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Operation Janus: Phase 3 - A closer Look (11.5. - 15.5.2017)

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Attention, Soldiers!

On 11.5.2017, 12:00 CEST (noon) Operation Janus is entering the next open beta round that will be playable until 15.5.2017, 16:00 CEST.
We invite you take up your arms, try out our newest game build and let us know what you think of the process so far! The road to an improved Combat Arms has taken some unexpected turns while we have been tirelessly working on it and your help is needed to add some final touches.



New Option for Ranked Matchmaking: Hardcore

Based on the user feedback during the last open beta phase, we have decided to also add an option to Ranked Matchmaking that restricts the use of certain items. When approaching this setting, we have taken a thorough look at the current PCM setup that could have been a bit too restrictive for some players who nevertheless would love to play on a more equal playing field.
There are many factors that could be the cause for the unpopularity of PCM, but a lack of variety certainly also seems to be one, so a fresh look at competitive Combat Arms was needed.
Giving it honor where it was due, the Pure Combat Mode was used as a basis for coming up with the following selection of items, but a lot of weapons that are on par in stats and performance to current PCM weapons but were not included in PCM have been added now. We have also added various visual variants of PCM weapons that were missing for no particular reason and have added lots of melee weapons for individual variety. Weapons easily outperforming any other in a competitive environment, be it a G36 Valkyrie, an Azazel or Max’s R870 MOD, or weapons whose specifications led it too far away from their weapon family’s true purpose (Assault Rifles with strong scopes) cannot be used in the new Hardcore Matchmaking. Due to the indeed reasonable complaints about the duration of the XM84 Flash, the Flash Grenade is not available as a support item in Hardcore Matchmaking.


 
Hardcore
 
 
Surely a lot of you will have to say something about our new item selection and we would ask you to first try out this setup in terms of fairness and balance during Operation Janus: Phase 3 and then let us know how you like it! Below you will find a comprehensive list of all items that have been greenlighted for our new Ranked Hardcore Matchmaking Mode.

Assault Rifles:

(ACE) ACR Sandfire
(ACE) AK-12
(ACE) AK-47 Gold-Plated
(ACE) FAMAS G2
(ACE) G11
(ACE) G3
(ACE) Groza
(ACE) KH2002
(ACE) M14 SE
(ACE) M16A4 Firebug
(ACE) M416N 
(ACE) M417 Combat
(ACE) M417 Combat Blue
(ACE) M417 Combat Green
(ACE) M417 Combat Red
(ACE) M4A1 Desert Warrior
(ACE) MTAR-21
(ACE) SCAR-L Trispear
(ACE) SG556
(ACE) T91
ACR
ACR Blacksnake
ACR Sandfire
AEK-971
AK-12
AK-12 (Reward)
AK-47
AK-47 (Default)
AK-47 Gold-Plated
AK-47 Gold-Plated LE
AK-74U
AK-74U Gold-Plated
Black Dragon AK-47
Black Dragon M416
Bloody Hunter AUG A1
Christmas FAMAS G2
CX4 Storm
FAMAS
FAMAS  (Default)
FAMAS G2
FAMAS G2 LE
FAMAS G2 SE
FAMAS SE
First Green AK-47 Gold-Plated
France FAMAS G2 SE
FS2000
G11
G3
Galil ACE
Groza
Howa Type 89
INSAS
K2
KH2002
M1 Garand
M14
M14 CAMO
M14 SE
M16A3
M16A3 Champion
M16A3 Elite
M16A3 Professional
M16A3 Veteran
M16A4
M16A4 Firebug
M416
M416N
M417
M417 Combat
M417 Combat LE
M417 CQB
M417 TAU
M417 TAU Combat
M417 TAU CQB
M4A1
M4A1 (Default)
M4A1 Concentric World
M4A1 CQBR
M4A1 CQBR Gold
M4A1 CQBR LE
M4A1 Desert Warrior
M4A1 Desert Warrior LE
MK16 SCAR-L
MTAR-21
MTAR-21 CAMO
MTAR-21 LE
Polish M4A1
QBZ-95
RM597 VTR
SCAR-H
SCAR-L After the Nuclear War
SCAR-L Black
SCAR-L Trispear
SCAR-L Trispear LE
SG550
SG550 Combatarms LE
SG556
SG556 LE
STG-44
T91
TAR-21
TAR-21 CAMO
Valentine AK-47
 


