The upcoming 0.9.7 update is bringing some fairly important additions and changes to the game. New unique upgrades, the 3rd collaboration with the game Azur Lane, a new collection and much more! Let’s have a closer look.
As usual, this update is still in testing so anything can change, except in general things like camouflages or artworks.
The German Aircraft Carriers Event: Part 2
The collection is divided into 6 categories of 6 elements each:
New camouflages and containers
Two types of new “Kriegsmarine” containers are added. Considering the fact that they are basically recolored versions of the containers of the current update, it is safe to assume that the first one will be the standard container and the second will be available for doubloons in the Armory.
Permanent camouflages “Iron cross” for Tier VI aricraft carrier Erich Loewenhardt and Tier IX battleships Pommern are added.
New Unique Upgrades
With the next update, we will receive new Unique Upgrades and at the same time, some of the existing ones will also be changed.
Daring – Warhead with increased weight, slot 5
- –10% to the torpedo tubes reload time
- +15% to maximum torpedo damage
Currently, Daring is a versatile destroyer with a slight edge to an artillery-focused playstyle. The UU will suggest shifting that edge towards torpedoes. With this upgrade, she will thrive further away from caps, with an emphasis on torpedoes and attacks from within smoke.
Kléber – Reinforced tactical concealment, slot 6
- -20% to ship’s detectability
- + 80% to main battery reload time
The UU offers an alternative to Kléber’s artillery focused gameplay: high-speed, close-range torpedo boat with quick torpedo reload. The ship’s detectability will be comparable to that of other destroyers at the same Tier, but the ship will lose a significant part of her artillery damage per minute.
Harugumo – Additional smoke generators, slot 5
- +30% to smoke dispersion time
- +100% to smoke generator action time
- + 1 consumable’s charge
The UU improves the main playstyle of the ship at the cost of detectability and lowered efficiency in fighting for key areas. The UU allows Harugumo to stay hidden in smoke while moving at ¼ speed.
Kremlin – Mechanized loading of main battery, slot 6
- -18% to main battery reload time
- -12% to main battery firing range
- -1 charge of consumables
Modernization offers a more aggressive playstyle, in which the ship sacrifices its survivability in exchange for rate of fire bonus.
Audacious – Forced takeoff and landing equipment, slot 6
- -15% to ship’s detectability
- +20% to engine boost duration
- -50% time for the engine to reach full power
- -30% rudder shift time
UU allows the ship to be closer to the enemy, thus increasing the frequency of plane attacks. But the risk of being detected and becoming the target of focused fire is also increased.
Midway – Modified external hardpoints, slot 6
- +10% to bombers cruising speed
- +10% to HE bombs damage
Instead of generally improving all plane types, the UU offers an emphasis on bombers, increasing their speed and bomb damage.
Hakuryu – Fuel injection system, slot 6
- +15% to maximum planes speed
- -20% to engine boost duration
The best effect the UU will have is directly before an attack, by significantly increasing the planes’ speed and lowering the time they spend in the AA zone. At the same time, the distance covered with the engine boost active remains roughly the same as without the UU.
Changes to existing upgrades
Not only did Wargaming change some of the Unique upgrades with this update but they also changed the icons of almost every upgrade and the names of the all unique upgrades. Here is the list (didn’t list the 50+ standard upgrades though):
The 3rd Azur Lane collaboration
With the update 0.9.7, we will get the 3rd collaboration with the mobile game Azur Lane with 2 new premium ships, new commanders and new camouflages for some premium ships following the design of their equivalent in Azur Lane.
When it comes to the new premium ships, the first ship we will get is AL Sovetskaya Rossiya, a ship very similar to the Sovetsky Soyuz with a few differences including the same dispersion formula as U.S., German and British battleships.
The second ship is AL Littorio that is basically a clone of the Roma that we already have.
Both ships will come with their own unique skin, flag and commander that will be their Azur Lane equivalent.
Outside of Sovetskaya Rossiya and Littorio, there will be 5 additional commanders.
MN Jean Bart
As you can expect, all commanders will be voiced by their respective Azur Lane voice actress (and I’m sad because there is no Saint-Louis… Baltimore and Jean Bart are a nice compensation though).
