From Wargaming: Earlier this week, news of a new Grand Battle Royale game mode surfaced on forums and social networks. Actually, it was our plan all along. APRIL FOOLS! Did we get you? No? Well, even if you didn’t believe that Grand Battle Royale was a real thing, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try it! In fact, we highly recommend checking it out. Read on to find out why!
- Solo: 40 players per battle
- Platoons: 20 two-player Platoons
- Vehicle classes: select light, medium and heavy tanks
- Map: 3×3 km
- Testing ground: Sandbox
- Client sizes: ~7 GB
- Operating system: 32- and 64-bit Windows (no MacOS support)
- Render: Improved Graphics
With Grand Battle Royale, we wanted to give you a fun surprise, while staying laser-focused on evolving the core game. That’s why we worked afterhours to bring you this mode and it didn’t go through the usual optimization process. Please keep this in mind and don’t treat this as a final polished setup.
Playing it might prove to be a more unstable experience than usual and hardware requirements are little higher, but we can promise one thing—it’ll be fun!
IMPORTANT: Keep in mind that the mode was designed for 64-bit OS and 32-bit OS might experience some instability after several battles, especially on Maximum and Ultra presets. If playing with Standard Graphics, you’ll be prompted to a preset with Improved Graphics upon installing the Sandbox client with Grand Battle Royale. Make sure your system has enough power to run the game with Improved Graphics before trying the fun mode.
You call the Shots
Grand Battle Royale is a one-vs-all mode with an option to team up in two-player Platoons. No random allies. No arty. Just you and your battle-hardened companions against the world.
Resupply on the go
You start with a limited ammo load and no Premium ammo. “But how do I resupply?” you ask. Keep an eye out for Standard and Premium ammo stashed all across the map. Collect, recharge, and keep rolling!
Explore the map to power up your vehicle
There are no in-Garage modifications for tanks. We disabled literally everything. It all changes though as you make your way around the map. Search for special power-ups as you roll, and discover new ways to wreak havoc using them.
Level up right in-battle
Available to you from the get-go are four Tier IX LTs. Choose any and roll out! As you battle, you can swap it for a Tier X light, medium or heavy tank. To do it, enter a marked zone on the map and hold there for 10 seconds. There’s no way of knowing what you’re getting until you each the marked zone. Decide whether to switch or not once you see what’s coming, but remember: if you do, you start with the default ammo load and 100% HP. As for the power-ups you’ve collected so far, they stay with you.
New visibility mechanic
Your view range in Grand Battle Royale is somewhat limited. You see well in the 120° range in front of the vehicle turret. Outside this range, your view range gets four times worse.
Little space for hiding
Although the map is 3×3 km, the active battle zone gets smaller and smaller as the game continues. There’s no time to look around and take in the sights—act fast or you’ll be left facing an enemy on a shrinking piece of land.
Take an aim to see who you’re facing
No matter how close your enemy might be, their health bar and icons won’t show unless you aim right at them. Even if you spotted them a while ago. Keep it in mind when you go hunting and look out for more new mechanics!
Some screen shots from WoT Express with the last one is my Sandbox garage.