World of Tanks

The game gets an improved matchmaker, new SPG mechanics, and Tier X light tanks

Wargaming today released Update 9.18 for World of Tanks, bringing fundamental changes to the game. The dev team started on their quest to evolve the game’s core by tackling some of the most heated issues the project has today. With this update, they introduced the new, template-based matchmaking system, made comprehensive changes to artillery, and revised light tank lines, stretching them to Tier X.

The improved matchmaker assembles teams choosing from a set of server-based algorithms—templates—so that both camps always have the same number of vehicles at the top/middle/bottom of the list. It also limits the number of SPGs per side to 3 at the most and significantly reduces the instances of map duplications. Together, these new rules and restrictions are designed to foster an engaging gaming experience where it’s almost impossible to predict the battle outcome and every player gets to contribute to it.

9.18 is one of the most significant updates ever introduced, both in terms of the importance of the issues it tackles and sheer scope of fundamental changes it simultaneously brings into the game,” said Thaine Lyman, World of Tanks Product Director. “It’s been a massive quest for the team. We are thankful to players who pitched in to help us improve the core gameplay aspects. We’ll continue refining these newly introduced features, while also working on further improvements that fundamentally push the quality of the game forward.

The newly implemented stun mechanic transforms SPGs into long-range support fire vehicles that can now debilitate enemy tanks, affecting factors such as their reload speed. Instead of inflicting critical damage, SPGs now play in close cooperation with the team. They set the attack direction and support their fellow tankers from afar.

Finally, light tank branches were stretched to Tier X, which marked the introduction of the regular ±2 tier spread for them. Five nations (USA, Germany, France, U.S.S.R., and China) were reinforced with new Tier X vehicles and went through a series of balance tweaks to make them suitable for ±2 battles. Boasting excellent speed and decent firepower, topped with superior scouting abilities, light tanks are now more capable than ever in augmenting their teammates and making a decisive impact on the battle. For more information on Update 9.18, visit the official World of Tanks website.

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An all-new battle arena hits the game’s test server bringing bigger maps, larger teams, and intense action

Wargaming has revealed its partnership with Austrian developer Bongfish, who brought over a decade of experience working with well-known publishers to bear on a new game mode for World of Tanks, dubbed Frontline. From today, players can put the new mode through its paces in the World of Tanks test server, Sandbox.

What can players expect from Frontline? Epic 30v30 tank clashes across vast 9 km2 battlefields, with one team pushing the assault while the other defends their territory. Over several rounds, the action spreads deeper behind defensive lines until a winner is declared.

Players have been asking us for larger teams, bigger maps, and new combat setups for some time,” said Milos Jerabek, World of Tanks Development Director. “Wargaming’s distributed development approach made this a reality and we partnered with Bongfish to create the new mode—all while the in-house team for World of Tanks works on the game’s key mechanics. Bongfish has a ton of expertise to make it happen under our guidance. There’s true chemistry between the both of us, and we look forward to revealing what this collaboration brings to players.

We’ve been working on Frontline for a while now, and are excited to finally show it to the world,” said Michael Putz, Bongfish Founder and CEO. “We’re passionate about authentic gameplay and vast open spaces, and so are World of Tanks developers. By working with them, we can channel this passion to create something one of a kind for tankers to enjoy.

Sandbox has been an integral component in improving the game as well as fostering a conversation between the players. Frontline marks the third time the game tests the waters in Sandbox to ensure World of Tanks continues going from strength to strength.

For more information on World of Tanks, visit the games official website.

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World of Tanks and Dolph Lundgren put manliness back on track in their latest ad

Once, long ago, the world knew what manliness was—lifting weights, chopping wood, tuning up your muscle car, not looking another man in the eye when you’re both answering the call of nature. But somehow along the way, the lines blurred. Ciabattas? Frappuccinos? Skinny jeans? Has manliness lost its cool?

Now it’s up to World of Tanks and Dolph Lundgren to get manliness back on track.

In the latest advert from Wargaming, we embark on a journey with Dolph to discover how to choose a real man’s hobby in the hectic world of today. It’s a tough mission, requiring a man who is not afraid to put his mind, body, and soul on the line to stay, what the Vikings (probably) call, skǫruligr (manly).

