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Update 1.0.1 will feature the Frontline mode, which will be available some time after the release. From May 7 through June 3, the game will provide the Frontline: Road to Glory event based on this new mode.
There are plenty of new features for players: 30 x 30 battles on a huge 9 km² map in HD quality, lots of new game mechanics, and additional rewards for progress during the game event.
Select the corresponding tab in the battle type drop-down list to enter the Frontline queue.
|Event Start||May 7, 2018
|Event End||Jun 3, 2018
|Prime Times (Mon-Fri)||15:00 – 22:00 UTC|
|Prime Times (Sat-Sun)||13:00 – 24:00 UTC|
- Battles takes place between two teams, with 30 players on each.
- Only Tier VIII vehicles are allowed in this mode.
- To fight in the Frontline mode, players can use all Tier VIII vehicles available in the Garage, as well as two rental Tier VIII vehicles.
Each team has its own objective:
- The attackers should break through the defence and destroy at least 3 out of 5 pillboxes on the enemy territory.
- The defenders should repel enemy attacks until the battle timer elapses.
The combat takes place on a 9 km² map that can be divided into three horizontal lines:
- First defence line (zones A, B, and C): starting point for the attacking and defending teams.
- Second defence line (zones D, E, and F): the frontline is shifted to this map area once at least one zone at the first defence line is captured.
- The third defence line (not divided into zones) represents the map area, where the final battle takes place. The main objectives are located here—the pillboxes with powerful high-calibre guns. The attackers must destroy them to secure victory.
In the beginning, the teams are evenly distributed on each front: 10 vehicles per front, at the zones of the first defence line.
Each of the zones in the first and second lines has a base. When the attackers capture a base, they take control of the entire zone, and the next zone (vertically) becomes available for capture.
E.g. after capturing a base in zone A, the attacking team is able to capture zone D.
If at least one zone of the second line is captured, the third line becomes available and the attackers can attempt to destroy the main objectives (pillboxes).
If the attacking team starts capturing a base, it is performed according to the standard rules, however with minor additions:
- The number of vehicles that can participate in base capture is now increased from three to five.
- Base capture points will be reset only after destroying an enemy vehicle that is capturing the base.
- Causing damage to a vehicle or damaging a vehicle’s modules blocks base capture of this enemy vehicle for a particular time.
- The more bases on the first defence line that are captured, fewer points will be required for capturing bases on the second defence line. If the attackers capture one base on the first line, they will have to earn 450 points to capture a base on the second line; two captured bases on the first line reduce the number of required capture points of the second line to 250; all captured bases on the first line reduce the number of required capture points of the second line to 150.
- Captured zones cannot be retrieved.
In case of losing a zone, the defenders need to leave it within 1 minute, after which an air strike is called in at this zone causing significant damage to all defending vehicles there.
Respectively, if attacking vehicles get to a zone at the second defence line, while the previous zone has not yet been captured, the vehicles will receive significant damage from an air strike.
Once attackers capture at least one zone at the second line, they can destroy the main objectives.
The main objectives are five large pillboxes with coaxial high-calibre guns:
- Each objective has 3,500 hit points
- Front armour / turret: Cannot be penetrated
- Side armour: 165 mm
- Rear armour: 90 mm
- Vulnerable spots: 70 mm (hatches) and 25 mm (vent holes)
The basic battle duration in the Frontline mode is 12 minutes. This time can be extended through effective actions of the attacking team.
- Each of the captured zones (A, B, C) adds 2 minutes to the battle timer.
- Each of the captured zones (D, E, F) adds 4 minutes to the battle timer.
- If the battle time elapses and at least one player of the attacking team remains in the base circle, overtime triggers.
- The maximum overtime duration is 180 seconds.
Overtime ends if none of the attackers is capturing a base.
Description of Other Game Mechanics
Respawns, Resupply Points, as well as Combat Reserves (that can help win even in a desperate situation) will be available in the Frontline mode.
- At the beginning of each battle, each player has one respawn.
- Every 5 minutes one more respawn will be added.
