Dice have just released the patch notes for the last update that is now on the CTE and coming to the public version of the game mid May.
Bayonet charges are getting nerfed!! Amongst other other things, the charge radius is reduced, the charge turn angle is reduced, the charge audible volume is increase AND the player base health value has been reduced for the charging play to the same as a regular soldier. Rejoice.
Other good changes are the way the scoring awards points to players in conquest. Now you accrue points for every second you are on offensive or defensive burn but do not have to remain on the flag until its capped to be awarded your score. if you die or leave the flag before the cap is complete you will be awarded the points for the amount of time you did spend on the flag. the final cap reward has been reduced so they have raised the incentive to help a burn and move off the flag to engage an enemy with less penalty (or still score even if you die on the flag).
Vehicle repairing times per action have been reduced. you can now complete a repair action quicker although each repair action now repairs at a reduced percentage of your total health.
Full patch notes below:
Weapons and Gadgets
Fixed bug where Bipod Audio could persist when switching to secondary weapon.
Tweaked criteria for cross-class medal to require single shot rifles.
Added UI for grenade resupply.
Reduced the occluder size for the scope glint from 0.25m to 0.15m to hide it behind walls better.
Bayonet Charge Changes:
Activated aiming speed modifier during prepare state as well as charge state.
This means a player can rotate a maximum of 50 degrees during the prepare state. Also added an input modifier disabling strafe while charging.
Adding subtle boost to 3P footsteps when bayonet charging to increase threat awareness. Boosted volume of Enemy VO for Bayonet Charge when close to player.
Slightly reduced maximum turn rate while charging.
Removed damage reduction while in charge. Weapons will now hit charging players for normal damage.
Implemented per region threshold settings for server side hit detection: 130ms for US + Europe, 200ms elsewhere.
Fixed server side hit registration interpolation.
Leading shot only necessary by the margin above the threshold, eg. For US @ 150ms ping, you have to lead by 20ms.
Fixed latency display for server which is also responsible for decision if to perform client or server side hit registration.
Fixed input offsets for server side hit registration to match client side.
Fixed wrong hit indicator display when dying.
Map and Modes
Spectator Mode: Fixed a bug where the first person camera could become stuck during the Pigeon Carrier Artillery camera sequence on the Assault Tank.
Changed ticket count for Domination to 200 from 100.
Fixed missing game mode description for Breakthrough.
Tweaked scoring values for capturing flags in Conquest. Capturing gives less score now, however more capture ticks have been added and the team controlling more than 3 flags than the other team will be awarded Conquest Control bonuses.
Decreased the percentage of contribution to flag capture/neutralize from 50% to 30%.
Added Join Any Operation button to main operations screen. Will start a matchmaking session to join any available operation at any size (40 or 64).
Tweaked self repair for A7V, FT17, St. Chamond, and Pierce Arrow.
Reduced health gained per self repair cycle from 320 to 200.
Reduced time taken to complete a self repair cycle from 8s to 5s.
This makes these vehicles' self repair equivalent to the self repair of the MkV Landship.
Increased time that the shell camera is active on the MkV mortar landship from 3.5s to 4.5s. This better fits the increased flight time of the new heavy shell.
Extended Fighter and Attack Plane elevator flap scaling curves to better cover the entire speed range.
Reduced cooldown of speed boost ability from 30s to 15s for both the Dogfighter and Airship Buster Attack Plane.
Set up rear view on all planes.
Hold freelook while in 3p to use rear view.
Field Gun and AA Changes:
Doubled the health of Field Gun and Stationary AA.
Made Field Gun and Stationary AA Indestructible.
Field Gun and Stationary AA will now enter a disabled state at 50% health where they become unusable.
To use the weapons again they must be repaired back to 100% with the repair tool.
Changed how max range for AA is applied.
Developer Comments: Max range now varies depending on the pitch of the gun. Shells can travel a maximum horizontal distance of 300m, and a maximum vertical distance of 450m. This applies to both the stationary AA and the AA truck. Previously AA shells timed out at the same max distance from the gun regardless of direction, resulting in a roughly spherical volume covered by the gun. This means horizontal range was as large as the max height the shells could reach, and that at very high altitudes the AA could cover very little area, even if its range was technically large. The new AA shells will have slightly less horizontal range than before at low altitutes, but they will retain that range all the way to the flight ceiling. This will make AA much more effective against high altitude aircraft without making it able to reach distant, low flying ones as well.
