I apologize for not providing this update yesterday, but I wan ted to make sure our plans were solidified. We just got QA sign-off on patch 1.06 last night, a day later than expected, and are prepping it for release.
Patch 1.06 will be released this Monday. The time-window for d eployment is uncertain, so stay tuned to the message boards for when I say it is officially LIVE. Hopefully I can beat out the sharp-shooters on here that eye-ball our FTP servers 24/7.
And just a reminder, patch 1.06 is a small patch with NO balan ce changes. However, it does address the invincibility exploit and will greatly increase disconnect reporting so we can better track disconnect frequency amongst all users and suspend and ban accordingly. Patch 1.06 will also fix the Cloaking field bug that was taking away too much money from you. There are other minor changes in 1.06, but the ones noted above are the most significant.
On Tuesday we are going to finally reset the 1v1 and 2v2 ladde r. Here is exactly what will be reset:
-Your Ladder Rank
-Your WIN/LOSS LADDER record
-Your ladder Elo score
-Your disconnect/desync stats
Your historical stats will not be touched. These are the stats you can see in your Persona Profile under "Overall". This means that your overall win/loss record will be disproportionate to your new 1v1 and 2v2 record after the reset. We did not want to reset your historical stats, but if popularity is high enough, we can do this in the next ladder reset. Please note, everyone will be taken off the ladder after the reset. You will not be put back on the ladder until you play at least one ranked online match.
And now for a Patch 1.07 + Ladder Season Update, please rea d this in full
Patch 1.07 is well underway and is going to encompass a number of critical components with it. This patch is going to enable full in-game functionality with our MOD SDK. Yes, that means the MOD SDK will be released exactly the same time as Patch 1.07. This patch is also going to hone in on 10-15 critical bug and balance changes. As I've stated in the past, we are looking at creating smaller but more critically efficient patches that we can produce quicker as well. This is why I am looking for the top 5 balance changes across the community. We'll certainly take a hard look at the Mothership/MS combo, Pitbull spam, and tier 3 defense usability, and other popular balance changes. Our goal will be to fix a small but critical combination of bugs and balance changes.
We are hard at work on patch 1.07 and are trying to output it quicker than usual. When I have a better sense of the time- frame, I will do my best to provide that to you, but please know that we are trying to speed up the process, especially given the MOD SDK and our first incoming ladder season. I WILL keep you posted.
I'll end this large update with more specifics about our up coming first ladder season which we have spoken of numerous times.
I know we have tried to launch this earlier, but getting it al l in place with world-wide legal rules and big prizes... phew, its a challenge the first-go-around.
The 1st season of the C&C 3 ladder season we are targeting for around the patch 1.07 release. This is because patch 1.07 will have critical balance and bug changes and will also put a new level of security code on current cheats. This also means that we will reset the ladder AGAIN when the season begins.
The ladder reset we are doing on Tuesday is meant to wipe the slate clean and start helping us get a good picture of players disconnect frequency, and furthermore, handing out suspensions and bans as needed. We understand there may be some initial flak for such a quick second ladder reset, but when you start a ladder season, this is of course necessary. It will also help us suspend or ban people abusing the system, and thus making them permanently ineligible for our first ladder season, yes permanently.
The 1st ladder season for C&C 3 will be announced once we have world-wide legal rules in place and prizes locked down. What I can tell you is we are not going to make this some measly prized season, we plan to put cash prizes in place and give players real incentive to fight online to climb the ladder.
So, that is your big APOC update. I think this is a real oppor tunity to start fresh and between patch 1.06/1.07, the MOD SDK, our first ladder season, further taking action on disconnectors and cheaters...there is a lot to be excited about here for Command & Conquer 3.