World of Tanks rewrites history in its new Mercenaries expansion

Matt Sayer 7 June 2018 NEWS

A whole new world awaits World of Tanks players on PS4 and Xbox One later this month.

World of Tanks, one of the most popular free-to-play games this side of Fortnite, has shown an impressive dedication to constant evolution over the years. Rather than simply rolling out more tanks and new maps – an approach many competing games would have already fallen back on this far into their lifespan – the tactical online shooter recently underwent a comprehensive graphical overhaul to bring it up to snuff with modern AAA titles. Shortly afterwards, developer Wargaming kicked off a special Soviet Dream Machines event with exclusive tanks, modes and prizes – all completely free for a game that already costs nothing to play.

That's apparently not enough for Wargaming, though, as the studio has today announced that the console versions of World of Tanks are in for another drastic overhaul later this month. Come 26 June, World of Tanks on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will become World of Tanks: Mercenaries as it receives what Wargaming is calling the game's largest expansion yet.

More than a mere name change, Mercenaries takes the game's existing historical grounding and flips it on its head with the introduction of an alternate-reality timeline. In this new vision of the world, war has torn the entire planet asunder. Fractured political powers hire mercenaries in a desperate attempt to seize control of the chaos, and that's where you come in.

As a member of the new Mercenaries nation, you pick from a host of freshly-added tanks cobbled together from parts of existing, real-life vehicles. These original tanks form part of a wholly new tech tree added in Mercenaries, with five vehicles arriving at launch and more to follow down the line.

For tankers interested in the world as much as the tanks, Mercenaries adds in a new PvE story campaign pitting your mercenary band against the combined might of the Soviet Union and the United States. Dubbed The Heist, this campaign weaves a tale of political espionage and nuclear power, and is available to take on solo or in a team with your friends via online co-op.

If you're more of a competitive tanker, Mercenaries has no shortage of fresh content for you too. A bunch of popular maps from the existing game have been redesigned to reflect the toll time and war has taken on them, giving you a fresh landscape to battle on in both the new Mercenaries vehicles and the existing 680+ historical tanks already in the game.

As with all World of Tanks updates, World of Tanks: Mercenaries will be completely free for all players when it launches on PS4 and Xbox One on 26 June.

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