So, the first information on the 8.4 update in World of Tanks has been confirmed, and it has a little surprise in it. We were expecting British Tank Destroyers, we were not expecting a few new German light tanks.
The meat of the update, however, is the British TD line. This will be a complete line from Tier II to Tier X, and with an extra vehicle at Tier VI leading from the Heavy Tank line into the main TD line. This means a total of ten British Tank Destroyers, and I have to say I am looking forward to them. The tech tree is here.
Then we get the surprise, the addition of three new German tanks – the Panzer I, Panzer I Ausf. C, and Panzer II Ausf. G. These three low-tier light tanks appear (looking at this tech tree) to be accompanied by the Panzer II Luchs, VK1602 Leopard, and VK2801 all being bumped up one tier. I put this one under “interesting”. Certainly I will play through the new tanks, but I am curious to see if the Luchs will have scout tank or regular tank matchmaking. This is also going to impact my Tier III Project by taking out the Luchs from consideration of being a tank to retain, whilst providing two more options.
There will also be a new Soviet premium vehicle in the game, the SU-100Y Tank Destroyer. By the sounds of it this will also be a higher-tier vehicle, and it seems a little odd they are introducing this now given the existence of the SU-122-44.
Four maps are also being reworked and re-rendered – Steppes, Fisherman’s Bay, Live Oaks, and Ensk. Ensk is one of my favourite maps, whilst Steppes is on of the community favourites, so it will be interesting to see what they do with these. Presumably they are doing to finish reworking the current maps before releasing any new ones. Finally on his blog Overlord posted that Serene Coast and Dragon’s Ridge would be removed in this update – though the announcement makes no mention of this.
Finally there is mention made of a tutorial for new players – which does not affect me at all but does give some indication that Wargaming are thinking of ways to encourage new players to stay. Which is a very good thing for those of us who enjoy the game.
No date on the public test yet, as far as I know. It appears from Silenstalker’s Q&A Thread on the EU forums that this announcement might have been forced by details started to be leaked, so I would not be surprised if there was a gap between now and the public test.
All in all, looking forward to it.