Helicopters! And similar to that, you’ll be able to hear Wagner already, proper? As of immediately’s huge replace – “The Valkyries” – they’re now in free-to-play vehicular fight sim War Thunder, becoming a member of a legion of tanks, a swarm of planes and a slowly rising bathtub of boats. Five choppers (and a fistful of variants) at the moment are obtainable to fly, although entry to them is proscribed at current.
While helicopters are the headline function of replace 1.81, they’re at the moment in beta testing, accessible provided that you purchase a premium helicopter pack or full goals in-game to earn your means in. Thankfully, there’s loads left for the remainder of us, together with a sack of tanks, a pair planes, and a bushel of maps. Check out the patch notes here, or the ten minute replace trailer under.
Right now, helicopters are just for America and Russia. You’ll both want to purchase one in every of several costly premium bundles to get your self in on the bottom flooring (an odd thought for flying machines), or full ten each day duties, as detailed here. If you need to combat your means in, you’ll additionally want a Tier 5 tank or airplane from the USA or Russian tech tree – helicopters are excessive stage stuff. The choppers up to now are the US AH-1 and UH-1, and the Russian Mi-4, Mi-24 “Hind” and Mi-35. Most of them with variants, although the Snake-bothering Hind D is premium solely.
Choppers might be flown in particular chopper-only Event battles, or in Combined Arcade, Realistic and Simulator battles. Helicopters even have a 50% probability to exchange call-in airplane assist in Arcade mode floor battles above Battle Rank 9. One kill enables you to briefly management a gun or cannon chopper, two for one with rockets, and three kills for a tasty whirlybird with anti-tank missiles.
On the bottom fight aspect of issues, Gaijin proceed to increase into Korean War and Cold War period tech. Despite not having any infantry to hold, the long-lasting Russian BMP-2 is now drivable. As is the still-in-service British FV510 Warrior tank, the American M247 “Sergeant York” anti-air unit and the lesser-known Char 25t to fill out the French tech tree just a little. The Char is a post-war prototype that by no means made it into mass manufacturing – regardless of this, it’s obtainable to all and sits within the tech tree simply previous the AMX-13. There’s a complete of 11 new tanks in all.
Planes didn’t get a lot love this replace, with solely the Russian I-225 (an experimental high-altitude fighter) being new, whereas the German ME-163B jet will get a brand new mannequin and one variant. At least you’ll have some new places to combat on. Two new giant maps have been added – American Desert (1960s Arizona, to be exact) for floor battles, and Vietnam for the air. The patch additionally consists of two new naval battle maps – a Mediterranean port surroundings, and a Scandinavian coastal zone, each of which look pretty though I’ve not but had an opportunity to check out ship fight but.
There’s loads apart from the brand new automobiles on this replace. Improvements have been made to audio, flight fashions have been tweaked, commander view in tanks has been reworked and spawn prices in Realistic floor battles have been reduce. Check out the complete and exhaustive patch notes here.