Submachine Guns:

(ACE) MAC-11
(ACE) MP5 MOD
(ACE) MP7 MOD
(ACE) Skorpion MOD
Bloody Hunter MP5SD6
K1A
K7
Kriss
MAC-10
MAC-10 SE
MAC-10 SE (Rank Reward)
MAC-10 SE (Reward)
MAC-11
MAC-11 SE
MP40
MP5 MOD
MP5 MOD LE
MP5 RAS
MP5 RAS Centurion
MP5 RAS LE
MP5A4
MP5SD6
MP7
MP7 MOD
MP7 MOD LE
MP7 Steel
P90
P90 SE
P90 SE LE
Skorpion
Skorpion Black
Skorpion Black MOD
Skorpion MOD
TEC-9
UMP
UMP (Default)
UMP LE
UZI
 


Sniper Rifles:

(ACE) Dragunov Black
(ACE) L96A1 Arctic Wolf
(ACE) M107CQ SE
(ACE) M24A3
(ACE) Mosin Nagant
(ACE) PSG-1 MOD
Dragunov Black
Dragunov Black LE
Dragunov SVD
Dragunov SVDS
Dragunov SVDS Ghillie
Dragunov SVDS LE
DSR-1
DSR-1 (Event)
E57 Musket
Gunsite Scout Rifle
L115A2
L115A2 Arctic Wolf
L96A1
L96A1 Arctic Wolf
L96A1 Arctic Wolf LE
L96A1 Ghillie
Lee-Enfield
M-200
M107CQ
M107CQ Air Force
M107CQ Maple Leaf
M107CQ Old Glory
M107CQ SE
M107CQ SE LE
M24
M24 Woodland
M24A3
M24A3 Woodland
Mosin Nagant
MSG-90
MSG-90 Hot Shot LE
PSG-1
PSG-1 (Rank Reward)
PSG-1 CAMO
PSG-1 CAMO LE
PSG-1 MOD
PSG-1 MOD CAMO
SPR
SR25
SR25 (Default)
SR25 Sandfire
Turkish L96A1
VSS
 


Machine Guns:

(ACE) M60 Steel
(ACE) MINIMI Para
(ACE) MK.48 MOD 0
(ACE) RPK-74
(ACE) Ultimax 100
Bren Light Machine Gun
K3
K3 SPW
K3 SPW (Reward)
M60
M60 Steel
M60 TAU
M60 TAU Steel
M60E4
M60E4 Steel
M60E4 TAU
M60E4 TAU Steel
MG34
MINIMI
MINIMI (Event)
MINIMI (Rank Reward)
MINIMI CAMO
MINIMI CAMO (Rank Reward)
MINIMI Para
MK.48
MK.48 CAMO
MK.48 CAMO LE
MK.48 MOD 0
MK.48 MOD 0 CAMO
Negev
RPK
RPK-74
RPK-74 Maple Leaf
Ultimax 100
Ultimax 100 (Reward)
 


Shotguns:

(ACE) Double Barrel Punisher
Confederate Double Barrel
Double Barrel
Double Barrel Punisher
Double Barrel Silver
Golden Punisher
R870
R870 SE
SAIGA 20K
SAIGA 20K (Reward)
SAIGA 20K CAMO
SPAS-12
Super-Shorty
 


Pistols:

(ACE) Anaconda Gold
(ACE) Anaconda Silver
(ACE) Desert Eagle SE
(ACE) M1911 Knights
32SW2
44RemRev
5-Shot Python
American Eagle
Anaconda Black
Anaconda Black 8-inch
Anaconda Gold
Anaconda Silver
Anaconda Silver LE
Black Dragon Desert Eagle
C1851N
C1860N
Canadian Eagle
Desert Eagle
Desert Eagle Black
Desert Eagle SE
Dragoon
First Green Anaconda Black 8-inch
G18
G23
G23 (Default)
G23 SE
K5
K5 CAMO
K5SD
K5SD CAMO
K5SD(ACE)
Luger P-08
M1911 Knights
M1911 MEU
M1911 Silver
M92F SE
M92FS
M92FS Champion
M92FS Elite
M92FS Gold
M92FS Professional
M92FS Silver
M92FS Veteran
Makarov
Polish G23
Python
TT-Pistol
USP
USP (Default)
Walther P38
Yuletide Anaconda
 


