World Of Tanks Offers British Classics In 8.1 Update

By Ryan Winslett 2012-10-07 13:03:10 discussion comments
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The British were the first to bring tanks to the battlefield, so it's only fitting that the latest update to the massively multiplayer armored vehicle combat game, World of Tanks, be all about the history of their hard-shelled baddies. Wargaming has announced that update 8.1 is headed to WoT very soon, and it has 22 new bruisers in tow.

World of Tanks is a free-to-play game that allows you to join your online companions in strategizing against the enemy, and then blowing the opposition to smithereens. Players can control pretty much every type of tank, including the fast, more fragile rigs, the well-rounded medium tanks, and the slow, hulking bruisers.

In the 8.1 update, you'll get a crack at 22 vehicls from the Royal Tank Corps, including the tiny Vickers Medium Mk I and the massive FV 214 Conqueror. Other mammoth machines include the Centurion Mk. I-IV and the Centurion Mk. V-XI, as well as the Matilda medium and the Churchill heavies. Honestly, I'm not too versed in tankology, but those certainly sound like a lot of fun to operate. According to World of Tanks producer Mike Zhivets, the 8.1 update should pack a meaty punch for the game's loyal fanbase.

“The Brits invented the first tank, pioneering the evolution of the whole industry, and it's an honor for us to greet them in World of Tanks. They are so close you can hear their tracks rolling,” Zhivets said, hopefully being flowery with his language and not actually in danger of being squished under multiple tons of crushing steel. “Their looks are as daunting as their guns, and I'm sure the Brits will make great competitors to other nations in World of Tanks.”

Update 8.1 will also include an overhauled rendering and lighting system on five battle arenas, including Province, El Halluf, Dragon Ridge, Abbey and Prokhorovka. There will also be a handful of premium machines up for purchase, including the Soviet SU-11 44, the German PzIV Schmalturm VI and the Panther M10. Unless we're reading too far into Zhivets' comments, World of Tanks fans can likely look forward for this new content in the coming weeks.
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