Yesterday we announced the changelog for version 8.190, and with it came information about the new delayed support feature being introduced to the game. The update was planned to release on Monday, November 11.
Since then, we of course realized you aren’t quite happy with this feature in its current state. We – the Tribal Wars team – appreciate our close relationship with you, our players, and we’re very proud of it - but this time we might have missed the mark. We heard your criticism loud and clear, and we want to work with you and rethink this feature from the ground up.
We decided to not include the delayed support feature in next week’s release and we have no plans bringing this feature into the game in its current state.
To help you understand why we were planning it in the first place, we would like to share our reasoning why we felt the delayed support feature might have been an interesting addition for all players.
As we all know, support for incoming noble trains is essential for high level players. When we added the option to send noble trains as a full feature back in 8.35 in 2015, we already made the process easier to understand for new players, and easier to execute for everyone who knows what they’re doing. After many years and uses of this feature, we did notice however, that defending against noble trains is still very difficult. While many players are rightfully proud of having mastered these tactics, new players or even those with less time still have a lot of trouble with both planning and successfully executing support moves for incoming trains. And, of course, some players utilize external support and tools, which could be a barrier to players unaware that they exist.
We not only planned to make this a bit easier for players who are still learning the game, but also to help high level and experienced players to execute their strategies with less hassle. They could focus on their defensive tactics instead of a timer near the keyboard, and there would be way less need resorting to external tools or scripts.
However, while we would love to talk to you about a different implementation of these ideas, your arguments made it pretty clear: In its current form, it won’t work as flawless as we intended. We are eager to hear more of your thoughts about this issue, so please continue giving us your opinions about this idea. Be assured: All your criticism, your suggestions and thoughts will be forwarded to the Tribal Wars dev team, and maybe together we can come up with an alternative version everyone can enjoy.
Thank you very much for your passionate feedback! We hope we’ll see you around for more years of Tribal Wars!
Your Tribal Wars Team