Clash of Clans Sneak Peeks, Update, Leaks, Info December 2017 – COC
There is no single small doubt that there will be a Clash of Clans Update in December 2017, like every year we’ll be getting at least a snow theme, a seasonal Christmas Tree and when looking at last year very likely also a Clashmas Event with seasonal troops and Gem Boosts.
I think most of us will agree that 2017 wasn’t a great year for Clash of Clans in terms of new content (and I’m saying this although I’m enjoying Builder Base a lot personally!) and Darian already has been getting the excitement high with his announcement that there will be something good coming. Well, they are working on it since May 🙂
In this update article, I will put up all important things (rumors, my opinion and of course official statements) together to give you guys a good overview what’s coming – especially those of you who don’t spend hours in the official forum and Reddit.
Clash of Clans December 2017 Update
Please note, the order is from the bottom (old) to top (most recent). If you’re visiting this page for the first time and want to get the whole story, you’ll need to start from the bottom.
Happy Birthday Finland (December 5th, 2017)
This morning we had another Maintenance Break for server upkeep, but the “downloading data” right after made a lot of people hype again. In fact, there was something that only a few people recognized when opening up their game after the Maintenance Break in the News section and that was a “HAPPY BIRTHDAY FINLAND!” entry which disappeared after just a few moments.
Tomorrow, on December 6th, Finland celebrated their 100 years indipendence from Russia and many companies do celebration events in Finland for this occasion as far as I heard. To celebrate that, Supercell had added the Finnish Language Suomi to the game but maybe we might see something more tomorrow (maybe a Value Pack or special event or something else) – however, this has nothing to do with the upcoming update as far as I can tell.
Goblin Changes (December 3rd, 2017)
Since the last update there has been a small change to the Goblin Map that some might not have notices – there are some names on the map that have not been there before, see yourself:
So the most interesting question is: why does Supercell secretly update a very old and outdated game feature? I assume this was part of the “laying the foundation of future changes” part in the past update and the “Goblin King’s Hideout” at the very bottom makes me think about a new way how the Goblin Map will work, like daily changing tasks there that you and your clan mates will be able to unlock and in the end get a high reward when doing this – I absolutely want to point out that this is my personal belief and it can be also something completely different or maybe even something that will get introduced to a later point.
What I don’t believe is, and that’s what I have seen in a lot of non-sense videos in the past days, that there will be a new Hero coming to the game for us like the Goblin King (also there can’t be 2 kings and we already have one). I rather think about something similar to an evil enemy like they have in Boom Beach and maybe also something like the Operations available there.
UPDATE! Apparently, these new names have been in the game files since 2013! (Here’s the proof) So still the important question: why did Supercell activate them recently when it was in the game files for 4 years?!
Sneak Peeks Soon (November 30th, 2017)
According to Darian we will see Sneak Peeks for the Update very soon.
He also made clear one more time that there won’t be TH12 or BH8 coming:
I’m really looking forward to see some real stuff instead of hints, but with the update cycle if the past years I believe we will see the Sneak Peeks within the next 2 weeks as it would be hard to believe that Supercell would not release the update before Christmas…
Let’s Talk Quests (November 28th, 2017)
I think many of you have heard the info that Darian told the hint for the next update feature will start with the letter “Q” (see below in the Clash Talk Interview #2). He also stated that it’s something that many of us have been waiting for for a long time so it’s quite obvious that many have been thinking about Quests.
I want to slow down expectations here a little bit since too high expectations in the past year have been leaving many of us disappointed and there’s no real evidence that it’s really about Quests! The letter “Q” can also have something to do with “Quality of Life Changes (Clouds, Matchmaking…)” or something different.
MasterMind did create a mockup in the feature request forum back in 2013 with several pictures how he hopes that Quests could look like, so the picture below that many of you have been seeing as a “leak” is actually a 3-year-old fan mockup, nothing else.
You can see the whole fan request here in the original forum post from October 2013 in the official forum.
Please don’t get me wrong, I would love having a solid implementation of quests in Clash of Clans and I really hoped for it for many years but just because the letter “Q” has been thrown into the ring shouldn’t get our hopes too much focused and we might see something very different. I will let you know as soon as I have some more info about that 🙂
Q&A Episode 2 (November 21st, 2017)
Some of you might have forgotten about the second part of the Q&A interview with Darian from Supercell that was initially scheduled for September but then delayed for “internal reasons”. Today, the 2nd part of the interview is finally released and there are some interesting things in it that I wrapped up for you below the video (in case you can’t/don’t want to watch the whole 40 minutes video).
1:05 – What should Clans be working towards when they reach Clan Level 10?
There will not be more clan bonus perks for higher levels to not abandon new clans. Still, Supercell wants to incentivize pushing the clan level even further and they work on something that will make us pushing the clan level further (more on that later).
3:58 – What was the purpose of the Builder Base? Why not add PVP straight to the Main Village?
