[Update 29 April, 2019] Note: Update 1.5 will not include the Tanks for Bonds feature.
The launch of Update 1.5's first Common Test brings Swedish Medium tanks with a unique gameplay feature: air suspension. During the Common Test, you also have the opportunity to check out a new Premium Account concept and Excluded Maps, one of the most commonly requested features. Finally, get ready to experience battles with rebalanced SPGs and Swedish heavy tanks. Read on for a detailed overview of each feature!
It wasn’t that long ago that French wheeled vehicles arrived, but we’re already ready to show off something new. Along with Update 1.5, three new formidable vehicles will join our game, high-tier Swedish medium tanks. We already have Swedish medium machines in World of Tanks, but only up to Tier VII. Now we're adding a kind of Swedish "sub-branch" for Tiers VIII, IX, and X. Researching the new branch will start at Tier VII with the Leo.
Starting from Tier VIII, the Swedish mediums all have a unique gameplay feature, air suspension. They will be able to adjust their clearance level and change their hull inclination angle, giving themselves better gun depression angles. It's turned on automatically as soon as the speed drops lower than 10 km/h. If you start accelerating and are going faster than 19 km/h, the vehicle turns it off and the hull levels out.
The suspension for the new tanks is similar to that of the Swedish TDs, but doesn't give them any other advantages apart from additional hull inclination. Learn more about the new Swedish mediums and their unique gameplay in the dedicated article.
Previously we outlined that in 2019 we’re going to improve some vehicles with poor efficiency, as well as to overhaul some overpowered tanks. So, with the new branch of Swedish medium tanks coming, we’ll also take a look at some of the nation’s other vehicles – in particular, those in the heavy branch.
Now we’re ready to revise characteristics of the following tanks:
- Emil I (Tier VIII)
- Emil II (Tier IX)
- Kranvagn (Tier X)
All of these tanks currently have a four-shell autoloader, and this is the feature we want to tweak. We plan to re-equip them with three-shell autoloaders, so all these vehicles will reload faster and have higher alpha damage. As a result, their DPM will increase too. So you will have to spend less time reloading and engage your adversaries more often. Together with other adjustments, this will bolster the Kranvagn’s damage per minute by more than 20%.
The technical characteristics of the vehicles are specified for the top module configuration.
We're also very pleased to announce that we're ready to introduce one of the most commonly requested features, Excluded Maps. Now you'll be able to block one map of your choice and avoid it in the matchmaking queue. The feature will only be available for Standard Battles, and not for Assault or Encounter Battles. Also Excluded Maps will only work when playing Tier IV vehicles or higher and will be disabled for all Grand Battles maps (Klondike, Nebelburg, and Hinterland).
We're going to present a separate WoT Premium Account, exclusively for World of Tanks players, in Update 1.5. Regular Premium Account will remain exactly the same as it is for the entire Wargaming trilogy (World of Tanks, World of Warships, and World of Warplanes). But a separate WoT Premium Account will provide you additional features and bonuses, including one additional slot, meaning you can block 2 Random Battles maps instead of one.
Find out more information regarding WoT Premium Account in the dedicated article.
World of Tanks Premium Account is available during the Common Test only for your preliminary testing, so particular bonus values may change with its full release.
For the first time since 2017, we decided to revise the basic parameters of artillery, a truly unique vehicle class in World of Tanks. We're planning to reduce:
- The minimum stun time
- The duration of the stun from all artillery hits on already stunned vehicles
- The stun time when an SPG shell hits a vehicle, which is already stunned if equipped with a Spall Liner
- The amount of damage at the edge of the splash
We're also planning to rework the performance characteristics of individual SPGs in order to finetune their effectiveness after the announced changes take effect.
All of the changes above are a bit complex for a short simple overview, so read about the upcoming SPG rebalance in a dedicated article for more detailed clarification.
The new Season of Ranked Battles is getting closer, Commanders! It kicks off after the release of Update 1.5, but you already have the opportunity to experience it during the first Common Test.
With the new Season, some mechanics of Ranked Battles will change, but we’ll talk about them in detail a bit later on in a dedicated publication.
Please note: The settings and specific values of Ranked Battles that are relevant for the Common Test may change after the official start.
In conclusion, an important note for all our players participating in Common Tests. Starting with Update 1.5, the Common Test will be exclusively available through the Wargaming Game Center.
And now get out there and test all these features, Commanders! We can't wait to see your feedback!