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[Updated] Holiday Ops 2023 Preview: The Return of Arnold + A New Celebrity Guest!

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Get ready — Holiday Ops 2023 is just around the corner, featuring the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger alongside a new celebrity guest: Milla Jovovich!

Very few details have been published at this time, but the following has been stated officially on the portal preview:

You knew Holiday Ops 2023 was coming, and with it the sparkling lights, the presents, and, perhaps most importantly, the special mood. We’re excited to announce that this year’s winter holiday event will be extra starry and bright—with two famous keepers of the festive spirit. Arnold Schwarzenegger will be back, and he will be joined by another celebrity known and loved by tankers all around the globe: Milla Jovovich! This dynamic duo will preside over the big celebration in your Garages, making sure that everything goes as it should and that everyone gets lots of rewards!

Furthermore, we now know when the event will start: Thursday, 1 December 2022, marking an extra-early start to the festivities this year! Don’t be late—there’s tons of great new stuff to unwrap!

UPDATE (26 Nov):

Some further details have been published regarding the event, including its running time: according to an official press release from Wargaming, the event will last until Monday, 9 January 2023.

To quote said press release:

This December, Hollywood heavyweights Milla and Arnold, will guide players in missions across the World of Tanks Franchise’ Holiday Ops campaigns.

For the first time in history, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Milla Jovovich will team up together on screen! This December, the Hollywood celebrities will be guiding players in Holiday Ops, across the World of Tanks’ franchise on PC, mobile and console. The festive season is sure to heat up in World of Tanks PC, World of Tanks Blitz and World of Tanks Modern Armor!

In the Holiday Ops cinematic trailer, Arnie and Milla are undertaking the most important mission yet – to save the holidays for Arthur and his son Mikey. Join them on a magical Holiday Express train that will take them to the heart of the Holiday Village, in World of Tanks.

“I have played the hero in video game-based movies, but this is the first time ever I, myself, have had been put into an actual game, and I am ready for action!”, Milla Jovovich, Holiday Ops ambassador/action star. “Another first for me is that I am costarring with the legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger. With him at my side, we will be guiding players to a magical Holiday Village and handing out special gifts to the players in World of Tanks.”

Last year I had an incredible experience with World of Tanks and when I was asked to return, I immediately replied ‘I´ll be back’. I knew this year’s event was really going to be special and I was right. I am honored to star alongside the amazing Milla Jovovich, in our first time working together. The Holiday Ops rewards and challenges are even better this time, and I get to combine two of my favorite things; the holidays and tanks!”, added Arnold Schwarzenegger, Holiday Ops ambassador/action star/tank owner.

Tankers will first encounter the blockbuster duo in the garage, where they will assign challenges and quests. When players conquer these tasks, they will receive Arnie and Milla customization items like tank skins, themed emblems, inscriptions, decals, and commanders. Milla and Arnold’s voiceovers will be featured in World of Tanks PC and console.

Christopher Chung, World of Tanks Franchise Director, said it’s an honor to have Arnold and Milla gracing the screens together for the first time in history, in World of Tanks.

“Like many of our millions of players around the world, I have watched movies starring Arnie and Milla separately, over the decades. It’s truly a dream come true to partner with both global stars in our first-ever franchise-wide holiday celebration. There will be something special for our players on whichever platform they enjoy World of Tanks,” said Christopher.

The holiday events begin on December 1st and run through January 9th, 2023. Each game’s version has their own set of dates and holiday offerings, custom fit to for that platform’s gameplay.

Furthermore, some images of the updated Holiday Ops hangar have been published, along with the in-game counterparts for both of this year’s celebrity guests:

Arnold Schwarzenegger Commander:

Milla Jovovich Commander:

Commemorative Service Record Medal for Holiday Ops 2023:

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