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9.3 Public Test

The Public Test server is live now! A new version of the test is also now live; see the Notes section below.

Tankers!

By taking part in the Public Test, you can tell us all about your thoughts and suggestions on upcoming updates to World of Tanks. This means we can review your feedback and continue making changes before the update goes live.

All World of Tanks players are eligible to take part in the Public Test as long as they registered before August 25. You don't need to be an experienced tester to join in, you just need to be willing to try out as many of the new features as you can, test out new vehicles and send us your feedback!

Main Features

For the full list of changes, please see the Notes section below.

Disclaimer
  • The content provided for testing should not be considered as final and is subject to change. We strongly encourage you to send us your feedback and opinions as they are very important to help us to improve the features

How the Public Test Works

To participate in the test you need to take the following steps:

  • Install a small client file found here (7.5GB)
  • Update World of Tanks via the launcher
  • If you have already installed the Public Test/Common Test game client, the launcher will update to the new version automatically

Be sure to install the Test launcher in a different folder from the current game client version. Also, close all game clients before installing the update.

Please keep in mind certain features of the Public Test server:

  • Payments are not accepted on the server
  • All test accounts will receive a one-time payment of:
    • 100,000,000 XP
    • 100,000,000
    • 20,000
  • Progress won't be transferred to the main NA server
  • Credits and experience rates will not be increased for this test

Strongholds 1.1

Strongholds will be testing improvements as part of the Public Test (see FAQ for more). The following features will be available in the Public Test:

  • Possibility to create a Stronghold and upgrade it to Level 10
  • Ability to build Structures that produce special Reserves (bonuses), which can be upgraded to Level 10
  • Possibility to participate in a Skirmish to earn Industrial Resources with 5x income rate for Resources
  • Possibility to set a "Defending period" for a Stronghold
  • Ability to attack other Clans' Strongholds
  • New building: "Chancellery," which will deploy reserves. The reserves will generate missions for all Clan members in random battles
  • New functionality for Legionnaires which will give the possibility for a Clan to invite up to 5 players, who are not in a Clan, to participate in Skirmish battles
  • No limits for players who are assigned to buildings
  • Positions in a Clan will be changed

In Update 9.3 we are planning to release new Clan positions and rework the available operations players have based on the positions in their Clans. More information will be released when time permits.

Only Clans that have been registered before August 25 can participate in this part of the Public Test. Please be aware that all Clan tags will be changed randomly during the Public Test.

  • The 48-hour cooldown timer to change a Clan is disabled on Public Test

Special changes for Strongholds on Public Test server:

  • Any Clan member can create a Stronghold
  • All Clan tags are renamed (you will receive a random tag)
  • Skirmishes have a 5x income rate
  • The 48-hour Clan operation cooldown is turned off

Additional things to note:

  • Before you make any Clan operation on the Public Test portal, make sure you're running the Public Test game client
  • All changes made to a Clan apply only to the Public Test!
  • These Strongholds updates may not necessarily apply to the final release of Update 9.3. Consider these changes applicable to the Public Test only

Public Test Notes

These update notes are preliminary and do not contain full details of some vehicle characteristic changes. The detailed list of these changes will be provided in the final patch notes upon release

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Iteration 2.1 Notes

  • Some crashes and hang-ups of the game client fixed
  • Receiving of the Spotter award fixed
  • Issue with very low ramming damage fixed
  • Weak spots in the model of front armor protection of the IS-7’s turret fixed
  • Players who researched the M24 Chaffee eceived 43,340 experience points for this vehicle
  • Display of current server name added to the top panel in the Garage
  • Low performance when entering/exiting the Artillery mode fixed (was not included in iteration 1)
  • Issues with visual models fixed for the following vehicles: KV-85, T-34, and M3 Lee
  • Turret damage boxes for the T67 tank destroyer fixed
  • Some crashes and hang-ups of the game client fixed
  • Some issues with the Strongholds mode fixed

