Author: Daigensui (US forums)
Here’s a bit of info about the upcoming German rebalance. You can consider the info… let’s say in accordance to what WG plans, ergo more than just “pure guessing” and less than a leak.
Many have started panicking due the broad statement above. However, I believe while there will be quite a bit of hard number changes, those will be compensated enough to make the Panthers and Tigers enjoyable.
For starters, consider the engines, where we shall have the top engines (mostly Maybach HL 234) removed. At the same time, Maybach HL 234 is likely to be buffed to the planned 900 hp, while Maybach HL 230 P45 will be reduced to the more historical 690~700 hp. Basically we’re going to be looking at a line of less accelerating cats which might be torture for those used to the high mobility of the past.
But at the same time, the Tigers will definitely be getting an increase in speed. Most likely Tiger will be 40 km/h and Tiger II / Jagdtiger will reach 38 km/h. The slow speed at players have been complaining of will be a thing of the past. Yes, the Tigers will now have wings, although a bit weak when compared to before. Still, terrain passibility and other such soft numbers will likely help soften the blow of the engine nerfs.
Aside from mobility, Panther and Tiger will also have improvements in firepower. As mentioned before, the Panthers will be getting a rate of fire increase, which allows them to bear their blows faster and thus be able to destroy their enemies. At the minimum Tiger II will get a depression increase, with possible changes for also Jagdtiger and Tiger. Of course, given the historical accuracy phase World of Tanks is going through, Tiger II will probably “regain” its historical lower glacis plate of 100 mm instead of 120 mm, but when has that small a difference helped someone anyway?
Keep calm and carry on, my fellow panzer commanders. Panthers are getting the rate of fire that was needed, Tigers are being faster than ever. This will be counterbalanced by engine changes. All this will be quite interesting in the future.