"The Division Bell" update is now available!

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"The Division Bell" update is now available!

Postby [EUG]MadMat » Wed 30 Aug 2017 10:11

The Division Bell, Steel Division: Normandy 44’s fourth patch, is now available. Still developed with the help of selected members of our community, this new patch is all about divisions and balancing.

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Our aim with this update is to offer more diversity in division choice for competitive play while restoring a better balance in larger games. To do so, we have made enhancements at different scales for almost all divisions.

Note for modders: You will need to generate and upload your updated mod to make it compatible with this new version.[/i]

Here is the long-awaited patchlog:

10v10 GAMES TIME LIMIT
  • All 10v10 games will now last 30 minutes instead of 40.

FIXES :
  • Fixed AB M1919 MMG units servant model.
  • Fixed a bug when sounds could sometimes become scratchy, especially when zooming on motorized units.
  • Fixed orders feedbacks display when units are moving in formation.
  • Fixed US, British and French officers' portraits.
  • Fixed the Storch's rear-turret.

BALANCE:

— ALLIES —
  • Reduced US M8 Greyhound price to 80.
  • Reduced Recon Staghound price from 110 to 90.
  • Reduced Jeep .50 cal price from 35 to 30.
  • Increased Tri Polsten price from 70 to 80.
  • Increased CMP Tri Polsten price from 75 to 80.
  • Reduced Humber AA price from 50 to 40.
  • Reduced Crusader AA Mk2 price from 80 to 70.
  • Increased M1919 HMG range from 500 to 600m.
  • Increased M1919 HMG HP from 3 to 4 (ranger and AB version as well).
  • Increased Vickers HMG range from 500 to 600m.

— USA —
  • Reduced Flamethrower price from 25 to 15
  • Increased BAR rounds from 200 rounds per gun to 260.

101st Airborne Division
  • Increased Glider Rifles availability from 6 to 8.
  • Increased one level of veterancy to .50 cal Jeep
  • Increased AB bazookas accuracy from 7 to 9.
  • Removed M8 Greyhound from phase C.
  • Increased M8 Greyhound availability to 3 per pack in B.
  • Reduced AB engineers price from 35 to 30.
  • Added 2 single cards of M10A1 in phase B.

3rd Canadian Division
  • Packs of 1 veteran 17-pdr proposed in phase C.
  • Reduced Canadian 17-pdr price from 120 to 100.
  • Reduced Wasp price from 40 to 30.
  • Reduced Canadian Flamethrower price from 20 to 10.
  • Increased Stormtroopers price from 20 to 25.

2nd Infantry Division
  • Increased Rifles availability in phase A from 4 to 5.
  • Increased Rifles availability in phase B from 6 to 7.
  • Increased Rifles availability in phase C from 8 to 9.
  • Added a pack of 2 veteran 57mm gun in phase A.
  • Added a pack of 2 veteran 76mm gun in phase C.
  • Increased Marauders bazooka accuracy from 7 to 9.

1. Pancerna
  • Aligned characteristics and price of the polish Mustang Mk.III with the American P51-D (we thought the Mk.III had the early Allison engine)
  • Added one veterancy level to Dragoni.
  • Changed phase A 6-pdr w/ carrier changed from 3 rookies to 2 veterans.
  • Added one veterancy to 17-pdr w/ HT in phase C.
  • Reduced Polish 17-pdr price from 120 to 110.
  • Reduced fire support Staghound price from 85 to 75.

3rd Armored
  • Removed one slot of ARTY.
  • Removed one slot of RECON.
  • Added two slots of TANKS.
  • Increased Phase A income to 70.
  • Removed one pack of Jumbo from phase B and C.
  • Reduced M4A3(75) price from 150 to 130.

6th Airborne
  • Increased Mosquito Pathfinder price from 170 to 190.
  • Removed one pack of Mosquito Pathfinder.
  • Added Single Typhoon with bomb in phase A.
  • Removed Staghound from phase C,
  • Increased Staghound's availability per pack in phase B from 1 to 2
  • Reduced Airlanding Rifles price from 25 to 20.
  • Reduced Carrier Recce price from 40 to 30.
  • Reduced Flamethrower price from 25 to 20.
  • Increased availability of Recce w/ Jeep from 4 to 5
  • Increased availability of Recce w/ Humber Mk.3 from 3 to 4.

