Games News

War Thunder Naval Forces closed beta getting new warships

Gaijin Entertainment
A ship is cruising on water in War Thunder Naval Forces.
War Thunder Naval Forces

Gaijin Entertainment are introducing a new class of warships to War Thunder Naval Forces - light cruisers. This class will apparently have massive ships and they will have the most powerful armaments out of all warships in the game.

Light cruisers' massive size will likely make them the focus of naval battles, as their proportions will make them easier to hit but their armaments will be equally destructive. The first two unveiled light cruisers are British HMS Enterprise, which is an Emerald-class light cruiser, and the Italian Giussano-class light cruiser, bearing the name Bartolomeo Colleoni.

HMS Enterprise's top speed is 33 knots, it has "good armour" and it is armed with seven 152mm main cannons. It also carries anti-aircraft cannons, machine guns and torpedo tubes. Bartolomeo Colleoni is the faster ligh cruiser - it can go up to 37 knots and has more destruction potential with eight 152mm main cannons and six 100mm long range cannons.

On the flip side, Bartolomeo Colleoni has weaker armour with 24mm of hull armour that makes it look puny compared to 76,4mm of HMS Enterprise. Bartolomeo Colleoni also has weaker air defense but HMS Enterprise is more susceptible to torpedo attacks due to lower manoeuvring potential.

The official description notes that light cruisers excel when placed at distance from smaller enemy vessels, which lets them unleash hell on the enemy fleet, able to withstand fire from two destroyers at the same time. Distance from smaller vessels is advised due to their vulnerability to armour piercing shells that can deal devastating damage to the light cruisers.

Therefore, they are best deployed in the backline, with destroyers and patrol ships around them for close quarters protection. This way, they can easily lock down an entire sea sector, making sure the enemies can not advance through the area.

Gaijin EntertainmentRender of a light cruiser ship named Bartolomeo Colleoni in War Thunder Naval ForcesWar Thunder Naval Forces - Bartolomeo Colleoni

More information on light cruisers and War Thunder Naval Forces closed beta can be found on the game's official website.