If the thing that's been holding you back from World of Tanks - which now has over 40 million registered players - is its lack of British steel then let me first congratulate you for your solidarity with the diminishing British metal working industry, and secondly say you're going to like what Wargaming have rolling out of the factory: a British faction, made up of 22 British tanks.
Some of their names and pet peeves below.
Some of the British tanks are being shy, but these six have come out to strut their stuff:
Vickers Medium Mk I tank (dislike: clerical collars.)
FV 214 Conqueror (Dislike: acorns.)
Centurion Mk. I-IV (Dislike: rounding down to the nearest five.)
Centurion Mk. V-XI (Dislike: rounding up to the nearest five.)
Matilda (Dislike: children.)
Churchill (Dislike: coal.)
If you're like Paul (also of this parish), then you'll have noticed that the Churchill is not an altogether new vehicle to World of Tanks. That it's already available to the Soviets as a Russian import. As is the Matilda. These aren't all new tanks but they're all British tanks - the Churchill and Matilda were loaned to Soviets during the war. This patch is just bringing them home.
Our intern, Flie d'Wal managed to overhear this dictation from within the Wargaming garage:
"The Brits invented the first tank, pioneering the evolution of the whole industry, and it's an honor for us to greet them in World of Tanks. They are so close, you can hear their tracks rolling!" said Mike Zhivets, World of Tanks Producer. "Their looks are as daunting as their guns, and I'm sure the Brits will make great competitors to other nations in World of Tanks."
On top of the tanks, 8.1 will bring the graphics overhaul treatment to five more levels - Province, El Halluf, Dragon Ridge, Abbey, and Prokhorovka - and add further tanks to the other armies.
Mind, there's no virtual British steel in these: the Soviet SU-11 44, the German PzIV Schmalturm VI and the Panther M10.