About World of Tanks

World of Tanks is a team-based massively multiplayer online action game dedicated to armored warfare of the mid-20th century. Throw yourself into the epic tank battles of World War II with other steel cowboys all over the world. Your arsenal includes over 450 armored vehicles from the United States, Germany, the Soviet Union, France, Great Britain, Japan, China, Czechoslovakia carefully detailed with historical accuracy.

For more information on World of Tanks, visit the games official website.

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Update 9.16 marks the debut of a Swedish Premium tank, the new Paris map, and player-requested improvements

ABBA, Ingrid Bergman, Bjorn Borg, the Strv m/42-57 Alt A.2—things Sweden is known for, right? Well, maybe not that vehicle, but World of Tanks is planning to change that. The game is opening up its ranks, welcoming the first Swedish tank to the game in its latest update, with 19 more on their way later in the year. This Tier VI vehicle is the first Premium medium tank of this tier with a drum-type autoloader and is equipped with the well-known turret from the French AMX-13 light tank series.

“We already announced the new vehicle branch for further updates, and we’re happy to introduce the first Swedish tank,” said Thaine Lyman, World of Tanks Product Director. “It features pretty good mobility and an oscillating turret with an autoloader, and it is well-suited for levelling up your first Swedish crew and earning some extra credits.”

Along with the first Swedish vehicle, the Paris map is saying bonjour to Random Battles. It recreates many destinations from the romantic capital of the world, sending any tanker’s heart all aflutter. Landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, Seine River bank, Théâtre national de Chaillot and districts of Haussmannian buildings can all be found as you explore. Every vehicle type is set to find some intense battles, wherever they decide to strike from.

Update 9.16 also brings improvements to the sound system. You’ll find that the range of sounds for high calibers was extended and sound indication for damage received was also enhanced. So, now it’s even clearer to assess how serious the damage sustained by your tank is.

The in-game minimaps have also been updated based on player feedback, with 30 more rolling out with higher visual quality so you have a crystal clear idea of your surroundings. In addition, the in-game interface also features a range of improvements, including popular mods that will make your time on the battlefield and in the Garage much more enjoyable.

We’re always looking out for player feedback, so don’t hesitate to tell us what you think in order to make the game better.

For more information on World of Tanks Update 9.16, visit the games official website.

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The newest update introduces long-awaited changes to tanks, UI and UX elements

Wargaming is excited to bring a pack of community-requested changes to World of Tanks with Update 9.15, which will be released May 25 for Europe and North America, and May 30–31 in Asia and Korea. Coming to the game in this update are balance tweaks to tanks, as well as changes to UI and UX elements and further physics and sound improvements—all of which have been implemented off feedback the dev team has received from players.

Evolution in World of Tanks is a gradual process, but thanks to players, the dev team addressed elements that truly take their experience up a gear. A number of popular mods have been added to the client to make it more user friendly. Now it’s possible to extend Garage filters, view several previously hidden vehicle characteristics, which will change in real-time when certain upgrades are used, and more, in a safe and easy way.

“Work on Update 9.15 started with having a conversation with the players,” said Anton Pankov, World of Tanks Global Publishing Producer. “We connected with them on social media, our forums, during player gatherings; spoke to opinion leaders in the community and trialed changes on test servers to set our priorities. It’s invaluable, and from this we’re able to further polish features and mechanics.”

“In the future, we’ll be addressing more player requests, and introducing the sandbox: the first step in one of the biggest changes in World of Tanks history. We’ll be rebalancing every single tank in the game—a truly massive task. Feedback matters more than ever. We’ll be in close communication with the community every step of the way because it’s only by working together that we can make World of Tanks the best experience possible.”

The improved physics and sound, which were introduced last update, are still being enhanced. Now you’ll find the chance of your tank toppling over has been decreased, the damage you take from falling has been lowered, and you won’t find yourself getting stuck on the scenery right when it matters. Uniting all of these features is engine optimization, which should improve performance depending on the configuration of your computer, as well as ensure FPS stability.

For more information on World of Tanks Update 9.15, visit the games official website.

