Hello everyone, sometimes, players ask the developer a question: “Are there any tanks that were almost done or seriously considered, but never made it?” Well, the answer is “yes” of course, in fact, there were (are) quite a few such tanks. Let’s have a look at some of the most common “vaporware” out there, but also at tanks, that were never implemented in the end. The Frencch second heavy line is probably the ultimate World of Tanks vaporware (as WarriorOsprey pointed out yesterday). The problem with French heavies is that although they have a fanbase, French tanks as a whole are definitely one of the least popular branches, along with the Chinese. The models for this branch were ready a long time ago (and I am talking years), but somehow, the branch was postponed and postponed again. Check this out, this is likely the AMX M4 (1949), as it appeared in Wargaming materials (or on some promo video, I am not sure). As you can see, the model exists (whatever that tank is), but the branch was never implemented. The branch development went actually very far, to the point of English descriptions for each vehicle being prepared. Here are the other candidates and descriptions for the branch: AMX M4 (1948) Developed in 1945 by the AMX company, this tank was heavily influenced by the German Panther and Tiger II designs. An order was placed for two prototypes, which were given the designation M4. Initially classified as a medium tank, the vehicle was later reclassified as heavy. AMX 65t A modification of the AMX 50 with a welded forward body and a standard turret. Existed only in blueprints. These descriptions were leaked about a year ago, but the icons and pictures are even older, possibly one and half to two years. There is one more vehicle with the description (Char 50t B), but no icon or picture. The last info I actually have on these vehicles comes from December 2012 (!). At that point, according to the info from Czech community organizers, it wasn’t even sure how the branch would look (at one point it was expected both heavy branches to actually end with AMX 50B), then there was some short info about some potential tier 10 and ever since then, nothing. Those, who wanted these tanks had to wait and it looks like they will have to wait some more, because it’s highly unlikely these vehicles will appear this year. The French actually have tons of various vaportanks. At one point (and I am talking early-mid 2012, there still was no tier 10 artillery at that point!), there was this layout of the French second and partially third (!) medium branch also, with Somua S35, Lorraine G1L, Renault G1R, AMX-13/FL11 up to AMX-30 (at this point, even AMX-13/105 was considered, but in the end it was decided not to implement it). Again, some of these models and their descriptions exist, such as the AMX-13/FL11 (this was supposed to be a premium light tank – a part of the medium branch would actually be the Chaffee with AMX turret): A modification of the AMX 13 with the Panhard EBR turret. The vehicle did not have an automatic loading mechanism. The vehicle was intended to fight in Indo-China. Five vehicles were built in 1954. Or Renault G1R The design was presented by the Renault company in 1937. The hull prototype was manufactured and the blueprint was developed, but the work was discontinued due to the outbreak of World War II. As far as I know, AMX-30 model does not exist, but the lowtier vehicles do. In case you are wondering “why the hell are these screenies in the old render”, well, that’s because when they were made, there was no new render. And no physics. This is really, really old stuff. There are some premium French tanks that never made it too. This is the ACL 135 SPG: The first prototype was manufactured in 1931 by the ACL company on the basis of the Char D1. Two prototypes were produced. Work on the vehicle was discontinued due to a faulty suspension and other unreliable parts. It appeared in the “big” French tree as a lowtier SPG candidate, but for one reason or another, it never appeared in the game. Part of the reason might be Wargaming’s reluctance to introduce more premium artillery vehicles, it might not have passed the tests or was simply forgotten. Either way, it didn’t make it. There was one more French premium artillery vehicle candidate that never appeared (AC R35), but nothing is known of it. There were plans to introduce three premium French heavies, that sometimes get asked about, the FCM F1, FCM2C and FCM2C Bis: The 2C model was not revealed, but allegedly it exists. The 2C Bis on the other hand was shown in a Wargaming video in June 2012 (7.4 teaser), but never appeared afterwards. One can only guess why these vehicles were never implemented – possibly the lack of multi-turret mechanism? Another model that actually exists is the Panzerjäger R35 – two years ago, it was supposed to be French premium TD, but it never appeared. The company Alkett converted 174 captured R35 tanks into tank destroyers, designated 35R and equipped with the 4.7 cm PaK 36(t). Again, a model was made, but no show. Same goes for the French light tank AMR P103 This light tank prototype was developed by Citroën. In April 1935 the vehicle underwent trials and was deemed adequate. However, the AMR 35 tank project was preferred. Various other French vehicles were considered at that point, but never appeared: the AMR35 light tank, Lorraine 37 AC L tank destroyer, the French were supposed to have captured Italian tanks as their “captured” vehicles too. Pretty interesting stuff, but nothing came of it. We can only hope to see the medium and heavy branch in the future, but one was or another, I don’t think it will resemble these old plans. Too much has changed. Germany tree on the other hand was pretty much finished according to the “old” plans. Not much is missing. The E-10 tank destroyer model actually exists (it’s again very old): Here you can see the adjustable suspension “in action”, but apparently (if I recall correctly), this model is a “prop” – functional height adjustment system doesn’t work. Or maybe it does, but it was never implemented. Either way, second German TD branch was considered vaporware for a long time, but it came – for good or for ill. By the way, at one point, Jagdpanzer E-100 was considered to be the second German TD on tier 9. Continue reading →

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