What’s coming in 2018?
World of Tanks 1.0
As announced before, World of Tanks Update 1.0 will be released in March, about thirty maps will be available straight away, leaving just a few to be converted into HD. Wargaming also announced the World of Tanks enCore, where players are able to download a demo and test their system.
Update 9.22: Soviet Tech Tree Revision
Update 9.21 was just released, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t going to be any update until Update 1.0. Coming in February, Update 9.22 will bring a lot of changes to the USSR tech tree: two alternative HT mini-lines, a new rear turreted MT mini-line, Object 430 line changes and TDs with rear-mounted turrets changes.
New Heavy Tanks
Three new heavy tanks with rear-mounted turrets will make their debut at Tiers VIII–X: IS-2Sh, Object 705 and Object 705A.
Researchable from the KV-13 Researchable from the IS, this bunch take after the IS-7 in the speed and armour departments and offer different gameplay that feels like a blend between the Panzer VII and the IS-7.
The lightly armoured T-10 didn’t really fit well between the IS-3 and IS-7, but that didn’t stop it from gathering an army of fans. Fear not because it will stay at Tier IX and gets its own mini-line headed by yet another Tier X newcomer that will be added after 9.22. Object 257 will be introduced as the new Tier IX, in between IS-3 and IS-7, making the line more natural to progress.
New Medium Tanks
A new mini-line researchable from the T-44 will make its debut. The Object 430 will move down to Tier IX, making room for the Object 430U at Tier X and forming a new mini-line of well-armoured assault medium tanks with high alpha.
Initially, Wargaming was planning to remove Object 416 and build a line from two medium tanks with rear-mounted followed by another two with traditional turret. However, Supertest results and player feedback changed this plans and Wargaming come up with an alternative setup: A-44, Object 416, Object 430 Variant II and a New Tier X. The all-new Tier X MT with tough turret armour and gameplay will feel like a natural progression up the A-44 line. It will be added after 9.22.
Rear-mounted Turret Tank Destroyers
The SU-100 line is getting reshaped into assault TDs. Mobile and bouncy, they’re destined for mid-to-close combat. It’s where they can angle to deflect shells and leverage maneuverability to perform quick assaults, dismantling enemies with high-DPM guns.
Although Wargaming is working out the final setup, you can expect several big comebacks and a major reshuffle at Tiers IX–X:
- SU-122-54 gets removed.
- SU-101M1 and SU-101 return to Tiers VII and VIII, respectively.
- Object 268 Variant 4 will replace the Object 263 at Tier X, while the latter will move to Tier IX.
Personal Note: I really don’t understand what Wargaming is doing with Object 263 line. We just had confirmation a few days ago, that player feedback was very clear the players didn’t want Object 263 to be moved to Tier IX, but today during WG Fest we get that all the initial changes are still going to come? They claim they have listened to player feedback, I’m just not sure what player base gave that feedback. I really hope they don’t introduce these changes and keep Object 263 as an alternative Tier X and introduce a new Tier IX instead.
Premium Vehicles With Preferential Matchmaking
Wargaming is looking into Premium tanks with preferential matchmaking. They often fail to compete on par against their researchable peers that underwent significant improvements. Stand-alone tweaks won’t solve the problem, reason why Wargaming is working on a complex solution to revitalize them without disturbing the game balance. KV-5 will be used to conduct these tests and if they are successful, then others will follow the same path. It will take more than a few months, but Wargaming agrees that a problem like that should be addressed without rushing.
Two New Nations
*Updated with new information on 28/12/2017
It’s been a year since the Swedish nation was introduced, but Wargaming has plans to expand the roster with Tech Trees from two European countries during 2018: Poland and Italy. Wargaming has left two small clues in their video, where you can see an heavy tank Carro Armato P43 Pesante bis and a medium tank B.B.T.BR. Panc.
Ranked Battles and Frontline will be coming in 2018, and while it’s too soon to talk details about Frontline, Wargaming shared some details about the next Ranked Battles Season:
- Chevron-earning: Move from only rewarding chevrons to players on the winning team to rewarding them to the top performers of both teams. Tankers on the winning team will get more chevrons, of course.
- Rank system: The system stays the same as in the 2nd Beta, but Wargaming increased the number of ranks to smooth the progression curve.
- Defending your rank: This new mechanic is designed to ensure your ranks don’t “burn” upon a few unsuccessful battles. Instead, you’ll be able to prove you still deserve the ranks you’re holding by defending certain ranks in battle.
- Duration: There’ll be fewer stages than in the 2nd Beta, and they’ll be longer. Players won’t need to play through the night to level up over a week-long stage. Wargaming wants players to focus on putting on a great performance rather than playing the required number of battles.
New Ways to Earn & Spend Bonds
Wargaming is trying to staying true to their promise to add more ways to get and spend Bonds. Right now, you receive them with every Epic Medal and Battle Hero achievements earned in Tier IV-X vehicles, in Tier X Random Battles and Grand Battles. Engaging in the ongoing campaign on the Global Map also lets you earn Bonds and exchange them for tanks. And Wargaming doesn’t plan to stop here – there are plans to make customization items and vehicles available with Bonds and to add even more ways to acquire this new currency in 2018.
Next Phase of Customization
Update 9.21 laid the groundwork for a more sophisticated customization system, and evolving it is high on our priority list for 2018. Wargaming will focus on three things: adding new styles, bringing new mechanics to tiers VI–IX, and developing 3D customization items.
There is a salvo of activities on the way to crank up the tank action to the max next year! From atmospheric quests like Leviathan’s Invasion to marathons with a wider list of rewards, including Bonds, customization items, and of course tanks. The FIFA World Cup is going to be held in Russia, so Wargaming won’t pass on the chance to revive the football mode next summer, either.