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So Langres: Popular multiplayer map reborn for Company of Heroes 2

30 Jul 2013  by   Peter Parrish
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By the sounds of things, ‘Langres’ was a preeeetty popular map for the original Company of Heroes, so bringing it back for Company of Heroes 2 sounds like a fairly sold plan. Unless it’s all changed and ruined and stuff, obviously. Today’s update for the game will add both winter and summer versions of the rejigged map (now dubbed ‘Langreskya’ in suitably Eastern Front manner,) as well as a bunch of confusing numerical stat changes that probably mean the world to hardcore players.

Langreskya can be played in either 1v1 or 2v2 modes in custom games, but will only show up as a 1v1 in Automatch.

Here’s a MEGALIST of various balance changes:

General

  • Fixed 1 frame delay between user input and unit movement
  • Updates to vehicle pathing
  • Langreskaya Spring and Winter maps added (1v1 in automatch and 1v1 and 2v2 in custom game)

Balance

Commander Ability Changes

The following abilities had their command point (CP) cost reduced to increase commander appeal. In contrast to the majority of Soviet Commanders a number of German doctrines did not have abilities available at 1 CP.

  • Panzer Tactician: Command point cost from 2 to 1
  • Mortar-Half-track: Command point cost from 2 to 1
  • Artillery Field Officer: Command point cost from 2 to 1
  • Riegel 43 AT Mine: Command point cost from 2 to 1
  • Fear Propaganda Artillery: Command point cost from 5 to 3

Rapid Conscription

The following changes were made to improve the usability of Rapid Conscription and Relief Infantry. Overall, it was very difficult to recover your cost on investment to both abilities due to their relatively low duration time. The goal was to increase the rate at which players could recover their cost and provide a possibility to earn back more than the initial resource investment.

  • Maximum replaced squads from 6 to 2
  • Duration from 30s to 120s
  • Recharge time from 90s to 180s
  • Cost from 200 MU to 160 MU
  • Ability now replaces lost squads with Conscripts rather than Penal Battalions
  • Updated tooltip to better reflect ability functionality

Relief Infantry

  • Maximum replaced squads from 6 to 3
  • Duration from 60s to 120s
  • Recharge time from 90s to 180s
  • Updated tooltip to better reflect ability functionality

Hit the Dirt

Previously, Hit the Dirt had the capacity to have its modifier stack with cover. This led to extremely durable units at very little cost to the user. It also impacted many of our combat systems, leading to inconsistent or undesirable behavior such as snipers missing the infantry.

  • Hit the dirt now provides light cover rather than a 0.5 received accuracy modifier.

JU-87D Strafing Run

The JU-87D Strafing Run now functions as a suppression ability. The loiter behavior was modified to improve the visuals of the off-map and make it more susceptible to anti-air weapons.

  • Attacks per aircraft from 5 to 3
  • Delay between attacks from 3s to 18s
  • Duration time from 48s to 75s
  • Target lead in from 50 to 20
  • Target lead out from 60 to 20
  • Target attack distance from 150 to 225
  • Target attack time from 2.125 to 4.25
  • Modified UI barrage radius to match the loiter radius of the JU-87D
  • Damage from 8 to 2.5
  • Rate of fire from 32 to 16
  • Suppression from 0.12 to 0.25
  • Max range from 175 to 225

Opel Blitz Cargo Truck

Previously, the cargo truck was multiplying a sectors value by a factor of 2. This resulted in extreme edge cases where fuel and munition incomes were higher than expected. To resolve this, supply trucks will only add a set amount of resources to sectors.

  • A cargo truck setup within a sector now adds 3 fuel and 5 munitions per minute, rather than multiplying the sectors value by 2
  • Cargo truck cost from 200 to 300 manpower

Adjustments to Scatter Distance

The following units had their scatter distance refactored to better match their performance and design. Higher scatter values generally implies weapons are less accurate.

  • IS-2
    • Scatter distance max from 7.5 to 2.86
  • Panzer IV
    • Scatter distance max from 6 to 9.5
  • T70
    • Scatter distance max from 1.84 to 1.7
  • T34-85
    • Scatter distance max from 3.4 to 2.6
  • Tiger
    • Scatter distance max from 6.8 to 4.3
  • Ostwind
    • Scatter distance max from 1.98 to 2.15
  • Brummbar
    • Scatter distance max from 4.55 to 1

HMG Suppression Modifiers

HMG teams no longer function efficiently while pinned. This discourages tactics such as moving a HMG team into a setup HMG team unless on the flank. Pinned HMG squads now have the following modifiers applied to their squad:

  • Weapon accuracy is now reduced by 75%
  • Weapons reload has been increased by 100%
  • Weapon cooldown has been increased by 100%
  • Weapon scatter has been increased by 320%
  • The Maxim HMG now properly has its movement reduced while suppressed

Correction from Patch on June 13

  • Stug target size set from 20 to 14
  • Riegel AT Mine recharge from 30s to 0s

Bug Fixes

  • Command tank now properly validates, this prevents the user from using the call in when they are near max pop.
  • Incendiary barrage duration now better matches its deployment time.

The update bringing all of this isn’t actually out at the time of writing, but is due “later today.” You can see Langreskya in motion, below.

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