We’re launching the first Common Test of Update 1.20, featuring a picturesque Random Battle map called Oyster Bay. We’re also introducing rebalancing changes to three other battlefields.
The Oyster Bay Map Hits Random Battles!
In Update 1.18, the winning location of Recon Mission 2022—the Outpost—entered Random Battles. But the second-place winner—the Oyster Bay map—also received a warm welcome and positive feedback from you, so we continued to polish it. After a series of improvements to the gameplay and visuals, we’re ready to add this picturesque location to the map roster.
Oyster Bay is a fascinating 1,300×1,300 m summer map in a lush setting full of sunshine and vibrant colors. Its breathtaking landscapes and sandy beaches take you to a distant tropical island somewhere in the Pacific Ocean.
In terms of gameplay, Oyster Bay offers a wide variety of tactics for all vehicle classes. You can find open areas for maneuverable vehicles, sniper positions for TDs, and massive cliffs providing excellent protection for heavily armored tanks. The map features an amazing soundtrack that will immerse you in the balmy island atmosphere. Check it out!
You’ll find detailed information on battle zones in a dedicated article coming out at a later date. In the meantime, pick up your favorite vehicles and go explore sunny Oyster Bay!
Map Balance Tweaks
We’re continuing our work on map rebalancing to make your gameplay experience in Random Battles more enjoyable. In Update 1.20, we’ll improve three locations: Airfield, Steppes, and Mines. Let’s take a closer look.
The central direction (squares D5–D7 and E5–E7) was reworked to make gameplay more comfortable for heavily armored vehicles.
A driveway from the central hill towards heavy tanks’ positions was added (squares E5–E6 and, D5–D6).
The defensive position in square A3 was redesigned to make it easier to stop enemy advances.
The driveway to the island (squares H2–H3) from the lower team’s side is now safer.
Cover was added in square G4, providing some protection from enemy fire from the small island. It also allows you to defend against vehicles occupying the island.
Check out our handy public test guide with all the details about Common Tests, Sandbox Tests, and Supertests.
To take part, you’ll need the Wargaming.net Game Center (WGC), the latest Common Test game client, and a Wargaming.net account created prior to the cut-off date (see below).
All Wargaming.net accounts created before July 30, at 23:59 CEST can participate in the test.
Download and Install the Test Client
- Run the test client installer.
- Choose a different installation folder from where your regular World of Tanks game files are.
- Select the freshly installed test client from the dropdown menu at the top of the WGC.
- Roll out—and remember to pass on your feedback!
You can find more details about the WGC in the dedicated Wargaming.net Game Center guide.