August 21, 2018

World of Warships 0.7.9 - North and Ice island maps, Operation Dynamo Returns, Local Weather, New Game Mode

“North” and “Ice island” Maps, Operation “Dynamo”, Local Weather, New Game Mode

In 0.7.9 update some global changes are waiting for maps “North” and “Ice Islands”.
On “North” map islands have been reworked and relocated. Decrease of big islands will allow ships on lines 9 and 10 return to the battle faster. Reworked middle island will bring more dynamic on the map. Height changes of islands will allow to create more firing positions. Moreover, the map became brighter and the sun is in the position to shine to the both teams equally.

The “Ice Islands” Map.
Was decreased to 42x42km. This will eliminate situations where ships which are fighting on a flank, won’t be able to join their allies too fast. Replacement of the big islands with the smaller ones, gives a chance to change flanks more rapidly and more options to fire upon more directions. The map has been turned 90 degrees. Starting positions are now on top and bottom of the map.

Operation “Dynamo” 
It is time for operation Dynamo to come back, based on the operation of the same name in 1940, where English and French soldiers, surrounded by Germans in Dunkirk, were rescued. Players are going to escort allied transport ships to Dover using Pa-de-Kale channel, avoiding highly dense mine areas and fighting back enemy aviation and torpedo boats.
English, French, Polish, USSR, and USA destroyers tier VI-VII can be used, as well as premium destroyer Cossack.

Mine field mechanic was changed: the mine displaying has been removed and fields borders are now displayed only on a mini map. When you getting closer to mines a special indicator appears. It shows that your ship is closer to the danger zone. Entering the mine field is accompanied by a special icon that warns about the danger and suggests to leave the zone. If ship has ¼ speed and lower there is no danger. If ship’s speed is higher than 1/4 after some period of time she will receive damage.

All stars for previous operation completion will be reset.

Local Weather
We have tried new mechanics in operation Hermes – «Thunder Storm» - which only effects events happening on certain part of the map. The mechanics was met very warmly, so we decided to try it in Random Battles. Right now «Thunder Storm» is being tested on 3 maps: «North» (Domination), «Land of Fire» (Domination), «Ice Islands» (Epicenter).

Thunder Storm is displayed as a grey circle on the minimap.  You will be alarmed via special indicator upon closing and entering the zone of Thunder Storm. While in it, ships become less visible from both sea and sky: destroyers’ visibility -10%, other classes visibility - 20%. Visibility is lowered to 30 km, increased ship visibility after shooting AA decreases and becomes normal after 7 seconds instead of 20, maximum AA spread increases by 1.3 times.

New Game Mode “Arms Race”
Only tier IX and X ships are allowed, no more than 12 players per team, divisions are allowed as well.
Available on the three maps: Islands of Ice, Mountain Range and Warrior's Path.

Main feature of the mode is that there are special zones on the maps. Each one is timed. After a timer expires, ship that enters said zone receives a bonus. That bonus is active until the battle ends and can be one of three types: visibility modifier, HP restoration and gun or torpedo reload boost. Allies that are as close as 12 km from the zone also receive the bonuses, but twice as low in number as the activating ship.
Battle ends when all of the ships are destroyed or one of the teams earns 1000 points or loses all of their points.
IMPORTANT! Because the Update is still being tested, the information in this Article is tentative and reflects the state of game development at the time of its publication. Changes and new features may be removed entirely or implemented differently by the time the Update goes live. Screenshots, specific values of certain characteristics, and details of in-game mechanics will not necessarily be relevant after the Update is released.
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