April Fools’ Day Gag… Revealed!

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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!


  • Formats:
    • 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

Technical Essentials

  • 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.

Key Features

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.



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April Fools’ Day Gag… Revealed!

13 thoughts on “April Fools’ Day Gag… Revealed!

  1. David says:

    Yeah that was great that joke. What a load of bollocks if they think that it is funny they need a reality check. No idea at all them berulus people, they wouldn’t know humour of it smacked in the face.

    1. Anonymous says:

      U no what, they should hire u. With ur vague criticism, they’ll be able to fix all the problems and make a game that’ll meet ur ultra high expectations.

  2. Iwek91 says:

    Even tho it’s an april fools thing, i’d play the shit out of this rather than the usual crap like PUBG and Fortnite, which are the most noteable.

  3. A battle royale mode? April Fools day gag? Are you sure that WG didn’t run out of ideas and jumped on the BR bandwagon because that’s what kids are into now?

  4. Kyros says:

    WoWs, Blitz get some cool ready gamemodes. And we the PC fags get some unfinished rushed mode that has nothing to do with fun, a gag or a joke rather a burning ass mode.

    They expect me, to download a 7GB file, to log in into another server, and play a gamemode that should be skill based, but ofc has 25%+- RNG, with significant changed parameters to chance of fire and ammorack so it’s more RNG. And there is absolutely no reward or encouragement to play it ?

    No thanks.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Eh, I thought it was fun, even though I was mostly playing against Russians (I’m from US). At least this is different, the WoWs game mode is fun, but no different than a regular WoWs match in terms of mechanics

  5. snabbie says:

    Im getting so sick and tired of the people complaining and crying all the time about everything WG is doing.
    YOU DONT have to play anything from WG.
    Go play UNO or something,

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