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World of Tanks update 7.3 rolls in the Soviet heavies

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Wargaming.net has rolled out update 7.3 for World of Tanks, its highly acclaimed armored warfare MMO.

The new update, now available brings substitutions and additions to the line of Soviet heavy tanks, splitting the line into two branches. Leading the way through the redesigned tech tree, the update moves the IS-4 tank into tier 10 of its own heavyweight line with KV-4 and ST-I. The KV-3 has moved from tier 6 to tier 7, and freed the slot for another newcomer, T-150.

Other update 7.3 features include the addition of a new battle arena, the South Coast, and Dragon's Ridge, the first map set in Asia.

"These new machines should give players a taste for big and powerful heavies," said World of Tanks Producer Mike Jivets. "With the help of the upcoming battle arenas, the game will get a fresh look from both a visual and tactical point of view."

Here are the full patch notes for the 7.3 update:

  • Added two new maps Dragon's Ridge (first map based in Asia) and South Coast (a Crimea based map).
  • KV-3 moved from tier 6 to tier 7 as a Soviet heavy tank, and rebalanced.
  • T-150 substitutes KV-3 as a Soviet heavy tank tier 6.
  • KV-4 added as a Soviet tier 8 heavy tank.
  • ST-I added as a Soviet tier 9 heavy tank.
  • IS-4 moved from tier 9 to tier 10 in Soviet tech tree and rebalanced.
  • IS-8 substitutes IS-4 as a Soviet tier 9 heavy tank.
  • KV divided into KV-1 and KV-2. KV-2 becomes a Soviet tier 6 heavy tank.
  • Added previously tested French premium vehicles to the game store: tier 3 tank destroyer FCM 36 Pak 40 and tier 4 SPG 10.5 сm leFH18 B2.
  • Added vehicles for testing, available for supertesters only: Soviet heavy tank IS-6 (tier 8) and German TD JagdTiger 8.8cm KwK 43 L/71 (tier 8).
  • Fixed and reworked visual models of Т25/2, PzKpfw VI Tiger, KV-3, Т32, Т30, Т-46, KV-5, Object 704.
  • Fixed and reworked damaged models of M18 Hellcat, Т32, Т30, Ferdinand, KV-5, Т-43, Т-54.
  • Fixed some errors in the IS-4 damaged model: the gun mantlet thickness was increased from 200mm to 250mm, the glacis (upper frontal armor plate) slope was increased from 58 degrees to 61 degrees.
  • Combat levels for tier 5 heavy tanks reduced by 1.
  • Fixed the display of M103 front armour in the game interface.
  • Fixed the undersized research cost of Т49 from М8А1.
  • Fixed the cost of suspension in TD Т82.
  • Fixed the incorrect cost of radio station FuG 37.
  • Fixed a rare bug with base capture proceeding even though a shell falls between the two tanks capturing the base.
  • Fixed a rare bug with incorrect experience distribute among crew members during active "Accelerate crew training" option.
  • Fixed the bug when a skill pop-up hint disappeared, if the skill is 0% trained.
  • Fixed the "black terrain" graphics display for back issue Radeon video cards.
  • Fixed minor interface errors in the tank company window.
  • Extended text descriptions of perks and skills.
  • Fixed names of several American HE shells.
  • Added ability to display clan logos on tanks.
  • Fixed the issue with non-destruction of antitank hedgehogs (Komarin map) when hit with HE shells in some cases.
  • Fixed non-receipt of Fadin's Medal for tanks with autoloader mechanism.
  • Added view of ammunition rack explosion to vehicle overtarget markers.
  • Fixed several issues with crew training.
  • Fixed mouse inversion operation in SPG view mode.
  • Fixed disappearance of indicator showing distance to a vehicle in reticle.
  • Removed some special modules for top tanks from the store.
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