Iteration 2 Notes

  • Turned off the warnings and penalties for intentional self-destruction. Some cases where the penalty shouldn't be applied should be reviewed
  • Bonus experience for damage blocked by armor temporarily turned off until all the issues are fixed
  • Turned off new functionality of the Strongholds mode, except Chancellery and legionaries
  • Fixed many issues with the interface and gameplay in the Strongholds mode
  • Added separation of the engine and transmission (missing during the first test) for the following vehicles: E75, Panther II, Löwe, Jagdtiger
  • Issues with visual models fixed for the following vehicles: M18 Hellcat, T-34-85М, KV-1S, ISU-152, Spähpanzer Ru 251, T49, LTTB, T-34, M41 Walker Bulldog, M24 Chaffee, IS-7, Jagdpanther
  • Camouflage scale fixed for the following new vehicles: M41 Walker Bulldog, T49
  • Top speed for the T-54 lightweight increased by 10 km/h.
  • View range for turrets of the T67 tank destroyer adjusted
  • Weight limit for the suspension of the KV-85 increased
  • Fixed issues with the player's vehicle falling through the model of abbey on the Abbey andProvince maps
  • Fixed issues with landscape on the Ruinberg map
  • Fixed issue with the armored personnel carrier disappearing on various distances on the Kharkov map
  • Fixed incorrect display of the effects of shells hitting the ground
  • Fixed incorrect display of allied vehicles' icons on long distances
  • Fixed some crashes and hang-ups of the game client
  • List of explosive objects expanded
  • Performance of effects of explosive objects optimized
  • Fixed stuttering when displaying some effects
  • Fixed incorrect calculation of record value for the "maximum destroyed per battle" parameter
  • Fixed receiving the Spotter award upon defeat
  • Fixed free Experience conversion functionality
  • Fixed display of effects of ammo rack exploding when a vehicle is destroyed by ramming
  • In battle results, statistics for penetrations after ricochets added
  • Fixed display of the fifth skill for crew members in the Garage
  • Fixed discrepancy between the visual and collision models for some objects
  • Fixed flickering of client reticle when the vehicle is on an inclined surface
  • Fixed some minor issues with interface

New Content

  • New high-tier light tanks added:
    • U.S.A.: T37 (tier VI), M41 Walker Bulldog (tier VII), T49 (tier VIII)
    • U.S.S.R.: LTTB (tier VII), Т-54 lightweight (tier VIII)
    • Germany: Spahpanzer Ru 251 (tier VIII)
    • For testing only: T-34-85M, tier VI Soviet medium tank

Maps

  • Murovanka fully reworked: Dimensions of the map increased from 800х800m to 1000х1000m; some gameplay features rebalanced

Changes to Vehicle Characteristics

  • M24 Chaffee (tier V American light tank): fully rebalanced
  • KV-1S (Soviet heavy tank) fully rebalanced; tier changed from VI to V
  • KV-85 (new Soviet heavy tank) added to tier VI to replace KV-1S
  • M46 Patton: Enhanced suspension module added
  • Pz.Sfl.V (tier VII German tank destroyer) renamed to Sturer Emil
  • Maximum battle level for the M6A2E1 reduced by 1
  • Increased suspension durability for tier V-VIII light tanks
Germany

Jagdpanther:

  • Vehicle's model is now in HD
  • Collision model improved

VK 36.01 (H):

  • Repair cost reduced by 24%
Great Britain

FV304:

  • Traverse speed for FV304 suspension changed from 22 to 20
  • Crossing capacity for FV304 suspension on medium terrain reduced by 7%
  • Traverse speed for FV304 Mk. II suspension changed from 24 to 22
  • Dispersion on the move and hull traverse for FV304 Mk. II suspension increased by 6%
  • Crossing capacity for FV304 Mk. II suspension on medium terrain reduced by 8%
  • Aiming time for Q.F. 25-Pr. Gun/How. changed from 4.5s to 4.8s
  • Reload time for Q.F. 25-Pr. Gun/How. changed from 8.6s to 8.9s
  • Dispersion after shot for Q.F. 25-Pr. Gun/How. increased by 20%
  • Dispersion for Q.F. 25-Pr. Gun/How. on gun traverse increased by 17%
  • Aiming time for Q.F. 4.5-in. Howitzer changed from 4.5s to 4.8s
  • Reload time for Q.F. 4.5-in. Howitzer changed from 12s to 13.5s
USA

M18 Hellcat:

  • Dispersion on the move and hull traverse for M18 T67 suspension increased by 60%
  • Crossing capacity for M18 T67 suspension on solid terrain reduced by 9%
  • Crossing capacity for M18 T67 suspension on medium terrain reduced my 14%
  • Crossing capacity for M18 T67 suspension on soft terrain reduced by 9%
  • Dispersion on the move and hull traverse for M18 T69 suspension increased by 57%
  • Crossing capacity for M18 T69 suspension on solid terrain reduced by 10%
  • Crossing capacity for M18 T69 suspension on medium terrain reduced by 17%
  • Crossing capacity for M18 T69 suspension on soft terrain reduced by 10%
  • Top reverse speed reduced from 20 km/h to 12 km/h
  • Dispersion for 76mm AT Gun M1A2 on turret traverse increased by 12%
  • Reload time for 90mm AT Gun M3 for M18 M1 turret changed from 8s to 8.5s
  • Dispersion for 90mm AT Gun M3 on turret traverse increased by 25%

