WoT Q&A 9/12

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Quick Q&A compiled from various WG staff in various places:

From Anton Pankov:

  • The Polish community is one of the most active, larger in fact than the Belorussian community (2.9 million registered users to Belarus’ 2 million).
  • When asked about eSports, Pankov mentions plans for a informal league of sorts for the older demographics (30-40 years old).

From Vyacheslav Makarov:

  • I wanted to do trade-ins even when Tanks first went into release. We found documents about it going back even to 2012, complete with the name of the person who worked on it. It’s one of the biggest changes we’ve had recently with a lot of people working on it recently.
  • I want to fix a few things with the game interface. Particularly with the Personal Missions, the interface for that isn’t ideal.
  • Sandbox is likely to have HD maps soon, we’re getting the platform set up now.
  • We’re trying now to not toss things out. Earlier if we released a game mode that didn’t pan out we’d just scrap it. Now we’re trying to do things a bit more carefully- looking at it, drawing conclusion, reassembling things and looking at it as a designer. Sandbox hasn’t been abandoned in that sense.
  • (Will there be 10 nations?) Good question. At some point there probably will be. We have the Italians, who really fought and had some post-war developments. Real fighting machines that we’re trying to add into the game. When? Can’t tell you right now.

  • ATGMs on large tanks in Random Battles: Probably not going to happen. Though maybe in some other mode that we’re experimenting with…
  • The number of people on the balance team has changed, especially in the leadership.
  • Rebalancing older premiums is tough. It’s always going to cause discontent, or some saying we haven’t done enough. At the moment I’m waiting in horror for the moment we decide to do something with the KV-5. It’s one of those tanks who’s balancing we regularly postpone.
  • We’re working on a new customization system and, god willing, we’ll be able to show it on the Sandbox soon. Players can adjust the size of camo patterns, colors and all of that. This all requires some huge improvements to the interface though. We’re also experimenting with 3D customization. We have a workable prototype for 2D customization, it really gives a sense of how the vehicle is externally painted. There will be no pink tanks however! Despite the historicity of the pink IS-2.
  • I’ve noticed we’re preparing a pretty cool New Years event, something new.
  • At WG Fest this year we’ll have an announcement with details on our project “Caliber”, all are invited of course.
  • I don’t really like the current implementation of boosters in WoT. It’s a bit infuriating at the moment to have a time always ticking over you, so perhaps we’ll look into having them work for a set number of battles, I don’t really know. It’s something we’ll think on.
  • Regarding preferential matchmaking in some tanks, it’s pretty sad that we have such exceptions in the game. At one time Seryozha Burakatsky was indignant about what the preferential tanks began to do to the game. Now it’s pretty clear that it was a mistake then. There are some problems with individual preferential tanks, and we’re preparing for their rebalancing. There are some vehicles to be altered, and some where maybe nothing will work out.
  • Wheeled vehicles- I want them, and we did technically have them running in a fun mode. As I said earlier, we don’t throw anything away, we keep it all in house. Of course a lot of things need to be tuned, and the physics needs to be finished. Some interesting stuff, and enough historical material that we can pull to Tier 10.
  • A feature for hiding statistics should be done, but there are a number of nuances. Hiding nicknames are a complicated story. At the moment we are thinking that maybe it’s something we won’t miss out on with the allowed mods. Still, it’s something we’re working on.
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33 comments on “WoT Q&A 9/12

  1. ryanlj says:

    I hope they do something detailed with the player customization. I want to see customizable camo, patterns, emblem designs, inscriptions and the 3d objects. They would have to do the 3d objects without armor or weakspot obstruction advantage.




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    • Bumbler says:

      Personally I would much rather see WG move to customizable tank aesthetics content as a way to make money instead of premium tank spam and expensive bundles. There is a huge amount of potential in ways for people to customize and personalize their tanks in a way that doesn’t affect tank performance… I think people would want to pay money (or credits) for the opportunity to make their tanks more unique.




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  2. Shade01982 says:

    Like I said on Harkonnen’s blog, there is no IS-2 tank painted pink. It was an unfinished tank in primer…




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    • GlennA says:

      Well for the most part you’re correct but there was one artist with some students who in some sort of protest or trying to make a statement they literally took normal pink paint(NOT PRIMER) and painted an IS2 pink while placing a middle finger shaped object on the cupola.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monument_to_Soviet_Tank_Crews

      go to that link and read the Controversy and Removal section of the article as its quite hilarious to read it all.




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      • Shade01982 says:

        Hahahaha, I did not know that :).

        But still, I’d hardly call that ‘historical’…

        They painted a Leopard 2 orange here once. I think it was for soccer world cup. Such a waste…




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  3. Katya Hodgson says:

    Please… just buff the KV-5… You can say what you want about older tanks but it is NOT a good tank, its not even a “decent” tank. It’s just a rusty lump of weakspots with a NERF gun welded to the front…




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    • Anonymous says:

      I dont get who would vote down but yes kv-5 is useless now…. Lets be honest though,they dont want to buff it. Ifthey buff old premiums people will not buy the new ones. Its just greed but thats what keeps old premiums dead.




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  4. Ion7 says:

    Not too much to say in this one, not too controversial. Tanks with preferred match making should be rebalanced or pulled from sale in my opinion. Looking forward to the he maps and more customization.




