The Pacific Front of the popular imagination isn’t populated by columns of tracked armour, but bayonets and bunnyholes. It’s much the same in videogames. But Wargaming.net know where to look for tanks, and they’ve found 10 tiers’ worth of very large Japanese vehicles for an incoming World of Tanks update.
Their trailer sees a village of primitive tanks going about their business, ploughing paddy fields with their long feet, before a neighbouring tribe rolls over the hill to interrupt them. It’s the changing of the seasons, and tradition dictates that two chosen tracked vehicles from each tribe must pirouette together in a thrash metal morris dance:
“The introduction of Japanese tanks allows us to explore the design and innovation of a number of legendary armored vehicles and give players the chance to experience their technological evolution throughout the mid-20th century,” said producer Mikhail Zhivets. “Tank models based on original designs of Japanese engineers will offer players a wide selection of authentic upgrade schemes, each tailored for particular combat objectives.”
Here’s the new tech tree:
And a render of the Ha-Go, a light tank about as tall as one-and-a-half men:
What’ve you been pottering about WoT in lately? One of the medium-grilled USSR numbers added in update 8.8, perhaps?