World of Tanks Update 1.5 is almost here and with it, loads of new things coming up! The first Common Test for Update 1.5 is now open, which bring Swedish medium tanks with a unique gameplay feature: air suspension. During the Common Test, you also have the opportunity to check out a new Premium Account concept and Excluded Maps, one of the most commonly requested features. Finally, get ready to experience battles with rebalanced SPGs and Swedish heavy tanks.
Swedish Medium Tanks
Starting from Tier VIII, the Swedish mediums all have a unique gameplay feature, air suspension. They will be able to adjust their clearance level and change their hull inclination angle, giving themselves better gun depression angles. It’s turned on automatically as soon as the speed drops lower than 10 km/h. If you start accelerating and are going faster than 19 km/h, the vehicle turns it off and the hull levels out. Researching the new branch will start at Tier VII with the Leo.
Swedish Heavy Tanks Rebalance
All three Swedish heavy tanks will be reworked, currently have a four-shell autoloader, and this is the feature Wargaming wants to tweak. They plan to re-equip them with three-shell autoloaders, so all these vehicles will reload faster and have higher alpha damage. As a result, their DPM will increase too. So you will have to spend less time reloading and engage your adversaries more often. Together with other adjustments, this will bolster the Kranvagn’s damage per minute by more than 20%. More details in the patch notes.
Now you’ll be able to block one map of your choice and avoid it in the matchmaking queue. The feature will only be available for Standard Battles, and not for Assault or Encounter Battles. Also Excluded Maps will only work when playing Tier IV vehicles or higher and will be disabled for all Grand Battles maps (Klondike, Nebelburg, and Hinterland).
WoT Premium Account
Wargaming going to present a separate WoT Premium Account, exclusively for World of Tanks players, in Update 1.5. Regular Premium Account will remain exactly the same as it is for the entire Wargaming trilogy (World of Tanks, World of Warships, and World of Warplanes). But a separate WoT Premium Account will provide you additional features and bonuses, including one additional slot, meaning you can block 2 Random Battles maps instead of one.
Wargaming decided to revise the basic parameters of artillery, a truly unique vehicle class in World of Tanks. They’re planning to reduce:
- The minimum stun time
- The duration of the stun from all artillery hits on already stunned vehicles
- The stun time when an SPG shell hits a vehicle, which is already under the effect of a stun if this machine is equipped with a Spall Liner
- The amount of damage at the edge of the splash
They’re also planning to rework the performance characteristics of individual SPGs in order to finetune their effectiveness after the announced changes take effect.
The new Season of Ranked Battles is getting closer, Commanders! It kicks off after the release of Update 1.5, but you already have the opportunity to experience it during the first Common Test.
Tanks for Bonds
With the release of Update 1.5, we’re adding the ability to purchase tanks for Bonds. During the Common Test, you can see how this feature works on a trial basis. In the Premium Shop, in the “Items for Bonds” section, you will find the “Vehicles” tab where the first tank available for Bonds is located: the T2 Light Tank.
The T2 Light is only available in the Bonds shop during the Common Test and will be removed after it’s over. At the moment Wargaming is compiling a list of other vehicles that may be purchased for Bonds. They say that there will be tanks of various tiers, but will announce them and their cost together with the release of Update 1.5.
Very soon, modified versions of the Type 4 Heavy, the Type 5 Heavy, and the FV4005—will roll out onto the Common Test. More details in the Patch Notes.