Don’t get me wrong, I love the Stug life, but there is one glaring problem with casemate (turret less) tank destroyers in Battlefield V.
They will be best used camping on the edge of the map, or trolling enemy tanks from the edge of their spawn, where they will be impossible to kill, as they can simply rush to their protected spawn depot.
Far more so than the current tanks, nobody is going to push casemate tank destroyers up the map because they will be easily flanked, nobody is going to PTFO, and if they do, they will be instakilled by flankers, people spawning in behind them, or disabled and quickly overrun.
Currently the Churchill Gun Carrier is already a chore to use, and an even greater chore to counter. The Tiger has 18 stock HE rounds, which do 15 damage max frontally to the Gun Carrier. If they hit their emergency repair at the perfect time, they are little more than a waste of ammo to engage with, unless you are sat camping a resupply depot with decent cover.
I love the Stug life, but I can’t see myself using it to do anything other than camp or troll enemy tanks, for which the 17-pounder on the Archer will be even more ridiculous for.
The archer will simply go hull down, spam you with one of the highest velocity, penetrative, and most effective cannons in WWII, and then race off to spawn to resupply due to its reverse design.
Meanwhile we still haven’t felt any noticeable rebalancing to make the heavy tanks more viable... Surely this will make heavies even less effective!
Change my mind that these are a great idea, I see people are generally positive towards them, but I do not think they have truly thought through the implications, especially considering how many people are complaining about tanks camping in spawn, and elsewhere.