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World of Tanks 8.1 – The British Are Here!

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Version 8.1 of World of Tanks has arrived, and with it comes the long-awaited British tech-tree!  Now you can drive legendary classics such as the Cromwell, Centurion and Conqueror.

In addition, there are new premium vehicles and several more maps getting the new rendering treatment!  Read on to learn more, and watch the videos below which present a review of the whole update!



The British have arrived, bringing a whole new tech-tree to research and develop in the game.  In total, 22 British tanks have been added into World of Tanks with this update, forming complete branches for light, medium and heavy tanks.  Many of the legendary historical vehicles from Britain have been included, including the Cromwell and Conqueror.  Perhaps you’d prefer to scout with the light Crusader, or get big and heavy with the mighty FV215b!  More vehicles, including tank destroyers and SPGS will be added in future updates.  It’s time to get down with the British!  Now, would you like some tea?


Three new premium vehicles are being added to the game with this update.  Explore the mid-tiers with two German medium tanks – the Tier VI Pz IV Schmalturn and the Tier VII Panther-M10.  Alternatively, bring some immense firepower to the Soviet cause with the Tier VII SU-122-44 tank destroyer.  Premium vehicles are a great way to not only drive something unusual on the battlefield, but also to earn additional credits for every battle!

The video below introduces you to these new vehicles.



In Update 8.0, we began a process of reworking and updating every map in the game to the new rendering system.  Not only does this massively improve system performance, even on lower-end computers, but it also means the maps can be a lot more detailed and realistic, complete with clouds in the sky and shadows on the ground.  Dynamic lighting and details such as water splashes, glinting snow and far-away details all add to the experience.  The maps getting the full treatment during this update are Province, El Halluf, Dragon’s Ridge and Abbey.



Update 8.0 brought massive changes to the game, most notably realistic tank movement physics.  Now you can hurl your vehicles off rocky outcrops, ram your enemies off the end of bridges or into enemy fire, jump on top of them, or simply try to make the leap of death across that gap in the bridge on the Westfield map.  The new physics brings a whole new level of tactical gameplay to World of Tanks.  Have you tried it yet?


Read the final patch notes to see the full list of changes that have been implemented, or just log in to try them out for yourself!

Have fun and roll out!