The reason for this (and I did mention this already when I first saw the Builder Base back in May) is, that Supercell wanted to implement many player suggestions (Gem Mine, Clock Tower, night mode etc.) without radically changing the game from the ground up. Overall a wise choice when we look at how many players just dislike the Builder Base…
There are also right now no plans to add any more gear ups to the Main Village (except the Multi Mortar that’s already implemented but not unlocked yet).
9:41 – What is the Clash Team’s vision for the end-game of Clash of Clans?
Supercell doesn’t have a clear vision of the end-game, that’s what I got from Darians answers. They want every player to continue farming, trophy pushing, Clan Wars and Builder Base depending on what every single player prefers – but this is what the whole game consists of from the beginning. Adding new stuff we spend resources on like new levels is just a thing to keep the TH11 players busy right now while balancing the other aspects of the game.
For me personally, this is a very unsatisfying answer because Supercell thinks they will make all of us with high level to maxed TH11 bases happy by just fixing clouds and matchmaking and throwing in a couple of new levels here and there – I hope this isn’t the real intention of Supercell because this won’t be enough to keep the long-term players happy and in the game for a long period.
21:53 – Why can’t we use Heroes in war while upgrading?
There’s not really an answer that makes sense, but the interesting part of Darian’s answer is that it’s in discussion to make this possible to see an increase in Clan Wars due to the fact that we don’t have to decide to upgrade Heroes or go to war. I hope we might see at least a decrease of upgrade time for Heroes at least to make it better but to be honest, my hopes are not really strong since this has been an ongoing wish for more than 3 years now.
25:09 – Why doesn’t the Clash team share what we’re working on in advance and get feedback from the Community?
Basically, the reason (from the view of Supercell) is, that there is no consentence in the community feedback. Well, I do play Clash of Clans for many years and after Supercell promised at least 3 times to communicate better with us that tuned out to not change anything I don’t expect any change here in the future. I remember when Friendly Challenges were introduced and the community replied that this will allow sandboxing attacks for Clan War, Supercell did make some last-minute changes to prevent that – with asking or telling their plans more in advance they could have prevented many of situations like that because millions of eyes see more than a handful of eyes.
31:30 – Why can we not have more than one name change?
Reputation follows your name so this is an aspect to keep your name clean because you can’t change it that often.
35:59 – What is the Clash of Clans team working on next?
The next big thing they are working on is something that Supercell will roll out in multiple stages that will add more functionalities to the clans and also more incentives for the clans (clan levels) and the first part of it will be rolled out in the December Update (annotation: in the video Darians says “hopefully in the next months during the winter update” but the recorded material was a couple weeks old). Darian also confirms that the next update will pe primarily focus on Home Village content but not in the way of new troops, levels etc. it will be “adding a new dynamic to the game”. He says it’s something that “so many players wanted for such a long time” and also the hint is that the word starts with the letter “Q” – could it be quests?!
5v5 Clan Wars (November 13th, 2017)
In the next maintenance, we’re excited to introduce a new Clan War size: 5v5 Clan Wars. Want to try an elite strike force of Town Hall 11’s? Or perhaps test your mettle with five Town Hall 10’s or any other interesting lineups? The 5v5 Clan War size lets you concentrate your attack force in pocket-sized wars.
Not only does this new Clan War size give you more options in the wars you wage, it gives Clans greater flexibility for smaller Clans, or larger Clans who like to alternate War sizes each war! Keep in mind that, as usual, you’ll only be able to run one War at a time.
Additionally, the next maintenance will bring further matchmaking improvements to Clan Wars (including a slightly higher attack weight for the Grand Warden).
Update Info Soon?! (November 3rd, 2017)
Is there any better way to start this trip towards the next update than the first hints from people that know what’s coming telling that there will be some first info coming soon?
In the official forums this just happened and I think it’s a great start to get you all onboard so we’re on the same page.
Well, Town Hall 12 is something many people are looking at (i get like 20 emails every day from people asking if TH12 is coming…), but indeed it got ruled out already to be something that’s coming this year or anywhere soon.
The December 2017 Update is what the recent (frankly spoken underwhelming) October Update was laying the foundation for with the Clan Badges. Here’s the original text that Darian wrote during the Sneak Peeks in October:
Darian (Oct, 8th):
In this second Sneak Peek, we want to give you a glimpse of some Clan improvements we will be releasing in the next update. This update is just the beginning of laying down the groundwork for new content we will be introducing in the future. But one thing at a time…
While it’s hard to see in which direction this all moves, Supercell already ruled out that there will be more Clan Perks in the way we have them now because this would give new clans a disadvantage that’s too large.
When looking at the different styles, we can clearly see that they adapt to the symbols of the different Trophy Leagues and I’m quite sure that there will not be a specific new game mode but that Supercell will develop something that will motivate us to compete as a clan.
Many other games have something like a clan collecting something together during a season and get rewarded depending on the League and the results and that’s, in my opinion, the logical step that Supercell might be going with these changes. If they will do something like that, it’s probably collecting trophies, stars or loot within a certain period of time to unlock rewards.
So, hopefully we will get some first info soon – please comment what you think will come in the December 2017 Update for Clash of Clans 🙂
Clash of Clans Sneak Peeks, Update, Leaks, Info December 2017 – COC