The World Of Tanks Modern Armor update arrives today (27 April 2021) on the PS4 and Xbox One. It finally adds new modern tanks into the game, ranging from those in the 1950s to the late 1990s. Basically, they’re Cold War-era tanks, being added into the game for the first time.
Check out the full update notes and trailer below:
New Features and Improvements
The Cold War game mode has been added and is available to play in multiplayerÂ to face off against other human opponents or inÂ Co-Op modeÂ to team up with humans to take down the enemy AI team.
Cold War initially launches with two affiliations, Western Alliance and Eastern Alliance, covering three eras of time with three tanks per era for a total ofÂ eighteen Tech Tree tanks.Â Further Tech Tree expansion covering additional nations within the affiliations as well as new affiliations will be coming in the future!
Two newÂ ConsumablesÂ have been added for Cold War vehicles. These Consumables are only available for Cold War vehicles and are not available to World War II.
The Smokescreen Consumable was designed with the Cold War Vision System in mind. It provides players a way to prevent the enemy from seeing you while you retreat back to safety. It can also come in handy for up close and personal engagements when dealing with a more mobile enemy. If you find yourself being circled, deploy a Smokescreen as a defensive measure to cause the enemyâ€™s auto-lock to disengage. It will be difficult for them to drive in circlesÂ while having to manually aim, taking away the advantage they had.
Hull Patch Kits
The Hull Patch Kit Consumable allows you to maximize your life expectancy on the battlefield. While one use wonâ€™t undo the damage received from a shot, you can undo an early game mistake or restore enough health to make a difference in the outcome of a battle.
Cold War Vision System
The Vision System (also known as the Vehicle Detection System)Â is what governs how and when vehicles appear to players in battleÂ based on whether they are detected or not at any given momentÂ and how you can interact with that vehicle.Â The Cold War Vision Systemâ€™s main effectÂ is that all combatant vehicle models are always rendered at all times and no longer pop into existence.
Cold War Vision System will be enabled in Cold War battles only. It will not be enabled in World War II battles.
With a new era of tanks comes a new era of matchmaking. The Cold War vehicles will launch into their own battle queue, separate from World War II vehicles. The biggest difference to matchmaking is that it is era-based! This means you will only fight tanks of the same era as your tank!
When creating a match, the matchmaker will prioritize getting you into battle quickly while creating as balanced of a match as possible. It also considers tank classes to attempt to keep the class parity between teams as well as platoon parity.
Two new Equipment items have been added and are available for both World War II and Cold War vehicles!
Both of the new Equipment options are especially useful for light tanks or vehicles that rely on their speed and mobility for survival. Since this class of vehicle usually has high mobility stats already, they will benefit the most from the percentage-based bonuses these equipment items provide. Be careful though, Commander: if you boost your mobility too much, it could become difficult to control your tank.
Advanced Power Train
New IPX experience for new players, taking placeÂ on Cao Bang mapÂ with the M1A2 training tank
You can now access a tankâ€™s upgrade information without having to own the tank.
The Tech Tree is now 2D instead of 3D for better visual appearance and navigation.
New backgrounds for the Tech Trees have been added.
When using the tank filter, you can now select a tank in the right-hand side display to open a drop-down menu for various options
Go to Vehicle (Will take you to that vehicle in the Vehicle tab)
Inspect Vehicle (Will take you to the Module Viewer)
Hold to Sell
Premium Tech Tree
A filter has been added to help find the tank you are looking for on the Premium Tech Tree.
New filter options have been added to the PTT filter such as On Sale, Unowned, and Unavailable!
Improved Vehicle Tab
The look of the Vehicle tab has been overhauled and will change environments based on the season of the last played map!
Tank tracks rotate to spin the tank around in the Vehicle tab for a more natural appearance.
The Vehicle tab displays your Commander above the tank reel and standing beside your tank.
The ammo at a glance display now shows the resupply currency currently selected.
Boosts can now be purchased directly from the Boosters Menu.
Platoonmatesâ€™ tanks and Commanders will also be visible in your Vehicle tab!
Joinable Platoons display added on the Social Menu for players to easily join their friendsâ€™ open platoon.
Platoons can switch between Cold War Multiplayer, Cold War Co-Op, and World War II without disbanding.
Improved colour-blind support!
We now support more colour-blind options, and it no longer impacts only certain elements, but the entire game screen.
New Team Color option!
Check the options tab to set your Team Colors to one of the available options:
Accessed from the PBRS, see a full breakdown of Silver, XP, Commander XP, and Gold earnings/cost for that match.