Support Items:

Dynamite
Easter Egg Grenade
Festive M18 Smoke
Gridiron Grenade
Johnny Applebombs
M18 Smoke
M67 Frag
Pumpkin Bomb
Pumpkin Grenade
RGN Grenade
Watermelon Grenade
 


Melee Weapons:

3 Lb Sledge
Autumn Tracker Knife
Balisong Knife
Banana Tracker Knife
Black Dragon Kukri
Bloody Hunter Tracker Knife
Bowie Knife
Brass Knuckles
Candy Cane Club
Chain Saw
Expandable Baton
First Green Tracker Knife
G.I. Shovel
Guillotine
Kukri
Leopard Tiger Strider
M11-Tactical Knife
M9
M9 Champion
M9 Elite
M9 Professional
M9 Veteran
Machete
Maple Leaf Knife
Metal Microphone
NR-40
O.J.B. Shovel
Old Glory Knife
Phoenix Tomahawk
Police Baton
PSYs Microphone
Rusty Chain Saw
Sickle
Sickle Blue
Sickle Green
Sickle Red
Survival Machete
Tiger Strider
Tomahawk
Tomahawk (Rank Reward)
Tracker Knife
Turkey Leg
Turkish Sickle
USMC KA-BAR
Valentine Police Baton
Victory Trophy
 



Gear:

Black Cap
Camoflauge Beret
Combat Helmet
Comm Cap
ESL Cap
IBH
IBH Mk2 Seal
MICH
Patriot Hat (Brazil)
Pilot Helmet
Red Beret
Skull Helmet
Tactical Helmet
VBSS Helmet
1st Anniversary Bandana
2nd Anniversary Mask
3rd Anniversary Bandana
4th Anniversary Bandana
5th Anniversary Bandana
6th Anniversary Bandana
7th Anniversary Bandana
AF-II Fire Mask
Aviator Glasses
Blue Anti-Flash Goggles
Chemical Gas Mask
FG-1 Fire Mask
FP-1 Face Guard
Goggles
Hammer Face Guard
MK1 Gas Mask
MK3 Gas Mask
Orange Anti-Flash Goggles
PBF Gas Mask
Skull Bandana
Skull Mask (Flames
Skull Mask (Jaws)
Skull Mask (Silver)
Skull Mask (Smiley)
Sport Shades
Arctic Camo
Desert Camo
Flecktarn Camo
Tiger Stripe Camo
Urban Camo
Woodland Camo
NEMEXIS Balanced Vest (Green)
Balanced Vest
Heavy Vest
Light Vest
Classic Baron
Classic Deckland
Classic Kamara
Classic Mei
Classic Rocco
Deckland
Hana
Mei
Zadan
Zharkov
 


Modifications:

S1 Suppressor I (AR)
S1 Suppressor I (Pistol)
S1 Suppressor I (SMG)
S1 Suppressor I (SR)
S2 Suppressor I (AR)
S2 Suppressor I (Pistol)
S2 Suppressor I (SMG)
S2 Suppressor I (SR)
ACOG TA1 Scope I (AR)
ACOG TA1 Scope I (Pistol)
ACOG TA1 Scope I (SMG)
ACOG TA3 Scope I (AR)
ACOG TA3 Scope I (Pistol)
ACOG TA3 Scope I (SMG)
 



New Default Items

New Default Weapon

MK18 Mod.1

Name: MK18 Mod.1
Weapon Type: Assault Rifle
Damage: 35
Weight: 11
Rate of Fire: 277
Accuracy: 57
Recoil: 31
Range: 3750
Ammo Capacity: 30/90

New Default Vest

Field Vest

Name: Field Vest
Protection: +25%



New HUD & Kill Cam Design

Based on the extensive feedback we have received about the new HUD that was introduced in Operation Janus: Phase 2, we have taken a step back and redesigned it to something we hope is more in line with your functional and aesthetic needs. There are still some minor tweaks down the road that did not make it into public beta yet, but feel free to once again leave some feedback for us. In general, the upper screen area has a lot more room to breath now, but also the space required in the bottom left and right corners to display weapons and HP has been reduced. Please try out as many modes as you can during the beta, to see the reworked HUD in action in all scenarios and let us know what you think!

