– reliable information source

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Tankfest 2017 interview with Thaine Lyman and Vyacheslav Makarov

Video of interview with Thaine Lyman and Vyacheslav Makarov in first day of Tankfest 2017



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Answers from Q&A session with players at Grand Finals

  • “We keep eye on Type 59 characteristics. In plans we want some of them to make better” – Murazor;
  • “There is no plans for awards for logging-in into game daily. However there will be similar specials and activiies” – Anton “Evilly” Pankov;
  • “In update 9.19 there will be fixes for some server issues. Update will come out after Grand Finals” – A.Pankov;
  • “There are no plans for changing tanks with prefferential matchmaking. Their battle tiers won’t change” -V. Makarov;
  • “WGFest will happen! We will pick place and time. When everything will be done, we will inform you” – A. Pankov;
  • “There are some questions about mid-tier tanks’ economics. We will investigate and we will fix them” -A. Pankov;
  • “We will soon take Erlenberg out from battles completely. We know about problems of that map” – A. Pankov;
  • “We want to give STB-1 an air suspension. There is such a plan” – V. Makarov;
  • “With introduction of new graphics, we want to optimize it so that FPS would remain same as it was with old graphcis” – A. Pankov;
  • “There wont be additional equipment slots. There will be only one additional slot for ranked battles” – A. Pankov;
  • “We don’t plan to change mechanics of gold ammunition and make a restriction of amount of premium shells in ammunition storage” – A. Pankov;
  • “In 9.19 the perk “Brothers in Arms” (BiA) will work together with perk “Sisterhood of Steel” when in the same crew of a tank” – A. Pankov;


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Answers from developers at Grand Finals

  • “Defender” will not appear on sale soon;
  • There is anti-cheating solution currently in development, which will allow to identify mods. Somewhere around autumn we will begin public tests. We have already launched AT version of site for mods. And in the end we will close /resmods, so it could only be accessed through “approval” ;
  • Trade-in in CIS (RU) is already on its way;
  • With new maps, the development situation is bad. In general, there are new maps currently in development, but the whole developer team is now concentrated on  turning maps to HD. Makarov: I would have introduced another 10 decent maps, but they won’t give me means;
  • We have made new camouflage system and varied it by class.  Now, for at least half a year we will be completing interface. There will be lots of variety with it. No estimation of time;
  • Line of ‘Foch’ and top of its tree rework is already in progress. Everything there is wrong starting with tier 8;
  • The number of arties in games has reduced;
  • There is completely no plans for T-22 sr.;
  • The Chinese server exclusively will receive a unique crew, “Beijing Opera”. Official announcement – next week;


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WoWs Gamescom Q & A

All questions have been answered by Philip Molodkovets: supertest manager from Saint Petersburg, Russia. 

We start off with a hot topic question right off the bat, asked by HMS_H00D, and you can already guess what it is…

  • Q: When is the first line of British ships coming to the game?
    A: We are planning to launch it this year. More information will be shared at gamescom 2016 in Cologne, Germany.

TheLordFlash is following up with an even more pressing question, but will the devs be able to talk about it just yet?

  • Q: What nations/ships can we expect in the coming year in World of Warships?
    A: This is subject to separate announcements – keep your eyes on the Portal and our Forums!

MrFingers asks:

  • Q: How do you decide which ship is a viable tech-tree ship, which isn’t, and which can become a Premium Ship?
    A: We try to compose the tech trees in logical way, in order to create a historical and balanced in-game progression system. As for Premiums, we love the idea of famous ships with some history or some unusual ships with special gameplay traits. In general, however, there are no strict rules.

Player modeste poses a question few dare to ask nowadays…

  • Q: Submarines are missing in the game to create naval formations. They could be useful when we capture an area because they could launch torpedoes. Are we getting submarines?
    A: Well, there are no plans for subs now. Things could change, theoretically, but we are quite busy with the classes we already have in the game now.

t0ffik1 wonders about the balancing of the game.

  • Q: What are the Devs plans to balance Tier X?
    A: The same process we do for any other Tier: to monitor server stats and feedback and to make changes when needed.

Danziger_ asks about a planned feature.

  • Q: When will clans be introduced to WoWS?
    A: We’re working on it. We definitely want to do this, but currently it’s not possible to state the date or version when this particular feature will appear.

ROCKSTEEL79  is interested in platform diversity.

