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February 2020 Update Patchnotes

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Server maintenance will take place on February 3rd, after which the update will be pushed to the consoles.

Maintenance times:

Xbox: 7:00 - 10:00 AM UTC/1:00-4:00 AM CDT

PS4: 7:00 - 10:00 AM UTC/1:00-4:00 AM CDT

Update size:

Xbox ~ 1400 MB

PS4 ~ 1300 + 250 MB

 

February 2020 Update

2020 is upon us and we're mixing the content you expect with something different! Try out the British cruiser line, supplement that with a campaign to get the legendary HMS Belfast, try your hand (and guns!) at Season 3 of Ranked Battles, and meet the Azur Lane commanders!

Royal Navy Cruisers and His Majesty's Raider campaign

The tier IV - VII British cruisers are finally making their way to your ports, bringing Repair Parties, Sonar and Smoke Generators, albeit no HE shells. They're somewhat fragile, but that's offset by high rate of fire and extra tactical options, like sequentially launched torpedoes. Another important detail, their Smoke Generators can be swapped for Catapult planes This line is surely the most peculiar one yet, and we sincerely hope you enjoy the experience. 

You're already familiar Weymouth, Caledon and Danae and at long last they're joined by the rest of the British cruiser fleet:

  • Tier IV - Emerald
  • Tier V - Leander
  • Tier VI - Fiji
  • Tier VII - Edinburgh

To sweeten the ships' introduction there's a UK Cruisers Mastery mission available, that requires you to play each of the newcomers and rewards you with consumables, as well as a permanent camo for Leander once you've completed all the cards inside. Permanent camouflage for Leander and Fiji will be available at the store as well.

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Belfast, a tier VI Premium British cruiser, is the hero of the new "His Majesty's Raider" campaign. Now she is unusual for a UK cruiser, as she possesses both HE and AP shell types in addition to Smoke Generator, plus Sonar and Radar. To unlock Belfast and add her to your port you need to have an active Admiralty Backing, available for 2500 doubloons and finish all 80 levels of the campaign. As always, the Admiralty Backing is only valid for the current campaign.

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Here are all rewards that you can get from the campaign.

Without Admiralty Backing:

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  • 2 x Insignias
  • 15 x Promotion order
  • 2 x Commendations
  • 6 x Premium Days
  • 125 Doubloons
  • 5000 Global XP
  • 212 500 Commander Experience
  • 150 000 Credits
  • 60 Boosters
  • 12 sets of Camouflages
  • 1 Patch Emblem and Background

 

Total doubloon value of rewards without the Admiralty Backing: 16710 Doubloons

With Admiralty Backing

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  • 3x Insignias
  • 21x Promotion Orders
  • 2x Commendations
  • 500 Doubloons
  • 1x UK Commander Crate
  • 21000 Global XP
  • 145 000 Commander XP
  • 1 350 000 Credits
  • 70 Boosters
  • 14 sets of Camouflages
  • Tier VI Royal Navy Premium Cruiser Belfast

 

Total doubloon value of rewards with the Admiralty Backing: 51705 Doubloons

If you feel like you need Belfast and all the rewards instantly in your port, it'd take you 22 250 doubloons. Otherwise, complete the Weekly Havoc missions which are different each week and get the Admiralty Backing at the very end or make use of the free rewards. A special patch is also a part of the campaign cache. 

Ranked Battles Season 3

For those of you looking for additional activities and an extra test of skill and perseverance, we have prepared a new season of Ranked Battles. This time, we're focusing on Tier V, the single season lasts the full duration of update which is 5 weeks, and comprises 20 ranks with irrevocable ranks being 19,17,14, 11, 8, 5 and 1. Biggest difference is that the destroyers are limited at 3 per team and we mean it. Divisions are still allowed, so you can participate together with your shipmates, but no more than 2 destroyers per division. As before there are two leagues and the switch between the 2nd and 1st happens at rank 10. 

The full rules as bullet points:

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  • Tier V ships
  • 7 vs 7
  • 5 weeks
  • 20 ranks
  • Irrevocable ranks at 19,17,14, 11, 8, 5 and 1
  • No more than 3 destroyers per team
  • No more than 2 destroyers per division
  • Mirror class matchmaking
  • The number of ranks you've climbed in Season 2 will carry over as a number of stars you receive in Season 3
  • If a battle comes to a draw it counts as a loss for both teams
  • Top 1 player from the losing team retains a star
  • After reaching Rank 1, players no longer can participate in the current season

 

And of course, here is a list of all rewards you can possibly get. Please keep in mind: Each reward will be unlocked upon reaching a specific Rank.