- The maximum number of accumulated respawns should not exceed 3.
- The total number of respawns is not limited.
Players will not be able to respawn in zones where 12 other allies are already fighting.
When the player’s vehicle is destroyed and there are respawns available, the player will be transferred to the respawn screen, where they can select an appropriate vehicle and a point for spawning within zones controlled by the player’s team. Payers will also be able to select shells and consumables.
We introduced another feature because of the large map size: it allows changing a lane in battle. For example, this feature can be useful when you have destroyed the enemy on a flank and captured the last zone, and now you need to go to another flank quickly to support your allies. When pressing J, the vehicle selection panel will be displayed. This allows you to choose another vehicle and respawn in another flank. In this case, the first vehicle will be self-destroyed, but sometimes such actions may lead to a victory.
There will be six Combat Reserves available in the Frontline mode that can be used in battle.
Each vehicle type has a certain number of slots for Combat Reserves: one slot for medium/heavy tanks, two slots for tank destroyers, and three slots for light tanks and SPGs. Such distribution will help each vehicle type influence the current battle situation: for example, in addition to scouting, light tanks will coordinate their actions with the team by using a large number of Combat Reserves.
Combat Reserves should be selected in the Garage before entering a battle.
The Combat Reserve slots are displayed to the left of the standard consumables.
Each Combat Reserve has 5 levels. They can be upgraded using the Supply Points received for earning tiers that will be described below.
Upgrade the Combat Reserves, they may really help in battles.
How Combat Reserves work (effectiveness values are specified for the maximum level (5)):
Calls in a bomber that drops 40 bombs to an area of 50 x 30 metres. Vehicles within the strike area receive insignificant damage and get stunned for 16 s. Airstrike is most effective against swift targets and large enemy formations. Players will earn a small amount of experience for causing damage with this Combat Reserve. Players will also earn an additional reward for stunning enemy vehicles.
Experience and credits will be added for causing damage using this Combat Reserve.
An artillery unit fires 16 shells within 4 seconds at an area of 10 metres. Vehicles in the centre of the artillery strike receive considerable damage; at the same time, vehicles at the edge of the strike are relatively safe. Artillery Strike is most effective against slow targets. Players will earn a small amount of experience for causing damage with this Combat Reserve.
Experience and credits will be added for causing damage using this Combat Reserve.
Provides a constant 30% bonus to the resupply speed and 30% bonus to the refresh speed of Resupply Points. The attacking team receives a 60% bonus to base capture speed. When causing damage to an attacker, the defenders block base capture for another 5 seconds. Additionally, the defenders can block base capture by driving inside the base circle. The Engineering Combat Reserve is most effective for allies when attacking or defending bases, for frequent use of the Resupply Points.
Inspire improves the crew performance of the vehicle and of all allies (10% to the major qualifications) within the radius of 40 metres for 40 seconds. When a vehicle leaves the area, the effect stays active for an additional 10 seconds. Inspire stacks with other crew bonuses, making it most effective in combination with other Premium consumables and equipment (for example, Extra Combat Rations and Improved Ventilation). When allies cause damage under the effect of your Combat Reserve, you will earn additional experience. If several players activate the Combat Reserve at the same time, the first one to do so will receive the bonus.
Upon activation, commands a reconnaissance plane to spot a 750-m area consisting of 4 circles, each 300 m in diameter. Recon Flight lasts 15 seconds and spots vehicles in the plane’s sight that remain visible for 20 seconds. Recon Flight will be most effective when used around a player’s vehicle that is not supported by allied scouts. All information about spotted enemies is received only by the player who has activated the Combat Reserve, but transmitted within the Signal Range; the player will earn experience for damage caused by allies to spotted targets.
Experience and credits will be added for damage caused to enemy vehicles spotted by the reconnaissance plane.
Five smoke grenades are fired into the specified area (200 to 50 metres). The smoke screen lasts 30 seconds; it blocks the view and conceals vehicles within the specified zone. Vehicles within the smoke screen have 2/3 of the View Range value. The Smoke Screen will be most effective for concealing allies from enemy fire or for making a safe spotting position. Players will earn experience when concealed allies cause damage to enemy vehicles.
