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J311yfish #1 Posted 27 September 2014 - 07:41 PM

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Background

-- About 10 months ago I started a number of tech tree projects (7 countries) to better understand how the game might take shape over the longterm.

-- What follows is my best guess at a "roadmap" for future development as the game becomes more intricate with potential types of aircraft (beyond fighters and attack aircraft).

 

Disclaimer

-- I am not a developer, just an enthusiastic player.  Everything that follows is speculation, though I do my best to employ a logical process.

-- This is a way to synthesize information revealed through question/answer sessions (Gamecon, etc.) with what I have come to understand by researching many tech trees.

 

Goal

-- the first goal is to understand where the game is now in relationship to where it might be going.

-- the second goal is to establish a context for understanding developer decisions as the game progresses in the absence of an official roadmap.

 

How it works

-- Each stage below is defined by the game-changing mechanics that might be needed to implement a broader array of aircraft (night fighters, etc.).

-- It is very much like trying to identify distinct layers of the atmosphere as you travel upward.  I think you'll see what I mean.

-- The numbering of stages below suggest linear development, but it is better understood as a circular process with increasing intricacy/refinement.

-- It is just a framework to understand game development, okay?  It's just for fun.

 

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Stage 0 -- foundation

 

Stage 1 -- fighters for all major powers

 

Stage 2 -- ground attack mechanics

 

Stage 3 -- clan mechanics

 

Stage 4 -- targeting mechanics + radar mechanics

 

Stage 5 -- terrain collision mechanics

 

Stage 6 -- market expansion

 

Stage 7 -- "the great beyond"

 


Edited by J311yfish, 09 January 2016 - 02:46 PM.

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J311yfish #2 Posted 27 September 2014 - 07:58 PM

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This post is reserved for a detailed look at Stage 1.

-- see here for now


Edited by J311yfish, 16 November 2014 - 12:26 PM.

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GeorgePatton #3 Posted 27 September 2014 - 09:22 PM

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Interested in hearing why you don't have Clan Wars on this list. Don't you think that would be one of the things they'd try to get out early on?

 

 

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losttwo #4 Posted 27 September 2014 - 09:30 PM

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good to go, I enjoy your posts

and yeah I can follow that line of thinking



J311yfish #5 Posted 27 September 2014 - 09:39 PM

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View PostGeorgePatton, on 27 September 2014 - 10:22 PM, said:

Interested in hearing why you don't have Clan Wars on this list. Don't you think that would be one of the things they'd try to get out early on?

 

I can't speak to that because it does not stem logically from aircraft developments revealed through tech tree exploration.

 

If it is as popular in reality as it is on the forums, then yes, I think it would be part of a plan for greater population; but I cannot tell you exactly where/how that fits into the above.

 

The same can be said for the addition of new maps, scenarios, and other refinements that are not mentioned.

 

If you are asking me to guess anyway (despite having zero information) then I would consider it to be part of Stage 5: Market Expansion -- build the house, then invite the party.

 

View Postlosttwo, on 27 September 2014 - 10:30 PM, said:

good to go, I enjoy your posts

and yeah I can follow that line of thinking

 

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Edited by J311yfish, 27 September 2014 - 10:34 PM.

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MrPsychic #6 Posted 27 September 2014 - 09:46 PM

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Looking good, I'm also looking forward to an expanded Japanese line.


xXCanineXx #7 Posted 28 September 2014 - 02:46 AM

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Extended Jap line would be awesome.

Rarearth #8 Posted 28 September 2014 - 04:41 AM

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Edited by Rarearth, 17 October 2014 - 08:07 AM.


CrazyZouave #9 Posted 28 September 2014 - 05:14 AM

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Love the creativity, the whole concept. First time I've seen anyone suggest float planes.   Nice.

Lego1157 #10 Posted 28 September 2014 - 05:25 PM

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Great post J311y! Makes a lot of sense keep it up!:honoring:

 


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J311yfish #11 Posted 14 November 2014 - 02:45 AM

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Retrospective:  World of Warplanes First Year in Review

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Raindrops #12 Posted 14 November 2014 - 06:13 AM

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...tell the truth, the "retrospective" video isn't that impressive. Bit of a buff to the effects and a bloom layer. ...Woohoo..? They also should have showed off more of the newer maps, instead of cruising Bay the whole time.

