War Thunder Update 1.71 to Usher in "New E.R.A." of Tanks

By Jeff Francis
War Thunder update 1.71 announced

The news from Gamescom continues to come out a rapid pace, and the latest bit is for the War Thunder mmofps. Some tough new combatants are going to be entering the field in the near future as Gaijin revealed the upcoming War Thunder update 1.71 that is dubbed "New E.R..A." by the developers. This update will push the game past the Second World War and include tanks from the Cold War and Vietnam War era.

In a post concerning War Thunder update 1.71, Gaijin explains why they chose "New E.R.A." as the name for the update. They write, "The name was coined for several reasons - first, we are adding a 6th rank for tanks and invite you to test the vehicles of the Cold War and Vietnam war period. Ground vehicles in War Thunder will receive new armour types - composite and Explosive Reactive Armour. This new era in tank construction marked the switch to brand new technologies in protection against powerful HEAT rounds and missiles that could easily destroy any WW2 armour. New infantry support machines will join combat - we are ready to tell you about some of them in the next few days. Stay tuned!"

The main focus of War Thunder update 1.71 is that Tier 6 tanks will be introduced to the mmo fps. There's no real details on what tanks will become available. The only confirmation that Gaijin has given is that the update will only have ground vehicles, which means no aircraft. However, it is interesting to see the game move into a later time period, especially one that has not been covered that well in gaming. Tanks were still a vital part of ground combat in the 1950s and 60s, and it would be pretty cool to have some battles from the Korean and Vietnam wars replicated within the game.

Are you looking forward to the new post-WW2 tanks coming in War Thunder update 1.71? Let us know in the comments below.


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