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Alpha-5 offers 30+ ships and revamped ballistics

Updated: Mar 18

Dear Admirals,


We present our latest game update that will surely enhance your gameplay experience. First of all, we have upgraded the damage model with improved ballistics and damage probability calculations that reflect more realistically the various aspects of naval combat.


We added multiple gun visualizations that will make your designs special-looking according to which nation your ship belongs. Many different hulls enriched the data base of the ship design system, including new modern cruisers, modern battleships and some older cruisers of the dreadnought era. All these hulls are distributed to the various nations, making the custom battle editor more complete in every time period you wish to play.


The British gain a special hull "N3/G3 class" that offers much design freedom

We also implemented ramming damage when hitting enemy ships (we will add for friendlies too, when we optimize the evasion mechanics). Several balances and many other improvements are included in this update which you can read about them below.


Ultimate Admiral: Dreadnoughts Alpha-5

SPECIAL NEW FEATURES

  • Major improvements in ballistics: Repaired issues that made shells to travel at unusual wide arcs or at inconsistent speeds. Shells now can hit other vessels except the ship you target, making cluttered ship formations more vulnerable to shell fire. Friendly fire can happen if ships fire too close to each other. Previous ballistic system  had some omissions that were needed to save game performance. After latest game optimizations we added more calculations into the model addressing the following: - Shells fly-through other ships: Completely fixed. Please report inconsistencies if you face them in battle. - Unusual wide arcs from guns of the same turret: Not completely fixed, but it should be barely noticeable now and very rare. - Shells that seem to follow targets during evasive maneuvers: It should be completely fixed and more improvements will follow to address any related issue. - Even more detailed calculations for effective armor thickness, based on heel/trim motions, hull sections, belt wideness etc:  Improved but still work in progress.

The new Italian Battleship in action
  • Improved damage system: Damage is now using a more natural probabilistic model, causing less random and more consistent damage to ships according to the damage power of shells and torpedoes. This new system will simulate better the rare critical hits that happened in history.

  • Gun visual variance: Guns differ in appearance,depending on gun technology, nation and class of the ships. Britain, USA, Germany, Austria, Italy and Japan have currently the more diverse visualization. As we add more 3D model assets, more special visual characteristics for each nation will become available. (Note: All previously saved designs will be incompatible due to this new feature and it is advised to clean them up. Nation flag will be saved for any newly created design in Naval Academy.)

  • Ramming damage: Finally, ships receive damage when they collide with each other. There is not a special visual effect yet but you will hear a distinctive sound effect after the collision. Known issues of inconsistent ramming damage will be addressed in a next update. (Note: Damage will happen against hostile ships only).

German light cruiser based on "SMS Emden"
  • Influx of new ship models: Many new ship types are now available in the custom battle system and Naval Academy, covering a wide range of cruisers of the World War I and later era, as well as several new modern battleships and battlecruisers. In particular the following are added: - Detailed model of the Italian Heavy cruiser “Trento” of the 1920s.  - Detailed model of the British Armored cruiser “Warrior”. - 2 new light cruisers of the dreadnought era, special for Germany, based on the Light Cruiser “Emden”. - 7 new heavy cruisers distributed for all nations. - 5 new modern light cruisers distributed for all nations. - 1 French super battleship. - 1 French modern battleship.  - 1 new USA Battleship hull type: a smaller version of modern BB that can represent South Carolina and South Dakota battleships. - 1 new Italian Modern Battleship hull type. - 1 new UK Battleship hull type: It can represent a variant of HMS Nelson and generally the N3/G3 class. - 6 new Battlecruisers designated as "Large Cruisers" distributed for all nations except Britain.  - Improved a late UK Battleship with modern towers (The model that appears in mission “German Pride”). - 1 new Russian modernized Battleship.  - 1 new generic modernized Battleship.

British Armored cruiser using the base of the "HMS Warrior" class

NEW NAVAL ACADEMY MISSIONS

  • German Raiding Squadron: Your light cruisers must sink several cargo ships defended by a British armored cruiser. An enemy Battlecruiser approaches so you need to act fast.

  • Dreadnought vs Modern Cruisers: Powerful modern cruisers with state of the art fire control and devastating torpedoes should have no problem sinking a dreadnought of older technology. You can prove the opposite, either by enhancing your battleships with equipment of advanced technology, or investing more money for building more ships.

