World of Tanks Update 8.3: The Rolling Mongrel Horde of China

Better late than never, the delayed Chinese tank tree finally makes it into World of Tanks 0.8.3, along with a host of tweaks to existing tanks and many other changes.

The latest update of World of Tanks sees the arrival on no less than 17 new tanks of an oriental persuasion. The Chinese tank tree, originally scheduled for inclusion in the 8.2 release, was withheld pending further balance revision.

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The tanks used by the Chinese are notable in that many of the chassis are modified western designs, with tweaks and improvements made to suit Chinese purposes. As detailed on the World of Tanks site, many of these designs never saw mass production, much less active duty. But that is the magic of World of Tanks; it creates a thousand mechanised ‘what if’ scenarios of military history every day.

Here is an overview of the 8.3 changes, which went live on 17 January 2013. There’s been a host of tweaks and rebalances to many existing tanks, check below to see if vehicles in your garage have been affected.

Changes From 0.8.2 to 0.8.3 

  • Added the new Chinese tanks tech tree (17 light, medium, and heavy tanks)
  • The tier I light tank Renault NC-31 is added with a slot
  • Fixed tank model errors: T57, T28, AMX 13 75, Grille, M10 Wolverine, T25/2, Valentine GB, AC Mle 1946, SU 100Y, AT-15A, IS, TOG-2, Churchill I, Object 263, IS-2, T30, and KV-5
  • Fixed armoring discrepancies: T82, Object 261, M22 Locust, Pz III/IV, VK 4502 P, and Т69
  • Fixed camouflage cost for Type 62 and SU100 Y
  • Changed HE explosion splash radius: slightly increased for small calibers, practically no changes to medium calibers, and decreased for large calibers. Changes to medium calibers can be found in the vehicle changes section of the update notes.
  • Added new loading screens featuring Chinese tanks
  • Fixed incorrect visualization of permitted vehicle tiers for participation in junior and medium tank companies
  • Fixed some minor errors in the battle results screen
  • Fixed the description of the “Confederate” achievement
  • The criteria for crediting the “Spartan” commemorative has been brought into accordance to its description
  • Fixed font quality in some places of the interface
  • Fixed the system name of the ban at the login screen
  • Fixed surname duplicates in the personal data of French tankers
  • Removed from the store the turrets for TD/SPGs which have no turrets
  • Fixed the visualization errors of vehicles track traces
Tanks with Amended Performance Statistics:

French Tanks: AMX 105AM, AMX 13 F3 AM, Bat Chatillon 155, Lorraine155 50, Lorraine155 51, Lorraine39 L AM, RenaultBS

German Tanks: GW Type E, GW Panther, Grille, Hummel, Sturmpanzer II, Wespe, Sturmpanzer I Bison

British Tanks: Centurion Mk. I

American Tanks: M12, M37, M40/M43, M41, M7, M7 Priest, T21, T57, T69, T71, T92

Soviet Tanks: Object 212, Object 261, S-51, SU-14, SU-18, SU-26, SU-5, SU-8

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