Thanks to the consistent updates from Gaijin Entertainment, War Thunder fans are rarely left wanting for new content. This time around, fans can enjoy the Ground Breaking update, which adds a huge array of new content to the game. Here are the key additions.
It wouldn’t be a Ground Breaking update if you weren’t actually able to break some ground. The new update will allow you to manipulate the very earth beneath your feet, creating new strategic possibilities for ground troops. Bombs and large calibre guns will now leave craters in the ground for units to hide in, while certain tanks equipped with dozer blades can push the earth around to dig out trenches for their allies to hide behind. This new change will add a whole new layer of strategy to every match, so start planning your terrain tactics now.
Battle Pass Season 5
Completionists will be thrilled to learn that a new battle season has begun. As always, players can work their way through stages of rewards, from new vehicles to exciting bonuses like decals and 3D decorations. This season, fans can look forward to adding the light amphibious tank, the LVT-4/40, to their fleet, as well as the nimble and heavily armed boat, the PT-658, and plenty of other vehicles and trinkets. The main attraction for this Battle Pass is the USSR light tank, the PT-76-57, a strong and compact vehicle fitted with an automatic cannon.
New guided aircraft bombs
Fans who’ve been paying attention will know that the last update, Direct Hit, added the first guided aerial bombs to the game, and this month that arsenal grows with new guided bombs for aircraft. New additions to the guided bomb armoury include the US-made AGM-62 Walleye I ER and French BGL-400 and BGL-1000.
New nation – Israel
A new playable nation has arrived in War Thunder, the Middle Eastern country of Israel. The Israeli armed forces are considered one of the most combat-ready armies in the world, with an armoury of foreign vehicles and advanced domestic machines. This nation comes with a new aviation tech tree, featuring aircraft including the Spitfire LF Mk IXe, the personal aircraft of Ezer Weizman, an RAF veteran pilot who later became the commander of the Israeli Air Force. You can also look forward to piloting the A-4E Skyhawk, a late Isreali modification of one of the best strike aircraft in the game.
Wiesel armoured vehicles
Fans of German armour will be pleased to note that the Ground Breaking update adds three vehicles from the highly-anticipated Wiesel series. Nicknamed ‘cockroaches’, these ultra-compact tanks come equipped with powerful cannons, capable of taking down helicopters and low-flying aircraft. There are three models on the way: the Wiesel 1A4, the Wiesel 1A2, and the Ozelot.
New truck – Ystervark
Also new to War Thunder is the ‘little truck that could’ – the Ystervark. This light South African mobile anti-air unit was developed during the mid-1980s and comes with a 20mm GAI C01 autocannon, fitted to a fully rotating open turret on the back of the vehicle’s loading area.
New battleship – The HMS Marlborough
Seafarers rejoice, as a new Iron Duke-class super dreadnought is coming to War Thunder. Constructed just prior to the outbreak of WWI, the HMS Marlborough is a rank V British battleship boasting 13.5″ main calibre guns and superior armour protection to earlier British ships. The new battleship sits at the top rank of the British bluewater tree, so get ready to work your way up to get to this formidable war machine.
The HMS Marlborough boasts an up-gunned primary battery consisting of five twin 13.5″ turrets, a new calibre of weapon that will be extremely useful in engaging other nation’s naval forces. It also features some tasty secondary weapons, including 12 six-inch cannons for taking care of smaller vessels at close range. It also includes underwater torpedo launchers on either side of the ship’s hull that it can fire at enemies at close range. Watch out when engaging enemy forces though, as this ship is particularly vulnerable from the air.
Along with all of these amazing additions, fans can also enjoy new MiGs and the T26E5 American heavy tank. We couldn’t possibly list all the changes here, so head over to the official War Thunder website to see the full changelog, including all the new content included in the update.