The rumors are true: World of Tanks 9.0, New Frontiers, is about to drop, and it’s kind of a big deal. This update will bring a welcome host of refreshing new content: updated battlefields, HD vehicles, and a brand new Historical Battles mode are all slated for release. So, join us as we lead up to the New Frontiers rollout; we will cover each one of these additions in detail!
In a short while, your favorite battlefields are getting an upgrade. With a careful eye on gameplay improvement and competitive balance, great maps that you know and love have been meticulously overhauled. Take a brief tour of these changes with us.
This icy map is seriously hazardous. Whether beginning from the northwest or the southeast, this map often becomes a battle for the hill. Frequently, battles result in focused sniping, whittling away at the enemy tank destroyers until the rest of your team can advance.
With New Frontiers, Severogorsk is reimagined. The flags and spawn points are aligned north and south. As well, the eastern channel has been fortified, providing additional protection as players move early along this path. The western approach has been modified as well, now offering a more balanced engagement zone and protection against sniper fire.
| Left path: before
|| Left path: 9.0
|Sniper's Ridge lookout: before||Sniper's RIdge lookout: 9.0|
|Mountain cover: before||Mountain cover: 9.0|
Spotted with foliage and set deep in the mountains, this map has hosted countless heavy engagements. With winding roads spreading out through the hilly terrain, there’s never a shortage of nooks and crannies to conceal you as you progress toward the enemy encampment. Your other option is to take the bridge, a strategy that often comes at the cost of teammates or your own vehicle.
In New Frontiers, Pearl River is reborn. The flags and spawns have been moved. Now, the eastern base has moved uphill, providing a new layer of protection to defenders and an increased approach for attackers. The western base has been moved downhill and the approach has been augmented as well.
Concurrently, many pathways are updated and revised, and the mountainous terrain now offers additional new hiding spots. The central mountain is fully reinvisioned with a squat village perched atop. The original town is expanded, allowing for differing close-combat encounters. Heavy tank alley has also been altered to allow more flexibility on the battlefield.
For a more detailed look at the new Pearl River, check out the images below!
|Left spawn: before||Left spawn: 9.0
|Heavy tank alley: before||Heavy tank alley: 9.0|
|Mountain slope: before||Mountain slope: 9.0|
Popular in Random Battles and home to eSports shootouts, this battlefield is familiar to almost any tanker. This summer map featuring high ground to the northeast and a mostly-flat field to the southwest frequently exhibits a shootout, with high-powered tanks blasting each other from high ground or across the flat dirt.
As 9.0 arrives, Malinovka enjoys legitimate retooling in the interest of even competition. You’ll notice a repositioning of obstacles to the north and a reimagined hill with a more gradual slope. The race to the hilltop will require a modified strategy to successfully control this region.
In the south, sniper’s field is flattened and widened slightly. With fewer places to hide but a bit more room to move about, expect a differently explosive combat zone. You’ll notice that the base to the south has been slightly changed as well, and if you look closely, you might find some new cover there, too!
Take a look at Malinovka in the images below!
|Encounter flag: before||Encounter flag: 9.0|
|Shore pass: before||Shore pass: 9.0|
|Flank: before||Flank: 9.0|
Bounded by the sea to the east and mountains to the north, this battlefield supports varied terrain and combat scenarios. Fight it out in the summer heat amidst the wooded areas. Or, make your way through the east and tread lightly near the water.
With the release of 9.0, Serene Coast will rise from the sea! Now, there is even more space for intense steel-on-steel combat. But the seaside is not the only part of Serene Coast that gets redone.
To the east, this map now features a shifted, larger hill, increasing the available cover for forces mobile in that area. This revision will change the balance of combat to that side. Speed and strategy will be key to controlling this space.
Take a quick look at Serene Coast in the images below!
|Peninsula: before||Peninsula: 9.0|
|Flank: before||Flank: 9.0|
Interested in getting an even closer look at these newly redone maps? Togood2222 has covered them thoroughly in his video series below. Check it out!