World of Warships Brings in the Commonwealth

World of Warships Brings in the Commonwealth

Now I know that World of Warships is not usually something that we talk about here on Player 2, but in this instance, they are doing something so cool that I just had to say something. As the mammoth game continues to be a mainstay for fans everywhere, the development team have continued to add new ships and features to keep everyone happy. Their latest addition is something that actually hits pretty close to home and that is the introduction of a new Commonwealth tech tree featuring ships from the Australian and New Zealand Navies. 

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The reason I say this hits close to home is, well my family actually has a pretty strong naval tradition. My Pop was a Chief Petty Officer in communications for the Australian Navy and served on ship during the Korean War. My uncle followed him into the Navy and also served aboard. The chance to actually play a game using the type of ships that my family served aboard is pretty darn special if you ask me and it might just be enough to get me to dip my toes into the game. 

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To celebrate the addition of the Aussies and the Kiwis into the mix, World of Warships has donated $10000 to the Australian National Maritime Museum in order to aid their goal of preserving our Naval history.

In response to the donation, Michael Baldwin, the museum’s Deputy Director said, “We thank Wargaming for its generous support. We have, over the past few years, enjoyed our involvement with the World of Warships game by participating in live, online events that bring museum research and objects to new, worldwide museum audiences, such as during the Longest Night of Museums. Gaming provides new ways of looking into our maritime heritage and provides new avenues for storytelling.”

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So, what are the details? Well according to the press release:  A brand new line of ten cruisers representing the Commonwealth nations, including Australian cruiser Cerberus and New Zealand ship Auckland, have sailed into Early Access. Found in the Tech Tree, these ships are known for their good damage per minute, countered with a slow turret traversal speed. With both light and heavy cruisers in this line, guns on this ship start from 152mm, and increase to 203mm from Tier VIII onward, and find additional firepower with the inclusion of torpedoes from Tier III onwards.

Alongside the addition of these cruisers comes a new Commonwealth Team Event Pass. With two 20-level progression lines to explore, players can unlock a plethora of rewards. Included are historical Commanders Harold Farncomb and Leonard Murray, camouflages, Containers and tokens to be redeemed in the Armoury. This Event Pass replaces daily missions with weekly missions, which streamlines progression compared to previous passes.

For the first time in WoWS, a brand new Commonwealth Tech Tree is being added to the game featuring Australian and New Zealand cruisers. The cruisers are historically and culturally significant, serving as faithful recreations of real ships used by Australian and New Zealand navies in the 1900s.

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As someone who has little experience with the game, it can be hard to say with any certainty but it certainly looks like the addition of Commonwealth ships to World of Warships is no small addon, there appears to be quite a large amount of content here for players looking to dive into the history of our Navy’s ships and take them into the game’s online battles. One thing is for sure, I applaud World of Warships’ commitment to helping preserve the history of these once great water-bound warriors, too many things are lost to history and this, if nothing else, will ensure their legend lives on, even if it is only online. 

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