World of Tanks is getting a complete graphical overhaul in its next update

Matt Sayer 24 December 2017 NEWS

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One of the world's most popular free-to-play games is about to get a whole lot prettier.

Tankers, as the players of the enormously popular vehicular combat game World of Tanks are affectionately known, are in for a real treat early next year. Releasing in March 2018, Update 1.0 is set to drastically change the look and feel of the game, bringing it more in line with modern releases while leaving the established framework of historically-authentic warfare untouched.

To facilitate this, developer Wargaming is completely replacing the game's existing graphics engine with a custom-built one called Core, which promises to deliver more-realistic textures, improved shader and lighting models and water tech that responds more authentically to the battles raging around it.

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Along with the fresh graphics engine, over 25 maps from the game are receiving significant makeovers to further enhance their visuals, with extra graphical effects and more complex physically-based rendering techniques aiming to make each map feel more dynamic.

The audio landscape of World of Tanks isn't missing out on the overhaul either. The March update will add a unique aural theme to each map, one that changes dynamically based on how intense the combat is at any given moment. More than 40 musicians from across the globe contributed to the new soundtrack, with everything from Arabic instruments to Gregorian chants used to give the locations a distinct aural character.

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"Update 1.0 is a true game-changer,” said Milos Jerabek, the Development Director for World of Tanks. “Though the spirit of the game remains the same, the introduction of the new graphics engine leads to a far greater boost in image fidelity than a simple resolution increase. It’s a staggering difference from the game as you know it, and we can’t wait for players to get hands-on with it.”

While the update is still a few months away, you can get a sneak peek at what's in store by downloading Wargaming's World of Tanks enCore 2018 program, which shows off some of the new visuals and music coming to the game next year.


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