  • Q: Are there any plans to create a PS4 version of WoWS?
    A: We are interested in all platforms, but there are no plans that we can share for now.

Erik_Aukan has trouble paying his bills in the game…

  • Q: Do you plan to improve the economy (repair costs) and game modes, to encourage players to play less passive and be less afraid of high repair bills?
    A: Yes. We definitely plan to expand the number of activities, for which players receive rewards after battle, in order to encourage aggressive tactics and reward team play.

mea0w is wondering about Team Battles and where they have gone.

  • Q: The population of Team Battles thinned out dramatically at the end of the pilot season. What changes do you plan to make to make them more interesting and rewarding?
    A: There are several major problems with Team Battles we discovered after release (thanks to all the players for their feedback). Currently we cannot discuss the future of this mode. Let’s wait for its next version at least on the super test (More information will be shared on the Portal when the developers are ready to share anything).

nibloke wants to pimp their ship up.

  • Q: Will we ever see cosmetic adjustments for our ships, like having your own flags, choosing your own colours, putting your own names/numbers on your ships and so on?
    A: Probably, because this part of the game is currently being discussed internally. This is not our top priority, but surely it would be a nice feature to have.

Cmdr_Kouta wants to customise his carrier.

  • Q: Is it going to be possible in the future to select custom carrier loadouts, similar to selecting ammunition in World of Tanks?
    A: For now we’re planning to stick with preset loadouts.

MadMike82 asks about rewarding skilled gameplay.

  • Q: Currently there are no rewards for performing useful manoeuvres that support teamplay, like spotting enemies with destroyers, and it is also only barely worth it to provide AA cover to battleships. Are there any rewards and changes planned in this regard, to encourage teamplay?
    A: Yes, we’re planning to do this in one of the upcoming updates.

Cayden_Cailean asks about tech-trees.

  • Q: Are there any plans to divide the BB tech trees into battlecruisers and battleships and do the same with the cruisers, dividing them into light and armoured ones?
    A: There are some plans to work on the existing tech-trees and probably re-organise some branches, but we are not going to add new in-game classes for now.


