I love this game, but my most frustrating time comes pre-game. It is a hot mess. I know it has been brought up in the past and I'm guessing that the current pre-game timer has already been lengthened but it is still too short most of the time. With all the new vehicles coming in, more roles available and the maps getting bigger, you simply need more time to plan. If you are a squad lead, it can be very difficult to communicate with other SL's to plan because of all the pre-game chatter in your squad and the short amount of time. When you do finally spawn in, it is a mad rush for vehicles, hoping that you spawned close enough to the vehicle you were planning for to get their first. If you don't get your intended vehicle then pre-game planning goes out the window and you end up with squad members left at main having to walk long distances. Then you become "that squad" that didn't do what they said they were going to do despite your best efforts and spawn confusion.
I'm sure there are tons of ways to solve these issues and I wouldn't be surprised if they are already on the road-map of the devs. In case they aren't, here would be my suggestion.
Increase pre-game timer for better planning (maybe a server side option to allow for experimentation on how long is appropriate?)
To help the concern over the timer being too long for various reason's (no planning going on, small map, etc.,) implement a "Ready" option for the SL's that they can tick off. When maybe 70% of the SL's have checked they are ready on both teams, the count down timer drops to 10 seconds regardless of how much time was left. I like how BF4 does this by showing how many have marked "ready" on both teams for everyone to see. This might be another good server-side option to find out what the right balance of "ready" SL's is to launch the game.
Allow the "local chat" for _just_ your squad to be used (ie. not like end of game) pre-game in which the local chat is muted maybe 80% (adjustable per SL) of what normal chat volume is for SL's. Then SL's could ask their squad to use the local chat instead of squad chat to banter among themselves so they could actually hear the other SL's for planning. Might be nice to even have a mute option for SL's for the local chat. If a squad member needs to talk to Lead, they can use the squad chat which would come through at a normal volume level all the time.
Allow SL's to "reserve" vehicles at main spawn. I wouldn't lock the vehicles to a specific squad, just more of a visual on both the map and in-game of which vehicles the SL's were intending for their squad to take, complete with markers on the compass so they can find it a little easier when they spawn in. The reservation might actually allow for multiple squads to reserve a vehicle with one of the squads being the "primary" or the designate drivers in the event one squad is transporting another.
As mentioned by someone back in summer of 2016, I think the ability for SL's to draw on the map for the squad members to see would be pretty cool. The new green FOB markers was a great start at helping to communicate plans, I'd just like to see a bit more of this type of thing.
Two other unrelated features I'd like to see...
Could we have the scale on the map not anchored to the lower right corner map itself but instead be an overlay that is always showing and changes with zoom level?
Could medic's have a reduced power set of binoculars? Not enough to be a full on scout, but enough to at least somewhat support the SL more and also get a better idea of threats when trying to run to someone to revive them? Medic work is awesome during a firefight, but it's a little less so during slower times and it would be nice to have a secondary skill to support the team other than just being another shovel buddy.
Current tickets back on the map view. I hate having to open up the score board just to see our current tickets.
As always, keep up the great work. Your "Alpha" version of this game is light years ahead of any Alpha software I have ever used. I like the balance you are striking between being more complex than a run-n-gun game like the Battlefield series, but not as complex as the Arma type of game. Your latest v9 upgrades were amazing. Last night in the second story of hill top I saw my entire team get shredded to pieces through the wall by the heavy gun on a vehicle and I loved it (not the part where my squad died, just the sounds and the fx, grin.) With every version you guys keep ratcheting the game up to the next level!