World of Tanks Sandbox New Balance has brought big changes to seven of the eleven tech trees. The major changes will happen in the USSR, USA, Germany, France and the UK, but almost all nations will have vehicles relocated from their Tech Tree. In total, 92 vehicles will be relocated.
The simplification of tech trees it’s way to make the game easier to new players by giving them fewer choices and make focus on moving up to Tier V or Tier VI much quickly. Existing players won’t lose any vehicles, researched or not-researched because any vehicle from Tier II to V that isn’t in the Tech Tree anymore, will still be available to anyone who wants them, just in a different way. For existing players, the following will happen:
- Owned vehicles present in the garage, will stay there.
- Unowned vehicles will be available in a new area of the shop called Collection Vehicles.
- Vehicles will only cost Credits, no further need to spend Experience to unlock them.
- All vehicles will still have modules to be researched.
The main advantage will be the fact existing players can just buy any vehicle outright without the need to research them, and of course, spending no experience at all. For new players, the main difference is that these vehicles are only available after a Tier VI vehicle is researched, before that they won’t be able to buy them.
Tier I to V vehicles are not classified as Reward or Premium vehicles, they are still Regular vehicles, meaning while they will have Elite status, they won’t give any additional bonus. Here’s a list of all vehicles that will be relocated by nation and comparison images of the Tech Tree.
U.S.S.R. – 13 Vehicles Relocated
Germany – 22 Vehicles Relocated
USA – 16 Vehicles Relocated
France – 13 Vehicles Relocated
UK – 15 Vehicles Relocated
China – 3 Vehicles Relocated
Japan – 7 Vehicles Relocated
Sweden – 2 Vehicles Relocated
Italy – 1 Vehicle Relocated
What happens to vehicles of Tier VI and above?
It’s still unknow what will happen exactly with any vehicle of Tier VI and above. There are in total 13 vehicles that will be relocated and there are no plans to when and how they will be back. One thing is certain, if you have them in your garage already, you get to keep them, so its always worth grinding and buying these if you haven’t already. Here’s the list of vehicles:
|– VK 30.01 D
– Jagdpanther II
– T71 DA
|– AMX 30
– AMX 30 B
|– Churchill GC
– Sherman Firefly
All the above vehicles have been converted into Elite Reward vehicles, this means they don’t have any modules to be researched and they give the same bonus as other Reward vehicles: More Free Experience and Crew Experience, Free transferring crew members without penalty and they lost their Credit price and received a price in Gold. They won’t give more credits per battle, as they are not Premium vehicles.
At the moment, any information about how they will be available is pure speculation, but I do have concerns that Wargaming is going to try to capitalize on these vehicles. By capitalize, I mean profit on them, by maybe making them available on Black Market Auctions, Bond Shop or some sort of Reward Marathon. If you don’t want to have to earn them later on, it would be wise to invest your time grinding these vehicles.
While I can see what is tried to be achieved with these changes on the lower Tier levels, I’m not keen on having them implemented. The main reason is that I strongly believe that the simplification won’t have the effect Wargaming is expecting to have. World of Tanks is not a new game anymore, it’s almost 10 years old, Wargaming should be focusing on maintaining the current player base, not making the game much simpler so it’s easier to get new players and in the process alienate the old player base.
Let’s face it, who hasn’t heard of World of Tanks by now? And if they aren’t playing it, are they really going to start?
Second, why remove vehicles above Tier VI, especially Tier X and a respective mini-branch? Yes, the Tech Trees needed some rework, but mainly was some tanks to be moved around and some links to be removed or created, not the removal of 92 vehicles from the tech tree! I really don’t see the point of removing the AMX 30 and AMX 30 B, or the T-62A or the 113, these tanks were there to give players a choice, not to just fill a place.
Together with this, the whole spectacle of not knowing when and how these will be available is quite unacceptable. To add into, Wargaming has no plans to return any Experience used to unlock these vehicles back to players. At the moment in the Sandbox, all the experience ended up in some of the removed vehicles waiting to be converted into Free XP. If this is Wargaming plan, isn’t that yet another way to capitalize on players, expecting them to buy Gold and use it to convert a huge amount of experience?
When I first heard that Wargaming had plans to revisit the Tech Trees, back at Tankfest 2017 in a conversation with Thaine Lyman, I was under the impression that useless modules were going to be removed, some tanks would be moved around and links between branches were going to be updated to make some sort of sense. Thaine is long gone and what we got, was the relocation, that for me is the removal, of 92 vehicles, some of them converted into Reward vehicles that no one seems to know how and when we can get them, and the useless modules are left intact? I understand that it would be hard work to rebalance all these low tiers, but is removing them from the Tech Tree really a solution or is it just kicking the can down the line and pretend the problem doesn’t exist anymore?
To me, these changes are pure laziness and burying the head in the sand from Wargaming, in hopes they won’t have to do anything about it after. Let me know your thoughts in the comment section.