Three Japanese heavy tanks suffered a few changes and are now being tested on Supertest Server: Type 5 Heavy, Type 4 Heavy, O-I and O-I Exp. The objective is to rebalance these vehicles in order to improve the branch, maintain combat effectiveness and at the same time, create equal conditions in battle for other tanks to counter them.
Update #1 – 18:50
Article updated with more accurate information from Wargaming EU.
Please remember, this is Supertest information and it’s subject to change before the final version is released.
Type 5 and Type 4 Heavy Changes
- Tanks of Tier IX and X will have revised armor: We added some parts to the front armor with thickness of 240-260 mm for Tier X and 220-240 mm for Tier IX. Their maneuverability and speed will be adjusted so they are a bit better than what the Maus has. The frontal armor of these vehicles, unlike Germans of the same class, didn’t have any vulnerabilities and could only be penetrated with premium ammo. We have added the changes to some parts of frontal armor to make it possible for their opponents to fight them on equal terms.
- The Tier VIII O-HO will get premium ammo with an armor penetration value of 250-260 mm for the 10 cm Experimental Tank Gun Kai. Previously, this gun had no AP shells with enough penetration to reliably damage enemy vehicles.This meant that players didn’t have opportunity to choose their game style – the tank was playable only as a derp.
- The O-I will get a bit weaker rear armor to decrease the tank’s domination in a The O-I will get a bit weaker rear armor to decrease the tank’s domination in a battle, especially against lower tier tanks. Previously, low-tier vehicles could not damage the O-I even if they managed to flank it. After the changes flanking will work.
- The Tier V O-I exp. will get improved frontal armor so it can stand a chance against higher tier vehicles and perform the role of a breakthrough tank. Additionally, the 105-mm gun will be removed from this vehicle since it was too effective at Tier V. The mobility of the tank will also be decreased.