In addition to a base, every zone has a Resupply Point.
Resupply Points replenish shells and restore vehicle durability, damaged vehicle modules, and injured crew members.
If a player’s vehicle receives damage during repair, the process is paused for 300 seconds.
Once a vehicle is fully repaired, the Resupply Point becomes unavailable for 2 minutes.
At the end of the battle, players will be charged the full cost of the restored durability, but no more than 100% of the vehicle’s durability.
- a player repairs a vehicle three times, 20% of full vehicle durability each: they will pay for 60% of repair
- a player repairs a vehicle three times, 40% of full vehicle durability each: they will pay for 100% of repair, instead of 120%.
- Thus, repair over the vehicle’s full durability is free of charge.
The total cost of replenished shells will be charged.
In this case, if the number of spent shells exceeds the ammo rack capacity, the cost will be deducted from the credits earned in battle.
Consumables work similarly to Random Battles: they will be deducted if used at least once, irrespective of the total number of uses.
To make the event and its rewards available to as many players as possible, we are introducing two special vehicles that will allow all players to participate in the mode, regardless of whether they have a Tier VIII vehicle or not. The special vehicles are the T-44, Tier VIII U.S.S.R. medium tank and the T32, Tier VIII U.S.A. heavy tank.
If a player already has these vehicles in their Garage, the special vehicles will still be added to their account. Thus, a player may have two instances of the T32 tank in the Garage.
These rental vehicles will be available only for the Frontline mode. The vehicles will be removed from the accounts when the event is over.
A crew trained to 100% will be added to the vehicles. The crew will not feature any additional perks or skills. However, you can transfer other crew members to the rental vehicles without retraining.
When the event is over, the vehicles will be removed from players’ accounts. All property (shells, consumables, and equipment) will be transferred to the Depot. Experience earned on the rental vehicles will be transferred to the T1 and MS-1 tanks. The crew will be transferred to the Barracks.
Five simple yet important aspects: the way of earning experience/credits and the way of calculating the cost of repair and shells.
- Players pay once per destroyed vehicle, irrespective of how many times it was destroyed during a battle. The repair cost will be deducted only once. Repair at the Resupply Points costs nothing.
- Players will only pay for consumables and shells that they have used in battle. At the same time, additional shells that are replenished in the repair zones cost almost nothing: replenish the shells and go back to battle. The main cost is charged only for replenishing shells and consumables when a vehicle is destroyed.
- Credits are earned according to similar formulas, by analogy with Random Battles. There is a minor difference: considering the long battle duration and the possibility of using a considerable number of vehicles, we introduced adjusting coefficients to prevent players from going into the red. The mode is interesting and we want players to focus only on the gameplay.
- Experience is earned by analogy with Random Battles, plus additional coefficients for the achieved ranks. Experience is distributed among all vehicles that participate in a battle depending on the performance on each vehicle.
- Personal Reserves, Battle Payments reserve, Premium vehicles: all these bonuses are applicable in the Frontline mode.
Note! We are willing to encourage only fair players who fight to the end irrespective of the current situation in battle. For this reason, the profitability adjustment coefficient will work only for those who stay in battle to the very end. If you leave a battle before it is over: profitability adjustment will be cancelled and the cost of all repairs will be charged in full. Players who leave a battle will be given the chance to return to the battle within 5 minutes of quitting. In this case, the profitability reset will not apply.
Disabled Friendly Fire
Friendly fire will be disabled in the Frontline mode. There are several reasons for this. First, we want to evaluate the effect of such changes upon the gameplay. We need to understand the changes in players’ behaviour and statistics. Of high importance is your feedback regarding such changes: whether such changes are worth introducing to the entire game.
