War Thunder 1.59 Flaming Arrows

Posted on 10 Jun 2016 by
Lee Braden

“War is a catalyst to advance technology” as my old physics teacher said, and in War Thunder, the addition of Anti-Tank Guided Missiles in the new Flaming Arrows patch adds new technology to the game. The newest additions to 1.59 are tanks that carry ATGM’s. The Russian IT-1 and West German Raketenjagdpanzer 2 can only fire ATGM’s. The US M551 Sheridan and Swedish Stridsvagn 81, that is under the British tree as it’s a Centurion, can fire live rounds as well as ATGM’s.

Aside from the Stridsvagn 81, the other ATGM tanks are in the regular research tree and are free for anyone to claim when you reach tier 5. But be careful, you have thin armour and the missiles only travel at 1/5th the speed of most tank shells and you need to keep your pip on target to hit.

The British have been given an extra Cromwell variant. This one is a Cromwell Mk 5 with rails carrying 4x RP-3 Rockets, the same rockets as used on British fighters and attackers.

Not to leave the Fleet Air Arm and RAF untouched, they got some extra’s too, the FAA got the Westland Wyvern the first turbo-prop introduced into the game as a premium and the RAF got the Halifax Mk IIIa bomber to round out the bomber tree more.

Imperial Japanese Armed Forces haven’t got their tanks yet, but their air tree has had the Kawanishi N1K1-Ja and Kawasaki Ki-61-2 fighters added. These are both around Battle Ranking 5, and are well rounded for their ranking.

Germany has received some extras along with the RakJPz 2, the Sturmer Emil a 128mm armed open-top SPG, Panzer III Ausf B as a reserve, replacing the Panzer II Ausf C as a reserve tank, as well as captured KV-2 and T-34.

The Luftwaffe got an update too. The Hs-123 biplane as a new tier 1 Dive Bomber, which had a role and did well in the Spanish Civil war, as well as the He 219-A7 a heavy night-fighter which the model in game was made by a player and accepted under the content share program which brought us some skins last year. Also included in the Luftwaffe line-up is a special event plane the He 162-A1 a variant of the current He 162-A2 in game, but is armed with 2x MK 108 30mm cannons. This will come up at some point via a challenge.

Of course, the US Armed Forces got some love too. Aside from the M551 they got the LVT(A)(1) as a reserve to replace the M2A1 as a reserve tank, the 105mm armed T-29 Heavy Tank and the M48A1 Patton III medium tank.

US Air Force got the Douglas B-18 Bolo bomber nestled in tier 1 giving a nice little bit of bombing for early American levels. Also the B-29 has had its model improved quite a bit.

Russia has received a large slice of the cake as well, along with the IT-1 they have gotten ASU-57 air-deliverable tank, its replacement the ASU-85 and the premium KV-2 ZIS-6 a 107mm armed KV-2 with a long range and high penetration.

Russian Air Forces have gotten a respectable late game boost with the Yak-30D a plane that was dropped as it was too similar to the already in use MiG-15 and the biggest bomber to date for the Russians, the Tu-4 a direct copy, even down to a small fix patch from a bird strike, of an interned in 1945 B-29 Superfortress.

Some models have been given a touch up, as well as handling and armour/damage characteristics have been updated to improve gameplay. There is so much to write about. Why not drop to the official press release below and change out the change log. I hope to see you flying over the Channel at some point soon.

Official Press Release

June 9th, 2016 – Gaijin Entertainment today announced that War Thunder’s 1.59 update, titled, ‘Flaming Arrows’, introduces four new tanks armed with player guided anti-tank missile weaponry. One missile firing tank will be introduced for four of the War Thunder nations. This type of player guided missile ordnance will bring a totally new short and long range destructive capability to ground battles in War Thunder, thus expanding the number of tactics and strategies players can employ.

The four anti-tank missile vehicles consist of the Soviet IT-1, a formidable armoured platform which makes up for its lack of a main gun with a consignment of ATGM’s.The low-profile German Raketenjagdpanzer-2 which provides a sleek and fast anti-tank armoured asset which can fire two missiles in succession and the fast Vietnam-era US M551 “Sheridan’’ with its ability to launch both artillery and ATGMs. Last but not least, the Swedish Strv 81 lends its support to the British tank tech tree and packs a particularly powerful punch with its three ATGMs which can penetrate any armour in War Thunder. Check out the destructive capabilities of the anti-tank guided missile here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpKSqh-I3AY

War Thunder’s latest Flaming Arrows update also adds two new maps to the mix: Port Novorossiysk situated on the coast of the Black Sea with combined battles, and a new 128×128 km map for aircraft dogfights over the English Channel, situated over the English and French coasts. For the Novorossiysk map Gaijin Entertainment’s painstaking attention to detail saw its artists create some incredible map design work based on archive data, photographs, historic air recon intelligence photos and newsreel footage. The map provides a good all round scope of gameplay with its wide avenues for quick decisive armoured breakthroughs or cat and mouse pursuit among the ruins.

Additionally, Flaming Arrows adds 25 new vehicles across five of the nations in the game, increasing the total number of vehicles in the game to more than 700. USA will get a floating tank LVT(A)1 and powerful T29, the Brits will get the Halifax Mk B.III bomber and Wyvern S.4 naval strike aircraft. Germany adds the dreaded Sturer Emil SPG, and the Soviets add a jet in the form of the Yak-30, as well as two paratrooping SPGs. Japan gets three new aircraft in total, including the N1K1Ja and the N1K2.

One additional addition to this latest War Thunder update is the He 219. Nicknamed the ‘Eagle-Owl’ this German night fighter is the first aircraft to be added to War Thunder through the the games revenue share program and was created by a member of the War Thunder community. The He 219 – was designed and built as a combined effort between the community (model, textures) and the War Thunder developers (flight model, damage model, armament) and takes its place as a rank 4 vehicle in the German research tree.

A new visual makeover to the hangars for both planes and tanks also updates the look.

Be sure to check out all the latest additions to this update on the games devblog here: https://warthunder.com/en/devblog/

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