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Squad Update V3.0 Release Notes


AMPHIBIOUS GAMEPLAY AND WATER INTERACTION

This update primarily showcases amphibious functionality

  • Summary

  • Join the marine forces in amphibious assaults from ships off the coast.

  • Leverage the unique capabilities of your vehicles and faction asymmetry to pull off new tactical manoeuvres.

List of vehicles with amphibious capabilities

  • AAVP-7A1 APC – NEW

  • AAVC-7A1 Command/Logistics Vehicle – NEW

  • LAV-25 Armoured Recon Vehicle – NEW

  • ASLAV Armoured Recon Vehicle

  • BMP-1 IFV

  • BMP-2 IFV

  • BTR-80 APC

  • BTR-82A APC

  • BRDM-2 Scout Car

  • MT-LB APC

  • In addition to these fully amphibious machines, many military vehicles are capable of fording bodies of water up to a certain depth. Other less rugged vehicles will slow to a crawl and be flooded.


  • Features

  • Fully-modelled waves, buoyancy, and water drag physics for vehicles.

  • Waves become more gentle in inland waters.


  • Soldier water interaction has been reworked

  • Deep water reduces movement speed, scaling by immersion depth.

  • Trying to move in deep water depletes stamina, scaling by immersion depth.

  • Soldiers will raise their weapons above their heads when passing chest-deep water.

  • Drowning damage has been reworked and rebalanced.


  • Added Amphibious Invasion layers where capturing the first flag provides a shoreside spawn point for non-amphibious vehicles.

  • Added an icon to denote Amphibious capability in the driver’s HUD and Map Vehicle List.

  • Animated vehicle wake-plates when entering/exiting water


AMERICAN MARINE FORCES FACTION

  • Summary of American Marine Forces Faction

  • Iconic weapons, equipment, and tactics

  • Adds BLUFOR amphibious capability

  • New / Modified Weapons

  • M16A4 Full Length 5.56mm Rifle

  • M27 IAR + SDO Optic 5.56mm Rifle

  • M38 5.56 DMR

  • M249 SAW + SDO Optic 5.56mm LMG

  • M240 + MGO Optic 7.62mm MMG

  • M16A4 + M203 40mm Under-Barrel Grenade Launcher

  • SMAW Heavy Anti-Tank

  • OKC-3S Knife


  • Shared Existing Weapons with US Army

  • M4 Carbine 5.56mm Rifle

  • M136 Medium Anti-Tank

  • M72A7 light Anti-Tank

  • M9 9mm Pistol

  • M67 Fragmentation Grenade

  • M18 Smoke Grenade


  • Kit Roles

  • Rifleman (3 variants)

  • Corpsman (2 variants)

  • Squad Leader (3 variants)

  • Crewman (2 variants)

  • Pilot (2 variants)

  • Automatic Rifleman (2 variants)

  • Light Anti Tank (2 variants)

  • Heavy Anti Tank (2 variants)

  • Grenadier

  • Marksman

  • Machine Gunner

  • Combat Engineer


  • Vehicles

  • RHIB Watercraft

  • RHIB Transport

  • RHIB Logistics

  • RHIB M240

  • RHIB M2


  • M1151 Light Armoured Car

  • M1151 Open Top M2

  • M1151 Open Door M2

  • M1151 RWS M2


  • M-ATV Armoured Car

  • M-ATV Open Top M2

  • M-ATV RWS M2

  • M-ATV TOW


  • AAVP7-A1 Armored Personnel Carrier

  • AAVP7-A1 Amphibious APC

  • AAVC7-A1 Amphibious Armored Logistics


  • LAV-25A2 Amphibious Armoured Reconnaissance Vehicle

  • M1A1 Main Battle Tank

  • UH1Y Transport Helicopter


  • Map Layers

  • Updated many map layers to include USMC:

  • Note for Server Owners – Black Coast POI Subpen – This flag location currently only exists on AAS v1 and Seed v1 for performance reasons. When running Black Coast AAS v1 please keep in mind players may have much worse client performance. The Subpen POI will be receiving updates and will be worked on for a future update when it could possibly be added to more map layers.

