[Should Ground AB use the same Aircraft spawn as Naval AB?]
No (The current system is ok)
No (I would like to suggest another change)
Hello tankers, I would like to suggest a change to the way aircraft support works in Ground AB, the current system requires you to get kills and assists in order to use an Air streak to spawn a fighter/striker/bomber to the battlefield, in Naval AB you can bring your own aircraft and spawn them using SP you earned with actions during the match, and if you don’t have any aircraft in your lineup it allows you to spawn a random fighter or bomber, I would like to see this system implemented in ground AB.
+This will allow:
-players to bring the aircraft they want, and allows them to earn progress towards the mods for that specific aircraft or researching another aircraft.
-Balance how many aircraft are in the air during a match.
-Reduce the instances of a players ground slamming their plane into tanks because aircraft would have repair costs so players will use them more cautiously.
-would fix the issue of modern jets showing up against WW2 tanks (I’m looking at you A-10 at BR 6.7!!)
-matches can have a mix of aircraft instead of just Helicopters or just planes
…anyways thank you for reading my suggestion, if you want to add anything please let me know!
I submitted a similar suggestion but a bit more complex, but I guess you were first since my topic was taken down. I’ll just post it here then as a potential improvement to your suggestion:
Aircraft spawns are handled the same way as in Naval Arcade Battles, through requirement of spending spawn points to spawn an aircraft. Some portion of spawn points is given to the player at the beginning of the match which is not enough to spawn into plane right away, but it affects the ability to spawn a plane second time in the same match - cost of spawning the plane is steep, so collecting it all again is hard.
There is a BR offset for aircraft to be spawned which is a balancing method - For example in BR 4.0 battle the offset of 0.7 BR would mean aircraft up to BR 3.3 could be spawned, or for offset of 1.3 BR aircraft up to BR 2.7 could be spawn. This is something that needs to be balanced by devs similarly to other BR balancing procedures. It still makes sense to have a 2.7 CAS like A-36 in BR 4.0 battle and it’ll still make sense to have 4.0 CAS in BR 5.3 battle. (It’s not about discussing specific BR values here, but explaining the proposed balancing method).
Forced bomb fuse delay mechanic should still remain in the mode, bomb whistle sound should be fixed and there should be a text warning like with artillery strike when there is a bomb being dropped nearby or when aircraft is strafing/diving on your vehicle.
Ground vehicle type markers are shown only for scouted vehicles until pilot can see the target in front from close range to identify the type of vehicle. The reason here is to make picking easy target and avoiding SPAAs harder for aircraft.
Aircraft do not have auto reload of ordnance in-air like in air battles, they need to fly over the airfield under specific low altitude to reload the ordnance. This way the planes need to loose altitude to around spawn altitude or even less, so they cannot keep circling high above the combat zone, and at the same time they don’t have to land so the whole setup is not penalising to new players that can’t land the aircraft. Aircraft repair still requires landing. Airfields are close to the front, but heavily protected against opposing team including warning similar to spawn camping warning.
Bit late to the suggestion, but I think in the long term aircraft spawning and operation in naval battles have to be tweaked. I am positive that aircraft carriers (and submarines) will arrive eventually, and to, at least partially, address the scale issues caused by aircraft carrier, and the more numerous and capable AA armament on ships, I think aircraft will have to operate in squadrons (like in dynamic campaigns and mission editors), rather than lone planes.
The link to the discussion is here:
But otherwise, this system would also be similar to the Ground (and currently Naval) Realistic Battles. So, I suppose this might be beneficial.
Hey everyone, sorry I didn’t respond silly that I create a topic and don’t follow up, so recently gaijin has implemented a change to Ground AB air strike having fighters be unable to see ground name tags, its a breath of fresh air and playing open tops or light tanks has become more viable, ofc some downside is they also can’t see friendly name tags o.O?
oh also SaperPL I agree with the points you said, especially having no nametags except if scouted (more reason to bring light tanks to the battle) and the BR offset, that would probably fix the A-10 ripping ww2 tanks a new one XD.
with that said, I hope to see more changes, mainly being able to bring out our own aircraft.
Well, the problem of randomness in the bombing still remains and the one in bomber/strike aircraft can still see players on the spawn point. Denying fighters markers mostly works because now it’s really hard to see vehicles and I feel like some vehicles in camo matching terrain are getting culled out of visibility until you’re close enough and/or are facing them with your aircraft. With that said, it’s still a random mess whether you have chance to drop your ordnance or catch up to bomber, so naval system would be a lot better than this where you actually risk losing hard earned points for the planes.
Well, the problem of A-10 vs WW2 tanks is how the selection of aircraft in air mission is not BR-equal but randomised in range based on your lineup BR and not match BR. It means that if you’re uptiered, so for example you’re 5.7 and the match is 6.7 max, you can encounter a player in 7.7 plane while you get one in 4.7. At least that did happen from time to time where you’d get 4.7 bomber and be chased by 7.7 fighter jets or get 4.7 prop fighter to chase a 7.7 jet bomber.
First they should ensure that everyone gets a plane at the same BR in context of single air mission, but guess what - they are not going to do this exactly because that’s the point of air mission - to destabilise the match and increase the snowballing effect to finish the match faster and put people back in matchmaker.