Wargaming’s been slowly drumming up the hype for their latest 9.0 revamp to World of Tanks for some time now culminating in its official release today. The update touts legendary new features including upgrades to the game’s physics, improved model quality and the long awaited Historical Battle mode. Ok, so maybe the update isn’t quite “legendary”, but in context the latest additions give veteran players plenty of reasons to hop in their favorite tank and scope out the new landscape.
Visually, World of Tanks has never been a looker, however thanks to update 9.0’s new “high definition” models, players can now enjoy watching their tanks rumble forth -and explode- in glorious HD. The downside is only ten of WoT’s 200+ tanks currently enjoy a new coat of paint, which means Wargaming has quite a ways to go before everyone is happy.
Updated models mean nothing if tanks drive like rigid boxes on fixed wheels. Like previously mentioned, Wargaming is set to address the less than stellar suspension physics with the introduction of a new, more advance physics model which individually affects each part of a tank’s wheels and treads as it moves across uneven terrain.
Historical Battles are also on the table in 9.0 as Wargaming will finally be adding the long awaited mode which accurately pits two nation’s tanks against each other in an attempt to recreate famous World War II engagements. In total three new historically-based battles will be available with specific tank restrictions for each.
Players will also find several of World of Tank’s existing maps revamped in order to provide a more balanced gameplay experience. Further details concerning these reworked maps along with more info regarding the rest of the changes found in update 9.0 can be found in the official blog post here.