While Wargaming decided to release Object 252U also know as Defender on some regions, the European region won’t be getting it. At least for now.
Yesterday an announcement was made in the official EU forum by Kandly, Community Coordinator:
Many of you already noticed that players in some other regions of the world have the opportunity to get their hands on the Defender in February. We would like to be as transparent with you as possible about this question and let you know that currently we have no plans to put this vehicle on sale on the European Server for now.
When the Defender was first introduced back in 2017, many of you expressed concerns about its in-game performance as you considered it to be too powerful. We took the time to analyse the situation carefully and – after looking at the data and your feedback – we came to the conclusion that the tank should not be put on sale as long as we considered it to be problematic.
Fast forward to today, a lot of work has been accomplished on the overall game balance, changing the metagame significantly, and leading us to re-assess the state of the Defender. While we still believe the vehicle to be a good one, we also believe the current meta no longer makes it the be-all-end-all of top tier heavies. However, we know that the European community has had particularly strong concerns about the Defender since it has been introduced. For this reason, we have decided not to re-introduce the vehicle in Europe for now.
I would like to remember everyone to focus on these two words: for now. Wargaming is not saying never, is saying for now, so expect the vehicle to be sold at any time, to be honest.
In the meantime, we’ll just watch Wargaming denying Object 252U armour isn’t overpowered, even if they used the same argument to nerf the MAUS.