Player Placed Objects
Player Place Objects (PPO)
Players can add some defensive structures as well as limited spawn points to the battlefield. There are collectively called Player Placed Objects, or more commonly PPO. The current PPOs are:
- Infantry Fighting Position (IFP)
- Small Bush
- Tank Camo
- Big Gun Camo
- Gun Emplacement (DGE)
- Modular Trenches
- Ammo Cache
- Tank Trap
- Tank Pit
- Barbed Wire
- Barrage Balloon
- Fuel Barrel
- Mobile Airfield
- Para Ammo Canister
- Bailey Bridge
Placing an Object
A new PPO "cycle" function using your mouse has been created. When you hit the 9 key as Infantry (for your shovel PPO tool) you will be able to use your Left Mouse Button (LMB) to place the object, -OR- Right Mouse Button (RMB) to cycle between many different objects.
As Supply Truck
Use the Z key to deploy, then backspace to cycle. The trucks will be placing the following objects:
- Ammo Cache
- Mobile AF
- Mobile AF Tents
- Barrage Balloons
When placing a PPO, a transparent version of the object appears in front of the player. If the object cannot be placed it will appear red and attempting to place it will give a message describing why it cannot be placed. Common reasons an object cannot be placed are:
- Cannot place the object on airfields.
- Cannot place the object too close to other terrain objects.
- Cannot place the object because of object-specific parameters (e.g., a FMS/UMS must be within a certain distance of a mission's target).
- Cannot place the object because a player is obstructing the area.
- Cannot place the object so soon after placing another one. The exact amount of time varies based on the PPO.
The HUD will display a ghosted 3D image tinted either red or green, indicating where the PPO can be placed. Once the system has determined that the object meets the criteria for placement in the terrain, the infantry unit will be forced into the kneel position and unable to move, change states or fire a weapon during the build process. Infantry units will be damageable during the build process. Should infantry damaged any time during the build process, the build process is interrupted.
PPOs will be removed from the battlefield after being unused for a period of time (no units utilize or go near the object). Each PPO has a separate time out period.
Infantry Fighting Position
This small defensive berm is the default PPO for infantry.
- Can be placed by all infantry
- Able to accommodate prone/kneeling infantry
- Build timer: 30 seconds
- Cool down timer: TBD
- Placement limitations: Not on water, urban tiles, city tiles, airfields, not within 3 meters of buildings
- Can be Destroyed: No
- Time-out rules: IFP will vanish after being abandoned for 5 minutes (timer resets to 0 every time any, friendly or other, unit is within 3 meters).
Although it might not seem like much, as the following screenshots show, the IFP offers excellent cover as long as you stay prone.
Medium sized ATGs can fit inside where they'll be safe from fire from the sides and overhead. It's can also be used as a defensive infantry position or to obstruct enemy fire in otherwise open areas. Placeable only by the combat Engineer class.
- Can be placed by combat Engineers only
- Able to accommodate smaller class of AT guns
- Build timer: 120 seconds, interruptible (moving/damage)
- Cool down timer (Determining when another GE can be placed): TBD
- Placement limitations: Not on water, airfields, within 3 meters of buildings, limited number per area (TBD)
- Destroyable: No
- Time-out rules: GE will vanish after being abandoned for 30 minutes (timer resets to 0 every time any unit, friendly or other, is within 3 meters)
Two crates filled with ammunition. These ammo boxes can be deployed by a truck to leave a supply point for all ground based weapons. It has a 30 minute lifetime. The Ammo Cache can be placed multiple times as it acts as a non-spawnable object. This means that there will be multiple ammo points available throughout an AO.
Placeable by a combat Engineer class only, this PPO blocks vehicle movement. It can be placed on any terrain type. It is only destroy-able by HE satchels and bombs. A single HE satchel will remove this object. HE satchels are available with the Combat Engineer (4), Sapper (2) and Bolt-Action Rifleman (1) classes.
Place able by combat Engineer and Standard Bolt-Action Rifleman classes only (not Semi-Auto). Sandbags are immune to small arms fire (grenades and anti-tank rifle can damage), however a few rounds of heavier weaponry will obliterate the object. Sandbags come in straight and curved variants. PPOs can now be strung together so you can build a line of linking sandbags.
Can only be placed by the Engineer class. Barbed wire comes in two forms. A barbed wire box and a barbed wire fence. The barbed wire is immune to small arms fire (grenades and anti-tank rifle can damage), however a few rounds of heavier weaponry will obliterate the object. All the barbed wire can be linked together.
|barbed wire box
|building linked barbed wire
|linked barbed wire boxes
This will give battlefield commanders a whole new way to open up river crossings for equipment and personnel. Deployable by Engineers giving the possibility for Infantry and vehicles to cross a river.