After years of saying that there was no chance of a Chinese tech tree making its way to War Thunder due to an excess of “copy/pasted” vehicles forming the bulk of it, today Gaijin Entertainment revealed that… a Chinese tech tree will become part of the game from the 1.91 update onwards.
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The Harrier is one of many exciting new additions awaiting players in the upcoming War Thunder ‘New Power’ update. However, we still have more interesting features to showcase, so make sure to stay tuned to the news! In the meantime, clear skies and happy hunting pilots. GR.1 is a GE premium whilst GR.3 is in the tech tree. War Thunder introduces a variety of new vehicles ranging from Russian helicopters to the first rank V naval vessels and the introduction of the Swedish tech tree for aircraft. The update also opens the Chinese tech tree to all players. The Chinese tech tree imho is necessary in a game such as War Thunder due to a sizeable Chinese/Taiwanese player-base, their impact in world affairs during the 20th-21st Century (WWII, Korean War, etc.), and the like. The majority of the Chinese tech ree is copy and paste which a lot of the community doesnt like and finds to be boring. With the arrival of the Italian Navy - the Regia Marina - in War Thunder update 1.89 ”Starfighters” yet another Naval tech tree was added to the game. This leaves the game with three nations that lack a naval tech tree, France, China, and Sweden.
If you are an outsider to War Thunder, dear reader, then I wouldn’t fault you for thinking this is unexpected behavior from the company that made one of the most interesting MMOs of recent history. For us veterans, however, this is just business as usual, since the things Gaijin handles the worst are communication, game balance and special events (with the exception of the recent Operation H.E.A.T. which was actually fun to play).
As you can see from the sneak peek we got above, the Chinese tech tree will indeed feature many vehicles found on other trees, such as the American M18. This is, of course, not an issue on Gaijin‘s end since China didn’t really produce many AFVs not based on foreign designs. War thunder ps5 upgrade. As usual, real life gets in the way when it comes to semi-realistic videogames.
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If you wish to access this new tech tree when the 1.91 update hits (which will also introduce night/thermal vision devices among other niceties), then you might not be surprised to learn that there are two ways of unlocking it, one of them involving a significant money expenditure, and the other involving long gameplay hours. What do I mean by that? Well, you can either pre-order certain packs that will give you premium vehicles ingame along with premium currency, or you can wait until the 1.91 update and grind for special ingame tasks that once completed will grant you access.
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After each battle you are awarded with Research Points (RP), and what do Research Points make? Research Prizes! RP contribute towards unlocking modifications for the planes you were flying (covered in a separate guide), and researching new aircraft.
To see all the exciting planes you’ll (eventually) be able to fly, click the “Research” button in the hanger:
The Russian tech tree; not to be confused with the Russian techno tree
Aircraft are divided into five ranks or eras, broadly chronologically but with some adjustments to account for performance in a game context, for example the German Do 217 J series heavy fighters in Rank II are derived from the Do 217 E bomber in Rank III. Aircraft you own have a blue background, aircraft you can research have a slightly darker blue background, aircraft that aren’t available for research yet have a red background. Over on the right hand side of the tree are Premium and Gift aircraft, with a yellow/gold background. Premium aircraft are bought with Gold Eagles (the real money currency), and don’t need to be researched; Gift aircraft are generally available in bundles, or sometimes in promotions or giveaways.
To progress through the ranks you need to unlock a certain number of aircraft, shown under the Roman numeral on the left; in the screenshot I’ve got three Rank I aircraft and need six in total before I can research a Rank II aircraft, then I’ll need to research four of Rank II before I can start on Rank III.
To unlock a specific plane you’ll need to have researched the previous plane in its line (connected via an arrow). Some aircraft, such as the I-15, SB and Su-2, have a little tab in the top left corner of their icon; these are stacks of planes, if you click one then a window should pop up with two or more variants of that plane. Stacking can be a little inconsistent; the LaGG-3-8 and LaGG-3-11 aren’t stacked, despite being very similar, whereas the LaGG-3-35 and LaGG-3-66 after them have more significant differences, but are stacked. You only have to research one of a stack of planes to move down the line, so to get to the La-5 you have to research the LaGG-3-8, then the LaGG-3-11, then the LaGG-3-35, but you can skip the LaGG-3-66 (or you can research it as well, if three LaGG-3 variants just aren’t enough).
Hovering over a plane in the tree pops up a little stat card showing its salient details:
The BB-1 light bomber; BB stands for ‘Blues Bomber’ (No it doesn’t – Ed)
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The precise figures may not be completely accurate, and will vary depending on upgrades, but it should give a rough idea of the performance and armament. To get a first-hand impression you can also take any plane eligible for research for a test flight, either right-click or use the second little icon over the plane.
The second stat on the card, “Battle Rating” (1.7 in this example), is a more granular indication of plane performance within Ranks, and very important for matchmaking. Battle Rating increases in rounded 0.33 increments (1.0, 1.3, 1.7, 2.0, 2.3 etc.), and in general you should meet opponents with Battle Ratings up to 1.0 higher or lower than your highest BR.
To research an aircraft, simply click the “Research” button just underneath it. You can research one aircraft per country at any time; the trickiest bit can be deciding what to choose next. For a new USSR player looking for a fighter there’s either the I-16 Type 18, the LaGG-3-8 or, if you click on the I-15, then the next option in that stack is the I-15bis. Of those, the LaGG-3-8 is quite a step up, a monoplane considerably faster than the other choices, and armed with a 20mm cannon, whereas the I-15bis is a slightly upgraded version of the starting biplane, reflected in their Battle Ratings of 2.0 and 1.3 respectively. For a brand new player, I’d actually suggest starting with the I-15bis; as mentioned the matchmaker works on Battle Rating, so if you fly the LaGG then you’ll meet tougher opponents.
So, after decided which aircraft you’d like next and putting it In Research, all you have to do is fly your other aircraft. After each match you should see your progress towards the new plane:
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In this example I’m researching the I-153 M-62 and gained 1064 Vehicle research points in the battle, almost half the 2400 I’ll need to unlock it, represented by the yellow bar. Another battle or two should be enough to finish the research, especially if the team wins (victories grant a hefty RP bonus). Once unlocked, you need to buy the new plane with silver lions (the “Research” button under the plane turns into a “Buy” button), and then put it into service. You can replace one of your existing planes, but if you have enough money I would buy a new crew slot by clicking the “Recruit Crew” button at the bottom of the screen; the fourth slot costs 10,000 silver lions and the fifth slot costs 50,000 lions. You can buy further crew slots with gold eagles if you want, but five planes should last through most battles unless you’re particularly bold and/or unlucky. Either way you’ll need to pay to train the crew with the new plane; upgrading can be an expensive business!
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Click the “Research” button again to select the next aircraft you’d like to unlock; to focus on fighters, I’d suggest a new USSR player gets the I-15bis, the I-153 M-62, then the I-16, LaGG-3-8 and LaGG-3-11. For ground attack the BB-1 and Su-2 series have a useful combination of guns and bombs, and lead to the Il-2 Sturmovik; for heavier bombing there’s the SB series. If you’re not sure, or like a bit of a mix, then research one of each!