Awards for Effectiveness in Battle
Players can receive particular awards for effectiveness in battle:
|Occupying Force||Iron Shield||General of the Army||Supreme Gu||Small Army|
|As an attacker, earn a total of 100 base capture points or destroy an enemy main objective.||As a defender, cause 1,800 damage to vehicles in zone bases or within 150 m of the main objectives.||Be the top player with the highest XP at the end of the battle and also receive General rank.||Awarded to players who caused and assisted the highest amount of damage during a battle (at least 10,000).||Awarded to a platoon that destroyed at least 20 enemy vehicles in one battle. Each platoon participant receives this title.|
Earning Ranks in Battle and Progression in the Frontline: Road to Glory Game Event
Earning ranks in battle
The Frontline mode provides a unique rank progression: players can get promoted up to the General rank right in a battle!
The battles now have a rank system. All in all, it provides five ranks. The amount of earned experience in the battle results in a particular earned rank: from Private to General.
In each battle, when demonstrating particular combat effectiveness and earning experience, players will earn new ranks. The ranking system counts the total amount of experience earned on all vehicles of a particular player in a battle.
The ranking system does not only indicate the effectiveness of a player in a particular battle, but also provides some bonuses: a received rank provides a particular multiplier to combat experience—the higher the rank, the more experience will be earned in a battle. In addition, each received rank at the end of a battle will provide prestige points, required for level progression in the Frontline: Road to Glory event.
Detailed information about prestige points is provided below.
Prestige Points and 30 Tiers of Frontline
Each time a particular rank is received (from Private to General) at the end of a battle, a player receives a particular number of prestige points, that allows for progression in the Frontline event.
All in all, there are 30 tiers. Reaching each level rewards a player with combat reserves, credits, days of Premium account and other items.
The higher the level, the better the rewards.
When reaching tier 30 in the Frontline mode, you can launch an additional challenge: use the Prestige option to reset the tier progress and try to reach the highest level again.
The prestige option resets your tier progression in the game event and resets the levels of your combat reserves. Thus, a player can start from scratch, reach all tiers and receive all rewards again.
Apart from the standard awards, each prestige provides a player with an additional reward of 100 Bonds, a unique badge, and a style set.
You can use the prestige option three times; after the third reset, you will still have a chance to reach tier 30 and collect the rewards. As a result, you can collect all rewards four times.
After achieving tier 30 for the fourth time, players will be additionally rewarded with 1,000 Bonds.
Rewards for reaching tiers:
|Small Fire Extinguisher||1|
|Small Med Kit||1|
|Small Repair Kit||1|
|Small Fire Extinguisher||2|
|Small Med Kit||2|
|Small Repair Kit||2|
|Automatic Fire Extinguisher||1|
|Large First Aid Kit||1|
|Large Repair Kit||1|
|Automatic Fire Extinguisher||2|
|Large First Aid Kit||2|
|Large Repair Kit||2|
|Personal Reserve +200% Free Exp for 2 hours||1|
|Personal Reserve +100% Crew Exp for 2 hours||1|
|Personal Reserve +50% Exp for 2 hours||1|
|26 – 29||Credits||35 000|
|Personal Reserve +50% Exp for 2 hours||1|
|Personal Reserve +50% Credits for 2 hours||1|
|Personal Reserve +200% Crew Exp for 2 hours||1|
|1 day of Premium Account time||1|
(triggered only the first time)
Reward for using the Prestige option:
|1||Alliance parade style|
|Ribbon 1 step|
|2||Soviet parade style|
|Ribbon 2 step|
|Ribbon 3 step|
|Reaching level 30 for the fourth time||1 000 Bonds|
Supply Points and Combat Reserve Upgrades
In addition to the rewards for each achieved tier, players will receive special Supply Points required for upgrading Combat Reserves.
Unlike the automatic tier progression, players will need to unlock and upgrade Combat Reserves themselves.
Performance in the mode
Frontline battles are more demanding to performance since the map size is 9 km², the number of vehicles and structures on the map is bigger, and Combat Reserves are used. Thus, FPS drops and texture-related issues can be expected in some cases. In extreme situations, the map cannot be loaded and a client crash may occur. If such issues occur, we recommend decreasing the graphics settings in the mode.
Also, the battle mode selector will display notifications that evaluate performance in the mode depending on the PC configuration.