World of Warships is getting into the Halloween spirit, as today’s update sees the return of a pair of holiday events, with a new game mode coming at the end of the month. Update 0.8.9 also adds mid-tier Italian cruisers in early access form and various changes to the game.

This year’s Halloween events, Saving Transylvania and a Sunray in the Darkness, are the same as in years past, until Oct. 30. That’s when Raid for the Filth will go live, a 3v3 PvP battle that also includes “a horde of dark forces controlled by AI.” The goal is to collect “Filth” — and no, that’s not done by scrubbing the toilets in the head — which you can exchange for various camouflage, including those of the monstrous variety.

The new Italian cruisers come in tiers V-VIII and are equipped with semi-armor-piercing shells, a hybrid of AP and HE shells, and the special Exhaust Smoke Generator, which can conceal cruisers traveling at full speed. An in-game event nets you containers that can include the early access ships.

Other changes coming in today’s update include a change to spotting and detectability, as well as balance changes to a number of ships and audio improvements. Also in the patch notes: “We’ve enhanced the system for the rendering of trees.” That’s very important in a game about ocean warfare.

Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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