Planetside2 Game Update 13 patch notes

Game Update 13 patch notes 24.07.2013 – 00:00 – Planetside 2

General Game Updates
Automated Server Recommendations
Recommended servers work well to funnel new players on to the servers that could use the extra population, but we need to make that process smarter and automated. We made some improvements in GU12, but there were still some more things that we thought would be useful to do. As such, we’ve made the following improvements to the way this works on the backend:

The recommended server surfaced at character select is now automatically chosen based on these criteria, in order:
Empire Population – favoring the server with the lowest percentage average population for the empire selected in the last 24 hours
Server Population – favoring the server with the lowest overall population for the last 24 hours per region
These changes should have no direct impact on players beyond the effects that come from providing more responsive recommendation system.

Alert Experience
Alert empire rewards are now proportional to the amount of time you participated in the alert. Only characters that participate throughout the entire duration of the alert will receive the full empire reward. This participation time is specific to individual characters (i.e. it’s not account-wide).

Improved Respawn Logic for Lattice-Enabled Continents
Updated facility respawn options to fall in line with the following:

All friendly facilities within one lattice-link to the region the player died/redeployed, including the current region.
If there are multiple friendly linked facilities then the player can respawn at any of them.
Nearest Major Facility (Tech plant, Bio lab, Amp Station) by lattice-links, if not already satisfied by #1
“Nearest” is determined by lattice link distance from the player’s current region.
The player’s faction Warpgate Facility
The above is in addition to any reinforcements needed, Sunderers, and squad spawn options that may be available. No changes have been made to those spawn options. No changes have been made to non-Lattice enabled continents.

These changes should allow players to always fall back to any linked friendly facility. It also allows players who have multiple access points to a region to respawn at any of those access points. All players in a region can always fall back to their nearest major facility (if they have one) as a local rally point or for access to vehicles.

Interactive Tutorial Changes
The following changes have been made to the Interactive Tutorial:

A few more seconds have been added before the Tutorial starts after entering the zone. This is to allow more time for loading and avoid situations where the tutorial skips too far ahead.

The equipment terminals have been removed from the mini-spawn room at the Redeploy step. These were unnecessary and distracted new players.

The spawn door shield has been changed to hostile and now blocks progress at the Redeploy step. This shield functions like the shooting range shield and will drop automatically when players respawn.

A teleporter has been added to the beginning of the Tutorial as a shortcut to the mini-spawn room. This teleporter only appears when players reach the Redeploy step. This is to give players who accidentally spawn at the start of the tutorial a quick way back to the mini-spawn room. If this occurs the tutorial will also direct the player to that teleporter and halt further progress of the tutorial until the player returns to the mini-spawn room.

The Redeploy and Instant Action toggles can no longer be cancelled while in the Tutorial. This is to prevent accidental cancellations of instant action and redeploy if a player happens to hit it twice so they can see it is a countdown and not instantaneous.

The Generator Overload and Warpgate terminal steps now detect when a player is in a vehicle and updates the floating help to show the Exit Vehicle keybind in case the player missed how to leave the vehicle in the previous vehicle driving step.

The Warpgate Terminal floating help text has been updated to provide better instruction to the player.

The ammo depot waypoint now points to the Ammo Depot itself instead of the road in front of it.

Improved the freshness of the continent population check at the Warpgate Terminal step. This should reduce chances where players are directed to a continent with a queue. The tutorial will highlight the continent with the highest population without a queue for that player’s faction.

XP Changes with Suicides
When an enemy soldier dies from a suicide or logs out, the last player to damage the player (within 10 seconds) will be awarded the kill. This also applies to characters inside of vehicles.

New in the Depot
New Weapons
NS-7 PDW SMG: This SMG has a lower damage drop-off than all the other SMGs, allowing it to perform well at short and medium ranges. Its low recoil and very quick center speed (fastest in the class) allow those with good burst control to extend its range even further.
NC LA3 Desperado Pistol: This 2x burst pistol has a fast burst but slower overall rate of fire. The fast burst mixed with moderate damage makes this pistol a solid choice at close range, though low accuracy will limit its effectiveness at range.
TR TS2 Inquisitor: Equipped with an extended magazine by default, this pistol gives the TR a solid all-around option that has very high sustainability and damage output per magazine.
VS Cerberus: High upfront damage mixed with an above average rate of fire for that damage class makes this pistol a good choice at close range. Low accuracy will limit the pistol‘s effectiveness at range.
New Camos
Seven new camos now available, including the Grey Scales Camo in the Early Access section.

