So, the patch notes for Parallax are out. It’s a fairly light patch, with a lot of fixes and user interface changes. I honestly don’t see much that excites me. Go ahead and read the notes if you’re interested in the minutiae.
But there were two changes that actually made me gasp as I was reading through the preparing the kids for Halloween.
The first is one CCP apparently can’t do much about. The new code they’re rolling out over the next few patches includes some adjustments in how various calculations are performed. One of those changes is to how bonuses are applied. As a result:
Fleet bonuses from the skills Leadership, Skirmish Warfare, and Information Warfare are now stacking penalized together with bonuses from other sources like modules. Attention: This change only impacts the targeting speed bonus from the Leadership skill, the agility bonus from the Skirmish Warfare skill, and targeting range bonus from the Information Warfare skill. The bonuses provided by the warfare link modules have not changed.
No, this isn’t a first step in adjusting off-grid boosters to only apply when on-grid, and it only affects the effects of leadership skills themselves, not warfare links. But it does influence the way some bonuses are applied, and that in itself is interesting. I’m also intrigued that it was referenced as a throwaway line in the patch notes, with no real attention drawn to it.