9.17 Overmatch Changes

Good day everyone,

While 9.17 is set for a tenative December 13th release, one of its most discussed new features won’t be coming with it. As confirmed by Ph3lan, the new overmatch mechanic has been cancelled and all vehicles will now be subject to the old 3-caliber rule.

Based on your input from the 1st Common Test, we decided to cancel this feature.

Initially, we planned to revise the ricochet and overmatch mechanics for all vehicles. However, tests showed that it will cause increased ricochets on thinly armored tanks (the IS-3, IS-4, etc.) that used to be generally bad at angling. This disrupted gameplay overall (a lot more ricochets where chances of them used to be zero), which you reported to us during the Common Test. We analyzed your feedback and decided to stick to the old, time-proven mechanic for all vehicles including the tier VIII–X Swedish tank destroyers.

No word on whether they will continue to work on adjustment for the overmatch mechanics in the future.

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