Patch day has arrived once again for World of Tanks and that means new metallic death machines to wage war on new battlefields. The latest update enhances the German and Soviet tank rosters light & medium tanks, including the legendary German Tier X Leopard 1. And those new tanks will come in handy as players wage war on the new Pearl River battlefield map as well as the newly revamped maps of Siegfried Line, South Coast, and Malinovka.

In addition to all the new content, World of Tanks players (both paying and non-paying) can create 3-member platoons and companies. Another big change also now allows the purchase of all premium consumable items with in-game credits. Previously these were only available with Gold that had to be purchased with real money so have fun.

The 8.5 update is now available for European players and will deploy for players in the US and Southeast Asia tomorrow. Visit the World of Tanks website to learn more or to sign up to play for free.

Wargaming Releases Update 8.5 for World of Tanks

New German and Soviet vehicles will join the game, premium features will become available to non-paying players

24th April, 2013 - Wargaming, the leading free-to-play developer and publisher, today announced the release of Update 8.5 for its award-winning World of Tanks free-to-play action MMO. This newest update further expands the tank rosters for both Germany and the USSR, as well as introduces new premium feature options for non-paying players. Update 8.5 will release on April 24th in Europe, April 25th in Southeast Asia and the United States, and May 7th in South Korea.

The German tech tree will be updated with new, powerful medium tanks, including the legendary Tier X Leopard 1, while the Soviet tree will be strengthened with three new light tanks.

Also of note in Update 8.5, players will now be able to purchase all premium consumables with credits. Previously, premium consumables were only purchasable with gold, the in-game currency purchased with real-world money. In addition, all players, both paying and non-paying, will be able to create 3-member platoons and companies.

Update 8.5 is further rounded out with the introduction of a new battle arena, Pearl River, as well as visual revamps of the Siegfried Line, South Coast, and Malinovka maps.

About World of Tanks

World of Tanks is the first and only team-based, massively multiplayer online action game dedicated to armored warfare. Throw yourself into the epic tank battles of World War II with other steel cowboys all over the world. Your arsenal includes more than 300 armored vehicles from United States, Germany, the Soviet Union, France, Great Britain and China, carefully detailed with historical accuracy.

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About Wargaming

Wargaming is an award-winning online game developer and publisher and one of the leaders in the free-to-play MMO market. Founded as a privately held company in 1998, Wargaming has shipped more than 15 titles and employs over 1500 people across such key regions as North America, Europe, Russia, Asia, and Australia.

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