Attack Plane Changes:
Retuned attack plane elevator flap scaling curve. Attack Plane turning will now be much closer to that of Fighters, but still slightly worse.
Improved underused Attack Plane variants:
Increased damage of the Airship Buster variant's primary MG from 32 to 40. This puts its AA DPS on par with Fighter MGs.
Increased velocity of tank hunter 37mm from 222m/s to 267m/s and reduced drag from 0.005 to 0.003.
These changes should make the 37mm slightly easier to land hits with, especially against moving or distant targets.
Developer Comments: With its speed boost active, the new flap scaling curves will allow this variant to achieve a higher turn rate than the Fighter for a short time. The reduced cooldown on speed boost will allow this advantage to be used more often. Together these changes should make the Airship Buster more competitive with Fighters in its air to air role.
Changes to Fighter plane variants:
Added new secondary weapon, Incendiary Ammo.
Incendiary Ammo does greatly increased damage to plane parts, allowing the dogfighter to quickly cripple an enemy plane by breaking a wing.
Changed active ability from emergency repair to speed boost.
Changed active ability from speed boost to emergency repair.
Increased field gun damage against light vehicles.
Armored cars will no longer take less damage than light tanks from field gun hits.
Developer Comments: Swapping speed boost and emergency repair on the Dogfighter and Bomber Killer should help both variants in their respective roles. Speed boost gives the Dogfighter a maneuverability edge over the other Fighter variants, and emergency repair gives the Bomber Killer a better chance of surviving tail gun fire from Bombers and Attack Planes.
Changes to FT Packages
Close Support Tank:
Increased 37mm HE ammo from 4 to 5
Replaced Secondary Case shell with Coaxial LMG. These changes should help this tank better fulfill its general purpose role.
Increased reload time on the autocannon from 2.5s to 3.75s
Increased HE autocannon direct damage from 15-10.5 to 17.5-12.5.
Developer Comments: This results in a 20% reduction in cannon uptime. The direct damage increase will offset the lower uptime against vehicles when targeting vehicles. These changes should make the Flanker slightly less effective against infantry.
Corrected primary weapon to HMG as shown in customization, was actually LMG. The more powerful HMG should help offset its limited firing arc when compared to the Coaxial LMG of the Close Support Variant.
Changed driver secondary weapon from case shell to flamethrower on the A7V Flame Tank Variant. This change will reinforce this variant's role as a close range tank.
Added 3p freelook to the FT Howitzer Variant.
Missed this one with the other tanks because the normal version has a turret that can rotate 360 anyway.
Added rear firing Tankgewehr as driver secondary weapon for the Tank Hunter Landship Variant.
Enabled driving and 3p camera while using driver rear guns in the Squad Support and Tank Hunter Landships.
Improved MkV Mortar Landship Variant.
Changed secondary mortar shell from airburst mortar to heavy mortar. Heavy mortar does much more damage and is effective against both infantry and vehicles, but has a much longer reload.
Replaced alternate smoke and gas mortar shells with with track repair and vehicle smoke equipment.
These changes should make the mortar Landship more viable as a combat vehicle, rather than sitting in mortar stance in the backline.
Fixed a bug with third person aiming on vehicles that caused a bullet to not fire in the correct direction when aiming at a soldiers head while they are on a horse.
Adding a camera shake advanced gameplay option to adjust the amount of camera shake caused by explosions, etc.
Added missing spotting animation when spotting a downed allied soldier as a medic with the Medical Syringe.
Automatically show low on ammo icons on friendly soldiers.
Made all players immortal during EOR.
Players using controllers can now do custom buttons/sticks mappings.
Fixed select Operation button not properly appearing when using the joypad or on console.
Moved ping widget to be below the kill log.
Fixed no squad in squad select screen being selected if the player is not in a squad. Will now select the first squad in the list by default. Also added support on PC for pressing the space bar to join/leave a squad.
Fixed issue with the flag icons and world icons ghosting when going in and out of the customize screen from the deploy screen.
The user is able to switch the UGC option on a child account when fully blocked.