In the four years since leaving early access and entered the treacherous waters of full release, World of Warships has racked up over 30 million registered players, all thrilling to a naval action game like no other. Billions of shots have been fired off the bow of cruisers, destroyers, carriers and battleships and now Wargaming and Lesta Studio are ready to send submarines into the fray.
That’s right, plans are underway for the long-awaited submarine tree of vessels to be fully implemented in the company’s online naval warfare game. The first step will be a trial via an incoming Supertest, followed by a limited-time event scheduled for this autumn that will mark the launch of these submersible combatants into PvP conflict.
And if all goes well, they’ll become a regular feature as one of the game’s five distinct ship classes. The first three countries to add these vessels to their fleet will be America, Germany and the Soviet Union.
America: Cachalot (Tier VI), Salmon (Tier VIII), Balao (Tier X)
Germany: U-69 (Tier VI), U-190 (Tier VIII), U-2501 (Tier X)
Soviet Union: S-1 (Tier VI), L-20 (Tier VIII), K1 (Tier X)
Elusiveness is the essence for these aces of the deep, unleashing deadly blows and instantly vanishing again before discovery. To employ such tactics, submarines have greater stealth capabilities than any other ship type in World of Warships. They dive below the surface, and for as long as their oxygen supply holds out, they remain there to avoid detection, a silent hunter with torpedoes in wait.
Which isn’t to say that submarines are without vulnerabilities. In addition to their dependence on oxygen to remain below the surface, they’re slow and lack durability. Furthermore, firing their torpedoes requires active sonar guidance, which gives away their location to enemy vessels. Other warships, particularly destroyers, will also be equipped with techniques and tools to hunt these subs.
That means success in battle with a submarine comes down to player skill. Submarines will undoubtedly change the tides of naval warfare in World of Warships and players can look forward to an exciting new meta in its hostile waters. Wargaming and Lesta Studio also plan to add Japanese submarines in the near future.
In the meantime, would be naval commanders can check out in-game footage of these incoming submarines in the video below.