M24 Chaffee:

  • Vehicle's model is now HD quality
  • Traverse speed for T24 suspension changed from 42 to 40
  • Dispersion on the move for T24 suspension increased by 25%
  • Dispersion on hull traverse for T24 suspension increased by 25%
  • Crossing capacity for T24 suspension on solid terrain increased by 10%
  • Crossing capacity for T24 suspension on medium terrain increased by 8%
  • Crossing capacity for T24 suspension on soft terrain increased by 10%
  • Research cost for M24 suspension changed from 4,670 to 2,050
  • Traverse speed for M24 suspension changed from 46 to 42
  • Dispersion on the move for M24 suspension increased by 80%
  • Dispersion on hull traverse for M24 suspension increased by 80%
  • Crossing capacity for M24 suspension on solid terrain increased by 11%
  • Engine Twin Cadillac, Series 44T4 -- 296hp added
  • Engine Wright Continental R-975C4 -- 460hp added
  • Engine 2x 44E24 V-8 Cadillac -- 300hp removed
  • Engine Continental AOS-895-1 -- 500hp removed
  • Engine Wright Continental R-975C1 -- 400hp removed
  • Vehicle's cost changed from 687,550 to 405,000
  • Repair cost reduced by 61%
  • Top forward speed changed from 56 km/h to 77.2 km/h
  • Depression angle for 75mm Gun M6 changed from -10 degrees to -7 degrees
  • Reload time for 75mm Gun M6 for T24 turret changed from 4.0s to 3.8s
  • Dispersion for 75mm Gun M6 changed from 0.4m to 0.39m
  • Traverse speed for T24 turret changed from 40 deg/s to 44 deg/s
  • View range for M24 turret changed from 400m to 390m
  • Aiming speed from 75mm Gun M6 for M24 turret changed from 1.5s to 2s
  • Ammunition capacity for 75mm Gun M6 changed from 60 to 48 shells
  • 75mm Gun M17 added
  • 76mm Gun T94 removed
  • Level for M24 turret changed from VI to V
  • Cost of M24 turret changed from 15,500 to 12,100
  • Traverse speed for M24 turret changed from 39 deg/s to 44 deg/s
  • Durability with T24 turret changed from 530 to 400 HP
  • Durability with M24 turret changed from 580 to 440 HP

M5 Stuart:

  • Vehicle's model is now HD quality
  • Crossing capacity for VVSS T16E3 suspension on solid terrain increased by 9%
  • Crossing capacity for VVSS T16E3 suspension on medium terrain increased by 15%
  • Crossing capacity for VVSS T16E3 suspension on soft terrain increased by 13%
  • Traverse speed for VVSS T36E8 suspension changed from 45 to 42
  • Crossing capacity for VVSS T36E8 suspension on solid terrain reduced by 12%
  • Crossing capacity for VVSS T36E8 suspension on medium terrain reduced by 11%
  • Top forward speed changed from 58 km/h to 64.4 km/h
  • View range for M5 turret changed from 330m to 340m
  • Depression angle for 37mm Gun M6 changed from 5 degrees to 3 degrees when the turret is traversed to the rear (60 degrees)
  • Ammunition capacity for 37mm Gun M6 changed from 147 to 123 shells
  • Dispersion on turret traverse for 37mm Gun M6 increased by 20%
  • 37mm Gun T16 added
  • 20mm Hispano-Suiza Birkigt Gun removed
  • Traverse speed for M5 turret changed from 40 deg/s to 44 deg/s
  • View range for M5A1 turret changed from 370m to 360m
  • 75mm Howitzer M3 gun removed
  • Durability with M5 turret changed from 290 to 320 HP

T18:

