There’s a lot in the pipeline for World of Tanks, as Wargaming revealed at GDC this week — though the major changes seem to fall into the category of “What, you hadn’t done/fixed that yet?”
First on the list is everybody’s favorite topic in any online PvP game: matchmaking. Six years after WoT’s launch, it seems like Wargaming has finally realized that facing off in a low-tier tank against a bunch of higher-tier tanks isn’t fun. To that end, it will be introducing three types of matchmaking algorithms, for battles spread across one, two, or three tiers. In multi-tier battles, the number of high-tier tanks will be limited, so low-tier tanks can face off against each other more often. There will also be provisions to limit how often you’re in the bottom tier and how many SPGs can be in an individual match.
To help celebrate the “little guy,” Wargaming is also expanding light tanks up to Tier X, adding some tanks while also moving most Tier VIII light tanks up to Tier IX. And what can you do with those new Tier X tanks? Take part in Ranked Battles! They’re “still in the early stages of development” but will let Tier X tanks do battle and climb the ladder to greatness.
Finally, there’s a graphics overhaul on the way, as you can see in the video at the top of this article. All that and more can be found in the comprehensive post on the World of Tanks site.