We are happy to finally give you an answer to the most popular question in the history of the game: yes, they are coming.
Submarines played an important role in the naval operations of the first half of the 20th century. Their missions and aims were very different from other types of ships in these conflicts. Thus, the harmonious integration of this new ship type into our battle modes isn’t going to be an easy task.
Having tested many prototypes during internal tests, we’re pleased to inform you that our team has been fully engaged in the development and preparation for the launch of submarines into PvP gameplay. To do this, we’ve got several issues to resolve: we have to find the niche that they should occupy, make the gameplay exciting and diverse, work out different options for the interaction of submarines with other ship types and between each other, update our maps, and take many other details into consideration. However, you can already be sure that the underwater hunters will eventually become available in World of Warships.
The first step will come in the form of Closed Tests of the game process in order to evaluate the current concept and ensure the stability of test clients.
Then, Open Testing will take place. During this stage, you’ll be able to share your opinions with us and be among the first players to try out the new ship type in World of Warships. We’re planning several testing iterations during the second stage. It will be something like a Beta Test for the new type. Initially, only some of the players who submit their applications will be able to participate in the testing. Access will gradually be expanded and in time, everyone will be able to take part in the submarine trials.
After this comes the third stage. We’ll add submarines into the live client as a separate battle type, similar to Arms Race, Savage Battle, or Space Battle. The third stage will last several months. This will enable us to make the final touches and adjust the balance of the new type on the live server. When we’re done with all these steps, we’ll be able to decide on the final fate of submarines.
The submarine tree will be built the same way as the aircraft carrier tree: with submarines at even tiers only. The first researchable submarine will appear at Tier VI. This is in part because spreading ships between tiers allows us to balance them more easily within their respective match-making brackets, and in part to have a better differentiation between the initially implemented designs.
Germany, the Soviet Union, and the United States will be the first nations to enter testing. Japan will be next in line for introduction into the game.
Main features of submarines
Submarines are stealthy hunters, somewhat similar to destroyers. But what will the features of this new type be?
Diving and surfacing
Submarines will have the best stealth parameters, low survivability, and unique controls with unusual new mechanics. Besides the regular horizontal movement, players will also be able to control the depth of their dive.
Changing the depth of a dive allows submarines to hide from enemies and become invulnerable to most sources of damage. However, submarines have a limited supply of oxygen in battle. Once they’ve depleted this supply, they must resurface to replenish it.
There will be three levels of depth:
- Surface—at this level, a submarine can be detected by line of sight, Hydroacoustic Search, and radar, like any other ship in the game. Torpedoes can be launched. Oxygen supplies are replenished when on the surface. Capturing Key Areas is only possible when surfaced.
- Periscope—the submarine’s detectability is significantly reduced (by 50%). At this level, she can be detected by Hydroacoustic Search or in the usual way from a ship or aircraft. Subs can’t be detected by radar at this level. Torpedoes can be launched, and the use of sonar is possible. Oxygen is spent when at this level.
- Underwater—ships cannot detect a submarine in standard ways (including through the use of any consumable). However, in this position, a submarine can be detected by another submarine in periscope depth and underwater position at a distance of 2 kilometers or closer. She also has no chances of launching torpedoes or spotting anyone except from a distance of two kilometers or less. Oxygen is spent and the Hydrophone is turned on.
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