery Bundle could not be purchased from the Store if the player had no empty Mech Bays
  • Fixed an issue where a 'Mech could power-up prematurely after firing a large number of PPCs
  • 'Mechs now display sparks or collision particles when colliding with geometry
  • 'Mechs now generate audio effects when colliding with geometry
  • With the introduction of the new River City, the old River City and River City Night maps are no longer available for Public, Private, or Testing Grounds sessions
See you on the battlefield!
- The MechWarrior® Online™ Team

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