  • Traverse speed for T18E1 suspension changed from 28 to 18
  • Crossing capacity for T18E1 suspension on solid terrain reduced by 43%
  • Crossing capacity for T18E1 suspension on medium terrain reduced by 29%
  • Crossing capacity for T18E1 suspension on soft terrain reduced by 7%
  • Traverse speed for T18E2 suspension changed from 30 to 22
  • Crossing capacity for T18E2 suspension on solid terrain reduced by 46%
  • Crossing capacity for T18E2 suspension on medium terrain reduced by 40%
  • Crossing capacity for T18E2 suspension on soft terrain reduced by 12%
  • Top reverse speed changed from 8 km/h to 6 km/h
  • Reload time for 75mm Howitzer M1A1 gun for T18T47 turret changed from 4.8s to 5.2s
  • Dispersion on gun traverse for 75mm Howitzer M1A1 gun increased by 12%
  • Reload time for QF 2-pdr Mk. IX gun for T18T47 turret changed from 2.1s to 2.5s
  • Dispersion on gun traverse for QF 2-pdr Mk. IX gun increased by 17%
  • Durability changed from 125 to 120 HP

T57 Heavy Tank:

  • Dispersion on the move for T97 suspension increased by 25%
  • Dispersion on hull traverse for T97 suspension increased by 25%
  • Aiming time for 120mm Gun T179 for T169 turret changed from 2.7s to 2.9s
  • Dispersion on turret traverse for 120mm Gun T179 increased by 29%

T69:

  • Cost of 76mm Gun T185 changed from 63,000 to 73,000

T71:

  • Cost of 76mm Gun T185 changed from 63,000 to 73,000

T92:

  • Dispersion on the move for T92 T80E1 suspension reduced by 11%
  • Dispersion on hull traverse for T92 T80E1 suspension reduced by 11%
  • Crossing capacity for T92 T80E1 suspension on solid terrain increased by 17%
  • Crossing capacity for T92 T80E1 suspension on medium terrain increased by 14%
  • Crossing capacity for T92 T80E1 suspension on soft terrain increased by 17%
  • Dispersion on gun traverse for 240mm Howitzer M1 reduced by 3%

M3 Lee:

  • Vehicle's model is now HD quality
  • Collision model improved
USSR

IS:

  • Aiming time for 100mm D-10T gun for IS-122 turret changed from 2.9s to 2.7s
  • Reload time for 100mm D-10T gun for IS-122 turret changed from 9.3s to 7.6s
  • Dispersion for 100mm D-10T gun changed from 0.42m to 0.38m
  • Aiming time for 100mm D-10Т gun for IS-85 turret changed from 2.9s to 2.7s
  • Reload time for 100mm D-10T gun for IS-85 turret changed from 9.3s to 7.8s
  • Dispersion for 100mm D-10T gun changed from 0.42m to 0.38m

ISU-152:

  • Vehicle's model in now HD quality
  • Collision model improved

KV-1:

  • Research cost for KV-1S mod. 1942 changed from 23,800 to 10,650

KV-1S:

  • KV-1S branches out into two vehicles: KV-1S (Tier V) and KV-85 (Tier VI)

KV-85:

  • After the KV-1S has been moved to Tier V, the KV-85 replaces it on Tier VI
  • The KV-85 does not have any notable differences in terms of armor protection, but has better dynamics
  • Top speed of the KV-85 is lower than that of the KV-1S -- 34 km/h versus 43 km/h
  • The main difference between the tanks is in the mounted guns. The KV-85 has kept its 122mm D2-5Т gun, although the gun's parameters were significantly rebalanced when compared to the gun of the KV-1S. Unlike with the KV-1S, the D2-5Т gun, mounted on the KV-85 is more of an alternative gun with peculiar gameplay, while the 100mm С-34 gun serves as the main gun, and is similar to the D10-T gun, which is well-known to players. This gun has good accuracy and stabilization -- which was not typical of Soviet guns -- as well as one of the highest damage per minute ratios of its tier. Another considerable difference between the KV-85 and the KV-1S is that the vehicles have different gun depression angles: 3 degrees for the KV-85's top guns, and 8 degrees for the KV1S's D2-5T gun

Object 430:

  • Reload time for 100mm U-8TC gun for Object 430 turret changed from 6.9s to 6.4s
  • Dispersion on turret traverse for 100mm U-8TC gun reduced by 25%
  • Dispersion for 100mm U-8ТС gun changed from 0.35m to 0.38m

Т-34:

  • Vehicle's model is now HD quality
  • Collision model improved

IS-7:

