World of Tanks 1.7 comes with nickname anonymization, but no double-barreled tanks or better matchmaking

World of Tanks 1.7 Anonymizer feature setting (Source: Own)
World of Tanks 1.7 Anonymizer feature setting (Source: Own)
The update that was supposed to add a few high-tier dual-barreled tanks to the Russian tech tree sadly fails to do so, leaving the Anonymizer feature as the only big change for World of Tanks 1.7. However, Crew Directives — previously available for bonds — can now be purchased only for credits.
Codrut Nistor,

Last month, everyone was anxious — or angry — because WarGaming introduced a few new dual-barreled tanks on the test server. As usual, most vocal comments included "overpowered" and "Russian bias" or similar terms. Overpowered or not, now one thing is certain: World of Tanks 1.7 does not include the new Russian tanks (supposed to be branching out from the KV-3), although it has a setting for "salvo" fire.

The only noticeable change is the Anonymizer, described by WarGaming as "a tool that will make you feel more comfortable in World of Tanks by concealing your real username." While being able to use such a feature "to avoid toxicity in different game situations" sound good, the truth is that the matchmaking is still (almost) completely broken — or rigged, if you want to take it all one step further in the conspiracy theory realm — and fixing it to match similarly skilled players with similar vehicle/crew setups would do a whole lot more in lowering the toxicity.

In addition to the aforementioned feature, World of Tanks 1.7 doesn't bring anything that would actually improve the player's in-game experience. The other two highlights mentioned in the official release notes are the ability to buy Crew Directives only for credits (previously available for bonds) and "the long-awaited Holiday Ops 2020" which is, in fact, another way of milking money from the players. 

While the companies that develop exclusively free massively multiplayer online games must do something to remain profitable, many have been taking wrong turns recently and WarGaming is not an exception. On the other hand, World of Tanks remains a very popular title and it can still return to what should have become, at least partially (once upon a time, there was a plan to have tanks, planes, and ships in the same game, but WarGaming ended up with three different titles, unlike Gaijin's WarThunder, which provides solid slices of everything for everyone — including helicopters and contemporary military hardware, although it is still quite far from perfection).

If you happen to be one of the many players frustrated with the experience provided by World of Tanks when playing in randoms, I can only tell you one thing: join a clan and everything can get much better — or at least bearable, depending on how you consider the current state of the game.

World of Tanks 1.7 salvo fire setting (Source: Own)
World of Tanks 1.7 salvo fire setting (Source: Own)
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Codrut Nistor, 2019-12-10 (Update: 2019-12-10)
Codrut Nistor
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Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.