â€œWatch Replayâ€ option added forÂ quick access to the replay for that match.
New MVP display forÂ better readability.
Medal count indicator
When you earn Medals in the match, an indicator is displayed on the Medal tab to make players more aware of when they earned a Medal at a glance as well as how many Medals they earned.
World War II feature only.
A new map rotation algorithm!
A new approach to handling map rotation in the matchmaker to help prevent same back-to-back maps from occurring for players has been added. Maps are placed in a pre-determined order that the server will cycle through every four minutes. This means that if you play a match every four minutes, you will always play a different map until youâ€™ve cycled through all of the maps that are available at your battle tier before cycling back to the start of the list.
World War II Matchmaker
Bot support has been added for all tiers.
Accessed from the Armor/Module Viewer, open the Detailed Stats for a full breakdown of the characteristics of your tank.
Increased vibration feedback on the controller for a more immersive experience when traversing rough terrain.
Updated the UI for Conversion menu.
Conversion menu now accelerates the conversion rate as you hold the button.
HP numbers on the health bar above playersâ€™ tanks.
Adjusted the mini-map and overview map, so that the view cone is lighter than the surrounding area.
Added a â€œflareâ€ to the health bar to indicate the chunk of damage given/received from that hit.
Improved the base icons to stand out on the mini-map and HUD, giving better clarity on which base is being captured.
Spectator Icon is now an eyeball.
Health meters are brighter for all colorblind options for better visibility when low on health.
New, cleaner Celebration screens.
Option to dismiss all Celebrations has been added.
New â€œEliteâ€ icon.
The discount tag will display in additional locations for better visibility.
The right-hand side tank stat panel now uses the stock roundsâ€™ damage and penetration display for comparison instead of the average of all three round types.
Updated the ambiance throughout the Vehicle tab and various menus. The Vehicle tab ambiance will even adjust based on the Equipment you mount on your tank!
Audio cue added for allyâ€™s death.
Game mode additions
Multi-Base Assault Mode
Added this mode to the followingÂ maps, available in Custom Games only:
Additional modes added to current maps for multiplayer matches:
Himmelsdorf â€“ Encounter
Mines â€“ Team Destruction
Mountain Pass â€“ Encounter
Steppes â€“ Team Destruction
New options added in the Vehicles tab to select which game modes of tanks are allowed and displays corresponding vehicle filters for the mode selected.
World War II Game Mode
Medals will work the same and exclusive to the World War II mode.
Cold War Game Mode
Can earn Marks of Excellence and Mastery Badges.
Cannot earn World War II Medals.
Cold War-specific Medals will be added in the future.
Achievements / Trophies
Can be completed using either World War II or Cold War vehicles as long as the tank used meets the requirements.
Auto-resupply amount in the loadout screen displays the correct amount in all situations
Centered various dialog buttons on their respective dialog menus
Challenge Complete toast notifications now use correct icons
Chieftain/T95 fenders now have collision
Correct Skin cost is displayed in all locations after viewing other Camo options
Custom Games lobby name now displays the playerâ€™s name in original lettercase
Damage dealt by the player being spectated no longer impacts the spectatorâ€™s efficiency display
Fishermanâ€™s Bay puddles no longer flicker when observed from the overhead SPG view
Fixed bot movement on Himmelsdorf where they would drive into the side of buildings
Flags purchased with vouchers no longer charge Gold
Gun now stays in sync with the rest of the tank when rotating it in the Vehicle tab
Huntsmanâ€™s cloth camo cover no longer clips into the model
Inscriptions for the Object 777 are no longer covered by the sandbags when applying the Winter Warrior skin. Skin no longer covers the headlights
Log icons no longer persist when transitioning to the PBRS
Log tab now shows an entry for purchased tank Skins
Log tab now shows Gold Pack purchases
Log tab now shows the ammo resupply cost and scrolls to see all text displayed
Log tab now shows the currency icon for sold vehicles
Mouse and Keyboard is now working correctly on Xbox One
PBRS MoE Damage Standing now rounds to the tenths
Reload display now correctly shows for next-generation consoles
Tank Commander HUD now shows platoon status of players
Tank icons no longer vanish after closing the filters in Tank Commander
Target tracker now respects safe zone settings when positioned in the upper left corner
The Loadout tab now lets you navigate all modules without having to back out of each module menu
Tree on Sand River is no longer floating
Various tanks have had their Emblems adjusted, so they no longer flicker or are partially visible