Japanese tree announced

Source: US forums (much thanks to Daigensui, as always)

Original source: http://www.famitsu.com/news/201309/19040289.html

Came from Tokyo Game Show. Also, there is apparently going to be an official Girls und Panzer voicepack. Yea, I know…

Official release:

Wargaming, the leading free-to-play MMO developer and publisher, today announced that its highly acclaimed action game, World of Tanks, will soon be joined by war machines from Japan.

The introduction of Japanese tanks allows us to explore the design and innovation of a number of legendary armored vehicles and give players the chance to experience their technological evolution throughout the mid-20th century,” said World of Tanks Producer Mikhail Zhivets. “Tank models based on original designs of Japanese engineers will offer players a wide selection of authentic upgrade schemes, each tailored for particular combat objectives.

The Japanese line will initially field two branches with nine medium and five light machines, including such fabled models as the Chi-Ri prototype, the first post-war Japanese design Type 61, the light Type 95 Ha-Go and the medium Chi-Ha tanks. Developed during the late 1950s, the Type 64 (STB-1) will become the Tier 10 medium model.
Along with existing armored vehicles from the USA, China, France, Great Britain, Germany and the USSR, the new tech tree coming one of the forthcoming updates will become the 7th national line introduced into the game.


Tier 1: NC-27 Otsu (that’s right, a French tank on tier 1)

Light line:

Tier 2: Type 97 Te-Ke
Tier 3: Type 95 Ha-Go
Tier 4: Type 98 Ke-Ni
Tier 5: Type 5 Ke-Ho

Medium line:

Tier 2: Type 97 Chi-Ni (if you are wondering where the Type 89 I-Go is: heavy line)
Tier 3: Type 97 Chi-Ha
Tier 4: Type 1 Chi-He
Tier 5: Type 3 Chi-Nu
Tier 6: Type 4 Chi-To
Tier 7: Type 5 Chi-Ri
Tier 8: Type 61
Tier 9: STA1
Tier 10: STB1

And a few screenies. Japanese tanks will be announced soon (already today possibly, with a trailer).





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154 thoughts on “Japanese tree announced

  1. More medium tanks to play with.

    Sadly there’s that demographic of certain lowlifes (e.g. Otakus and Waeboos) that will spaz about this just because it’s from Japan. Oh how I’m looking forward on shooting them in game.

    • Sadly there’s just about the same number of players that will spaz any nation just because they like them more (wehraboos, amerifags, etc). This is no exception.

    • sadly there is a faction of players who take their anime/manga-hobby way too serious and deserve to be ridiculed for it.

      • So people who take their hobbies seriously deserve to be ridiculed? Or are you just hating on this particular demographic that YOU think deserves ridicule?

      • They are almost as strange as those that thinks that American Football and Baseball are real sports.

        • Your first posts was at least somewhat valid.

          This one though, pretty certain you be trolling.

    • dont think so but:
      -Also, there is apparently going to be an official Girls und Panzer voicepack.


  2. Hmm… so, is Chi-Nu-Kai still going to be a Light? Since Chi-Nu and Chi-To are very much Medium tanks.

    On another note: yay, proper Chi-Ha! But will it be better than my Chinese rip-off? (Which I like to call Chi-Na XP))

  3. Great metaphorical video.

    It’s like samurai duel. But well, cannons is redundant there; put anti-tank katana in the gun, and CHAAAAARGE!

    • You have to agree, from now on, unless they pull something unhistorical from their ass like the Waffentrager E-100, EVERY line, will be a copy of something. You cant stop it now.

  4. weaboo

    A negative term directed to anyone overly obsessed with Japanese culture to the point where they become annoying.Used frequently on the image boards of 4chan.

    Most weaboos are uneducated about their obsession of choice and are often noobs who are overly zealous, trying to impress others with their otaku knowledge. Another trait of a weaboo is their desire to “be Japanese”.

    While the two terms are often fused together, weaboos are very different from anime fans or enthusiasts. A fan may be just as enthusiastic and knowlegable
    about Japanese culture, mainly anime, but they neither boast about their knowledge nor call themselves otaku(because of its known negative connatation).

    • Someone who is obsessed with Japan/Japanese Culture/Anime, etc. and attempts to act as if they were Japanese, even though they’re far from it. They use Japanese words but usually end up pronouncing them wrong and sounding like total assholes. You can find alot of these faggots clogging up the forums of Gaia Online, hanging out in the international aisle of the supermarket, or crowding the manga section of your local bookstore. Synonym of wapanese.

      wapanese i surely like!