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J311yfish #13 Posted 30 August 2015 - 03:16 PM

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About 11 months ago I started this thread to get an idea of what might be around the corner.  It's time for an update.

 

 

United States

The American tech tree is approximately 50% implemented.  What's missing?

  • Boeing/Seversky/Republic -- Boeing P-26, Seversky P-35, Republic P-43, Republic P-47, Republic F-84, Republic F-84F
  • Northrop, Curtiss, Douglas, Martin, others -- primary attack lines -- see Raindrops
  • Consolidated/Vultee/Convair -- secondary attack line for export market -- Consolidated A-11, Vultee V-11, Vultee V-12, Vultee Vengeance, and experimental models if continued.
  • Bell -- P-39, P-63, etc.  Robert Woods designs began at Lockheed, then Consolidated A-11, then to Bell which was an offshoot of Consolidated, so perhaps the Bell line might branch from there.
  • many premium opportunities

 

U.S.S.R.

The Soviet tech tree appears to be far along.  What's missing?

  • Sukhoi
  • Tupolev
  • Petlyakov
  • premium opportunities

 

Germany

The German tech tree appears to be far along.  What's missing?

  • Dornier
  • Heinkel
  • rocket-powered aircraft
  • premium opportunities

 

Japan

The Japanese tech tree is only 10-20% complete.  What's missing?

  • Aichi / Kusho / Kugisho dive bombers
  • Nakajima fighters
  • Nakajima point interceptors
  • Kawasaki fighters
  • Kawasaki heavy fighters
  • premium opportunities

 

 

United Kingdom

The British tech tree is approximately 30-50% complete.  What's missing?

  • Hawker
  • Gloster / Westland
  • Fairey
  • De Havilland jets
  • England abroad -- Australia, India, etc.
  • many premium opportunities

 

China

The Chinese tech tree has many premium opportunities.  Unless there is clear indication from developers, the aircraft known to have been used there may reside instead with their native countries.  Otherwise there is the potential for duplication of aircraft and supposed "cannibalization" of native progression, primarily American and Soviet.

 

France

The French tech tree has been announced, but not yet implemented.  What's missing?

  • Morane-Saulnier / Arsenal / SNCASO
  • Bloch / Dassault
  • Dewoitine / SNCASE
  • Caudron, Breguet, Potez, SNCAC
  • many premium opportunities

 

Italy

The Italian tech tree has not been implemented.  What's missing?

  • Fiat
  • Macchi / Aermacchi
  • Reggiane / Aerfer
  • Breda
  • premium opportunities

 

Sweden

The Swedish tech tree has not been implemented.  Relied upon British and American development early-on.

 

Finland

The Finnish tech tree has not been implemented.  Heroic history.  Breaks the rules.

 

Brazil

The Brazilian tech tree has not been implemented.  Like China above, this might be regarded as United States by proxy.  It might be that aircraft here show up as premiums or paint schemes for their native countries.

 

 

Summary

The potential growth for the game remains enormous.  The aircraft currently in game represent a fraction of what could be implemented, even before the consideration of floatplanes, bombers, etc.


Edited by J311yfish, 30 August 2015 - 03:21 PM.

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Kegbane #14 Posted 30 August 2015 - 04:17 PM

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Don't forget the Polish tree! As long as you don't mind a couple locally manufactured Russian clones at top tiers.

J311yfish #15 Posted 04 November 2015 - 01:33 PM

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View PostKegbane, on 30 August 2015 - 04:17 PM, said:

Don't forget the Polish tree! As long as you don't mind a couple locally manufactured Russian clones at top tiers.

 

It has been a long while since I have looked at Polish aircraft in detail, but I remember several complications:

1) native aircraft development termination at around Tier III-IV.

2) scattered Polish pilots flying foreign aircraft in mid tiers

3) Soviet aircraft in later tiers

4) challenge of accurate tier placement due to Hispano-Suiza engines.

 

There may be a way to make meaningful progression out of #1-3 but it will involve, like China and Finland, a reliance on "operational" progression rather than "developmental" progression.

 

#4 would be aided by waiting for French tree to go live.

 

It would be fun to investigate further but given real-life commitments I cannot afford to poor my guts into that kind of project.  Hopefully a fan of Polish aircraft will step up to the plate and deliver a grand slam.  Nudge nudge, wink wink.


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