Leo's Original Quote:
>The difference in rifles on distance is now much smaller due to the nature of shots over distance and their echo. This will take some time and skill to get used to unfortunately, they are recognizable by bullet caliber and secondly by unique clanks.
They are not recognizable individually or even necessarily by caliber. The video below shows weapons of similar classification (handguns, long rifles, carbines, and machine guns) pitted against each other. The results show that the sounds between weapons of similar classifications are by and large the same. If there is a difference between them it is so minute that players will have a very hard time being able to tell the difference, where as at present you can easily distinguish what weapon is being fired and where the shot is coming from.
If by "clanks" you mean the bolting/cocking sounds I highly disagree with this, not necessarily because a player wouldn't be able to tell what gun a player has based on these sounds, but rather because the actual distance in which you can hear this sound is incredibly small. The tactical value in this is quite low and will often not be of any benefit to a player, as Verdun is 1. A predominantly medium-long range oriented game and 2. If a player can actually hear these sounds they more than likely already have seen/know an enemy is there.
The weapons compared against one another in chronological order:
K98AZ VS SMLE
Lebel VS G98
Mousqueton VS K88
Webley VS Modele 1892
Lewis VS MG08/15
Luger VS Ruby
1911 VS Reichsrevolver
The comparisons pitted weapons of similar classification against one another, however these were all still completely different firearms chambered for completely different rounds, in several of the clips the weapons sound identical while in others the difference is barely noticeable. This is both unrealistic and completely undesirable for gameplay. As I've stated, at present the current sounds work well, you are able to easily identify where players are based on gunfire and all the weapons have their own unique sounds. Without an extensive rework of the gun sounds the importance of sound will be drastically reduced as the ability for players to effectively identify enemy positions based on gunfire will be heavily diminished.
Additionally as has been pointed out by Korv (and others) the ambient noises are overly loud and do a great deal to help drown out the actual sounds.
Lastly for whatever reason gasmasks greatly muffle all sounds a player can hear in the game, this is in spite of the masks not actually covering a players ears (at least according to the models).
Actual sound heard while using a gasmask:
Based on this it is clear that there will need to be extensive efforts made to correct the various issues plaguing the new sounds and adjust the guns to actually have unique and identifiable sounds as is currently present in the game. Although I do not believe that any of this is actually particularly pressing. The game is losing players by the day and it is clear that nobody in this community actually cares about a sound update. What we have right now works and has very few issues, the only obvious issues being the lack of reload sounds on the BAR and RSC, however this is very minor and is not all that important. Personally I suggest that the focus be moved onto other much more pressing issues like bugs and Verdun's heavily needed new content (squads and maps). Players can currently enable these "new sounds" with FMOD so if there is truly any desire to use them players do have the option. Spending time and resources on correcting the new sounds is pointless, especially when you consider that this sound update will benefit the game in no way. Players are not going to be returning to Verdun for a sound update, nor is anybody sticking around because of one. On the contrary if you decide to push these new sounds out without fixing them, you will once again be contributing to the games decline, yet another botched update that brings the overall quality of the game down is not something this community needs right now. It should be pointed out that there have been virtually no calls or requests for these sounds to be released, and essentially nobody has ever complained about what we have in the game at the moment.
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