Ecco gli ultimi aggiornamenti sul bilanciamento del gioco. In sintesi:
- Heart of the Swarm: il team di sviluppo sta valutando se modificare gli Swarm Host nuovamente, per migliorare il matchup contro la mech Terran ed i Protoss. Le modifiche, se saranno attuate, ricalcheranno quelle fatte sugli Swarm Host in Leagacy of the Void.
- Modifiche ai Warp-in Protoss in LotV: l’evocazione di unità effettuata nel raggio di piloni isolati, richiederà 16 secondi, mentre se nel raggio del pilone ci sarà un Gateway oppure un Nexus, questo richiederà 2 secondi. Questa modifica bilancia i warp-in aggressivi, potenziando invece quelli difensivi. Il Prisma Dimensionale garantirà dei warp-ins di 2 secondi nel suo raggio.
- Cambi ai meccanismi di macro in LotV: rimozione dei MULE terran, rimozione del Chronoboost Protoss (con accorciamento di alcuni tempi di ricerca e costruzione), autocast dell’Inject delle Regine Zerg.
I dettagli nel bluepost a seguire.
Design/balance Schedule in the Beta
As some of you may already know, our team is hard at work trying to release Legacy of the Void sometime this year. With this in mind, we wanted to discuss what this means for the Legacy of the Void beta. So far, we’ve been in the beta for about 4 months – approximately the length of the entire HotS beta.
With the ways things currently are, we don’t quite feel that we’re ready to move into the balance “fine-tuning” stages yet, since major changes (such as macro mechanics or Disruptor redesign) are still on the table. Our current plan is to continue exploring various large-scale changes for roughly one additional month, and then (assuming things are sufficiently finalized) we can shift our focus towards balance changes for the remainder of the beta. Design changes will still be considered after this period, but we will be trying to reduce them to things that are absolutely needed so that we can focus on balance tuning before the release of the game.
Protoss Warp-in changes
We found that the defensive case is too big of a nerf in expansion locations. After reading many of your suggestions, we’ve decided to test this mechanic with both Warpgates and Nexus providing faster warp-ins. Below is a list of all the warpgate changes going into the next update:
- Warping-in at a Pylon takes 16 seconds.
- If a Pylon’s power radius is touching a Warp Gate or a Nexus, the color of the power radius changes, and warp-ins take 2 seconds.
- Multiple Pylons can be affected by the same Nexus or Warp Gate.
- The Warp Prism’s power radius will be the stronger version, and units will only take 2 seconds to warp-in.
With these changes, we’re clearly seeing the heavy nerfs to the offensive warp-ins. The huge buff to defensive warp-ins is also feeling good internally, because one of the main reasons why Protoss is struggling in the beta right now is due to their difficulty in securing late-game expansions.
We’ve recently seen significant amounts of passionate and well-articulated discussions on the topic of macro mechanics. There are numerous people on both sides of our proposed changes, and we’ve read through and listened to many of the arguments as to why people feel the way they do. Having considered our testing internally along with your opinions in the community, we are currently planning to begin testing these changes in the next balance update. This does not mean the changes are permanent, but that we would like to explore their effects on a larger scale. To help prepare for this, we also wanted to briefly discuss some additional gameplay observations that we’ve discovered while testing.
Terran Mules being Removed
- Scanner Sweep use is much more common, but because there are so many possible scans available, Calldown: Extra Supplies now has tactical justification. The decision to cast one ability or the other has become rather dynamic, and the constant decisions between these two abilities seem interesting.
- The balance on these abilities might not be there yet, and if Mules do in fact get removed, we may need to tune these abilities’ details.
Protoss Chronoboost being Removed
- The removal itself seems good, but we’re definitely realizing that there may need to be some timing changes to help Protoss.
- We will be decreasing Warp Gate research time, and also speeding up the Disruptor build time, but we believe there’s more to come if this change goes through. Our current thought is that if Chronoboost is removed, we will need to strategically locate the specific units, buildings, upgrade times that would need to be reduced .
Zerg Inject Larva Being Auto-Cast and Reduced to 2 per Inject
- We were initially worried that this particular change would take away too much from Zerg macro, but surprisingly, it is feeling like there’s still so much macro to tackle.
- With this change, we’re also seeing better creep spread. This is something that we may need to tune eventually. Nevertheless, having a more visible result from players’ macro looks to be a much cooler direction rather than just having the forced/needed clicks found in things like Inject Larva.
Overall, we expect there will need to be a lot of balance tuning required if the macro mechanics changes stick. We are definitely looking forward to hearing your feedback and observing how the changes play out in the beta. Also, please remember to keep an open mind when testing out these changes – it will take time to iron out the balance as we continue testing this area.
Thanks for all of the passionate feedback and discussions these last few weeks. We hope that you will continue to have such rich discussions while we test these rather unique changes as we are certainly eager to hear your thoughts after playing with them.
Thanks so much!