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WoWs Q & A 11. 8. 2016

  • Q. My question concerns the latest collection of data regarding spotting and tanking. More particularly tanking. Is it possible, technically speaking, to monitor conditions where a player is tanking? In other words, do evading volleys at the border of the map and maneuvering between four battleships have different weights that come into the calculation of tanking? If so, will they be rewarded differently?
    A. At the moment, it is not possible, but, according to our data, players who are more active during battles receive more tanking rewards. If, in the future, we see an urgent need to do so, we will add logging conditions.
  • It’s no secret that a large part of the community is waiting for clans (in one form or another).
    We know that it’s being worked on, etc., etc. and that it will be released someday.
    So I wanted to know what department is assigned to this work and what parallel work (maybe more important tasks than clan functionality) they are assigned to?
    A. It is in the hands of the team that is in charge of what we call the metagame (economy, ranked battles, team battles, etc.), together with colleagues from Minsk who are working on clans and the global map in general. We plan to present their work to the players before the end of the year. We will try really hard to.
  • Q. Where is the long-due armour visualisation feature?
    A. It is nearly ready. We will make some final changes and will try to release it in one of the next few updates. If you recall, we promised we would release it in 2016. There is still time until then.
  • Q. Not so long ago, you explained that developers are happy with how fire mechanics are working. One of the arguments presented was that cruisers need to have a chance against battleships. I concur but my question is not about that.
    If we take into account the fact that cruisers need to have a fighting chance against battleships, then what about battleships who get burnt to the ground by invis-fire?
    If you want, we can discount firing from smoke. Even then, what can a battleship player do when a cruiser fires on him from stealth? Since he cannot catch him, he doesn’t stand a chance.
    A. The situation you described is indeed possible, especially in 1v1 duels. On the other hand, a battleship can also remove more than half the HP’s of a cruiser in one salvo.
    Currently, we do not think invis-fire is harmful since it requires a very specific build (which makes the ship weaker in other areas) and cannot be used very often in battle when there are many players.
    Regarding fires mechanics, since you asked, I will answer the question in details; I know there are many players interested in this matter that believe fires are more deadly than what they actually are. This is often the case with battleships captains. As an example, let us take tier 8 – 10 battleships, since it is a widely discussed topic.
    1. Battleships popularity in general
    The statistics regarding the RU-cluster from January to July show that battleships popularity is stable and even slightly increased. If we take all standard battles played on the cluster during that period, battleships representation increased from 32.9 to 35.1%. Thus, they make up slightly more than a third of all ships. There is no reason not to expect a slight increase in popularity with the release of the German battleships, or, more accurately, there is no reason to expect a decrease at least.
    2. Battleship damage distribution (damage received)
    During the last 30 days, battleships largest source of damage received comes from AP shells (42 % – 45.6 %), torpedoes plus flooding (19.9 % – 20.2 %). HE shells account for 16.8 % – 17.8 % and fires, 14.5 % – 17.6 %. Also remember that citadel damage can be healed by 10 % (that is of course damage from AP shells and torpedoes direct damage), damage to the superstructure, stern and bow by 50 % (here we can also add damage from HE shells and bombs), and damage from fires and flooding can be fully healed. That is why a badly damaged battleship can withdraw from battle to heal up and come with as much as half of his HP back.
    3. Combat effectiveness
    Regarding the potential for dealing damage, battleships do not disappoint, combining the roles of damage dealers and tanks. Their concurrents are carriers and in about every category, there is a tough fight going on between these two classes regarding who is the best.
    Destroyers and cruisers, which, according to some players, burn the poor battleships and flood them under waves of torpedoes cannot even dream of dealing that much damage. Moreover, according to those same players, battleships are easy food for these classes since they have a lot of HP on which to feed.
    Regarding winrate, battleships are about the same as other classes.
    Their AA is normal (only cruisers are above them because of their barrage ability).
    Survivability (% of battles in which a ship has survived until the end) for battleships is considerably higher than for cruisers or destroyers.
    4. A very brief summary
    Battleships are played. Battleships survive. Battleships inflict damage. Battleships are a good and useful class. If we were to buff them, by increasing their survivability (especially against fires and HE shells), they would be overpowered. Our game would become World of Battleships. And that is bad. 35.1 % popularity, we can live with that. But it is bordering on being too much.
    So, if we were to follow players’ suggestions, we would have to nerf them in another way. If they had a better survivability, we would have to nerf their damage for example, and according to our experience, such change would not be well received by players.
    That is why we do not plan to make any considerable changes to battleship balance or to fire mechanics.
  • Q. I once asked if you thought that Moskva was performing too well. You said no.
Win rate
Avg. frags
Avg. damage
Avg. experience
Avg. planes destroyed
Kills / deaths
Moskva U.S.S.R. 22 769 57.45 % 1.09 80 173 1 845 4.98 2.83
Zao Japan 81 408 56.48 % 1.14 80 057 1 980 4.19 2.86
Hindenburg Germany 29 639 55.55 % 1.02 70 253 1 908 5.98 2.29
Des Moines U.S.A. 46 225 54.36 % 1.08 65 496 2 072 7.05 2.05

I also asked the same question about Khabarovsk.

Win rate
Avg. frags
Avg. damage
Avg. experience
Avg. planes destroyed
Kills / deaths
Khabarovsk U.S.S.R. 28 141 58.91 % 1.07 58 529 1 868 1.26 2.22
Shimakaze Japan 92 548 52.40 % 0.96 50 122 1 670 0.30 1.92
Gearing U.S.A. 30 020 55.26 % 1.07 48 752 1 985 1.31 1.83

So, here’s my question. You plan to nerf Zao, but you don’t see any problems with the overperforming Moskva.
Even Yamato cannot pen its bow.
Please tell me, is it a coincidence that a nation with such a mediocre fleet, of which half the branch is paper ships perform so well?
A. Cruiser Moskva and destroyer Khabarovsk have one characteristic in common: they are nearly ideal to fight against their pairs. On the other hand, they also share a common disadvantage: a high detection range. It is easier to avoid 1v1 duel with them than it is with other ships. And firing on them is the same as with other ships. Moskva is easily (and more importantly, more constantly) damaged by battleships and Khabarovsk, by cruisers.
We can say that these ships have a very distinctive role and a very distinctive disadvantage. They are bullies, who can give their pairs hell but who can be easily taken down by the “adults” (by the class above).
In the current gameplay, we do not see the necessity to nerf their characteristics. Improve their concurrents, that is entirely possible.


