Seems a lot of rant has been going on since a leak was published about the upcoming Tier VIII American Battleship Alabama. Because leaks usually don’t have sources, I’ve started digging and was send (by a regular contributor of the blog) a post made by
The truth is, some people seemed to be confused about the availability of the Alabama. But I can confirm the OP is correct. The ship will not be sold, or gifted or obtainable in any way unless you are a Supertester. I thought it best this was made clear now.
This confirms that the South Dakota-Class battleship Alabama is not going to be available to purchase or as a reward to normal players. It will be given away to Supertest users as a reward for their work and contribution to the game.
Now, do I agree with this? Of course I do. Players that contribute to the game should be rewarded from time to time and giving them is not actually anything new. Remember that World of Tanks gave away an ISU-130 to moderators and other contributors? Also World of Tanks has Clan Wars Reward Tanks, given away to limited number of players that manage to get in the top’s for that event.
What I don’t understand is the rant around this ship. When pictures and stats were shared, a lot of players moaned about “Another USS Battleship? Why not a Japanese, German, Italian or French one? Another Premium Ship? Wargaming as per usual milking the cow!”. Now we got confirmation that players won’t have to spend their hard earned cash on this ship, they moan that Wargaming shouldn’t give it away to Supertesters because they don’t do a good job balancing the game…
Do the players actually know what a Supertest does? Are they aware that Supertest players are not responsible for game balance?
It’ makes me sad to read comments in the forums , made by players, that clearly are never happy. Nothing Wargaming does is good by their standards. I’m not defending that Wargaming does everything well, no. I’m just asking for everyone to read, stop for a couple of minutes, think about it and see the complete picture.
I do wonder, if by these players standards, Wargaming never does anything right, that the game is sh*t and that Supertesters are so bad at everything, why do you even play the game?
Source: World of Warships EU Forum