World of Tanks Supertest will soon be getting its first dual-barrel tank: Object 703 II. Wargaming is still working and testing the new mechanic and claims it will only be implemented in-game depending on feedback. The first test will be performed on a baseline vehicle, named Object 703 II, a Kirovets with two 122mm guns. Double-barrel guns need to be of the same calibre to work.
A double-barrel gun will have three different ways to fire:
- Cycle mode
- Consecutive fire
- Double Shoot with both guns at the same time.
Cycle mode is the normal mode as other tanks, players fire the first gun, wait for it to be reloaded and then fire the second gun. Because there are two guns, only one can be active, the game switches between guns automatically after each shoot. Consecutive fire is similar to other auto-reloading guns, you can fire each gun after the other but with a catch: if the second gun is fired, the reload on the first gun is interrupted.
The interesting part is firing both guns, this was made simple by holding the left mouse button. Shoot preparation will start and when it ends both guns will fire straight away. If you want to cancel the preparation, you just need to let go of the left mouse button before preparation is finished. This will interrupt the guns from firing, and you can use the guns normally again. If both guns are fired at the same time, they will enter lock mode and won’t be able to reload for a short period of time.
A new mechanic brings new things, and penetration and damage will also be affected. Each gun penetration and damage will have its calculations, so it will be possible for one gun to penetrate while the other won’t, depending on distance, angles, etc. Also, if a gun is blocked by an obstacle, like a wall, the shell will hit the obstacle, but the other will hit the target. Last but not least, ammunition change, if a player decides to change between AP and APRC while one gun is loaded, that will mean that both guns need to be reloaded.