3 new permanent camouflages will also be available for the Belfast, the Dunkerque and the Atago. I sadly don’t have any good visuals of these because the Japanese staff only showed them in-game and the stream quality for this part was… horrendous to stay polite.
Belfast – Azur Lane permanent camouflage
Dunkerque – Azur Lane permanent camouflage
Atago – Azur Lane permanent camouflage
Other new content
The summer is here
Wargaming thought about the poor people stuck home because of the current pandemic. They decided to bring the tropics to you with one of the game’s famous island huggers, the Atlanta. She will get a unique skin called “Hot tropics” that… well turns her into a tropical island basically.
There will also be a new consumable camouflage called “Summer”.
Changing keys for consumables
Ranked Sprint 13 will be held between August 21-31 in a “3 vs 3” format on Tier IX ships.
New combat flags
With the update 0.9.7., 2 new combat flags will be added to the game.
X-Ray Papa Unaone
- Increases Smoke Generator action time by 15%
- increases Hydracoustic search action time by 10%
- lowers Defensive AA Fire reload time by 10%
New commemorative flags
Azur Lane Littorio
Azur Lane Sovetskaya Rossiya
Brandenburg commemorative flag
sidenote: Right now, the Brandenburg has an entry in the game files but it is basically empty. No stats, no model, nothing usable.
The only thing we have outside of the flag is the image preview:
I compared this preview with the one of other German ships and unless my eyes deceive me, this is a Bismarck-class but fitted with 4 of the same triple turrets as Odin or Ägir.
Here is the preview of Tirpitz Black to compare:
Florida commemorative flag
Strangely, the announced new patches aren’t visible in the game files. They are either not ready yet or Wargaming are keeping the surprise for later.
“New” Kléber permanent camouflage
It turns out that Wargaming are apparently finally adding the French camouflage for Kléber that had been announced a few months ago.
The American destroyers V NICHOLAS, VI FARRAGUT, VII MAHAN, VIII BENSON, IX FLETCHER, X GEARING:
- Bonus to AA continuous damage from “Defensive AA fire” consumable increased from +75% to +100%
- Main battery guns reload time increased from 20.5 to 21 s;
- Rudder shift time increased from 12.6 to 13.6 s.
- Main battery guns reload time increased from 4.3 to 4.5 s;
Attack aircraft of IV HERMES, VI FURIOUS, VI ARK ROYAL, VIII IMPLACABLE, VIII INDOMITABLE, X AUDACIOUS, VIII GRAF ZEPPELIN, VIII GRAF ZEPPELIN B, IV HŌSHŌ, VI RYŪJŌ, VIII SHŌKAKU, VIII KAGA, X HAKURYŪ, VIII LEXINGTON (with Tiny Tim rockets), VIII SAIPAN, X MIDWAY (with Tiny Tim rockets):
- Rocket’s aiming reticle turned by 90 degrees, and now it is elongated horizontally.
Naval Base Update
4 new expansions are added for the Treasury, which will allow Clan leaders to regularly exchange oil for “More resources”, “Lucky” and Supercontainers.
|Treasury expansion||Amount of oil which needs to be accumulated by clan||Building price||Effect||Activation price||Restrictions|
|1||0||Possibility to distribute resources|
|2||500,000||5,000||Each player in clan gets a “More resources” container with probability of dropping a supercontainer||5,450||One activation per 30 days|
|3||1,000,000||10,000||Each player in clan gets 5 “Lucky” containers with probability of dropping supercontainers||27,250||One activation per 60 days|
|4||1.500.000||20,000||Each player in Clan gets a Supercontainer||75,450||One activation per 180 days|
|5||2,000,000||50,000||Possibility to activate any of the bonuses again while the restriction is in effect||x2|
Research center which gives bonus to the amount of received XP is renamed to Naval institute and new building called Research Institute is added. It will increase the amount of Research points received.
|Structure expansion||Research points bonus||Oil price|
Ships and vessels
To visually show how active a clan is and to enrich the Naval base, its water area will get filled with ships and vessels depending on the clan’s activity in battles. The more Random, Cooperative, and Ranked battles that are played by clan members in the previous month, the more vessels will be there. The number of ships depends on the number of Clan battles played in the last season.
As of right now, this is everything relevant that is added or changed with the next update outside of the U.S. slow battleships and Kitakami.