New Balance: The Next Steps

Not on portals yet. Will arrive soon.

We discussed the details of the New Balance features coming out in Update 1.9 in yesterday’s article, so make sure you didn’t miss anything!

Crew 2.0

Crew 2.0 is a complex system and we’re still working on developing various concepts for its implementation. As soon as we have an acceptable solution for both players and our team, you will definitely have the opportunity to try out all the possible changes on the Sandbox open server.

We plan to launch testing around the summer of 2020. At this point, you will have the opportunity to try out the redesigned Crew and, if you like it, we will continue to work on appropriate conversion and compensation mechanics, as well as other aspects of this feature.

The version of Crew 2.0 that you will experience on the Sandbox server is nothing more than an experiment to test our ideas. Please note that any proposed changes may not make it to the final iteration, or may be released in a completely reworked format.

Equipment 2.0

The same is true for Equipment 2.0. We don’t aim to radically redesign the existing system, but instead work on a solution that will be as comfortable as possible for our players. Equipment 2.0 will likely be attached to classes and will be available for preliminary testing on the Sandbox server sometime this summer. These test results will determine which changes will eventually be introduced into the game.

Ranked Battles 2020-2021

For 2020-2021, Ranked Battles will return to World of Tanks with 3 engaging Seasons. Depending on your results across all three Seasons, you can earn the ultimate reward—a Tier IX tank. Its name, class, nation, and characteristics are top secret and will be published at a later date.

Based on your feedback, we slightly revised some gameplay mechanics to get you more involved in playing In Leagues. To do this, special daily missions will be available for those who qualified for Leagues. We’ll also rework the mechanics of earning Bonus Battles, and shorten your journey through each Division.

Vehicle Rebalancing

This year, we’re going to continue the rebalancing work we started in 2019 for some popular vehicles. We have already adjusted the characteristics of the Leopard 1, the STB-1 and other great tanks, and now it’s time to take another step forward and adjust the performance characteristics of the E 100 and the legendary IS-4, among others.

In the German branch, we plan to rebalance not only the E-100, but also the VK 36.01 (H). the E-75 the Tiger I and the Tiger II. For the Soviet nation, in addition to the IS-4, we aim to pay close attention to the KV-3 the KV-4, and the ST-1

In the American branch, the T32 the M103, and the T110E5 will be subject to rebalancing.

Finally, we aim to consistently adjust wheeled vehicles to stop them more effectively when they’re hit.

This list is not complete, and it is possible that other tanks will be added to it in the future.

The 10th Anniversary of World of Tanks

2020 marks the 10th anniversary of our game, and we’re going to celebrate this milestone in a big way, together with all of you! Large celebrations will kick off in April 2020 and will last until the end of the year.

We have prepared a lot of engaging events and a huge amount of other game content for you. The Anniversary will consist of five thematic stages, each of them corresponding to certain milestones of World of Tanks which have left their mark in the hearts of players. Veterans will smile and remember the good old days; novices will be surprised to learn some curious facts about our project.

Together, the five stages of the Anniversary will demonstrate how much World of Tanks has changed and grown over the past 10 years. Celebrations will culminate In August 2020, and sure enough there will be plenty of pleasant surprises during this month! A feast of special gifts and rewards galore await each and every player, so be sure to party with us!

Thank you again for your feedback! Stay tuned—as soon as new solutions are ready, we’ll definitely invite you to test them on the Sandbox server.

34 thoughts on “New Balance: The Next Steps

  1. Of course they are turning a blind eye towards the Chinese mediums and the needlessly gimped Tier X light tanks…

    Yes, they said “possible that other tanks will be added to it in the future.” but this confirms nothing, it’s there just to make the rebalance changes open ended.

      1. That line probably isn’t profitable for WG ever since they implemented the Obj 430 which is A) a much easier line to grind and B) actually results in a good tier 10.

    1. I get the impression WG don’t give a hoot about Chinese vehicles, after all there’s the Chinese run, Chinese server to cover that aspect of the game for that particular audience, eh? (P2W crazy vehicles an’ all!)

    2. And here is some one how cant read i will opy paste a pie off text here from the article here it is” This list is not complete, and it is possible that other tanks will be added to it in the future”. damm reading is hard

    1. I honestly want the gold rebalance to be cancelled as its only going to lead to even more cancerous gameplay.

      Trust me when gold gets nerfed people are going to be crying even more about 430U, Chieftains, 279e, 268v4, etc. Reason I say that is because those tanks are either a pain to hit their hatches or overmatch the 279e with gold while they easily out DPM you.

  2. I’ll be sad if crews are taken out for a single commander as was rumoured previously.

    Also nervous for changes to equipment, not that they didn’t need tweaking or anything but when WG starts tinkering with the fundementals of the game then it’s usually not for the best.

    Fingers and toes crossed that it ain’t a giant clusterfudge.

    1. Yeah I think its gotta be done. The way crew layouts in this game work right now is, if ya think about it, kinda bad. A lot of the time it makes transitioning a crew from one vehicle to the next in its line a nightmare, and it leaves several vehicles with no premium crewtrainers, and at the same time makes a lot of premium vehicles useless for crewtraining.