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WoWs Q & A 29. 7. 2016

  • No big updates for CVs this year, because Wargaming is trying to squeeze in two major updates which will affect CVs “dramatically”. Those being inclusion of bonuses for teamwork actions like spotting, the second being a more responsive UI. “Our goal is a quickness and responsiveness something similair to a fast paced RTS like starcraft.”
  • After the event where NA could win a Mikasa, there’ll be more events (on NA) this year but no confirmation whether other ships will we given out in those.
  • NA team is considering how to offer Kamikaze R / Fujin, no decision yet.
  • Captain skill system is something the devs want to overhaul in the future. These perks should enable more interesting gameplay and not be a one size fits all gameplay option.
  • No Austro-Hungarian ships in 2016.
  • Quemapueblos hints that there might be another ARP ship coming soon-ish.
  • Armorviewer is scheduled for release in “next patch or two”, unless something unforseen happens.
  • Royal Navy cruisers are still on track to be released this year.
  • No ETA for ranked battles season 5 as of now, but they want some competitive mode back up and running (Team Battles maybe?)
  • No new high tier premium IJN ships scheduled for 2016.
  • German destroyers confirmed as last line to be released (hopefully) this year.
  • Wargaming is working on removing fail divisions with the next patch or two.
  • No splits of shiplines this year (CA/CL or BB/BC).


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WoWs Q & A 19. 7. 2016

  • Q. It seems that the people behind the ranked battles matchmaker only play DDs, don’t play the game or are too busy developing AAA MMO games to even care.
    Since we’re nearly through 4 seasons of ranked battles, it would be interesting to hear your thoughts about it and what you plan for the future.
  • A. All my colleagues and myself that played ranked battles share your pain (that having different ship classes composition between the teams is painful). The RB matchmaker does indeed have some problems. They will soon be resolved when we will implement the new matchmaker (that was introduced in 0.5.8 in random battles) in this mode as well.
  • Q. Permanent camouflages are way overpriced. Wouldn’t it be better to allow players to put them on different ships?
    A. Permanent camouflages are designed for the players who desire to keep one ship. We don’t plan to allow players to put them on other ships or change the way they work or are sold. They were first introduced as a special “feature” to those interested to play on a single ship for a long time. Moreover, most of the bonuses they give can be found on camouflages that can be bought with silvers so I don’t think we can speak about them being “overpriced”.
  • Q. In WoT, players are rewarded for spotting enemies whereas in WoWs, they aren’t. Wouldn’t be fair to reward those who allow other players to inflict damage by spotting enemies for them ?
    A. We would really like to do it. Beginning with patch 0.5.9, we will start collecting server data regarding teamplay actions such as spotting and tanking. This data will help us set an economical reward for such actions in the future (hopefully not so far future). However, it’s important to remember that in doing so, we don’t plan to improve economic gains. When rewards for such actions will be implemented, the economy will take them into account when calculating final rewards and thus economical gains will remain as they were previously.
  • Q. I have more than 2 million experience points that can be converted into free xp. Could you add another use for that experience?
    A.We don’t plan to. The convertible experience you accumulated is a resource that doesn’t force to do anything with it. Either you convert it, either you wait for another use for it to appear (as said before, currently, we don’t plan to do that), or you don’t do anything with it. There’s nothing wrong with that.
  • Q. I read your comments about the 283 vs 380 mm Gneisenau discussion. For me, it seems you’re saying that 155 mm Mogami is an unplayable trashcan and thus 283 mm Scharnhorst will also be an unplayable trashcan.
    Just make 155 mm Mogami a premium ship so she can at least make some profits. Why wouldn’t you equip both Scharnhorst and Gneisenau with 283 mm guns but give Scharhorst 1.5X defensive fire for 20-30 seconds. She would thus sill be different and players would buy her. All in all, I’m less and less willing to buy Scharnhorst.
    Are we stuck in a battle without alternatives?
    A. Mogami was a bad example. The fact that she has the option to sport 155 mm guns is fine from a historical standpoint but it’s a mistake from a gameplay standpoint. I explained the reason for this. And to deliberately repeat one’s mistake is not the best course of action.
    If you read my explanation, you must be aware that balance comes before historical accuracy. This reflects our general thought process.
    I will also add that you should not make premature conclusions regarding the effectiveness of ships that are still being tested. For now and from what the tests have shown, Scharnhorst is too performant and it’s unlikely it will be released in her current state. We will slightly tweak her and test her once more.