I know, that this news articles is on all portals, but I just want to have some discussion on blog and share some of my thoughts.
You may have seen the latest update notes in the news for the Public Test server, but we've got some additional information to share with you. We're very excited to be releasing the 8.6 Update soon, and with that update will come a few necessary changes. After much deliberation, analysis of statistics, and looking at the upcoming development plan, it's been decided that the tier VIII T26E4 SuperPershing, the tier IV 105 lefH18B2, and the as-yet-to-be-released British Sexton will require some attention.
We knew that it will create a lot of negative feelings, so we decided to make the changes as smooth as possible. For example, we do not nerf anything in 8.6.
The frontal armor of the T26E4 SuperPershing is not currently representative of its historical counterpart and its performance may see a dip once the 8.6 Update is released -- due to overall gameplay changes coming with this update. As a result, we'll be temporarily be removing this vehicle from the in-game store. Players who already own this tank will still have the ability to play it.
And you still can by before 8.6 goes Live
The changes for the T26E4 SuperPershing will not arrive in time for the 8.6 Update, but when we've finished tinkering it'll once again become available. Which update that will occur in has yet to be determined. Most of the changes will center around altering the armor angles of the frontal plates, and an exact list of the changes will be provided in a future article. Owners of the T26E4 SuperPershing, who purchased the vehicle prior to the changes, will have the opportunity to sell it for the full retail price in Gold (7,200).
Please, take in your attention the fact that we will compensate the full price disregarding the fact, whether you've purchased it on discount or not.
105 leFH18B2 and Sexton
The French 105 lefH18B2 will be bumped up from tier IV to tier V; no changes will be made to its combat characteristics. The matchmaking for this vehicle will remain the same, but due to the overall improvements to artillery this vehicle definitely belongs at tier V. Similarly, this vehicle will be removed from the in-game store but will not be making a return. Instead, this vehicle will be used as a special reward for events.
No nerfs will be made to this vehicle, even though going up Tier, it will still see the same tanks and act just the same as prior to 8.6. But we want to reserve this vehicles as rewards for special events, like Type 62
The large rebalancing project launched for SPGs in the 8.6 Update, unfortunately, did not include the proposed British Sexton. We want to roll this vehicle off the assembly line very soon, and we want it to make a stellar appearance, so we're postponing its arrival to a future update.
And probably it won't come in 8.7 also. A33 Excellior will be added in 8.6 though.