  5. Hi.
    Any information about the japanese tank characteristics?

    Gun Depression?
    or same copy & paste like chinese tanks?

  6. Ch-Ha turned into medium for Japanese tech tree? Too bad from game mechanics side – camo lost on move, unlike in the light version. I wonder what would be the compensation.

  7. Question for Daigensui: WTF??? Wasn’t there anything better for tier I than FT-17 copy/paste?

      • Just a wild speculation, but maybe it’s because it would force them to do some actual modeling work. Instead it seems like WG said ‘Hey! Let’s take Chinks tank and stick it in Japs tree. Stupid Europeans/’muhricans won’t know the difference.’
        P.S. Sorry. Grumpy morning syndrome.

      • Wouldn’t I-Go fit there? I kinda need it for my GuP tanks collection and suprisingly it’s not even in the tree. (Guess they’ll make it a T2 premium to mik fans.)

    • That would be the peculiar Wapanese obsession with putting turret MGs anywhere else *than* the most obviously practical facing.

  8. Am I the only one seeing the hull miniguns firing?
    Does this mean that other tanks will have their hull’s guns / miniguns functional? (B1 / churchill hull gun able to fire???) – would be nice, even if they have low calibre…

    • Given that *this* is a minigun… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minigun …yes, I daresay you’re to only one.
      A lot of people are doubtless seeing the bow MGs making fireworks, though. Hopefully they’re also better than you at telling trailer SFX for fun&profit from actual game-machanics to be introduced.

    • Not gonna happen. First, it doesn’t DO anything to a tank; second, WG has yet to find a way to implement additional guns; third, trailers always lie.

    • Reflexive aversion to proper coaxial MG mountings and duly sticking the things at silly places like turret sides instead. :v

        • *sigh* You know the joke’s ruined if it’s explained right? Fine.
          You know how just about all tanks have a machinegun alongside the main gun, or at least in the turret front (à la T-28)? Well the Japanese engineers apparently thought such practical solutions were for posers and preferred to have their MGs point somewhere completely different instead, which obviously required turning the whole turret if you wanted to hose down some infantry. Because :idklol:.
          Don’t recall seeing too many wartime designs of theirs that didn’t follow that pattern, they seem to have been weirdly fixated on it.

          • Well since Japan was fighting in jungles, infantry could pop up anywhere. Since their guns were mostly focused on infantry support, might as well stick the machine gun in the back where they have more coverage. At least that’s what I think their reasoning was.

            • By the time they designed most of this stuff they were almost entirely fighting in Manchuria and northern China, which are somewhat short on jungles. And insofar they tangled with Allied infantry in the undergrowth of SE Asia I’m pretty sure close assaults were the least of their problems, given that their tin cans oughta been pretty vulnerable to even the damn Boys rifle.
              Also still doesn’t quite explain having to turn your main gun the other way when you need to spray some lead in someone’s general direction…

          • The Soviets loved to slap MGs to the back of their tank turrets, even on the IS-2. Seems kinda silly, too :S

          • The Soviets had the turret-rear MGs for discouraging infantry assaults *in addition to* perfectly sensible coaxials you know. Which is rather different from the Japanese habit of putting the only MG in the turret in the wall opposite from the main gun.

  9. Welp, hater already comes. Considering how such ‘low-life’ of Otaku is one of most chill player here, i wonder who is the low life here.

    Still, no heavy line? Booo.

  10. Some of the suggested Japanese tech tree’s suggested in the forums were more imaginative and complete than this small token from WG. The effort put in to that was probably an evening in the local bar and two bottles of vodka.

    • The sad thing is that WG directly told the guy who made the fan-made tree “that tree is essentially what we have planned for the Japanese.”

      This and the fan tree look NOTHING alike…Where the hell is my OI?

      • Well, i don’t expect new nation tree to be fully complete so we can cross finger for now and hopes WG surprised us with future addition.

        • Daigunsui you are a hard man, for the people that researched and designed those tech trees it was a labour of love, you’ve probably broken thier hearts and sent them on a major downer, in just six words. lol!

          • Daigunsui is a girl. Besides, those fan-made trees are made up of more made up shit then what is normal for WG.

            • Just read the article after this, sorry for the gender mistake but remember, most of the speculative trees were made by European school kids without research skills of college grads, also people with Japanese heritage and knowledge of the script and language are a bit thin on the ground here in Europe. I would have hoped someone of your intelligence and education would be a little more constructive and corrective in your criticism, than just describe it as trash.