  • Wounded Beast: Your German battleship is damaged from a previous engagement and is hunted by the British fleet. Reinforcements are on their way to help you out.

  • Cruisers needed: An Italian Battleship is chased by a French Super-Battleship and your cruisers must rescue it.


The new French Super-Battleship found in mission "Cruisers needed"

SHIP DESIGNER IMPROVEMENTS

  • Operational Range is locked in “Medium” for Naval Academy (it will work fully in campaign). The player will no longer exploit the system by setting it at minimum range and create overpowered ships versus the AI.

  • Several improvements/fixes in weights/costs of ship assets.

  • AI will design more effectively the ships allocating weights for guns and speed in a more balanced manner. AI will increase Turret armor over technology era and this will be a necessity for player too, for reducing the chance of ammo detonations and main gun destruction. (Note: in late era battles, the maximum armor setting will usually correspond to the turret armor now. We will improve UI to be more specific).

French Battleship with all-guns forward
  • Auto-Design (for player and AI) is now smarter, since it realizes which technologies are better to use according to year. For example, you will no longer see ships auto-designed with full coal engines in the 1920s or with weak torpedoes. PS.The initial technologies will be set up according to tech era, so that player designs the ship from scratch with less micromanagement.

  • Various improvements/fixes to hulls according to player reports.

  • Deceleration of ship is now properly affected from various ship design decisions. (Previously it was only affected by ship’s size and weight).

  • Turbo Electric Drive auxiliary engines now offer a significant boost to acceleration/deceleration, making them really effective for initiating sharp maneuvers and dodging torpedoes. One more upgrade (Turbo Electric Drive II) is available with stronger effects.

  • Light Cruisers’ maximum gun size is now 7-inches (from 8-inches) so that we reflect better the class distinction between Light and Heavy Cruisers.

An Italian Heavy Cruiser derived from the "Trento-class"

BALANCES/COMBAT IMPROVEMENT

  • Damage fine tuning according to the new ballistics/damage model.

  • Smoke from funnels obstructs directionally the gun aiming. Accuracy penalty is received if the smoke emitted from the ship’s funnels interferes with the target at some angle.

  • Reduced target signature of guns. It is now more balanced the effect of ship size and targeting, while player should no longer be able to exploit Naval Academy battles by over-reducing the target signature with less secondary guns.

  • Torpedoes can now cause ammo detonation, if they penetrate the hull. Torpedoes of large diameter will be extremely dangerous, even to large and well protected battleships.

  • White powder shells rebalanced (removed shell weight loss, because it made shells too ineffective with bad ballistics at medium range).

  • Lyddite I shells penetration penalty reduced (They could become too weak).

A new "Large Cruiser" type for Japan with special-looking guns

BUG FIXES

  • Fixed a rare crash issue after exiting battle.

  • Fixed a sound bug (it caused only a console report during battle).

  • Fixed bug not allowing to set up target for individual ship of a division.

  • Fixed an issue that could cause lag after exiting a custom battle.

  • Fixed bug that could desync damage of gun & barbette, making them become destroyed independently.

OTHER

  • Transport ships became available in custom battles. You can now set up convoy missions as you please (Note: Transports will still be uncontrollable).

  • Improved ship floatation motions. Ships should not pitch/roll so much as before, especially the heavier ships.


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We hope you will really enjoy this update. Let us know in our forums:

Official Forum

Steam Forum EDIT 18/3/2020:

We just deployed a hotfix including the following.


HotFix v70

- Fixed problems with (Mark 5) 7-inch guns of USA/Britain ships.

- Fixed a german funnel that had no name text.

- Fixed hull issue of new Italian Battleship that did not had enough space for some secondary towers.

- Repaired hull issues of Italian Heavy Cruiser III.

- Battlecruisers hull limitations tuned so that they cannot exceed easily the 40 knots speed.

- Minor costs rebalance (fixes some issues in several missions of too few funds, making auto-design to not find enough funds to add necessary guns or speed).

- Resize of some early small guns to fit better on battleship hulls (according to feedback).

- Auto-Design should build more powerful ships often, with multiple and heavier guns.

- Fixed bug when choosing to start custom battle only with transports.

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