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World of Tanks 8.7 update sounds off with British artillery and a new map

Wargaming have announced the details of the next update for World of Tanks . Where 8.6 was an artillery bombardment, dropping a scattershot selection of French, German, Soviet and American SPGs, 8.7 will be a finely calibrated precision strike - bringing a clearly superior new branch of self-propelled British guns. They're called things like Sexton, Bishop and Crusader, which, I think you'll agree, are fine names for high-powered explosive death machines. Not that I'm biased.

Beyond these mid-tier entries, more advanced entries into the Brit-branch will draw from post-war prototypes. Basically: machines that never saw actual combat. Chances are they were too good to be deployed on the battlefield. Got to give the enemy a sporting chance, 'ey?

These finely honed machines will also have a chance to run around the new Belogorsk-19 map, set amidst an "unforgiving Russian winter landscape".

The glorious proliferation of British engineering is due to arrive "soon" - probably alongside a ridiculous trailer . Hmm, can anyone else hear the national anthem playing faintly in the distance. I think I need a stiff drink and a lie down.

Phil has been PC gaming since the '90s, when RPGs had dice rolls and open world adventures were weird and French. Now he's the deputy editor of PC Gamer; commissioning features, filling magazine pages, and knowing where the apostrophe goes in '90s. He plays Scout in TF2, and isn't even ashamed.