New Bundles
Our most popular camos are now bundled together at a reduced price

Get our most popular loadouts for each vehicle and infantry class with new Pro Bundles

New Vehicle Cosmetics
3 new Vehicle Decals
Glow in the Dark ESF cockpit glass decals
Hood Ornament and Decal Price Reductions
Hood Ornaments are now 50 SC, except for the FX versions which are 100 SC
Armor Decals are now either 100 SC or 300 SC
Vehicle Decals are now either 300 SC or 500 SC
Infantry Updates
VS Audio Overhaul
VS Infantry Weapon fire audio was redone based on community and internal feedback. This includes audio for the Assault Rifle, Carbine, LMG, Sniper Rifle, Pistol, Rocket Launcher and Lasher, as well as suppressed variants for each weapon type.

IFF Reticule
The hip reticule will now turn red when hovered over an enemy that is within 8 meters.

The above color change will not happen on cloaked Infiltrators.

Pistol Balance Adjustments
NS-357 Underboss
ROF increased from 200 RPM to 220 RPM
NC4 Mag-Shot
Minimum damage increased from 100 at 65 meters to 112 at 60 meters
Long reload time is now faster at 1.9 seconds, down from 2.0 seconds
Short reload time is also faster at 1.6 seconds, down from 1.7 seconds
Fixed FB variant having a slower projectile speed than the normal version
LA8 Rebel
Maximum damage range increased from 10 to 15 meters.
Minimum damage increased from 125 at 65 meters to 143 at 60 meters
Long reload time is now faster at 1.8 seconds, down from 2.0 seconds
Short reload time is also faster at 1.5 seconds, down from 1.7 seconds
TX1 Repeater
Max damage now starts scaling at 8 meters, decreased from 10 meters
Minimum damage is now reached at 50 meters, down from 60
TX2 Emperor
Maximum damage range increased from 10 to 15 meters
Minimum damage increased from 84 at 65 meters to 112 at 60 meters
Long reload time is now faster at 1.8 seconds, down from 2.0 seconds
Short reload time is also faster at 1.525 seconds, down from 1.7 seconds
Aimed accuracy loss per shot increased from 0.1 to 0.12
Hip accuracy loss per shot increased from 0.2 to 0.24
Fixed stand hip accuracy and crouch-moving hip accuracy being swapped
Projectile speed increased from 375 to 390
Beamer VS3
Stand hip accuracy improved from 1.5 to 1.0.
Crouch-moving hip accuracy reduced from 1.25 to 1.5.
Minimum damage increased from 84 at 65 meters to 100 at 60 meters
Manticore SX40
Minimum damage increased from 100 at 65 meters to 112 at 60 meters
Long reload time is now faster at 1.9 seconds, down from 2.0 seconds
Short reload time is also faster at 1.6 seconds, down from 1.7 seconds
Fixed stand hip accuracy and crouch-moving hip accuracy being swapped
Optics Alignment Pass
VS Carbine scopes used to be slightly off center to the right in iron sights. They should now be dead on.
All SMG scopes had the same issue, but to the left. Corrected these as well.
NC Mag Shot and Rebel iron sights have also seen minor corrections.
Ammunition Cert Line Adjustments
All classes other than HA and MAX should have the following costs on the Ammunition Belt cert lines across all factions:

Rank 1: 1 CP
Rank 2: 10 CP
Rank 3: 100 CP
Rank 4: 1000 CP
Heavy Assault should have the following costs on the Ammunition Belt cert lines across all factions:

Rank 1: 50 CP
Rank 2: 500 CP
Cloak Shader Changes
The low graphic settings cloak is now less grey and more transparent.

Advanced Shield Capacitor Delay
Advanced Shield Capacitor’s delay reduction improved to -4.0 seconds at max rank.

