Total War: Warhammer 3 ranged units can no longer fire freely through friendly forces in the strategy game, as a recent buff allowing them to ignore friendly units in line of sight is reverted by Creative Assembly in a new hotfix. The change, intended to make ranged units fire more reliably, lead to a rather hilarious but unquestionably busted strategy of stacking large numbers of units directly on top of one another.
The original change reads as follows: “To prevent instances where ranged units hold their fire because a friendly unit is in the line of fire, overlapping units are now considered part of the same unit. This should ensure that ranged units can more consistently carry out firing orders.” However, Creative Assembly admits that its implementation was “a bit overzealous.”
“Not only did it address the LOS issue,” Creative Assembly says in a post addressing the hotfix, “it allowed ranged units to stack and fire in a way that largely negates the importance of positioning your troops.” Positioning is a critical part of the strategy that makes Total War battles special, so this change definitely felt out of place.