War Thunder introduces French ground forces for Linux, Ubuntu, Mac and Windows. Since Gaijin Entertainment announces this next content update on Steam. Which gives the games vehicular combat MMO more reason to play. Which follows the addition of the French Air Force early in November. Since Update 1.73 “Vive la France”allows the French Army will enter the battlefields. While filling War Thunder with dozens of armoured vehicles. All available from rank I to rank VI. So now we have new technology peculiar to French tanks. Such as oscillating turrets and drum-fed autoloaders. So this will open up new tactical opportunities for players.
War Thunder French Tanks
On the early ranks, French tanks are generally full armour. So this will provide good protection for the three man crew. Most outstanding here are the heavy tanks. So this the Char B1bis and Char B1ter. Which do not have exceptionally good protection. They do also offer a large crew and powerful armament. Their low speed and maneuverability however leaves them vulnerable. At least whenever rapid movement is a given. Such as avoiding the most powerful cannons or evading airborne attacks. To avoid rockets and bombs with the French ground forces. Players of the early French heavy tanks will have to pay close attention. So this means the battlefield itself, but also to the situation above it.
Starting with the medium ranks. Several French tanks come with automatic loading devices. These autoloaders allow for a number of shots. Since this is great for quick succession. But this means a very long reload time. This allows players on more modern French vehicles to push fast aggressive armor assaults against the enemy.
Post-war vehicles of the French nation feature yet another characteristic. All new to War Thunder – oscillating turrets. These turrets are divided into two sections. With the upper responsible for cannon elevation and the lower for turret traverse. This ingenious engineering solution significantly reduced the size of the turret. Making it a much more difficult target across.
The games new tech for Linux, Ubuntu, Mac and Windows
The first two tanks in War Thunder that combine both of these new technologies. So they are the AMX-13 SS.11 and the M4A1 FL10. With the latter being a modification of the American Sherman tank. The turrets of both vehicles are equipped with an autoloaded 75mm cannon featuring two six-round drum magazines, allowing each to take a series of 12 shots in quick succession. Due to the long time required to change the two drums, finding a safe place after an attack is important. However the AMX-13 S.11 is also equipped with four guided anti-tank missiles, so even being spotted during reload does not necessarily mean game over.
For more information about these vehicles and the French ground forces. Follow the Developer Diaries on War Thunder’s official website. Also, the games free to play on Steam for Linux, Ubuntu, Mac and Windows.