Rank 1: Recharge delay reduction increased from .5 to .8 seconds
Rank 2: Recharge delay reduction increased from 1 to 1.6 seconds
Rank 3: Recharge delay reduction increased from 1.5 to 2.4 seconds
Rank 4: Recharge delay reduction increased from 2 to 3.2 seconds
Rank 5: Recharge delay reduction increased from 2.5 to 4 seconds
Infantry Explosives
Improved explosives so they perform better against nanoweave equipped players
All faction Frag & Sticky Grenades
Increased inner max damage radius from 0.5 to 1.0 meters.
NC Bouncing Betty & VS Proximity Mine
These now animate and play audio before detonating.
Internal maximum damage radius increased from 0.5 to 2.0 meters.
Minimum damage now drops to 200 at 6.5 meters, up from 10 at 6 meters.
Activation time after being placed increased from 1.5 to 2.0 seconds.
TR Claymore
Added audio when claymores trigger.
Maximum damage increased from 1275 to 1300
Internal maximum damage radius increased from 1.5 to 3.0 meters.
Minimum damage is now 350 at 6.5 meters, up from 10 at 6 meters.
Activation time after being placed increased from 1.5 to 2.0 seconds.
NC Bouncing Betty, VS Proximity Mine, TR Claymore, & all faction Tank Mines
Throw time increased from 0.250 to 0.650 seconds.
Spotting
Enemy explosives can now be spotted.

Added new spot icons for the following:

AV Turret (both facility and Engineer deployed)
AI Turret (both facility and Engineer deployed)
Facility AA Turret
All Vehicles
Tank Mines
Bug Fixes
T7 Mini-Chaingun will no longer display 1st person animation issues when moving around while aiming down sights
Fixed a bug causing 1st person firing animations to stop if the player paused firing while moving
Fixed an exploit allowing medics to revive players that suicide for experience
Corrected an issue preventing fire mode selections from persisting through death
Red dot scopes will no longer reset position on the rail after resupplying
Fixed a bug causing the first C4 explosion of a gaming session to not play any audio
Fixed an issue causing all scopes that mention: “Hold Sprint key to steady aim” to display text errors in the tooltip
Fixed a bug causing incorrect footstep audio to play for all surfaces
Underbarrel grenade launcher projectiles should no longer penetrate spawn shields
Vehicle Updates
Empire Specific Fighter Updates
Default cannons
Default cannons have been re-tuned. Some adjustments have been done to the empire specific characteristics and some are across the board.

M18 Needler
New Descriptions: “The M18 Needler is the standard air superiority nose cannon for the TR Mosquito. Its small caliber rounds allow it to sustain fire for longer and at a higher fire rate.”
Fire Rate reduced from 800 RPM to 750 RPM
Magazine size increased from 50 to 75
Magazine Size certifications reduced from 6/9/12/15 to 2/5/7/10
Ammo Capacity Increased from 600 to 900
Ammo Capacity certifications increased from 60 per rank to 75 per rank.
Max damage increased from 300 to 315
Inflicts maximum damage up to 200 meters
Minimum damage inflicted beyond 325 meters
Minimum damage is 245
M20 Mustang
New Descriptions: “The M20 Mustang is the standard air superiority nose cannon for the NC Reaver. Its high caliber rounds allow it to do more damage up close and at range.”
Magazine size increased from 50 to 55
Magazine Size certifications reduced from 6/9/12/15 to 2/5/7/10
Ammo Capacity Increased from 600 to 660
Ammo Capacity certifications reduced from 60 per rank to 55 per rank.
Inflicts maximum damage up to 225 meters
Minimum damage inflicted beyond 350 meters
Minimum damage is 290
Saron Laser Cannon
New Descriptions: “The Saron Laser Cannon is the standard air superiority nose cannon for the VS Scythe. Its specialized rounds can be reloaded quickly and travel faster than standard rounds.”
Fire Rate reduced from 732 RPM to 706 RPM
Saron Laser Cannon: Magazine size increased from 50 to 60
Magazine Size certifications reduced from 6/9/12/15 to 2/5/7/10
Ammo Capacity Increased from 600 to 720
Max damage increased from 325 to 340
Inflicts maximum damage up to 200 meters
Minimum damage inflicted beyond 325 meters
Minimum damage is 255
CoF reduced from 0.4 to 0.3 degrees
Reload speed reduced from 2.5 seconds to 2 seconds
Projectile speed increased from 600 mps to 800 mps
Rotary cannons
Rotary cannons have been re-tuned. Some adjustments have been done to the empire specific characteristics and some are across the board.