15th Scottish
  • Moved one card of Churchill V to phase B, 3 per card
  • Increased Humber AA availability to 3 per card
  • Reduced Churchill IV price from 130 to 120.
  • Increased CMD Churchill VII veterancy by one level.

2e DB
  • Increased Voltigeurs availability to 4 per pack.
  • Reduced French Greyhound price to 85.
  • Reduced Greyhound RBFM (fire support tab) price reduced to 60.
  • Reduced Lance-Flammes price from 20 to 15.

Guards Armored
  • Increased Achilles veterancy by one level.
  • Reduced Stuart VI price from 90 to 80.
  • Cromwell VII regrouped in a single pack of 3 in phase B and a single card in phase A.
  • Reduced Sherman V price from 140 to 130.
  • Reduced CMD Sherman V price from 150 to 135.
  • Increased Firefly availability in phase B from 1 to 2 per pack
  • Increased Firefly availability in phase C from 2 to 4 per pack
  • Moved veteran Firefly to a single card in phase B.


— GERMANS —
  • Reduced BMW R75 price from 35 to 30.
  • Reduced IG 18 accuracy from 4 to 3.
  • Reduced Ju-87D (with 4x50kg bombs) price from 110 to 100.
  • Reduced Flammenwerfer price from 25 to 20.
  • Reduced Fs-Flammenwerfer price from 25 to 20.

91 Luflande
  • Moved BMW to phase A and availability changed to a single pack of 4.
  • Increased Grenadier with Faust to 5 per card.
  • Increased Grenadier Führer availability from 3 to 4.
  • Reduced Pionier availability from 6 to 5.
  • Removed PzH Lorraine.
  • Removed one pack of Beo Schwim from phase A.
  • Removed one pack of Beo Kübel from phase C.
  • Removed one pack of Hs-129 from phase B.
  • Increased FK 39 rate of fire (we have a display bug so it still indicates 5rpm but it's 8 like a pak40).

17.SS
  • Increased Marder III availability in phase B to 4 rookies or 2 veterans.
  • Removed Marder III from phase C
  • Removed Sk18 from the deck.

352. Inf
  • Removed a pack of veteran Jagdpanther from phase C to avoid the spam in 10v10.
  • Reduced SPW 204 (f) CDM price to 75.
  • Added one elite Pak38 in phase A.
  • Added one elite Pak40 in phase B.
  • Changed Marder II packs from 3 rookies to 2 veterans
  • Added 2 Packs of 4 Marder III in phase B.

3.Fallschirmjager
  • The weapon of the Fs-Scharfschütze was changed for a G43 with scope (same stats as the Lee Enfield).
  • Reduced HS-129 of one pack in phase B and phase C to avoid spam in 10v10.

12. SS
  • Reduced Pionier to 5 per pack in phase B.
  • Increased MG42 to 4 per pack in phase B.
  • Reduced Panzer IV J price from 130 to 125.

716. Infanterie
  • Added a pack of 1 Bef.Panzer 35S(f) in phase A.
  • Reduced Panzer B2(f) price from 110 to 100.
  • Reduced Flammenpanzer B2(f) price from 110 to 85.

21. Panzer
  • Increased Flak38 availability from 2 to 3 per pack.
  • Increased U304 Flak availability from 2 to 3 per pack.
  • Increased Flakpanzer Gepard availability from 3 to 4 per pack, veterancy increased by one step.
  • Reduced UE630 Pak price from 35 to 30 points.
  • Reduced U304 Pak price from 45 to 35 points.
  • Reduced Panzer IV C price from 80 to 70.

Panzer Lehr
  • Reduced Sdkfz 250/10 price from 40 to 35.
  • Reduced Puma price from 110 to 100.


Meet our new officers for France, UK & USA.
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And here’s a new thumbnail for the Fs-Scharfschütze:
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As previously announced in our forums, we have more plans for Steel Division: Normandy 44, and we couldn’t recommend you enough to keep your eyes open. An announcement is coming.

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Re: "The Division Bell" update is now available!

Postby Markenzwieback » Wed 30 Aug 2017 10:52

Looks alright at first glance.

