It stands to reason that an artist for the comic book known as Tank Girl would be drawn to World of Tanks when you think about it. Hence we have the World of Tanks Outcasts, a collection of three mercenary commanders and their genuinely unique machines from the mind of artist Brett Parson.
The three new characters for the console version of World of Tanks come by way of a partnership between the game, ARTitude publishing house collective, and the famous comic book artist Brett Parson whose name will strike familiar to Tank Girl and New Romancer fans.
Each member of the Outcasts has a tank for each weight class. The Banana Buster heavy tank manned by 40 Watt Club is a heavily armored brawler; Battalion 23’s Beach Party medium tank sports an extremely powerful main gun; and the light T.A.N.K. commanded by The Buck combines speed and mobility for close-quarters engagements.
All three of these new mercenaries can be added to your Garage from now until December 11th with the purchase of a bundle which also includes 30 days of Premium game time and some consumables, or you can wait to purchase them individually at a later date. For now, you can get a glimpse of these new vehicles in action below.
This really does feel a lot like an obvious collaboration, all things considered. We definitely have to admit that these new tanks have some striking visual flair and hope that they’re as much fun to drive into battle as they are to look at. Assuming they’re not pay-to-win, of course.
Registered console players for World of Tanks number 17 million, and while we’re not sure how many that translates into in terms of active players, World of Tanks: Mercenaries 4.6 is giving that number of players some new features and new vehicles to play around in.
For Artillery players, there’s a new Trajectory camera view that will help you line up your shot. This new view will bring the camera closer to the ground and rotates to follow the shell’s trajectory in relation to the tank’s pivoting point.
The new update will also introduce a highly requested health bar numbers option to both ally and enemy tanks, as well as three different Mercenary vehicles and their respective crews: the Thresher light tank; the heavy Long Reach tank; and the Sharpshooter medium tank. There’s also two new maps and two tier-ten vehicles for the Chinese and British tech trees.
Update 4.6 will arrive to Xbox One and PS4 players on Tuesday, August 28th.
Not exactly a barnburner of an update in terms of features, but we suspect a couple of this patch’s quality-of-life updates will be extremely welcome to regular players of this online vehicle battler. In which case, may these new features serve those tankers well.
As a BattleTech fan, I’m certainly the kind of person who appreciates working for yourself as a mercenary. With the arrival of World of Tanks: Mercenaries to the console edition of the vehicle battler, players can also experience that same enjoyment of working on your own terms without scrounging for parts to field new equipment.
The Mercenaries update will essentially write its own history; one where nations have crumbled and soldiers and civilians must fight for themselves. Or as the press release puts it: “Anyone can be their own hero in the age of Mercenaries, and World of Tanks: Mercenaries invites players across the globe to join the fight.”
The new update will introduce a new Mercenary tech tree to the game with wholly unique armor cobbled together from parts of the now-dead global powers. Five of these tanks will be available at the launch of the update, with more vehicles planned in the weeks and months to come.
Mercenaries is also telling the story of its alternate history with a PvE campaign. The Heist will have you taking control of a mercenary group carrying out a contract on to steal nuclear material from a secret facility. The mission can be carried out solo or in online co-op. This new narrative is also carrying into the multiplayer space with new renditions of fan-favorite maps that have been ravaged by time and the conflict of this new history.
World of Tanks: Mercenaries is launching to Xbox One and PS4 on Tuesday, June 26th. Fans can read more on the update’s landing page and watch a teaser trailer below.
Alright, now this sounds interesting. We suspect there will be many players joining up with the Mercenary “nation” to see just how these slapdash new tanks fare against legitimate military vehicles and the whole overarching plotline for this update sounds like a good time.
Console players of World of Tanks who prefer more PvE sprinkled in with their online tank blasting are likely going to love the next update. A trio of new World of Tanks Console War Stories are now available for players on Xbox One and PS4, offering some alternate history stories based on both historic events or films inspired by war.
The triad of new PvE stories, collectively known as Spoils of War, join the existing five encounters already included in WoTC:
In “Sieben Ritter”, players take command of a German tank squad that ignores calls to bolster defense of Berlin to instead protect a small town on the German-Polish border from an incoming Soviet attack force. The story is based on a scene from the film Seven Samurai and features new defense towers.
“The Connoisseur” casts players as a US sergeant who attempts to stop a band of German soldiers from looting a cache of art and other precious artifacts. The practice was known in Germany as “kunstschutz” and was a real-life event that still is a point of contention to this day. It also had the effect of seeing several priceless works of art lost forever.
Finally, “Potemkin” will tell the story of a Soviet artillery commander who has been selling food on the black market to prevent people from starving against the orders of his superios. However, command has learned of his actions and have sent an armored NKVD unit to take him out. The story shares the title of a silent film from 1925, which is a dramatic retelling of the mutiny of the crew of the Potemkin battleship, an event largely seen as the first steps in the Russian revolution against the Russian Tsars.
All three of the above stories are completely free for World of Tanks Console players. More information can be read about each story on the game’s website and a trailer for the update can be seen below.
The War Stories series of missions are easily some of the most interesting pieces of content that World of Tanks has put together. We hope that console players enjoy the new PvE content and especially hope that PC players will get to experience these stories themselves sometime soon.
It’s double the reason to celebrate for World of Tanks Console as today marks the fourth World of Tanks Console anniversary as well as a new high watermark for the game’s player numbers with 14 million players across the globe.
World of Tanks Console has certainly ballooned between now and its initial launch on Xbox 360 in 2014, boasting 660 tanks from nine different nations and 90 different maps added to the game since then, not to mention its expansion to other console platforms.
To mark both the new playerbase milestone and four years of blowing one another away with tanks, WoTC will give all players who log in and win in one multiplayer battle a Japanese Tier II Ashigaru Te-Ke. There will also be a 5x XP for today only, February 9th, along with War Party event that multiplies XP running between now and February 12th.
Wargaming will also be holding a giveaway on social media for four unique art prints created by artists such as Tank Girl’s Brett Parson, Russian illustrator Aleksey Rico from Stalker, and Black Mirror artist Butcher Billy.
All of the anniversary happenings are available for reading on this website, along with an infographic full of trivia. There’s also a trailer marking the celebration that can be seen below.
14 million players and four years is quite an achievement, so we want to offer congratulations to Wargaming for making what’s easily one of the most popular tank-based multiplayer titles out there. Here’s to many more years to come!
Part of the fun of Halloween is acting like something you’re otherwise not. The World of Tanks Halloween events for PC and console players are definitely taking that fun to heart as each game’s seasonal events enter territory that would probably be considered silly for a series that normally loves historical accuracy.
On the PC side of things, World of Tanks players are tasked with stopping Leviathan, a mutli-turreted ruler of the tank underworld who wants to enter the gate of the living. It’s up to you to enter the multi-turret tanks Franken or Stein and stop him and his hordes from advancing in a PvE battle. Yes, seriously.
Console players are getting the Monsters Awakened event, which will see popular monster-themed tanks return along with two new additions: the Höllenhund leKpz M 41 90 mm and Dragon Type 62. The event will also introduce the Grim Graveyard map with Halloween-style features such as a ghost train and kraken tentacles.
Both Halloween events are now live and run through the remainder of the month. A trailer for the PC version can be viewed here, while the trailer for the console edition is here.
So last year we had DracuTank and HellsingTank, so why not have a ruler of a tank hell this year? We really do enjoy the creativity in World of Tanks’ Halloween events and we hope that players of both games do as well.