HLL – Patch #2 – June 20th

The most significant addition in this patch is the leaning mechanic! Players will now be able to lean around cover to observe or engage in combat whilst leaving less of them on show. 

We just want to say thank you for sharing your thoughts with us on leaning, on this occasion it allowed us to bring the mechanic’s implementation forward and get it live!

Full patch notes that include weapon tweaks, quality of live improvements and more can be found below: 

Gameplay:

  • Leaning implemented (using Q and E). We will look at continued polish to this pending community feedback.
  • Maximum round length decreased from 120 minutes to 90 minutes. We are testing this as we currently find the final 30 minutes on an attrition battle highly fatiguing.
  • Aim can be steadied for all guns using left shift to better reward patience.
  • Projectile spread pattern changed for sniper rifles when un-scoped.
  • Tank coaxial and hull MGs have been limited to lower belt sizes (1000 to 250) in order to cut down on endless barrel-melting fire and to incentivise discretionary fire.
  • Assault class has additional grenades to make them more suited to a breaching/CQB role.
  • Suppression camera shake has increased violence to better match release-style.
  • Kar 98k bolt speed adjusted to remove frustrating delay.
  • Springfield bolt speed adjusted to remove frustrating delay.
  • LMG (M1919/MG42) one hit kill range increased and damage fall-off reduced.
  • Medic loadout updated to mirror layout across both teams.
  • Commander loadout updated to include smoke grenades.
  • Bleeding icon for players within 100m added for medic.
  • Profanity filter added to text chat (English only at present).

Performance:

  • Additional optimisations to save on VRAM usage on some graphical settings.
  • Particle FX Optimisation in Foy.

Functionality:

  • Map retains zoom level from when last closed.
  • Toggle sprint option added.

Animation:

  • Ambient cornering and momentum lean on player movement (this makes all sprinting look far more natural when a player is changing direction at range).
  • New STG44 animations to make firing less “floppy” and more satisfying when firing while ADS.
  • Changed crouch sprint speed for M1 Carbine to stop the “super fast running” in TPP.
  • Fixed an instance of ‘snaking’ (where a player appears to be prone and moving at run speed).

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed issue where artillery sometimes could not be rotated.
  • Fixed issue where supply drop was sometimes out of sync with plane.
  • Bloom change for tank crew so the viewports don’t become super bright in Foy.
  • Fixed issue where artillery could be invisible for some players.

Misc:

  • Weapon hip DoF implemented to soften shapes near camera and to better blend lean (where geometry is very close to camera).

Community Servers:

  • Map rotation added to RCon tool.

Sound:

  • Audio changes to tank coaxial machine-gun.

Foy:

  • Changes to collision for tanks in Foy to help alleviate snagging on fences and small props.

Known Issues:

  • There may be some remaining snaking that we will pinpoint and isolate.
  • Some props and fences in Hurtgen and Sainte-Marie-Du-Mont are still impassable to tanks. We will be addressing this in Update 1.

Currently working on (non-exhaustive list, we just want to give you some idea)

  • Making vaulting more responsive, fluid and polished.
  • Making MG deployment more responsive, fluid and polished.
  • Additional RCON commands.
  • Unit management functions (kick/invite and lock).
  • Optimisations.
  • Diving (performed by proning while sprinting).
  • Bullet penetration.
  • Map balancing (addition of cover and other features in locations that are either boring or creating a tedious gameplay experience).
  • Vehicles.
  • Flamethrowers.
  • More maps. 
  • Continuing HUD and UI updates.
  • Broader animation systems.
  • Tweaking gunplay.
  • Updating all audio and SFX.

Once Patch #2 goes live later this week all players will have the ability to lean when either standing up or crouched. 

To lean left you just need to press Q and to lean right E. This is a useful ability when scouting, fighting in urban environments or behind cover to reduce your risk of being shot, whilst still enabling you to look around your choice of cover and engage hostile forces.

Top Tip: Whilst less of you is on show when leaning, there’s still enough of you showing to get shot so don’t push your luck! 

If you’re keen to follow along, you can see our roadmap below:

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