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Update 9.8 to be released on 28th May

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Tank Commanders!

Say goodbye to the current version and get some rest, because Update 9.8 releases tomorrow morning on 28th May 2015! With a new gamemode event to play in, the new ability to join platoons while in a battle, HD model replacements, reworked mission objectives and more, there's so much to experience in World of Tanks when it's finally here.

Eager to learn more? Read on for a preview of things to come, or check out the full patch notes instead!

Server maintenance

Please be informed that there will be server downtime while we make preparations for the release of Update 9.8 from 05:00 UTC+8 (27th May, 21:00 UTC). The approximate downtime is 4 hours with a shorter downtime expected for the portal services.

During this maintenance, the following will be unavailable due to the update:

  • WOT Asia Server
  • Login services for:
    • Portal
    • Support Site
    • Giftshop

Note: All players, who had paid content (premium account etc.) by the start of release, will be compensated with additional 24 hours use term of that content.

New Event Game Mode: Domination

Onwards to total domination! This new game mode has been covered extensively on a previous article, but here's a little summary of what you can expect:

  • Multiple Respawns: The battle no longer ends when your tank is destroyed. Choose from 3 possible vehicles and charge back in!
  • Supply Points: Repair and rearm your vehicle in the heat of combat by rushing towards special zones on the map.
  • Capture the Flag: Win additional points by seizing and recovering flags.

Dynamic Platoons

Are you having an excellent time demolishing the other team with a friendly teammate? Usually you'd need to get back to the Garage before forming a platoon, but with the new Dynamic Platoons feature, you can recruit formidable allies right in the middle of battle and charge straight into the next one.

SD/HD Clients

For those of you wishing to play World of Tanks on your trusty systems without having the need to upgrade, we now have an answer. Choose the SD client for better performance and lesser harddrive space requirements, or the HD client for higher quality textures and an explosive experience.

Personal Missions Rebalanced

The objectives and requirements for completing Personal Missions have been tweaked according to player feedback. Complete them all to receive unique female tank crewmembers!

Personal Reserves

Want another way to boost your Credit, EXP or Crew EXP earnings? You'll want to use the new Personal Reserves. Obtainable by completing certain missions, activate the reserve of your choice to gain the bonus of your choice.

Note: Missions that offer Personal Reserves as rewards will be available from June onwards.

More vehicles with HD quality textures

Expect to see the following tanks in mindblowing HD visuals the next time you open up World of Tanks after installing Update 9.8:

  • Wolverine
  • Type T-34
  • Leopard 1
  • Hummel
  • M4A3E2 Sherman Jumbo
  • M48A1 Patton
  • Type 58
  • SU-85
  • Cromwell
  • T26E4 SuperPershing
  • T32
  • Pershing
  • IS-3
  • AMX 50 120