Developer Diary: T-80UM-1 Bars


Today we’d like to tell you more about the T-80UM-1 Bars that we are working on. The Bars will be a Tier 8 progression MBT that will be possible to unlock from the classic Tier 7 T-80U.


T-80UM-1 Bars, 2009

A few words about the vehicle. The Bars (“Snow Leopard” in Russian) is a prototype version of the T-80U MBT from 1997, the main upgrade being the addition of the Arena hard-kill APS alongside the Shtora-1 soft-kill APS. The rest was comparable to a standard T-80U. A single vehicle was built and offered for export but the project didn’t really go anywhere.

And that’s about it – a more detailed article will follow when we are closer to the point of release, which will be the summer of 2023 (at the earliest, the vehicle is still in very early stages of development). It’s also a bit too early to say more about the gameplay of the vehicle or its available upgrades. What we can say is that we’ll be finishing the entire branch in 2023.


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Why are we letting you know this early on?

Because with a few more weeks left to the launch of the next Battle Path, we’re hard at work not only polishing it, but also planning ahead. We do have a number of exciting ideas for 2023 and this is but one of them. You do have other things to look forward to that we’ll tell you more about later.

Right now, most of our effort goes into the Battle Path but once the work is finished, we’ll pivot straight to our other plans.

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