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Update 1.11.1 Common Test: Italian Heavy Tanks Incoming & Platoons 2.0!

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World of Tanks Update 1.11.1 Common Test is already available for download, and here’s what you can expect on it:

  • New Italian heavy tank branch
  • New Platoon 2.0 System
  • New Interface Improvements

*Article updated at 20:30 GMT with more information.

Italian Heavy Tanks

Four menacing brawlers from Tier VII to Tier X are ready to storm the battlefield, so take them for a spin:

  • Tier VII: Carro P.88 – 57,750 XP
  • Tier VIII: Progetto 54 – 87,200 XP
  • Tier IX: Progetto 66 – 150,190 XP
  • Tier X: Rinoceronte – 209,860 XP

You will need 57 750 experience to unlock the new Tier VII heavy tank Carro P.88 and start your journey with the Italian heavy tanks! Remember, the Carro P.88 doesn’t feature the new improved autoreloading mechanic, the new mechanic is only introduced with the Progetto 54 at Tier VIII.

All Italian heavies will boast good gun depression angles and great universal guns. Dynamic and manoeuvrable, they will survive by evading enemy fire, rather than using their armour. But their most distinctive feature is the modified autoreloading mechanic implemented from Tier VIII onwards, which sets them apart from their Italian medium brethren.

The modified mechanics transform the rather standard alpha damage and DPM values of the Italian heavies into truly unique advantages, making them extremely versatile and dynamic in battle. Here’s how the modified mechanic works.

Improved Autoreloading Mechanic

There is one “tricky thing” about the standard autoreloading mechanics: if you fire before the next shell has finished autoreloading, the whole process will start over. This limits your tactics and forces you to make tough choices: fire and lose a shell that is about to be charged, or miss out on the chance to deal instant damage and wait for the second shell to reload and deal greater damage later.

The improved mechanics eliminate this painful choice. If you shoot when the next shell is almost charged, then it will receive a reload bonus, and the less time left before the next reload, the greater this bonus will be.

The reload bonus starts accumulating immediately after reloading, and you will see this via the first of four special indicators. The second indicator will tell you that you have a reload bonus of 16%. The third indicator will trigger when the bonus reaches 33%. Two seconds before the shell is charged, the final indicator will appear, showing that you have a maximum bonus of 50% to reload time. In addition, you will hear a special notification sound when the bonus has reached its maximum.

As a result, this reload bonus will compensate for the time spent on a partial recharge and save you the precious seconds needed for making various tactical decisions.

Platoon 2.0

In Update 1.11.1, the Platoon 2.0 system will be introduced with new options that will help you search for Platoon mates right from the comfort of your Garage, without being limited to just your friends and contacts. For now, the plan is to implement it in Random Battles, but it may also be added to other game modes at a later date, so stay tuned!

In the current system, you can only invite your friends to join your Platoon. With the release of Platoon 2.0, you will be able to search for other suitable players using different filters.

You will be able to:

  • Use the “New Platoon” button to invite players from your friend’s list, as usual. Any available slots in the Platoon can be filled by using the “Find Players” button in the corresponding menu. However, remember that searching for players will cancel all your open invites.
  • Set various search parameters for Platoon mates. For example, you’ll be able to select several vehicle tiers to search for in order to find players who will best suit your team’s composition.
  • Look for players who have the in-game voice chat enabled (or disabled). If you activate this option, you can still mute individual Platoon players.

Thanks to the updated system, you can view your Platoon mates’ chosen vehicles right in your garage next to your tank, with all the customization elements they have. Feel free to enable or disable this option in the game settings.

When choosing players for a Platoon, the vehicles they have in their Garage, the number of battles they’ve played, and most importantly, their WTR rating will be considered. This will help you to identify Commanders with similar vehicles, or those closest to you in terms of skills and in-game achievements.

In the new system, it will still be possible to create dynamic Platoons, as well as receive an XP bonus for all Platoon mates. If there is a player with a WoT Premium Account in the Platoon, then all its members will receive an extra bonus to credits.

When playing in dynamic Platoons, voice chat will be disabled by default, but you can enable it after joining a Platoon.

Are your friends always there and ready to stand shoulder to shoulder in the next battle? We have great news for you! Everything in the updated system will function as before. All these additional options do not replace existing functionality.

Interface Improvements

You can now enable and see the Proximity spotting circle on the minimap. This refers to the area within which all vehicles can be unconditionally spotted within a radius of 50 meters. Once in this zone, you will automatically spot your enemies, just as they will spot you. Enable this option for easier orientation on the battlefield.

Damaged modules will have a repair timer that will replace the existing progress bar. Now you will know exactly when the module will be automatically repaired. It will help you to use your consumables at the most appropriate time. Like the previous one, this option is enabled manually in the game settings.

Now, when entering World of Tanks, the game client will remember the server you’ve chosen and automatically select it for you upon subsequent launches of the client.