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The Chinese tanks in the latest World of Tanks update look like they just rolled through Tiananmen Square

by: Randy -
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Look, I'm not a tank expert. All I'm saying is, World of Tanks' newly added Chinese T-34-3 tanks look an awful lot like those used during the Tiananmen Square Massacre of 1989. Troops with assault rifles and tanks killed thousands of unarmed protesters that had occupied Beijing's Tiananmen Square for seven weeks. But the image below, of a man standing firm in front of a column of tanks became iconic of the Chinese people's struggle.

World of Tanks doesn't have anything to say about that. If developer Wargaming was to suspend the introduction of this or that tank model due to historical war crimes, they'd have to shut down the servers entirely. Boy I'm being a real downer today.

So, the World of Tanks 8.8 update introduces medium and heavy Soviet, German, and Chinese machines. Russians will be rolling the A-43, A-44, and the Object 416 (I love that model number: "Object"), and the Object 140. The German tech tree adds the DW Heavy Chariot and the VK3002 (M) medium tank. While the Chinese introduce the aforementioned T-34-3 and the 112 heavy. The new battle arena is one that'd be familiar to the Russian-based developer: the wintry Tundra.


Alternative Soviet Medium Line to be Added to World of Tanks

New Soviet, German, and Chinese machines will enter the fray in Update 8.8

August 8, 2013 — Wargaming, the leading free-to-play MMO developer and publisher, today revealed the first details of Update 8.8 for its MMO action game, World of Tanks.

“Update 8.8 will introduce some very cool new machines into the Soviet and German lines,” said World of Tanks Producer Mike Zhivets. “Strengthened with the addition of even more medium and heavy vehicles, the game’s roster will offer players extra variety, while the rebalance within the German line will provide for a more well-rounded experience”.

The upcoming update will bring an alternative branch of Soviet medium tanks, starting at Tier 6. This new line will include the A-43 (Tier 6), the A-44 (Tier 7), the Object 416 (Tier 8), and the Object 140 that will take its place as the nation’s top medium tier option.

Fans of the German tech tree will see the debut of two new vehicles—the Tier 4 DW heavy chariot and the Tier 6 VK3002 (M) medium tank. The VK3001H heavy tank will be moved to Tier 5 and undergo rebalancing, while the VK3601H will be converted to a heavy tank and change its combat specs, as well.

Update 8.8 will also introduce two new Chinese premium machines—the Tier 8 T-34-3 medium tank and the 112 Tier 8 heavy tank, as well as a new battle arena—the wintry Tundra.
About World of Tanks

World of Tanks is the first and only team-based, massively multiplayer online action game dedicated to armored warfare. Throw yourself into the epic tank battles of World War II with other steel cowboys all over the world. Your arsenal includes close to 300 armored vehicles from United States, Germany, the Soviet Union, France, Great Britain and China, carefully detailed with historical accuracy.

A flexible system of authentic vehicle upgrades and development allows you to try any of the vehicles and weapons in the game. Whether you prefer to exhaust your foes with fast and maneuverable light tanks, make deep breaches in enemy lines with all-purpose medium tanks, use the force of giant tanks to eliminate opposing armored forces, or become a heavy sniper with long-range howitzers, each unit type has its own advantages and can be extremely effective when operated by a true tank ace.

But being a great tank commander alone isn't enough to win! In World of Tanks, it's all about teamwork. Victory is achieved by combining your combat skills with those of the other members of your team, each playing their own role on the battlefield. Just add your favorite strategy to build your own steel empire and manifest the indisputable authority of the tank power!

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Wargaming is an award-winning online game developer and publisher and one of the leaders in the free-to-play MMO market. Founded as a privately held company in 1998, Wargaming has shipped more than 15 titles and employs over 2000 people across such key regions as North America, Europe, Russia, Asia, and Australia.

Currently, Wargaming is focused on its team-based MMO war series dedicated to mid-20th century warfare that will include the company's flagship armored MMO World of Tanks, launched in April 2011 and currently boasting 65 million players worldwide, the flight combat World of Warplanes, named one of the most anticipated MMOs, and the naval World of Warships, scheduled for release in 2014.

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