With the introduction of Italian tanks, Wargaming also introduced a brand new mechanism: auto-reloading. The Soviet IS-3A was supposed to have a similar mechanism installed into it, eliminating the need of a loader, but it was never implemented and the tank itself is just a worse IS-3 with three crew members.
Wargaming has now decided to bring this tank to Supertest to test yet another new mechanism: inverted auto-reloading. You might be asking what is the “inverted” and it’s quite easy to explain. While the Italian top Tier tanks have an auto-reloading that decreases the reload time you load one round into the mechanism, with the Soviet inverted system is just the opposite, it takes longer to reload one the more rounds you have in the mechanism. Keeping it simple, the first reload takes less time than the last one.
The idea is to create a heavy tank that favours pronounced attack, able to conserve firepower when the battle slows down or while its changing positions, dealing about 1,000 burst damage when in combat and keep fighting with just one round.
No further details were given if the current IS-3A in-game will get this feature if successfully tested, but the main objective is to test a new gameplay concept for an auto-reloader heavy tank that isn’t an IS-3 variant. In my personal opinion, we might see this new mechanism introduced to the Soviet heavy tank ST-II as I had some tips about this. Only time will tell if we will get the inverted auto-reloading mechanism added to game or not.