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wargaming-net-logoTake your tank to the sea, warship to the Jacuzzi, and shoot pool on the Moon

April Fool’s Day is generally celebrated by playing a good-natured practical joke, an amusing hoax, or, in Wargaming’s case, an entire parade of special in-game events created for its passionate community.

In “Moon Mayhem” (April 1 – 5) World of Tanks PC establishes its first colony on the Moon. Why? Because why not? In this event, you command the latest weapon in spherical tank technology: the IS 8-BALL. In your space-age vehicle, you must knock other commanders on the “Crater” map into one of several billiard-type holes.

Of course, we’re on the Moon, which means less gravity. You’ll find that IS 8-BALL feels a little different than a regular tank. That’s because it’s so smooth. With less friction, various in-game hazards, like Meteor Showers and strange gravitational anomalies, this mode offers an out of this world experience. To play, all you have to do is enter your Garage, choose the IS 8-Ball and click the Battle! button. You will be added to a special queue with other players who have also selected the event vehicle.

April Fool’s Day in World of Warships (March 31—April 11) exchanges the high seas for hot tubs in the special “Ruinberg In Jacuzzi” map. Take charge of the captain’s boat from the animated series “Bad Advice” and battle other players in a not-so-relaxing hot tub. All you have to do is start the game and search your Port for the 4 types of vessels available: the Pokeboat (JP), Botishkaff (RU), Das Boot (DE) and Bottlesheep (US). Choose whichever ship you take a fancy to, then click the Battle! button.

Each ship sports a Fish captain at the helm, stylized with the nation of its ship. When the little boat is bobbing in your port, a 3D model of “Bad Captain” will be visible on the ship. While the captain lacks a bikini, you can hear some of his trademark sounds from the show. Why not stick your toe in the water?

We have something for everyone this April Fools’ Day, so make sure you don’t miss out!

Wargaming is excited to reveal further details about the upcoming and action-packed Grand Finals 2016. The crowning event in the World of Tanks eSports calendar will be taking place April 8–9 in Torwar Hall, Warsaw, Poland, and promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

Grand Finals 2016 will begin Friday, April 8, with doors opening at 10:00AM. On day one, spectators can get their first taste of tank action in the group stages. On Saturday, April 9, the battles continue from 12:00PM, featuring the playoffs, quarterfinals, semifinals, and culminating in the show-stopping finale. What’s more, World of Tanks eSports stars will compete in the first ever World of Warships show match.

Inside Torwar Hall will be a Free-to-Play Zone, with 28 gaming stations and VR-headsets. Visitors can play their favorite World of Tanks and World of Warships games and take part in a master class from eSports pros. For the first time players will have a chance to feel the rush of battle watching the action in 360° with their VR-headset. Console tankers will be able to jump into 7-vs-7 competitions, or battle on six additional PlayStation®4 gaming stands.

Visitors can participate in numerous contests at the venue, as well as in social media and streams, snagging themselves lots of cool prizes and gifts from Wargaming and its partners.

Entry to Grand Finals 2016 is absolutely free. Fans can also register for the show and get a special gift: the Premium British Tier 5 heavy tank Excelsior. Registration sessions will be open on March 18 and 25, so fans need to be quick to grab their gift before it’s gone. Also available will be a limited number of VIP tickets. They allow entrance to the venue one hour before everyone else, a fast queuing lane and a dedicated premium seat in front of the action. VIP ticket holders will also receive the Premium British Tier 5 heavy Excelsior, Tier 8 Premium heavy IS-3A, the unique Grand Finals M 41 90 GF tank, and more. Official partners of Grand Finals 2016 are Intel, Razer, PayPal and SanDisc.

For more information on the Wargaming.net League Grand Finals 2016, please visit: www.thegrandfinals.com

For more information about World of Tanks, visit the games official website.

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Upgraded physics and improved sound making tank warfare even more visceral, taking the player experience up a notch

Wargaming is excited to announce today the release of update 9.14 for World of Tanks. This update introduces improved sound and physics, making tank warfare even more visceral, as well as 24 pristine HD models, and a new map for Rampage mode: Ravaged Capital.