  • Al Basrah Invasion v2

  • Belaya RAAS v2

  • Black Coast AAS v1

  • Black Coast Invasion v1

  • Black Coast Invasion v2

  • Black Coast RAAS v1

  • Black Coast RAAS v2

  • Black Coast Seed v1

  • Black Coast Skirmish v11

  • Black Coast RAAS v3

  • Black Coast RAAS v4

  • Black Coast Invasion v3

  • Fallujah Invasion v1

  • Fallujah Invasion v3

  • Fallujah RAAS v1

  • Fallujah RAAS v3

  • Fallujah RAAS v6

  • Goose Bay RAAS v3

  • Goose Bay Invasion v4

  • Gorodok AAS v4

  • Gorodok RAAS v6

  • Jensen’s Range v3

  • Kohat RAAS v2

  • Lashkar RAAS v5

  • Mutaha RAAS v6

  • Narva AAS v4

  • Narva RAAS v2

  • Sumari AAS v5

  • Tallil RAAS v1

  • Tallil Seed v1

  • Yehorivka AAS v4

  • Yehorivka RAAS v1




  • Mutaha RAAS v3 was updated with Great Britain, replacing Australia

  • Updated the Main Menu Entrymap to now feature the USS Essex WASP class LHD emerging from a storm.

  • Updated Discord Rich Presence config for USMC faction.

NEW CAF VEHICLES


  • Added new vehicle: CAF Coyote Armoured Recon Vehicle.

  • Added new vehicle: CAF CH-146 Transport Helicopter.

SYSTEM & GAMEPLAY UPDATES

  • Added a new map showcasing amphibious capabilities: Black Coast.

  • Added a new amphibious-focused training map featuring the USS Essex: Pacific Proving Grounds.

  • Added nicknames on the USA M1A2 and USMC M1A1 tank barrels.

  • Added Character Interaction with mud, snow, dirt, and water. These materials will now accumulate on characters’ uniforms.

  • Updated the training menu to include a link to Jensen’s Range for all factions training layers.

  • Updated the infantry weapon hip-fire recoil visual animation to appear more intense.

  • Updated repair station unbuilt and mid-built level states to have a more accurate visual footprint and reduced vertical profile.

  • Updated the Ticket Legend, the generic vehicle ticket amounts have been removed. Exact ticket values for vehicles are now being displayed in the vehicle card list.

  • Updated MEA Ural 4320 and RUS Kamaz5350 truck gearbox configuration.

  • Updated the game flow when entering and exiting vehicles while reloading your weapon. If you enter a vehicle during the reload animation before finishing the reload, the reload will be cancelled.

  • Adjusted the splash damage intensity on vehicle explosions. Vehicle explosions are now less deadly to infantry.

  • Adjusted AUS M1A1 Commander M2 to now use turret stabilisation.

  • Adjusted the rearm costs for various GPMG weapons on multiple vehicle turrets. The rearm costs should be reduced, in some cases drastically. Vehicles affected:

  • USA MATV CROWS w/M240B : full rearm cost reduced to 150 ammo points (down from 563)

  • USA M1126 RWS w/M240B : full rearm cost reduced to 150 ammo points (down from 563)

  • GB FV432 RWS w/M240B : full rearm cost reduced to 150 ammo points (down from 563)

  • GB FV4032 MBT loader’s turret M240B : full rearm cost reduced to 150 ammo points (down from 563)

  • CAF Leopard 2 loader’s turret C6A1 : full rearm cost reduced to 150 ammo points (down from 250)

  • CAF LAV 6 open-top turret C6A1 : full rearm cost reduced to 440 ammo points (down from 500)

  • CAF M113 open-top turret C6A1 : full rearm cost reduced to 440 ammo points (down from 500)

  • CAF M113 TLAV coaxial C6A1 : full rearm cost reduced to 220 ammo points (down from 750)

  • CAF LUVW open-top turret C6A1 : full rearm cost reduced to 440 ammo points (down from 500)


  • Adjusted CAF M113 TLAV turret inventory config – the coax GPMG now uses the same weapon slot as other similar vehicles (i.e. BTR-80, BRDM-2).