M18 Rotary
New Descriptions: “The M18 Rotary is a high damage, close range cannon that can unload rounds quickly. Its small caliber rounds allow it to sustain fire for longer and at a higher fire rate. TR use only.”
Fire Rate reduced from 1500 RPM to 1000 RPM
Damage increased from 237 to 315
Magazine size certification rank adjusted from 2/5/7/10 to 3/6/9/12
Inflicts maximum damage up to 125 meters
Minimum damage inflicted beyond 250 meters
Minimum damage is 270
Time required to reload increased from 1.5 seconds to 2.25 seconds
Vortek Rotary
New Descriptions: “The Vortek Rotary is a high damage, close range cannon that can unload rounds quickly. Its high caliber rounds allow it to do more damage up close and at range. NC use only.”
Fire Rate reduced from 1000 RPM to 750 RPM
Damage increased from 388 to 500
Magazine size reduced from 35 to 25
Amount per certification rank adjusted from 2/5/7/10 to 2/4/6/8
Inflicts maximum damage up to 150 meters
Minimum damage inflicted beyond 275 meters
Minimum damage is 425
Time required to reload increased from 1.5 seconds to 2 seconds
Projectile speed remains at 650 mps
Ammo Capacity changed from 350 to 250
Amount granted by certifications reduced from 35 to 25 per rank
Hailstorm Turbo Laser
New Descriptions: “The Hailstorm is a high damage, close range cannon that can unload rounds quickly. Its specialized rounds can be reloaded quickly and travel faster than standard rounds. VS use only.”
Fire Rate reduced from 1200 RPM to 857 RPM
Damage increased from 308 to 360
Magazine size reduced from 40 to 35
Amount per certification rank adjusted from 2/5/7/10 to 3/5/8/10
Inflicts maximum damage up to 125 meters
Minimum damage inflicted beyond 250 meters
Minimum damage is 300
Time required to reload increased from 1.5 seconds to 1.75 seconds
Projectile speed increased from 550 mps to 700 mps
Ammo Capacity changed from 400 to 350
Amount granted by certifications reduced from 40 to 35 per rank
Other Vehicle Weapon Tuning
M20 Basilisk

Damage fall off now begins at 75 meters instead of 50 meters
Minimum damage increased from 175 to 200
Minimum damage range increased from 100 to 200
M20 Drake

Damage fall off now begins at 150 meters instead of 100 meters
Minimum damage increased from 175 to 200
AP30 Shredder

Fall-off damage starting range increased from 50 to 75.
Fall-off minimum damage range increased from 150 meters to 175
G30 Vulcan

Changed to Armor Piercing Bullet Resist Type
Max Direct Damage increased from 120 to 250
Minimum Direct Damage increased from 90 to 175
This should make the Vulcan less powerful against Aircraft
This should make the Vulcan more powerful against infantry
G20 Vulcan-H

Changed to Armor Piercing Bullet Resist Type
Max Direct Damage increased from 110 to 220
Minimum Direct Damage increased from 85 to 165
This should make the Vulcan less powerful against Aircraft
This should make the Vulcan more powerful against infantry
Sunderer Changes
Sunderer resistance to armor piercing bullets increased from 70% to 75%

Harasser Tuning
Stock resistance to small arms fire reduced from 85% to 80%
Composite Armor bonus reduced from 6/12/18/24 % to 5/10/15/20%
Adjusted the pitch angle on several of the Harasser weapons so that the player could aim lower to the ground
Proximity and Scout Radar Changes
Proximity Radar
Old Description “Hostiles near the vehicle are revealed on the minimap for all vehicle occupants.”

New Description “Detects the movement of hostile soldiers near the vehicle and reveals them the mini-map for all vehicle occupants.”

Proximity Radar range increased from 20/30/40/50 to 30/35/40/50
Proximity Radar now updates every ½ second instead of 2 seconds
Proximity Radar now detects cloaked infiltrators, like the recon tool
Proximity Radar now only detects moving players, like the recon tool
Scout Radar
Old Description “Enemies near the vehicle will appear on the map of nearby allies for up to 25 meters.”

New Description: “Detects hostile enemies near the vehicle and reveals them on the mini-map for all nearby allies. The vehicle must be occupied for scout radar to function.”

Scout Radar now detects cloaked infiltrators, like the recon tool
Scout Radar now only functions if the vehicle is occupied
For the Flash version:
Scout Radar range increased from 25/50/75/100 to 40/60/80/100
Bug Fixes
The Mosquito should once again have glass in place to showcase cockpit decals
Players in the rumble seat for the Flash or Harasser will no longer appear to be playing the running animation to remote clients
AMS Sunderers should now be able to deploy in friendly No-deploy zones
A2A missile launchers stats now display “Lock-on” as their fire mode.
UI Updates
Added Chatbox to the Fullscreen UI
We’ve added a toggle button to the upper left corner of the fullscreen UI that will bring up a re-sizable chat window.