Improved physics lets players immerse themselves further into dynamic battles, with vehicles handling more realistically than before. Commanders can master skillfully sharp turns, rapidly changing direction and controlling their tank’s turning radius during movement. In addition, vehicles are now more maneuverable, letting players take full advantage of agile tanks in their arsenal.

Update 9.14 also introduces significantly improved sound. In harnessing the new sound engine, Audiokinetic Wwise, commanders can hear every purr and roar of their steel beast as it roams the battlefield. With sound being processed on a separate core, there are between 10 and 30 distinct sound sources, recorded from authentic vehicles on real proving grounds. When adding enhanced sound effects to orientate players in battle into the mix, as well as original event sounds, and multiple sound presets, World of Tanks adds another layer of authenticity to the gameplay experience.

“The major improvements to sound and physics in update 9.14 have been highly-anticipated by our fans,” said Sergey Laptenok, Publishing Product Director, World of Tanks. “All this was made possible with feedback from players, and we have delivered an experience that brings them closer to the action than ever before.”

Commanders can also look forward to 24 HD models of some of their favorite vehicles. Those who have been battling in the intense Rampage mode can also learn to dominate the new map, Ravaged Capital, which drops players in the heart of Paris’s warzone during World War II.

For more information about World of Tanks, visit the games official website.

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Wargaming is proud to announce the new Czechoslovakian Tech Tree for World of Tanks is ready to carve out a name for itself in Update 9.13. This line rolls out to battle with light and medium vehicles, giving tankers new weapons in their ever-growing arsenal to outwit and outhit their opponents.

Sitting proud at the top end of the Tech Tree are the Tier 9 and 10 Škoda TVP tanks. Boasting excellent accuracy, when combined with their range and stabilization, these powerful vehicles create a perfect recipe for destruction. Also joining the fight is the Tier 7 Konštrukta T-34/100, an upgraded version of the Soviet T-34 with an improved armament that will be very familiar to experienced players.

“With a rich and interesting tank-building history, World of Tanks could not pass up the opportunity to include these dynamic Czechoslovakian tanks into the game,” said Sergey Laptenok, Publishing Product Director, World of Tanks. “These vehicles, with a number of great features like maneuverability and autoloading guns, create an experience that players don’t want to miss out on.”

Also in Update 9.13 is the Czechoslovakian-inspired map “Pilsen”, which is set to be featured in Random and Rampage battles. This map was based on the actual Škoda tank factory in Pilsen that birthed a number of legendary vehicles. A first for World of Tanks, players will prowl around close-quarters environments within enclosed buildings.

Watch the Update 9.13 video here.

For more information about World of Tanks, visit the games official website.

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Wargaming and Carlton Books are pleased to announce World of Tanks Commander’s Guide. World of Tanks, the hugely popular multiplayer online game dedicated to armored vehicle battles, has over 100m registered users and is available on PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, (PS4 coming soon) and mobile devices. Now players and fans can get expert playing (and winning) advice from the makers of the game with this first fully authorized book.

Inside the book is everything you need to know about World of Tanks, from simple battle tips and upgrading advice to advanced tactics and combat styles that will give you an added edge. It includes useful information and tips for all players: a step-by-step guide for those new to the game; how to refine your playing style in the mid-tiers; platoon fighting; and tips for increasing your damage-dealing and credit-earning as a more experienced player.

The book is also an excellent source of reference for military enthusiasts, as it takes a historical look at many of the real tanks behind those featured in the game, with photographs and information from The Tank Museum in Bovington, whose experts have helped shape the game.

David Willey, Curator of The Tank Museum says: “I have met soldiers who play regularly, staff who didn’t think they’d like it but are now hooked, and children whose knowledge about the vehicles gained from the game is now astounding.”

Carlton Books and Wargaming.net have teamed up with GAME Retail Ltd to offer the first 1,000 customers who purchase the book (in one of their stores throughout the UK and NI or online at www.game.co.uk) an exclusive Tank Commander DLC Pack for the PC. The pack contains an American RAM 11 Premium Tank, 30 consumables (10 x large repair kits, 10 x automatic fire extinguishers and 10 x large first aid kits), as well as 3 days of Premium account.

For more game information, visit the official World of Tanks website.

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