Explore Berlin in Random Battles!3 min read
Thanks to World of Tanks, you’ll soon have a chance to explore the German capital as it was during the final weeks of World War II in Europe. With update 1.9.1, a fascinating new map, Berlin, will be added to Random Battles. Let’s take a closer look at its key features. The Berlin map will only be available for Standard and Encounter Battles in vehicles Tier IV and higher.
History of Creation
The idea of creating a “Berlin” map isn’t new. It struck us a long time ago. Over the years, we’ve worked on various concepts for it, even introducing some Berlin-themed locations into the game. World of Tanks veterans may remember 2015’s event, which had a locale of the same name.
Since then, we have repeatedly returned to the idea of creating a “Berlin” map for Random Battles, but only recently have our plans borne fruit. It will be a picturesque 1050×1050-meter map divided into four main areas. When working on the Berlin locale, we tried to create a detailed reproduction of the German capital during the last weeks of World War II in Europe. Here’s a quick overview of this atmospheric map.
Take a Stroll Through Historic Berlin!
We paid great attention to historical accuracy and constantly worked with archival photographs of Berlin at that time. The environment, historic buildings, and monuments have been diligently recreated in stunning HD format. Among other landmarks, you will find:
- Brandenburg Gate
- Kroll Opera House
- Lehrter Station (Lehrter Bahnhof)
- Tiergarten Park
- And more
Take a virtual walk around the German capital of the mid-20th century and discover its main attractions faithfully recreated down to the smallest detail.
To pay great respect to the heritage of Berlin, we tried to recreate the spirit of the German capital at that time as accurately as possible. We used numerous materials from more than 300 publicly available sources, including:
- historical landscape and plot photos
- archival aerial photography
- vintage lithographs, engravings, and postcards
And when this wasn’t enough, we even used authentic architectural plans of the city! For example, we experienced difficulties finding images of the western facade of the Kroll Opera House. To recreate the Opera House in the game, we searched as far back as 1846 for architectural plans that could guide our reproduction of this legendary building.
In general, all edifices and monuments correspond to the architectural style of 1940s Berlin, and the city plan has been reproduced with the highest possible historical accuracy. But for the sake of gameplay, some elements of the environment, buildings, and damage to objects have been changed or added to the map.
Tank Nut and Gamer Wannabe! Huge fan of tanks and World War II history. Playing video games since I was six years old, from Streets of Rage on my Sega Mega Drive to World of Tanks, I’ve never stopped since and will always love games.