For nearly five years, we’ve carefully refined and improved the awesome experience of getting into tanks and blowing the hell out of other tanks at the ground level. But variety is the spice of life, as the cliché goes, and this December, we’re offering you something a little different alongside the tank deathmatches you know and love.
Between November 30 and December 9, Commander Mode will be available from the main menu in World of Tanks: Mercenaries on Xbox One. We’ve been testing this over the last few months with the help of our community, whose feedback has been invaluable in helping us bring an awesome new experience to both veteran players and newcomers to the game.
Here are three reasons why you should dive in and duke it out in this new mode while you can…
A New Battlefield Perspective
Commander Mode takes the action from the ground to the sky, giving you a whole new perspective of the battlefield. Fans of real-time strategy games like Halo Wars 2 and Command & Conquer will be in their element as this new mode invites commanders to take a god’s eye view of the battlefield.
Combat has been simplified for a smooth experience. Damage to crews and modules has been disabled, and all units will be loaded with unlimited default ammunition, leaving you to focus on vehicle placement and your own battle prowess!
Command and Conquer
As the Commander, you have total mastery over a platoon of nine vehicles. With a complete view of the battlefield and its strategic possibilities, select and command your vehicles to move and fight. Think fast to coordinate devastating flanking manoeuvres, rush the enemy with the full force of your platoon, or come up with other creative and cunning ways to achieve victory!
You can give commands to individual vehicles for carefully planned attacks, or groups of them for a cavalry rush. Order your tanks to follow waypoints, attack the enemy, or retreat from heated battles easily thanks to the intuitive control scheme.
Bring Down the Man
If you feel like sticking it to the man, head into battle as a Tanker to wage war from the ground level! While the Commander controls an entire platoon, as the Tanker you’ll join forces with five other players to try and outfox the enemy Commander.
The Tanker offers more of a classic World of Tanks-like experience. With one of six tanks randomly assigned when you head into battle — and most of the rules of battle are still applicable – for you to focus on bringing down the Commander.