Every online game gets a balance pass now and then — some big, some small. Judging by the volumes of text Obsidian Entertainment released today, it looks like Armored Warfare’s upcoming Balance 2.0 update fits squarely into the “large” category.

As the introductory post and video from Project Director Richard Taylor explain, Balance 2.0 will largely address power creep throughout the 10 tiers of tanks and seek to smooth out progression and make matches between tanks of different tiers more competitive. The simplest way to do this? To tie in damage to the caliber of the weapon, rather than just as something that grows as you get into higher-tier tanks. Hit points will also see lower scaling as tiers increase.

As a result of all the changes, some vehicles will be changed dramatically, and perhaps even change tiers and grouping, so there’s a plan in the works to compensate tank owners who may be dissatisfied with their tanks’ new stats or role. Changes will also be made to retrofits, ammunition, and other various mechanics; you can read all about them in the very detailed blog posts on the Balance 2.0 page on the Armored Warfare site.

One brief editorial comment: I’ve long groused about the queue times in Armored Warfare, sometimes taking as long as 10 minutes to find a match, and I’m sure the AW dev team is well aware of this issue. If this update does “squeeze” the tiers together a big more, say, allowing tier 3 tanks to be competitive against tier 8 tanks, it should do wonders to improve those queue times. And it speaks to the wider point I’ve been making for quite a while, that sharp vertical progression in online multiplayer games is more of a hindrance than a help, spreading out players and making it difficult to find friends (or foes, in PvP games like AW) to play with.

That said, especially in a game like Armored Warfare, getting a bigger and badder tank feels like it should represent a significant power increase, even more so than, say, leveling your mage in an MMORPG from 30 to 40. It’ll be interesting to see how the dev team handles this kind of change and whether they can keep the power fantasy of the game intact while making it more accessible to more players.

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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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  1. The Truth on December 6, 2016

    the devs of this game are so out of touch with their player base its not funny , its become a joke of insider wants and crys , abusive staff , abusive moderators and absolutely NO communication with its player base , the NA server is a wasteland with an average population of less than 100 people per night , when you ask , your banned from forums for inciting unrest , do yourself a favor and don’t bother downloading this in any form , its World of Tanks 2.NO at best

  2. Who want some Wang on December 3, 2016

    Very promising news. I’ve always hated the emphasis on vertical progression in online games.

  3. Curst on December 1, 2016

    “…in a game like Armored Warfare, getting a bigger and badder tank feels like it should represent a significant power increase…”
    No offense, but you sound like you’ve leveled too many mages “from 30 to 40” (or perhaps you expect your readers to have a very narrow mind >_> which may not be too far from the truth judging by comments usually seen here). Power comes in different forms. For mages it’s health and damage, but tanks are all about armor, guns and speed. Tank games can do well even completely without “health” and “damage”, not just without ridiculous vertical progression of said values.

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