Launch dates for the upcoming Halloween mode, Mirny-13: Lost Hope, have now officially been announced, accompanied by a lore update (which includes a few hints at gameplay changes)!
For starters, the story trailer dropped earlier this morning:
This came along with some additional lore details:
The situation in Mirny-13 is dire.
The planned withdrawal of military personnel and equipment from Mirny was performed on schedule, leaving only the science team in the area. Five days later, our scouts registered an energy spike in the ruins of the city: someone or something activated Magnus, spawning a new interdimensional rift. Within minutes, there was a sharp increase in hostile activity in the area, with multiple sightings of new types of anomalies and Mirium-infused armored vehicles. Mirium itself became more agitated, producing rapidly growing crystalline structures. This could be related to personnel in the field reporting severe levels of psychological stress—which they attributed to perceived mental pressure from an external source.
The Command needed not only observations, but also an explanation for what was happening. We believed we could get some from Hope, the head of the science team. Ever since this whole mess started, we tried to establish radio comms with her, but failed. We couldn’t immediately locate her in Mirny, either. Then came new reports—of a young woman walking among enemy tanks unharmed. The machines were obviously aware of her presence, as they reacted to her and modified their behavior after she approached them. The descriptions and photos of the woman matched those of Hope.
Having realized that our best Mirium expert had committed an act of treason, the Command dispatched a special team to arrest Hope. This detachment was led by Captain Martin Novak, a Mirny-13 veteran. Novak’s squad was last seen entering the rift. Communication with them was lost shortly after and hasn’t been re-established as of now.
The special circumstances we’re in require that we deploy our elite units—including your team. You must locate Novak’s squad and assist them in their mission—or take the mission over if the first objective isn’t met. We can assume that you will encounter new threats in the multiple layers of the anomalous area.
Keep your eyes peeled and remain level-headed no matter what. Good luck out there, Commander. You and your squad will need it.
In addition to the usual slew of enemies present in the mode, three new standard enemies as well as three total bosses (Immortal + two new ones) are now in the roster. It should be noted that similar to previous years, enemy variety will vary depending on the difficulty level you are playing at — however, perhaps most importantly, each of the three difficulty levels will now feature its own unique boss at the end (rather than no boss/simplifying Immortal’s fight at the lower levels).
This light, maneuverable wheeled vehicle is somehow able to spawn destruction zones on the ground that deal high damage to player vehicles within them.
On spotting a Trapper, the team must immediately set it as their prime target and try to eliminate it as quickly as possible.
Exposure to Mirium caused these expedition tanks to switch sides. They are lightly armored but have considerable firepower and good mobility.
The Lost are medium-to-high priority targets. There have been reports of them acting in packs of three.
The Corrupted are dark counterparts of tanks on the team. As they have only recently succumbed to the influence of Mirium, they exhibit complex behavior in battle. Most importantly, they still can benefit from anomalies.
The Corrupted are extremely dangerous opponents. Good team coordination is required to deal with them
Mirny-13 veterans say that when you enter the anomaly, you share your worst nightmares with it—and that sometimes Mirium will embody these nightmares in metal. This opponent proves that such stories are not delusions.
In this distorted, bloated machine, one can still recognize the Goliath—the modified version of the M103 used during the first expedition into the Mirny-13 area. Even heavy operators should not rely on their tanks’ armor when they face this monster spewing out salvos of AP rounds.
This mechanical horror will chase tankers inside the anomaly and is indestructible most of the time. Now we know that it becomes vulnerable when cornered on the deepest layer of the anomaly. But that doesn‘t make this Mirium-soaked steel beast any less dangerous, or its HESH shells less devastating.
Mirny-13: Lost Hope Launch Dates
Mirny-13: Lost Hope’s launch is staggered per-region, arriving on the same day as Update 1.22.1’s expected release on NA/EU (and a bit later for ASIA):
🇺🇸 NA: Tuesday, 17 October 2023
🇪🇺 EU: Wednesday, 18 October 2023
🌏 ASIA: Thursday, 19 October 2023
Get ready to experience the third-and-final chapter of the Mirny-13 saga in World of Tanks!