Status Report: World of Tanks Console- Battle in the Boilermaker
Good day everyone,
World of Tanks Console is continuing its series of premiums based on the tanks featured in the WoT: Roll Out*comic series, the newest offering is the Sherman Firefly “Boilermaker”.
The tank will be available in several bundles as well as an operation for the chance to earn it for free.
Purchasing the Boilermaker will enable loot drops for victorious battles from November 1st to December 1st. Loot content includes:
•*Small First Aid Kit
•*Large First Aid Kit
•*x5 Crew Experience
•*Small Repair Kit
•*Large Repair Kit
•*1 Day of Premium
Purchasing the bundles will unlock a series of Ace Operation: Earn 20,000 XP in the Boilermaker for 1 day of Premium and 30,000 silver.
And in a move that will no doubt cause a bit of controversy, purchasing the bundles will also grant you access to an exclusive crew skill:*Last Stand
“Last Stand” Skill: Boosts Crew proficiency when your vehicle’s HP is less than 10%.
The crew is available*only*through purchase of the bundles and is tied with the tank crew, so will work in any tank the crew is placed in. The effects will also stack with equipment and other perks (vents, BiA etc.)
Note: According to the tanks Tankopedia page, Boilermaker will have no XP or Credit bonus.
While this is a welcome asthetic change considering the console team’s recent free tank offerings (this monstosity for example), its a shame that its being tied with WoT Console’s ongoing free tank operations (PC players familiar with gameplay during your rental events will know why a decent portion of the console community are growing fatigued) and a blantant go at Pay to Win content.
While it is arguable that World of Tanks across all platforms has had pay to win elements, it’s amazing that the console team puts something so blatant up for grabs. The first exclusive skill (offering reduced gun dispersion) that was tied to a premium bundle caused no small amount of uproar on the Console forums and other community sites. So its amazing that while the PC team can halt an entire update (10.0 Rubicon) because of controversy in the community, the much smaller console team can’t be bothered to either release these new skills/perks to the entire playerbase or simply not putting them in at all. Seeing how novelty ideas become mainstays of Console marketing (T26E4’Freedom’ spawning a whole series of flag inspired tanks) it looks like perks and skills being locked behind a paywall are here to stay. I can only hope its something the PC devs choose not implement from the Console game.