  • Updated the CAF LUVW Transport variant to now have a more clear visual distinction from the Logistics variant. The Transport variant now does not have a rooftop cargo carrier.

  • Updated reticles on the 1P78 (RU AK74m rifle scope) and ZF-1 scope (MEA G3 rifle scope) to be thinner and less obtrusive at range.

  • Updated the GB FV107, USMC LAV-25, and CAF Coyote to use a new Recon Vehicle icon in the Vehicle List menu and Map screen.

  • Adjusted the USA MATV Armored Car’s turret texture colouring to better match the rest of the hull.

  • Adjusted the colour of several CAF vehicles to better match each other.

  • Adjusted the MEA/INS G3 Rifle to have decreased visual roughness on the plastic butt stock and handguards.

  • Adjusted the woodland GB FV4034 and CAF Leo2 MBT’s, to remove distant fields on the turrets camo netting for improved optimization and improved visual quality.

  • Adjusted GB LDS Elcan reticle with thickened numbers to improve readability.

  • Adjusted all vehicles using the GPMG turret weapons and NSV Cupola guns to use proper LODs for improved optimization with these assets.

  • Adjusted all US Army character artwork to feature the M17 MHS pistol as all M9 pistols are now assigned to USMC.

  • Updated the launch Splash image to feature USMC.

  • Updated the CAF team-select menu images with newer character models & CH146.

  • Optimised AUS knife texture usage from 32552kb to 5461kb.

  • Optimised Skorpo cubemap texture usage from 49152kb to 8192kb.

  • Optimised texture memory texture usage from 49152kb to 8192kb.

  • Optimised Yehorivka Macro Mask Resource Size.

  • Optimised several non-power 2 macro masks texture usage from 65536kb to 8192kb.

  • Optimised skyboxes for lower resolution monitors/lower screen percentages

  • Optimised particle motion vector compression to bc7 from vector displacement

  • Optimised vehicle reticles compression and mips.

  • Optimised F88, AUS Binos and SUSAT texture compression to bc7.

  • Updated Credits.

AUDIO UPDATES

  • Added a new music track to the main menu.

  • Added new M4 Rifle firing sounds.

  • Updated the AK74 Rifle close-up firing sounds.

  • Updated CAF C7 rifle series SFX for better ROF timing and decreased bass for mid range firing.

  • Updated the DShK HMG close-up firing sounds to use new, more powerful sounding SFX.

  • Updated the M2 HMG close-up firing sounds to use new, more powerful sounding SFX.

  • Added new CAF LUVW engine sounds.

  • Updated infantry sounds to now include sounds when interacting with mud, including a mud landing sound, mud crawling sounds, and mud wrestling sounds.

  • Updated 50cal projectiles to use new wood impact sounds.

  • Adjusted bullet cracks audio with minor tweaks.

  • Adjusted 30mm pass-by sounds

  • Adjusted the turret rotation audio for emplacements and technicals.

  • Disabled muffled EQ for 1p chopper gunner firing including reload sounds.

  • Fixed an audio issue with footstep landing sounds, as they were too quiet and should now match the normal footstep sounds.

  • Fixed an audio issue with several vehicles that had missing engine destroyed sounds.

  • Fixed an audio issue with the DSHK and M2 HMG distance firing sounds volume from close range to mid range.

GENERAL BUG FIXES

  • Fixed an issue which was affecting patch install times. This will only improve install times for patches which come after v3.0, and is not a complete solution to long install times. We will continue to investigate fixes for that issue.

  • Fix attempt for a server crash related to Soldier Ragdolls.

  • Fixed an animation issue where certain grenade launchers, binoculars and rocket launchers (ie M72A3) had a jarring delay in the start of the animation when reloading, equipping, etc.

  • Fixed a gameplay issue with AUS Field Dressings costing 10 ammo points to rearm instead of 5.

  • Fixed a gameplay issue with certain user input breaking Rallypoints.