No more waiting, no more wondering! The two missing Soviet Tier X vehicles are now revealed and will be coming soon™ to World of Tanks. Since the announcement of Update 9.22, players have been wondering what vehicles would be introduced to the two missing Tier X vehicles in the Soviet tech tree. A lot of speculation that Object 777 version II would be the heavy tank, but as I always said: it doesn’t fit the gameplay style. Both vehicles will enter Supertest today and should become available to players soon™, but not in Update 1.0.1 as they still need to be tested and balanced.
Introducing K91 – Tier X Soviet Medium
This vehicle was projected as a heavy tank under the name K-91 version II, but in World of Tanks PC the K-91 it will be introduced as a Tier X medium tank for the rear turret medium branch.
K-91 will be a fast vehicle with great targeting parameters with its 1.9 seconds aiming time. The gun accuracy and shell velocity (1,700m/sec) will allow this vehicle to snipe from long distances and with its 276mm of penetration on APRC shells, will make this vehicle extremely effective. But not everything will be good in this tank, with its weak armour, limited gun depression (-5 deg) and limited turret traverse, will make this vehicle peculiar and hard to play.
You can almost guess how the vehicle will play, it will excel as an ambusher, providing fire support from a distance and anyone who tries to brawl with him, it will have a hard time. With 410 meters spotting range and decent camouflage values (slightly worse than Obj430U), will enable this vehicle to spot enemies first. Its mobility is on pair with other Soviet medium tanks, but players will have to try to maximize cover as much as possible, as it will be hard to survive with its weak armour when under enemy fire.
The tank can be also be used at mid-range combat, but only the most skilled players will be able to take full advantage of this game style, with its limited 180º firing arc, mobility and good gun stabilization will surely make these moments an epic showcase of skill.
Introducing the Object 277 – Tier X Soviet Heavy
The true successor of the T-10 heavy tank. Initial reports from untrusted sources were saying Object 777 version 2 would be introduced, but anyone who researches a bit about Soviet heavy armour, and likes World of Tanks, knew straight away the tank didn’t fit the branch play style and it was never designed as a T-10 successor.
Object 277 is a heavy assault tank that combines mobility with protection. As a true successor to the T-10, Object 277 builds on its strong sides, having better aiming time, damage per minute and armour penetration values. With more hitpoints and a higher alpha damage, the is truly an improved version of the T-10.
The vehicle armour isn’t the strongest among Soviet heavy tanks, but its strong enough to deal with almost any enemy tank. Its hull armour will be 140mm thick, which will increase due to the 60-70º slipe on the glacis plate, 138-170mm at 45-55º at the lower front plate, 112mm at its sides and 50 mm on the rear. But what it excels is its turret with an impressive 290 / 224 / 80 mm of armour.
Just like the T-10, Object 277 will play as a heavy/medium hybrid, well suited for countering the enemy at the frontline while tanking key positions. Due to its agility, the tank will enable players to play both aggressively, switch flanks and even change approach and switch a defensive play. Object 277 will keep its progenitor’s performance-impairing weaknesses too: mediocre gun depression with -5.5º, making it very difficult for productive terrain-based play.