Okay, today’s news – FTR was down for half a day and we don’t know why, something created insane traffic, but it seems to be alright now. We think someone hotlinked the pictures from FTR too much. Sorry for that, everything should be fully functional right now. According to Storm, 9.0 test will come tomorrow. - regarding WoT Blitz, “developers are more familiar with iOS than with Android”, that’s why iOS version comes earlier (there however will be android version as well) - regarding the T-54, Tiger and Sherman models, released today: each of them is a bit graphically different. This is intentional: there are several ways that the developers (graphic designers) can follow and the goal (of test 9.0) is to find out, which one do the players prefer and then to follow it - in first round of 9.0 test, only 3 HD models will appear (T-54, Tiger, Sherman), the remaining 7 will come in 2nd round - the rest of the models will apparently be reworked to follow one of these three variants in style - the HD color of Tiger is historical Panzergrau - the HD T-54 hull is the “new” one (with log in the back), it will get the older hull once alternative hulls are implemented as well - the HD T-54 turret shape is correct, there were several types of shapes and mantlets - the fact T-54 HD model doesn’t have holes in tracks (and the other two HD models do) is a bug, it will be fixed - currently, the best modelled (material-wise, eg. metal and such) HD tank is the Sherman, the fact it looks a bit like a plastic toy is actually historical, it looks much like the real vehicle (where Tiger has it a bit worse) - 9.0 test will come out “within days” (Evilly states that if all goes well – this week even, but it won’t be a regular 9.0 test of a complete patch, rather than a partial test of the components, that are already finished) - Storm stated that the fact that the Tiger I in game looks very smooth (as in, the paint is glossy and smooth) is historical, that’s how the vehicles looked (unless they were repainted 50 times) - all German models will become darker, they will be repainted the way the HD Tiger is - Q: “Want rust and dirty look? Go play the other game” (SS: War Thunder) - War Thunder Tiger model looks really good, because according to Storm, it was a showcase model where many polygons were used, while later models have significantly fewer polygons - Maus HD model is being worked on - the main goal of test 9.0 will be the testing of historical battles - HD IS-3 will come either in 9.1 or 9.2 - apparently, the IS-3 model is, angle-wise, correct as it is now - this year, improved graphics will transfer to DirectX 11 - Dx11 support will come after multi core support - according to BigAngryCat, there was a small issue with the Sherman texture. Apparently, the first idea was that under the scratches in paint, there should be primer color visible. It turned out that Americans actually didn’t need to use primer, because they actually treated the armor so that its surface was sort of “rough” and the color “soaked” into it, creating a very persistent layer of paint - alternative hulls will come in 9.4 or later - HD models (updated ones) will have the independent suspension - One more Tiger I comparison Old: New: Oh yea, and Storm’s “leak”: new hangar (premium) And Sherman:

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