Additional Platoon Leader Waypoints
For every additional squad in the platoon, the platoon leader will now have access to one extra waypoint:

Alpha Waypoint
Bravo Waypoint
Charlie Waypoint
Delta Waypoint
The HUD indicators are colored to match whatever color you’ve selected to represent that squad.

Improved Linking and Default Sorting in the Depot
Allows us to do cool things like:

New items can be listed at the top of categories
Sale items can be listed near the top of categories
Link to specific bundles when clicking on a billboard
Spawn/Deploy UI Usability Improvements
Added a squad spawn locations category to the deployment list
Un-squaded players will be able to autojoin a squad directly from the new squad spawn category in the Deployment list
HUD Indicator Clean Up Pass
Destroyed vehicles and turrets now remove their indicators
Empty ally vehicles will now show an indicator if you target them
Platoon members no longer show all names and extra info for up to 70 meters
Range-wise, they’re now treated like other allies
Squad mates still show as before with no range limit
Medics will now see the “needs heal” indicator when an ally is at less than or equal to 50% HP
Dead squad members will now show the dead icon no matter how far away they are.
Spotting while zoomed or while in iron sights should no longer be harder to do than spotting from the hip.
Ground vehicles will only see HUD indicators for ground vehicle depots, air vehicles will only see indicators for air vehicle depots.
Other Miscellaneous Changes
Loadout tooltips on the vehicle and class screens now show the custom name and description
Added tilt to the platoon screen panels to better imply the functionality of the screen
Added waypoint type names (ex: “personal waypoint”, “squad waypoint”, etc.) back to waypoints if you aim at them
Added unique feedback messaging for when a name is taken, invalid, profane, reserved, or unavailable when creating a new *character
Bug Fixes
We think we fixed an elusive bug causing /regionsay to randomly stop working. If you still see this happening, please submit a bug report via the in game tool.
Corrected an issue causing the squad dropdown menu for the bottom two players in a squad to be cut off
Fixed a messaging error when non-members attempted to purchase items from the Premium Early Access category of the Depot
Faclity/Environment Updates
Facility Capture Time Tuning
All Amp Stations and Tech Plants on Indar, Esamir, and Amerish, cap in 7 minutes instead of 10 Biolabs on all continents will cap in 7 minutes if you own the majority of the cap points (2/3 or ¾). If you own all CPs, it will cap much faster

Esamir Lattice and Facility Enhancement
The lattice system already in use on Indar is now active on Esamir. Nearly every facility and outpost was been enhanced or in some cases completely replaced to help create better gameplay flow and support the addition of the lattice connections on the continent. Added two new outposts, The Rink, and Rime Analytics

Esamir Deployable Turret Restrictions
At warpgates and facilities on Esamir, jump pad landing pads, tunnel exits, and vehicle pads will destroy any deployable Engineer turrets that are placed on them to help prevent griefing.

Bug Fixes
Fixed some exploitable collision near the Stronghold on Indar
Corrected some exploitable collision inside the Esamir Biolabs
Fixed malfunctioning gravity pads at the following installations:
Andvari Barracks
Andvari Frozen Reservoir
Eisa Mining Operation
Elli Barracks Complex
Freyr Geothermal Plant
Freyr Substation
Mani Fortress
Apex Genetics
Bridge-Ward
Echo Valley Substation
Everett Supply Co.
Geological Survey Camp
Grey Heron Shipping
Haven Outpost
The Traverse
Fixed a texture seam on the ground near Eisa Tech Plant
Removed clipping terrain from the spawn room stairs at Freyr Amp Station
Removed terrain piled up in front of a ground vehicle pad at Jaeger’s Crossing
Removed terrain clipping through the forward spawn room at Mani Bio Lab
Fixed a collision issue at Esamir’s Northwest Warpgate allowing players to get stuck beside stairs in multiple locations
Fixed a gab in the Biolab vehicle shields that allowed infantry to slip through
Addressed clipping terrain in several areas around Aurora Materials Lab
Addressed a crate clipping into the roof of the spawn room at Grey Heron Shipping
Removed flora clipping through the floor of Mani Tower and Nott Amp Station
Fixed the missing SCU shield at Mani Bio Lab
Removed excess terrain from in front of both ground vehicle pads at Northpoint Station
Removed a texture seam on the terrain near Echo Valley Substation
Fixed an issue with the wrong audio callout playing when the SCU shields are restored

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