World Of Tanks Releasing a New Map

World Of Tanks Releasing a New Map

In Update 9.7, players will be able to battle on a new map. They will find themselves on the Normandy coast, near the beaches where, on 6 June 1944, Allied troops landed. The map is of interest not simply because of its history but also because of its design. This map is an exhibition of German fortifications from along the entire “Atlantic Wall”.

Overlord: An Overview

The game map Overlord does not reflect any particular location but is most similar to the landscape of the beaches “Utah” and “Omaha”. There are beaches, coastal cliffs and a small town some distance from the sea. Battles on this map will take place a few days after the landing. Here and there you can see destroyed German and American engineering works as a sign of the past serious battles. German tanks were not actually involved in the battles on the coastline beacuse in order to put them into the battle Hitler’s personal permission was required. That permission came too late.

On the left part of the map there is a beach with anti-tank and anti-landing equipment. In reality, these positions were more densely distributed but, due to game specifications, the level designers had to spread them out a bit. However, it still can be imagined what it was like for the infantry and engineers to break through steel and log barriers under a hail of bullets.

On the coastal rocks, you can find concrete gun nests and a variety of bunkers. These fortifications were modelled on actual firing posts of the “Atlantic Wall”. Most of the objects were developed specifically for the map and are interesting, not only as potential shelters or a hindrance for an enemy tank, but also as historical elements.

Concrete positions for heavy howitzers were left empty. Underneath, players can hide their tank’s hull and battle “from the turret”. The angular observation bunkers are recognisable from movies such as Saving Private Ryan, however, in the movies they were used as battle stations with guns firing from the observation holes.

Concrete artillery positions were copied from real bunkers armed with captured French ship cannons.  The big bunker with a battleship gun located on the right side of the map deserves to a special mention. This is a copy of the so-called Todt Battery, armed with a 38cm naval gun. The battery was located near the town of Calais, far from the coastline of Operation Overlord. However, our designers decided that such a structure was worthy of being placed on the new game map. It should be noted that, as far as we are aware, this bunker has never made an appearance in any historical military game before.

When creating objects like bunkers and pillboxes, a method of constructing special 3D-models based on photos was widely used. It was also applied for some of the architectural objects: houses, farms and so on.  One of the most interesting buildings on the map is the church, recreated in exact accordance with the real church in the French town of Bayeux.

Although the Overlord map is not a virtual copy of the real terrain on the Normandy coast, it can be described as historic, as our designers have sought to capture the ambience of the landings made in June 1944. You can start playing World Of Tanks here –


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