The new mode for the Celebrations of 100 Years of Tanks finally received a name: Convoy and it’s coming out on September 15th, like I was predicting. It’s also confirmed (again) that players will not be driving the Mark I but will take control of the Lanchester Armoured Car. Here’s more details:
Over the past several weeks, we’ve been celebrating 100 Years of Tanks with you via special missions, as we count down the days until the actual birthday of the original tank itself, the Mark I.
Now in just a few weeks, it will be time for the crown jewel in our celebration – bringing the Mark I into the game itself. We’re releasing a few details about this mode now as we move into final testing.
One hundred years ago the first armored war machine, a fearsome Mark I saw its debut during the Battle of the Somme on September 15th 1916. This day opened a new era of mechanized warfare.
Welcome to “Convoy” mode
In “Convoy” mode, players will be driving an entirely new vehicle type: four-wheeled Lanchester armored cars, armed with fast firing machine guns. These vehicles are incredibly fast and mobile, and the battles between them are high-speed, intense dogfights.
Players will be divided into two teams of seven. One team will look to protect the Mark I as it moves across a World War I battlefield, providing cover and repairs to the Mark I, while the other team tries to use explosives to stop it in its tracks.
The players will be able to pick up these explosives and repair kits on the battlefield, and additional abilities allowing them to help or hinder the Mark I will also be scattered throughout the map.
This is a timed mode, so jump in your Lanchester armored car, speed your way across the battlefield and see how your team fares against the first great tank!
We will see you on the battlefield on September 15th, to celebrate the Mark I’s 100th birthday.