New this week in Thunder Run:

Maintenance Bay/Motor Pool Upgrades

🦃 Happy Turkey Day, Commanders! 🦃

To further build upon the release of Tactical Ops Center Level 12 last month, and the new Infantry tier 2 weeks ago, Gundar Arms Industries has decided it’s time to give our Vehicle units some love. Effective today:

  • Maintenance Bay is now upgradeable to L17.
  • Motor Pool is now upgradeable to L15.

Take advantage of these upgrades today to start researching and building Level 16 Vehicles!

Level 16 Vehicles

The Level 16 HMMWV, M1064A3 Mortar, Stryker ICV, M109 Paladin, M2 Bradley, M1 Abrams, Gaz Tigr, Nimr, BTR-90 IFV, BRDM-3, Truck Bomb, BMP-1, TOS-1A, MSTA, and T-90 MBT are here.

As with the recent max unit level increases, your Level 16 Vehicles will feature improved stats and no increase in battalion space requirements. As with any improvement in power, there is an increase in cost, production time, and repair time.

The best part about it? No blueprints are required for upgrading your L16 Vehicles. As long as you have TOC12 and the new building levels for your Maintenance Bay and Motor Pool, you can upgrade away!

Elite BRDM-3 Boost/Sale

As originally outlined in Issue #9 of the Battlehouse Dev Blog, this week we welcome an explosive boost and blueprint sale for the Elite BRDM-3. Effective now:

  • The Elite BRDM-3 receives a significant increase in Hit Points and DPS, making it comparable to the Elite Stryker.
  • The driver and weapons operator are now both equipped with ejection harnesses. When your Elite BRDM-3s are destroyed, they’ll bail out and join the fight.
    • The Elite BRDM-3 spawns two enhanced Riflemen (look closely! these are no ordinary riflemen!)
      • Elite BRDM-3 riflemen contain a 10% bonus to defense, and a 40% bonus to attack.
  • For one week only: Cost for the Elite BRDM-3 blueprint has dropped to 365k ONP. Get them while they’re hot!
L14/L15 Stats for the Elite BRDM-3

Return of the Elite M1 Abrams

As of today, the Elite M1 Abrams L7+ Blueprints and Sub-Components are back and available for all! No need to grab the L7 blueprint if you didn’t get it before. Just start upgrading!

In addition, Level 2 Unit Equipment is now available! Purchase more Level 1 equipment sets in the ONP Store, and combine the parts in the Weapons Factory to make new Level 2 sets:

  • Elite M1 Abrams Laser Sights II – AN/PEQ-2 IR Laser Sight technology that increases range by 5%
  • Elite M1 Abrams Ballistic Armor MK II – Improved armor that reduces damage taken by 10%
  • Elite M1 Abrams AP Ammunition II – The newest grade armor-piercing ammunition that increases damage by 10%

Game Improvements

Here’s a recap of all minor Game Improvements we’ve brought to you over the course of the last week:

  • AI Event bases now respawn on the regional maps every 15 minutes instead of the previous 1 hour. This is intended to address an issue we spotted through “Voice of the Commander” where some bases within particular level ranges were too few and far between.
  • Based on usage stats: the “Clan Help” system help requirement has been changed from 9 to 6.
  • “Catchup” blueprints have been updated to allow you to purchase blueprints without researching lower levels. You can buy the L15 blueprints while your unit is only L12, or wait until you reach L14. Your choice.
    • The MG Tower, Mortar Emplacement, and TOW Emplacement store entries now only require you to purchase the previous blueprint. You no longer have to research in order to buy. This puts these three turrets in line with all of the other turrets.
  • Mousewheel scrolling is now enabled for all chat channels in all games.

Bug Fixes

And that’s not all, Commanders! Here’s a recap of all the Bug Fixes from the past week:

  • A bugfix on the Hardware Store “Unit Upgrades” section was deployed last Friday. A few players were showing certain blueprints they had as not yet purchased.
  • Multiple broken turret quests are now fixed.
  • Most achievements for equipment sets that had L2 sets were broken. They are all now fixed. Affected units included: Elite Ka-50, Elite M1 Abrams, Elite Gaz Tigr, Elite T-90, Elite M109, Elite TOS-1A, Elite AH-64, Elite Harbin Z-9W, Elite Stinger Gunner, and Elite Mi-24D Hind.
  • Three units never had their equipment achievements. The Elite Rifleman, Elite Stryker, and Elite OH-58F now all have achievements.
  • The Guerrilla Blitz attempt message was promising a 150k Hardware prize that didn’t exist. The messaging has been removed, but we’ll consider adding the message back in at some point when we have time to add the mechanics to award the prize.

Have feedback to share about this week’s releases? Let us know over on our Thunder Run Discord Server.

Good hunting, Commanders!

TR: Maintenance Bay/Motor Pool Upgrades, L16 Vehicles, and more – November 28th Patch Notes