Buuut the Poles still pay the extra five points for their halftracks. And Polish Sherman Vs now cost 20 points more than the ones in Guards Armored...
Courtesy to a discussion of the upcoming DLC for SD44. Sufficient to say, one of my
mates is very happy about the new Allied divisions. I totally don't get why... :roll:

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Postby HaryPL » Wed 30 Aug 2017 11:04

Devils should have their 380mm moved to B. And 3rd Armored should have B phase income boost too, thats the oerfect phase to start rolling M4 per minute

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Postby bubblebox » Wed 30 Aug 2017 11:57

Thanks for balance patch.

BUT 30mins for all 10v10 servers?! I understand you want to try to balance axis v allies but this is way too restrictive in 10v10 in terms of trying out and using varied and different types of unit and will stifle many games and make them extremely predictable. Much better to give 'CHOICE' Choice is king in many games nowadays so pls put servers up with various times, points, maps etc so that people can gravitate towards the types of game they want to play. I think as it is now is just restrictive. Giving choice will increase player base, decreasing choice will decrease player base imo.

PS: Competitive play is great but I believe that you need to attract many thousands of 'average jo' players to make a more competitive scene viable in the long term.

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Postby Vulcan 607 » Wed 30 Aug 2017 13:07

[EUG]MadMat wrote:The Division Bell, Steel Division: Normandy 44’s fourth patch, is now available.
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So when will we see new units? I want mustang IA for armed recce and hurricane MKIV with 40mm guns!
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Postby [EUG]MadMat » Wed 30 Aug 2017 13:43

Vulcan 607 wrote:I want (...) hurricane MKIV with 40mm guns!

Only used in N-Africa if I recall, as a makeshift tank buster before the advent of the Typhoon ...

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Re: "The Division Bell" update is now available!

Postby Markenzwieback » Wed 30 Aug 2017 14:43

[EUG]MadMat wrote:

Markenzwieback wrote:Buuut the Poles still pay the extra five points for their halftracks. And Polish Sherman Vs now cost 20 points more than the ones in Guards Armored...

Can we get an official statement on those price differences between the 1st Pancerna and Guards Armored? Are they intentional or just oversights?
Courtesy to a discussion of the upcoming DLC for SD44. Sufficient to say, one of my
mates is very happy about the new Allied divisions. I totally don't get why... :roll:

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Postby KillaJules » Wed 30 Aug 2017 14:46

Mostly looks good although a few divisions need a little extra work, mainly Polish, Luftlande and maybe a couple more.

Luftlande can only use FK 39s, their PaK 40 and the Hs 129 to counter armour at long range in A. All of these units are countered by fighters yet LL can't counter fighters in A. LL can't protect their only mid-long ranged AT units. Even in B, LL still don't get any outstanding fighter cards even though they are supposed to be an air deck. LL need a decent AA option in A.


HaryPL wrote:Devils should have their 380mm moved to B. And 3rd Armored should have B phase income boost too, thats the oerfect phase to start rolling M4 per minute

In general, I'd prefer to make any weaker division stronger and more well rounded without resorting to off-map strikes (e.g. for Devils, increasing Airlanding squad size from 7 to at least 9) but if anyone deserves easy access to lots of off-map strikes, its the 6th AB.

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Postby Vulcan 607 » Wed 30 Aug 2017 17:54

[EUG]MadMat wrote:
Vulcan 607 wrote:I want (...) hurricane MKIV with 40mm guns!

Only used in N-Africa if I recall, as a makeshift tank buster before the advent of the Typhoon ...


Got a book that states they still used it later in the war sometimes with 1 40mm gun and a ranging machine gun in one wing in the other 6 303 Brownings and either a fuel tank or 250lb bomb! The universal wing meant it could get a real mix of weapons.

https://www.aviationclassics.co.uk/issue-15-hurricane/ Its in this I'll give it a read again tonight and find the chapter

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Postby [EUG]MadMat » Wed 30 Aug 2017 19:58

Vulcan 607 wrote:
[EUG]MadMat wrote:
Vulcan 607 wrote:I want (...) hurricane MKIV with 40mm guns!

Only used in N-Africa if I recall, as a makeshift tank buster before the advent of the Typhoon ...


Got a book that states they still used it later in the war sometimes with 1 40mm gun and a ranging machine gun in one wing in the other 6 303 Brownings and either a fuel tank or 250lb bomb! The universal wing meant it could get a real mix of weapons.

I'll be interested to know more. I was actually quite fond of that plane when I learned about it, and was disappointed to see it was (apparently then?) discontinued after Tunisia.

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