World of Tanks sure have a lot of surprises throughout the year, and each regional Wargaming office has its own moments where they think they had a great idea, that turns useless and utterly unnecessary: Early Access.
At this time we are all familiar with the new French mini tank ELC EVEN. What is considered of the of the worse Tier VIII Premiums to ever been released, is already available in China, ASIA and NA regions, but it is yet to come to EU and CIS.
With a lot of content released from EU Community Contributors recently, we would expect it to show up in the Premium Shop soon, but instead of having it directly there, the Wargaming EU office decided it would be a good idea to release the tank on Early Access. Yeah, you have read it right, some players who have Premium Account and have been playing the game for a while now, got randomly selected to be able to be the first ones to buy the tank. Believe me not? Check this image shared by FreeWillieW on Reddit.
If you were lucky enough to get picked, you can now spend 25.05€ on the tank before anyone else. Now, my question is: WHY?
The idea is that for now the ELC is an “Early Access” offer for Premium Account users as an additional perk. This is the first time we are trying out an offer like this and we can’t guarantee that similar offers would be available in the future for any other vehicles, but we will see how it goes.
Senior Community Manager
Why do we need an “Early Access” perk in the game, where players who have Premium Account can get access to Premium tanks and others have to wait? Is this the sort of gap we want to introduce between players who pay and players who don’t? If this is considered a success, what happens when it’s an “overpowered” vehicle, like for example Object 252U?
I tell you what would happen: players would start accusing players who bought it of “Pay to Win” and it would be true. World of Tanks doesn’t need Early Access to any paid content, neither any other Wargaming game and we players certainly don’t need more reasons to be toxic with one another and with Wargaming.
We don’t need these kinds of perks for Premium Account owners, we need something else, like for example retraining a crew for free, dismount equipment for free, change the portrait and name of crew members for free, and so many other things!
Make Premium account more attractive for the right reasons, not for the wrong one’s Wargaming.