      1. It is currently far from great but could easily be redeemed with some tweaking, I for one think reverting to a single character to represent the crew of the tank would be a step backwards. Speaking purely for myself, I love micromanaging and having options in games… the thought of tweaking each crew member to subtly (or not so subtly!) change the dynamic of the overall vehicle is a cool strategy and the concept helped draw me into WoT in the first place.

        Granted it doesn’t work like that now, it never did lets be honest but it’d be nice for WG to work towards accomplishing more in depth strategic options for crew dynamics as opposed to swiping at the low hanging fruit and ‘streamlining’ everything.

    2. I wonder what will happen to those mission reward crew members that aren’t trained as commanders? will we lose them? or any other special zero skill BIA crew members?

      1. They said it previously that you will have to retrain them before the changes or they will be gone.

        1. But to re-spec from let say driver to commander takes gold-or it can be done for credits too?I have dozens of them…so its basically more money out of my pocket if I want to keep them…..nothing is free from WG?….finish missions-collect reward….you want to keep your reward-GIVE US MONEY!!!

      1. Because…the main way to be able to AFFORD it is with guess what..PREMIUM account and TANKS?? -,-

        It is in-game curency, but also is affected A LOT by PREMIUM things and this leads to inability to use something consistently? IF YO UDONT PAY, of course !?
        rocket science, right?

        just put everything available for in-game curency, then make the PRICES at PREMIUM LEVEL, then BOOST that curency income with PREMIUM features like pr. account, so you can afford it…IF YOU PAY….and then wonder why this can be P2W.

        really, rocket science !

    1. I don’t think those are P2W sources that much except artillery’s premium ammo. reducing few dmg for apcr rounds may be a solution, HEAT rounds already has their huge disadvantages so i don’t think they needs to be changed. also these kinda changes gonna make a new broken balance. consumables are just kinda selective way. you can put small repair kit in some sniper tanks, and you can put 2 repair kits when you play heavy tank. you can put auto extinguisher which is often burned, you can put normal extinguisher to tank which is rarely burned. it’s just selectable choice. It’s not that expensive I think.

    2. FYI for something to qualify as pay to win it has to be paywalled behind real world money and not be available for in game currency. Gold rounds used to be paywalled for gold only and thus WG changed it to be purchasable with in game credits. Now ANY player can grind credits regardless if they have prem content or not and ANY player can choose to use gold rounds.

      So just stop with that ignorant pay to win nonsense about gold ammo. Trust me you will be crying even more if the damage is nerfed because Chieftains, 279e, 268v4, obj 705/a, 430U will be tearing you apart while your gold ammo does less damage to them.

      Honestly WG needs to go back to ignoring the playerbase on some things because they listen to the whiners WAAAAY too much and it leads to even worse gameplay elements like wheeled vehicles, arty stun, supposed gold round nerfs.

      1. And what is it if you CAN NOT AFFORD IT??

        Trust me, nothing what you said will be true IF THE FKIN PRICES ARE ADJUSTED and everything becomes well BALANCED. (this include proper weakpoints on tanks, but mainly STANDARD PRICES so EVERYBODY can use all ammo types as much as is needed ! )

  3. All you need to know about Wargaming in this sentence: “the E 100 and the legendary IS-4”.
    Non russian tank is just a tank but russian tank, that is L E G E N D A R Y tank. They are rubbing their bias in our faces at this point.

    1. I also found the wording peculiar. No fan of the game I know considers the IS-4 legendary, in fact it’s a totally obsolete vehicle in WoT, engineered through WG’s own carless attitudes (incompetence?) towards promoting the latest broken, hot mess, for try hards to chase instead of inegrating carefully balanced and considered vehicles to flesh out tech trees that would foster a healthy game.

      The E100 is legendary, big silhouette and even bigger damage. The IS-4 on the other hand? A very, very forgettable heavy tank, in a sea of such blyat heavy tanks!

      1. IS 4 is in the game since the beginning therefore for a longer time than actually E100 therefore it can be stated as legendary…

      2. You would consider IS-4 to be legendary if you played it as a tier 9. It was amazing back then which is the reason why some people want it buffed.

  4. I’ll be said when I see a tank without crew like wot blitz or 1 crew in 1 tank like wows… I’ll quit this game if crew will be reworked like that. I think nowadays wargaming is trying to change wot system into wot blitz and well, I don’t like that much. I love both wot and wot blitz but Crew system and equipment system in wot blitz sucks…

  5. the fact that they want to change the E75 and ST-I scares me. I’m a mediocre (at skills) player and with had really good fun and was easy to engage in fights with both. Also i was playing with E 75 the Christmas, so my experience is not so old (playing the game since 2011)…

    1. STI is currently worse compared to his brothers, 257, T-10,etc. WG is probably considering buffing the tank’s bad aim time and stuff to make it more competetive. E75? iI don’t really know. i think its okay if it stays as is

      1. I had both recently (had to grind both the IS-4 and the E-100 last year), and as an average 1800-ish WN8 player, I’d say they’re both definitely strong when played properly. As long as you engage in corridors and/or don’t fight packs of enemies, they can perform really well. Had so many cases of going in a 1v2 and winning that it’s nauseating XD

  6. “Veterans will smile and remember the good old days; novices will be surprised to learn some curious facts about our project.” Please do another WoT Classic event, I loved last years one.

  7. Thank god what WG isnt in charge of dealing with COVID-19. We would all be dead and still paying for our own funerals.

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