Ladies and Gentlemen, we have been waiting for a long, long time but finally, we have the information. The Alaska is ready to roll!
As for when she will come, logically, you can expect her for the update 0.8.0 so around the end of January. That would be the most logical date of her arrival.
Is she worth the free XP?
Well… let’s compare her to the Kronshtadt. She only has 60 800 HP compared to Kronshtadt’s 71 050 HP. However, she has a much better armour overall with a bow and stern being 27 mm thick so able to bounce 380/381 mm shells, the side armour is 28 mm thick giving you the same bouncing capacity but also for what it’s worth a resistance to 127 mm guns using IFHE.
The citadel on Alaska is relatively well protected from being both slightly underwater but also protected by a spaced armour belt of 178 to 229 mm. Of course, battleships will still punish you hard or even some cruisers for sailing while giving them full broadside.
As for the guns, while Kronshtadt definitely has the upper hand in terms of ballistic and penetration, Alaska possesses the US cruiser AP auto-bounce angles allowing her to get good damage with AP even against angled targets.
Finally, her radar only has a 9.4 km range compared to Kronshtadt’s 11.7 km range radar.
Conclusion: Well… it depends. First considering Kronstadt and also Musashi are being removed from the tech tree with the update 0.8.0.0, I would advise you to get one of these 2 first if you don’t have them.
Now otherwise, from what I saw, overall, she is a solid ship and considering how easy it is to get free XP these days, 1 000 000 free XP shouldn’t be too much of an issue to collect.