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  • 3 000 000 Credits
  • 35 assorted rare boosters
  • 25 assorted epic boosters
  • 7 x Type 3 Camouflages
  • 5 x Type 4 Camouflage
  • 6 x common Container
  • 1 x Big Crate
  • 100 000 Commander XP
  • 10 000 Global XP
  • 1 x Commander Crate
  • 1 x UK Commander Crate
  • 30 x Promotion Orders
  • 2 x Insignias
  • 3 x Commendations
  • 2 000 Doubloons (1000 Doubloons for reaching Rank 11; 1000 Doubloons for reaching Rank 4)
  • The Blazing Sword patch symbol (for reaching rank 10)
  • Ranked Battle Season 3 Flag (for Reaching Rank 1)

 

Azur Lane Collaboration

And now for something completely different! If you're faint of heart and anime is not your thing, stop reading here 🙂 We're collaborating with the famed mobile game Azur Lane to bring you their vision of the legendary historic ships realized as Commanders. Moreover, each character has a corresponding ship with a skin inspired by their outfit! These ladies have skills optimized for their namesake ships, but they can command any ship of the same nation. Additionally each character has a unique voiceover for further anime immersion. Please note, that the new commanders are available both directly and through Azur Lane containers.

Several Azur Lane commander containers are also available through Azur Lane challenge missions, which require you to have one of the Azur Lane compatible ships, 2 for the Belfast Path and 2 more for the Azur Lane: Triumph, which requires Atago, Dunkerque, Hood or Nelson to progress. The Hipper Path card will also allow you to get the Azur Lane Hipper camo for free. 

  • Azur Lane Atago (voiced by Ai Kayano)

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  • Azur Lane Belfast (voiced by Yui Horie)

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  • Azur Lane Nelson (voiced by Yuuki Kuwahara)
  • Azur Lane Hood (voiced by Atsuko Tanaka)
  • Azur Lane Hipper (voiced by Yuri Yamaoka)
  • Azur Lane Dunkerque (voiced by Sayaka Harada)

Now, if at any point you want to have your battles uninterrupted by anime flair, feel free to use the appropriate filter in the settings menu, this setting turns off both the visuals and voiceovers.

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New Premium Ships

If you have skipped the paragraph above for any reason, know that HMS Hood battleship which will occupy tier VI will make her appearance February 10 of the update, while the Imperial Russian tier IV gunboat Okhotnik is to set her deadly sail on February 24. Both ships will be offered by themselves, as well as in packages. The Hood is also going to be available as a part of our biggest ever bundle - Azur Lane All Stars, simultaneously with update's release.

Finally, the Atago makes a return as our first Global XP cruiser available for 750 000 Global XP.

New win bonus for ships

With this Update we added a new bonus that you can redeem by winning with your ships. For now the rewards are set for Tier VI and Tier VII ships and are available once an update. First win with any tier VI ship awards you a promotion order, while tier VII win grants you a Santa container. This does not replace the first win of the day bonus, but adds to it.

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Please note, that these bonuses will be removed from any ship that you haven't redeemed them from on March 8 at 11:40 PM UTC/5:40 AM CT.

Upgrade improvements and choice of consumables

We now added missing information on the Upgrades when you want to equip them. Just to name a few:

  • Hull-Upgrades that decreases the Rudder Shift time
  • Hull-Upgrade that changes the Torpedo-Launcher Layout (f.e. Omaha from 4x2 533 mm to 4x3 533 mm)
  • Hull-Upgrade changes the Main-Battery caliber
  • Hull-Upgrade increases the Fire-Range of the Main-Battery
  • Hull-Upgrades that increases the HE / AP Alpha and Turret-Traverse Speed of Main-Battery Guns
  • Hull-Upgrades that increases the Torpedo Protection
  • Main-Battery Upgrade increases the Fire Chance
  • Main-Battery Upgrade that changes the Gun-Barrel Layout (f.e. Clemson from 4x1 102mm to 4x2 102mm)
  • Main-Battery Upgrade increases the Main-Battery caliber
  • Torpedo-Upgrades that increases the Torpedo-Range or Torpedo-Detection Range
  • Torpedo-Upgrade now displays the change of torpedoes caliber

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Also PLEASE NOTE that we removed ALL Anti-air parameters until they are considered meaningful within Legends.

Also with the introduction of the Torpedo-Reload booster we are now giving the Kagero the ability to equip this consumable instead of smokescreen. Besides the Kagero the only ships that are able to pick their consumables for now are the British Cruiser. They can pick between Smoke Generator and Catapult Fighter as mentioned earlier.

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Balance changes

John Jellicoe's "Overtime" base trait has been buffed to increase the Repair Party duration by 0.5% per rank, increasing to 10% from 5% at maximum.

Miscellaneous

  • The Yamato is sailing away for now, to make a return later with possible changes
  • The filter option for "Legendary Ships" has been removed
  • Leftover Kite Tokens will be compensated at a ratio of 1 : 185 000 Credits
  • Various improvements to water geometry

Bug fixes

  • Credit value on the personal tab of battle results now includes correct modifiers
  • The order of upgrades on Upgrades and Modifications tab is now fixed
  • Jervis, Wakeful, Valkyrie, Icarus and Lightning have their models rendered better at far distances
  • Torpedo Reload Booster icon now looks as active consumable only when it can be used (as opposed to always having that visual state previously)
  • When using the commanders interface your focus is now correctly shifted straight down, when moving from Arleigh Burke to Willis Lee for example. (Previously the focus shifted down and left)
  • Fixed a bug that made the currencies bar disappear after abuse was reported by the player
  • Fixed a rare bug that caused mission tabs to mistakenly display rewards right on the mission icons
  • Commander rank bar showing some of the ranks as empty
  • Several small visual inconsistencies in the port interface

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