  • Vehicle's model is now HD quality
  • Collision model improved
Transmission of the following vehicles will not be set on fire when hit by a shell:
  • U.S.S.R.: Object 263
  • Germany: E 100, Jagdpanzer E 100, Maus, VK 72.01 (K), Waffentrager auf E 100, JagdTiger, E 50, E 75, VK 45.02 (P) Ausf. B, Waffentrager auf Pz. IV, 8,8 cm Pak 43 Jagdtiger, Jagdpanther II, Löwe, Panther II, Tiger II, Tiger I
  • U.S.A.: T28
  • Japan: Type 61, STA-1
  • U.K.: FV215b (183)
Durability of suspension increased for the following vehicles:
  • U.S.S.R.: MT-25
  • Germany: VK 16.02 Leopard, VK 28.01, Aufklarungspanzer Panther
  • U.S.A.: M24 Chaffee, T21, T71
  • China: 59-16, WZ-131, WZ-132, Type 64
  • France: ELC AMX, AMX 12 t, AMX 13 75, AMX 13 90

Gameplay

  • Awards from the Battle Heroes category can now be obtained by multiple players
  • Set of easily-obtainable awards added: Shellproof, Battle Buddy, Spotter, Fire for Effect, Fighter, Duelist, Demolition Expert, Arsonist, Bruiser, Hand of God, Eye for an Eye!
  • Added bonus to Experience which rewards vehicle non-penetration/ricochet -- applicable only when an enemy shell hits the vehicle's hull (original trajectory of the shell must cross the hull), but does not reduce its HP
  • Reworked the mechanics of a shell's ricochet after it hit the vehicle: now it continues to move instead of disappearing
  • Following awards for the Historical Battles mode with no progress bar removed: Guardsman and History Maker
  • As a result of statistics analysis, lowered the excessively high values for obtaining Marks of Excellence
  • Now if a vehicle drowns after its track has been hit, the vehicle will count as destroyed by the player who hit the track
  • Added disciplinary penalties for the following instances of unsportsmanlike conduct: Inaction in battle, exiting the battle before vehicle is destroyed, self-destruction

Graphics

  • New HD tank models: KV-1S, Т-34, IS-7, ISU-152, M5 Stuart, M3 Lee, Jagdpanther
  • Added explosion and burning effects for the following environmental objects: cisterns, barrels with fuel, cars, canisters, munition boxes
  • Tier VIII-X vehicles with transmission in front are no longer set on fire when a shell hits the transmission
  • Improved effect of tracers on ricochet
  • Minor discrepancies between damage models and visual models fixed for the following vehicles: StuG III Ausf. G, Panther, M8A1, SU-152
  • Fixed display of exhaust fumes for the M44 SPG
  • Fixed Issues with incorrect display of penetration marks on mantlets and guns of several vehicles
  • Fixed foliage display on medium and long distances with SLI enabled on Standard graphics setting
  • Fixed issue with the screen resolution reverting to its default setting after the game client's restart
  • Fixed issues with a tank's turret falling through the ground after being torn off fixed
  • Fixed issue when shell tracers were displayed on the opposite side of the vehicle after non-penetration
  • Fixed some issues with interface in Stronghold fixed
  • Fixed brief rotation of the vehicle upon its spotting in some cases
  • Fixed issue when upon spotting a vehicle, its tracks were displayed first followed by the vehicle itself
  • Minor bugs fixed in visual models of the following vehicles: Tiger I, M7,M103, SU-100
  • Display of Emblems and Marks of Excellence fixed for the following vehicles: M18 Hellcat, T34, SU-122-44
  • Fixed issue with the 120mm AT Gun T53 mantlet armoring on the T95 tank destroyer

Sound

  • Reworked sound filter inside the vehicle's turret
  • Optimized playback of sound effects

Interface

  • Reworked design of the top panel in the Garage
  • Following effects of vehicle destruction overhauled and expanded: ammunition burning, ammunition exploding, fuel exploding, destruction by ramming and by falling, destruction of crew, vehicle drowning, and basic vehicle destruction
  • Added information about quality of connection in the server selection menu
  • Chat panel in the Garage reworked: new style of buttons, new mechanics of tab opening, panel scrolling, online player count and the count of players in the Contact list
  • Reworked interfaces of battle mode selection, Platoon creation, and the Invite players screens
  • Fixed some issues with interface in the Team Battle mode

Other Bugfixes and Changes

  • Fixed some memory leaks in battle
  • Fixed some crashes and hang-ups of the game client
  • Performance of the game client on some PC configurations improved
  • Video memory consumption reduced
  • Fixed issue when player could not file a complaint on an ally with reason "Inaction/Bot" in battle results window
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