Gaijin Entertainment is pleased to announce that we are implementing a new type of armoured vehicle to our military-historical online game War Thunder. The experimental model of the ST-1 Soviet tank is now in the ranks of Soviet, German and American ground forces lineups.
Development of the ST-1 started even before the start of World War II. The first world war, which was also called “the trench war”, showed an inefficiency in the usual infantry breakthrough and required the creation of an absolutely new type of ground vehicle - something that could cross destroyed roads and ground torn apart from explosions. This is what the ST-1 was about - the first and the only model of a walking tank.
Not only did it have an extremely high cross-country ability, the ST-1 also was almost immune to anti-tank hedgehogs and mines. Even more so, thanks to it unique looks, it would spread fear and panic in enemy infantry ranks. But at the same time, while “walking” the vehicle was highly vulnerable to different types of other weapons, even low calibre ones, which together with its high production cost forced the USSR to decline mass production of the walking tanks. 20 units were made in total, 5 of which were captured by the Germans and 3 were given to the US due to its technology exchange program.
The Developers of War Thunder have been collecting information from archives around the world to create the walking tank in the game. Different parts of ST-1 - some turret details, for example, were discovered in later projects of some Soviet tanks: the KV-1, the T-26 and also the T-60.
If you want to read more about this unique vehicle, read our Developer's Blog here!
Try out the new ST-1 tanks in action now in War Thunder through the “Events” menu!
According to historical sources, the ST-1 was only given to the most experienced crews,
so prove yourself in battle to earn the privilege of commandeering this monstrosity! In this event, your selected lineup does not matter - just join the queue as USA, USSR or Germany and have fun!
You can control an ST-1 after earning enough Spawn Points using regular vehicles.
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Try the SPS-255 and the new War Thunder mode in the “Events” tab!
We are pleased to announce that we have finished work on the simplified game mechanics for the original War Thunder announcement anniversary date!
We have already created one new vehicle - the SPS-255 (Special Purpose Sherman), which meets the requirements for the new mode completely. It is easy to control, it won’t drift, since it’s only able to achieve a speed of 6 mph (10 km/h). The tank is equally armoured all over with rubberized armour and doesn’t have any particular weak spots - all of them are equally weak. Two special shell types offered are not that different one from another - which allows users to not have to change their playstyle when they run out of the ammo that they are used to.
Another difference from the rest of the War Thunder vehicles is that SPS-255 has a health bar - or so-called “hitpoints”, which may help users from other projects to adapt.
The developers are certain that the new tank will be highly appreciated by new players, who have just begun to play War Thunder, as well as our already experienced tankers, who wish to take a break from the real battles with tanks made of steel.
Video of Unrealistic Battles here!