those, who follow this kind of thing on forums might have noticed that last week or two, WG staff on EU and ASIA (in this case, I am talking specifically about Tanitha, but there were several threads on EU, including the Czech section) are actively asking players, which maps do they dislike the most.
Based on that very feedback, developers are deciding what to do with the current maps. Now, the fact the developers are unhappy with some of the maps is well-known and the first result of this initiative seems to be the fact that Severogorsk and Ruinberg on Fire are getting removed in 9.5 (apparently completely removed, not just pulled back for overhaul).
Now, Tanitha is asking for more feedback on this topic on ASIA forums, but he also posted a list of “untouchable” maps, that should not be suggested:
- Ruinberg on Fire
- Arctic region
Please note that the presence of a map on this list does NOT mean that the map stays in the game at all costs (notice it has Ruinberg on Fire), more like it means that the fate of the map was already decided, one way or the other. Not so long ago, I ran a poll about which maps would you remove (8481 votes in total) – top scorers:
Komarin (32%, 2,687 Votes)
Hidden Village (26%, 2,214 Votes)
Severogorsk (24%, 2,053 Votes)
Ruinberg on Fire (19%, 1,571 Votes)
Swamp (17%, 1,419 Votes)
For a complete list of results, check here.
Seems to me that these are the prime candidates for removal. I would be VERY surprised if Hidden Village was not either significantly reworked, or removed completely. Severogorsk and Ruinberg on Fire are getting removed and – yea, Komarin, that one’s not very good (ironically, I liked the old one much better).