Game balance can be a delicate, subtle art, one that often takes several tweaks and adjustments to get just right... our next patch is just that.
Here are the balance changes that will be implemented in the next 2 – 3 weeks:
Why the change? Large Peltast armies performed so well in so many situations that this often discouraged the usage of alternate units; their all-purpose strength allowed them to fill unintended roles. We have reduced their all-purpose effectiveness while keeping them roughly as strong as before in their intended role.
Why the change? To differentiate the Mounted Archer’s battlefield role from the Asabara and the Cataphract (which both tend to be strong head-to-head combat units), we’re strengthening the Mounted Archer’s ability to rapidly raid and defend against raids.
Why the change? Cataphracts are already a strong all-purpose unit in terms of pop-efficiency, but they were not very efficient at fulfilling their intended anti-infantry role.
Why the change? Carpentoms underperformed against most units, including many units they were designed to counter. This change increases their multi-purpose combat strength significantly.
Why the change? Merchant Transports used to perform very well against Triremes. They had strong base stats, both for cost and pop. They can also dodge Trireme attacks, but Triremes cannot dodge Merchant Transport arrows. Now, however, Triremes perform well against the weakened Merchant Transport, despite their micro disadvantage.
Why the change? The LOS gained per cost on Storehouses was too high relative to Watch Posts. However, Storehouse LOS remains high enough so that villagers can easily see nearby resources.
That’s it for our Balance Update. We will be announcing the exact date for these changes just as soon as we are able.
Join the conversation! Discuss this article on our forums here: http://forums.ageofempiresonline.com/forums/thread/194354.aspx