HUD

The Kill Cam Screen has also undergone a significant rework and more information about who killed you with which weapon has been added to the display.
You can now see
- who killed you
- what weapon you have been killed with
- how much damage you took
- how much damage you dealt
- what area took damage


Killcam


New Matchmaking Map Groups:

Based on a lot of player’s complaints that without an option to change the loadout while queuing for a match or voting for the next map, they often land in games their gear and weapons are not suitable for, we have revisited the map pool that is available in matchmaking.

You will now find the following maps available in casual matchmaking matches.


Elimination Pro Map Group 1:
Oil Rig, Short Fuse, Crystal Tower, Snow Valley, Kill Creek

Elimination Pro Map Group 2:
Junk Flea, Death Room, Grave Digger, Hell Gate, Sector 25

One Man Army Map Group 1:
Oil Rig, Short Fuse, Crystal Tower, Snow Valley, Two Towers

One Man Army Map Group 2:
Junk Flea, Ghost Town, Grave Digger, Sector 25, Vertigo



New Custom Room Map Setup

During Operation Janus: Phase 2, a lot of players were criticizing the lack of available maps for the respective modes in the custom room creation. Due to the feedback about the map limitation, we have revisited our initial approach to only pick maps that bring out each mode’s individual strength and have opened up all maps to the modes they are also available for in the live version at the moment. You will now be able to play the same map/mode selection the live game also offers.

 
Custom
 

Arms Race:
Bloodbath Bazaar
Castle Storm
Cold Seed
Costa Recon
Crystal Tower
Dredge
Ghost Town
Grave Digger
Gray Hammer
Heavy Metal
Heir of the Tomb
Junk Flea
Junk Flea 2
Last Vegas
Neptune
Oil Rig
Overdose
Piazza
Power Surge
Pump Jack
Quantum Labs
Rattlesnake
Rural Estate
Sand Hog
Sector 25
Short Fuse
Showdown
Silent Square
Slaughterhouse
Snow Valley
Tower Bridge
Two Towers
Vertigo
Warhead
Water Strider
Waverider

Capture the Flag:
Bloodbath Bazaar
Brushwood
Castle Storm
Cold Seed
Costa Recon
Crystal Tower
Death Room
Death Room (Invis)
Dredge
Ghost Town
Grave Digger
Gray Hammer
Hallow Ravine
Heavy Metal
Junk Flea
Junk Flea 2
Kill Creek
Last Vegas
Oil Rig
Piazza
Power Surge
Pump Jack
Quantum Labs
Roadkill
Rural Estate
Sand Hog
Sector 25
Short Fuse
Silent Square
Snow Valley
Tower Bridge
Two Towers
Vertigo
Warhead
Water Strider
Waverider

Elimination:
Bloodbath Bazaar
Brushwood
Castle Storm
Cold Seed
Costa Recon
Crystal Tower
Death Room
Death Room (Invis)
Dredge
Freezer
Ghost Town
Grave Digger
Gray Hammer
Hallow Ravine
Heavy Metal
Heir of the Tomb
Junk Flea
Junk Flea 2
Kill Creek
Last Vegas
Oil Rig
Overdose
Piazza
Power Surge
Pump Jack
Quantum Labs
Rattlesnake
Roadkill
Rural Estate
Sand Hog
Sector 25
Short Fuse
Showdown
Silent Square
Slaughterhouse
Snow Valley
Tower Bridge
Two Towers
Vertigo
Warhead
Water Strider
Waverider

Elimination Pro:
Bloodbath Bazaar
Brushwood
Castle Storm
Cold Seed
Costa Recon
Crystal Tower
Death Room
Death Room (Invis)
Dredge
Ghost Town
Grave Digger
Gray Hammer
Hallow Ravine
Heavy Metal
Heir of the Tomb
Hell Gate
Junk Flea
Junk Flea 2
Kill Creek
Last Vegas
Neptune
Oil Rig
Overdose
Piazza
Power Surge
Pump Jack
Quantum Labs
Rattlesnake
Roadkill
Rural Estate
Sand Hog
Sector 25
Short Fuse
Showdown
Silent Square
Slaughterhouse
Snow Valley
Tower Bridge
Two Towers
Vertigo
Warhead
Water Strider
Waverider

Fireteam:
Black Lung
Cabin Fever
Desert Thunder
DesertFox
Infected Ship
NEMEXIS HQ
NEMEXIS Labs
Outpost 31

