With update 2.28 “Sons of Attlia” the game welcomes new smoke granade effects. And that pushed me to make this post.Smoke granades deploying in-game is in my opinion suboptimal. Smoke granades deploy either in most case scenarios on top of the player, making user blind or too far. In the first case if a tank of the player is immobilized, player loses ability to look around, while the smoke should obstruck vision in the direction the user deployed it, so enemies from that side have hard time hitting the player, while player can look around and prepare for incomign danger. In the second case, while it is the closesat to real life, it is impractical, deploying smoke in manner that gives bearly any protection to the user in most encounters, as they happen in close to mid ranges.
Smoke deploying too close
Smoke deploying too far
And with that in mind, i looked around and i found a tank with in my opinion near perfect smoke deployement distance
With that comes my proposition. I think smoke granades distance should be changed, to simmilar seen above. It provides enough protection from the smoked side, while giving user great situational awareness. And im not talking here about width ot height, im talkng about distance from the front of the tank to the smoke courtain. In my opinion this change would improve experience coming from the game, while not beeing that big of a stretch, as smoke granades in game are already far from their real life counterparts.
For the sake of most smoke granades in game behaving like a baloons i will provide footage available in the internet showing they are able to travel longer distances and this change is possibe in term of real life sources.
Leopard 2A6 deploying smoke granades
And a gameplay footage of Leopard 2PL (the same smoke granade launcher)
Panzerhaubitze 2000 deploys a smoke screen
Here is a section with multiple tanks in one video.
0:00 shows T-90
0:39 shows a Leclerc
0:52 Abrams and i will compare it to the ingame M1 KVT
0:48 Bradley and Abrams
1:18 and 1:42 Challenger 2 but i think it is using a different launcher than in game, i might be wrong, i will put ingame one for reference
To sum up, smokes deployement ingame is at least suboptimal, and should be changed. I propose to change distance to be simmilar to the Vickers Mk.1, but that is only my opinion.
So i come here to discuss this potential change with other players, and to see if even anyone even want this to change.