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  5. Anonymous says:

    •Sandbox is likely to have HD maps soon, we’re getting the platform set up now.
    screw new same old Maps now in HD

    Give us new unique Maps please and now




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  6. Anonymous says:

    •Sandbox is likely to have HD maps soon, we’re getting the platform set up now.




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  7. davidblader says:

    there are 10 nations already. Poland doesnt have a tree, but has appeared in the game




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  8. peter smith says:

    They use the type-59 as a reward tank as if it’s still special, but for the last couple of years it’s dramatically lost it’s effect; defender, skorpian G, GF and even the Mutz get better results. OK it’s got T9 max mm but it’s crying out for some kinda buff – even if only to give us old-timers a reason to play it again.
    Maybe just some decent shells, engine buff and an xp increase would be enough.




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  9. Anonymous says:

    I want old maps instead of HD maps!
    Bring back the old Maps!




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  10. party1c says:

    “The Polish community is one of the most active, larger in fact than the Belorussian community (2.9 million registered users to Belarus’ 2 million)”

    how much are left if you dont count the players with less than 500 wn8?




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  11. Meta says:

    Theres already 10 nations, I think you meant 11?




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  12. Berto72 says:

    “I want to fix a few things with the game interface. Particularly with the Personal Missions, the interface for that isn’t ideal.”

    Instead, the new interface of mission is the best…. total confusion, windows megalarger to tell half than previus interface….
    just one: before tanks discounts tell nation and tier..
    now: discounts to tank x, y, z… and other 6…. pffff
    new interface is a total crap




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  13. FuminFukyu says:

    We’re working on a new customization system Players can adjust the size of camo patterns, colors and all of that. We’re also experimenting with 3D customization.

    I don’t really like the current implementation of boosters in WoT. It’s a bit infuriating at the moment to have a time always ticking over you, so perhaps we’ll look into having them work for a set number of battles.

    Wheeled vehicles- I want them, and we did technically have them running

    looks like the devs are playing a lot of War Thunder lately.




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  14. Berto72 says:

    “I’ve noticed we’re preparing a pretty cool New Years event, something new.”

    a super mega event we would like a lot, like sell of Sabaton?




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  15. Andrew says:

    i wanna see in my stats in-game the amount of battles i have in each tank, not just victories




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  16. sefhyro says:

    “Rebalancing older premiums is tough. It’s always going to cause discontent, or some saying we haven’t done enough. At the moment I’m waiting in horror for the moment we decide to do something with the KV-5. It’s one of those tanks who’s balancing we regularly postpone.”

    ohhh i want hem to try do that,i dare them to do it… there will be blood spill if that hapenes




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  17. sefhyro says:

    ” I’ve noticed we’re preparing a pretty cool New Years event, something new. ”

    i bet its another usseless premium very low tier tank, ohhh wait its the free garage slot again…




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  18. sefhyro says:

    ” Regarding preferential matchmaking in some tanks, it’s pretty sad that we have such exceptions in the game. At one time Seryozha Burakatsky was indignant about what the preferential tanks began to do to the game. Now it’s pretty clear that it was a mistake then. There are some problems with individual preferential tanks, and we’re preparing for their rebalancing. There are some vehicles to be altered, and some where maybe nothing will work out. ”

    WG you where the ones to blame if you didnt implemented preferential match making in the first place, it whouldnt have a powder kegg waiting to explode, yes i have the match waiting to be lighte to egnite my rage and demanded my refund on my old premium tank that i keept so far… i wont accept in game orrency of any kind wheter its normal credits or gold….




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  19. therealisnes says:

    Seryozha Burakatsky? Excuse me but WHO?

    A WoT news blog who doesn’t even know that SerB’s name is Sergei Burkatovsky? You’ve lost all credibility, good job!




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  20. Well, that thing about boosters “per battle” sounds great!
    More so if they would finally decide to reduce the amount of ticks on your premium time, regarding the actual online time!
    Granted, counting online time solely just like that would be too much of a leap now … but there could be some gradual development up to a certain point 🙂




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  21. Grampy says:

    ”Regarding preferential matchmaking in some tanks, it’s pretty sad that we have such exceptions in the game. At one time Seryozha Burakatsky was indignant about what the preferential tanks began to do to the game. Now it’s pretty clear that it was a mistake then. There are some problems with individual preferential tanks, and we’re preparing for their rebalancing. There are some vehicles to be altered, and some where maybe nothing will work out. ”

    Sad or otherwise, your players paid real money for tanks with stated matchmaking. You do not have the ethical option of going back and changing the matchmaking. I bought a Type 59 back when it first came out, and have watched you gimp a tank I paid real money for.
    If I had purchased a new Honda Accord, and a year later, someone from Honda modified the cars computer so that it disabled two of the spark plugs to make some tree hugger happy, and make the car lame, I would be furious.
    Yet somehow you folks from WG think you can gimp and rework the tanks we paid real money for and make them worse to satisfy someone’s agenda. Shame on you!

    Let this be a warning to all of those whom you try and sell Premium tanks to; they might be good now, but they won’t be any good next year!




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  22. Killick _ says:

    Interesting page. Some of the older prem’s need a boost for for sure. I bet WG would see more players attempt to reach tier 10 on the NA server if they’d nix the dead-tank chat rage. People just tend to give up when being abused. Considering the drop in numbers perhaps it could be looked at?




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