Hired Guns:
Blood Money

Hunted:
Dark Hills

Last Man Standing:
Bloodbath Bazaar
Castle Storm
Cold Seed
Costa Recon
Crystal Tower
Dredge
Ghost Town
Grave Digger
Gray Hammer
Heavy Metal
Heir of the Tomb
Junk Flea
Junk Flea 2
Last Vegas
Oil Rig
Overdose
Piazza
Power Surge
Pump Jack
Quantum Labs
Rattlesnake
Rural Estate
Sand Hog
Sector 25
Short Fuse
Showdown
Silent Square
Slaughterhouse
Snow Valley
Tower Bridge
Two Towers
Vertigo
Warhead
Water Strider
Waverider

One Man Army:
Bloodbath Bazaar
Castle Storm
Cold Seed
Costa Recon
Crystal Tower
Dredge
Ghost Town
Grave Digger
Gray Hammer
Heavy Metal
Heir of the Tomb
Junk Flea
Junk Flea 2
Last Vegas
Oil Rig
Overdose
Piazza
Power Surge
Pump Jack
Quantum Labs
Rattlesnake
Rural Estate
Sand Hog
Sector 25
Short Fuse
Showdown
Silent Square
Slaughterhouse
Snow Valley
Tower Bridge
Two Towers
Vertigo
Warhead
Water Strider
Waverider

Quarantine Regen:
Castle Storm
Ghost Town
Heavy Metal
Hell Gate
Junk Flea
Junk Flea 2
Kill Creek
Neptune
Oil Rig
Overdose
Quantum Labs
Short Fuse
Showdown
Silent Square
Two Towers
Warhead

Search & Destroy:
Dredge
Ghost Town
Gray Hammer
Heavy Metal
Piazza
Power Surge
Rattlesnake
Red Canyon
Sand Hog
Short Fuse
Silent Square
Slaughterhouse
Snow Valley
Warhead



Spy Hunt:
Castle Storm
Costa Recon
Crystal Tower
Dredge
Ghost Town
Gray Hammer
Heavy Metal
Heir of the Tomb
Junk Flea 2
Last Vegas
Oil Rig
Piazza
Power Surge
Rural Estate
Sand Hog
Short Fuse
Silent Square
Slaughterhouse
Snow Valley
Tower Bridge
Two Towers
Vertigo
Warhead
Water Strider
Waverider

VIP Elimination:
Bloodbath Bazaar
Brushwood
Castle Storm
Cold Seed
Costa Recon
Crystal Tower
Death Room
Death Room (Invis)
Dredge
Freezer
Ghost Town
Grave Digger
Gray Hammer
Hallow Ravine
Heavy Metal
Heir of the Tomb
Junk Flea
Junk Flea 2
Kill Creek
Last Vegas
Oil Rig
Overdose
Piazza
Power Surge
Pump Jack
Quantum Labs
Rattlesnake
Roadkill
Rural Estate
Sand Hog
Sector 25
Short Fuse
Showdown
Silent Square
Slaughterhouse
Snow Valley
Tower Bridge
Two Towers
Vertigo
Warhead
Water Strider
Waverider


VIP Escort:
City Wings
Oil Rig



Retiring Modes & Maps

With the overall goal being to make CA great again and let its strengths shine, we have decided to also retire a few maps and game modes that we found to be of little contribution to Combat Arms core gameplay or style, that are of significantly lower design quality than other maps or that are not doing much for anyone except for catching dust. We understand letting go of some game content is a tough decision that many of you will naturally object to upon first reading this, but we’d like to ask you to consider how beneficial and important these maps and modes really are towards the general health of Combat Arms.

The following two game modes will retire with the launch of Operation Janus:


- Bombing Run
- Seize & Secure


The following maps will be retired with the launch of Operation Janus:



- Battle at City Center
- Dark Forest
- Deadly Dunes
- Death Row
- Lunar Labs
- Red Canyon
- Silent Warehouse
- Treasure Ship




Among these and other things, some other changes have been applied to Operation Janus: Phase 3 as well.

- Operation Janus accolades have been replaced with the traditional Combat Arms accolades
- shop interface has been updated
- GFX effects have been updated
- character models have been updated


Help us with successfully maneuvering through Operation Janus: Phase 3 and secure your  spoils for being a part of this battle. Head over to our Operation Janus: Phase 3 beta event announcement to find out what we have prepared for you.


Have fun!

The Combat Arms Team