  11. so major promo events in Japan , not they show the tree, japan server is close to lunch so i wonder if this means that they come in 9.0 ?

  12. IMO WG should focus on fixing issues at hand before introducing anymore new tanks but that’s just me

  13. Woo, so now we’re gonna have a half arsed Chinese tree AND a half arsed Japanese tree?

    At least it isn’t just another ctrl+c, ctrl+v of the russian tree, but still…I just wish WG were’nt so obsessed with prototype vehicles.

    They should change the name of the game to World Of Made Up Shit. How the hell can you balance something that never existed, with no real performance information etc etc.

    • Half arsed? Really? You really have no idea how much blood, sweat, and tears have gone to painstakingly dig every ounce of information WG could get their hands on to make this tree a historically accurate possibility

      And “never existed”? Every vehicle in the Japanese medium line was at least built to drivable capability and most had a gun equipped.

  14. Pfffhaha, the “tree” will have even less tanks on release than China?
    You can’t beat a “copy paste” tree in amounts of tanks?
    I hope they decide to add a Chinese tank to the tree in the same patch as these just to spite them.

    • The only reason there’s no heavy tank line along with the lights and mediums is due to WG having a problem finding suitable tier 4 and 5 heavies. Tier 3 and tiers 6 through 10 Japanese heavies have already been found and implemented but the line won’t be released as of now until suitable tanks are found for the gap.

    • Because the Japanese made very, very few tanks… being an island nation, they had far more use for airplanes and warships, IIRC

      • They eventually had like a million or a few guys fighting the Chinese for phat lewts on the mainland, which created a certain demand for armoured support. If not necessarily of the sort serious tank-building nations would have considered worthwhile as something other than paperweight or colonial police kit…

        I have gotten the impression the Navy quite literally did its level best to hog as much resources from the Army as it could though, in yet another example of the rather disjointed and schizophrenic manner in which the Japanese ultranationalists went about their empire-building.

  15. i have a question..
    if i Remember correctly, STA1 is Type 61 Protoype right?
    then why Type 61 in tier VIII and STA1 (the prototype) in tier IX???

    well.. or i just wrong…

      • ST = code name for tank
        A= letter code for first program if you will.

        So, STA is the first tank development project in Post-War Japan.

        The “-1″ is like tank prototype number one.

        In the entire STA program, four tanks were developed and vigorously tested. These four tanks were the STA-1, STA-2, STA-3, and the STA-4. First the STA-1 and STA-2 competed with each other. The winning design philosophy was the STA-2. The STA-3 and STA-4 were based off the STA-2. The final product of the STA development program was the Type 61 tank.

        With that side

        B= is a code letter for second


        STB is the second tank development program. STB-1 was the first prototype tank. It was by far and large, a very successful tank (and very expensive). STB-1′s twin was the STB-2. Both were tested at the same time and were virtually the same. After those two, the STB-3, STB-4, STB-5, STB-6 prototypes were made and vigorously tested. The final result of the STB program was the Type 74 tank.

        • So basically at tier 8 you have the end product, the Type 61, then at tier 9 you have the initial prototype, the STA1.

          As far as I can tell the STA1 is bigger, but has a rear transmission system. Also has a weaker engine than the Type 61.

        • oh. i get about STA/STB program..

          but.. why Type 61, which are final Product of STA program, ended one tier lower as prototype one?

          is STA1 better than Type 61..
          if STA1 better, then why STA2 is choosen as basic of STA3 and STA4 that lead to Type 61…

          im confused…

  16. Is the GuP Voice Pack true?
    Damn, really looking forward to that…. since Japan didn’t have their own server, so i think all ASIA can download it XD

  17. Dumbest trailer I’ve ever seen. Jap tanks fighting Jap tanks, stupid “Wanted”-like bullet time effects….

  18. Lol. That trailer was just…..Somehow stupid and epic at the same time. That Metallica type of music when the two tanks are about to collide.

  19. Just sad, I call this Leopard II-line and the tanks don’t look attractive, not the color or the design. Also, slow down please! I’m still working on so many tree’s :p

    Thank for the news, I didn’t have time to search about TGS x WoT today.

  21. Can’t wait to hear what creative ways people will come up with to mispronounce the names of some of these tanks.

  22. Hah, that tree Looks like shit, isn’t that sad?! They should have waited for more information about the heavys and release this after that… But so it’s a more incomplete tree than the chinese one -.-

  23. And soon they’re going to make sure that if 2 tanks shoot at the same time and 1 dies, its shot will just “disappear”…