Well, it didn’t take long for more information to come up, actually!
The Lo Yang of the Republic of China Navy will be joined by her counterpart Anshan of the People’s Liberation Army Navy. These two premium ships will be the first released for the Panasia tech tree, which seems like it’s going to be focused on Chinese warships. I’m not sure if other countries in the region have many ships to contribute to this tree at all, to be honest, but I wouldn’t mind being corrected.
While Lo Yang is a Benson-class destroyer given to the ROCN by the United States, Anshan is a Gnevny-class destroyer bought from the Soviets by the PLAN in 1954. She was launched by the Soviets as Rekordny and saw a small amount of service. Unlike Lo Yang, Anshan actually survives to this day as a museum ship in Qingdao. It’s really interesting to compare the names the two separate navies chose for their ships: Lo Yang is named for a famous ancient capital of China, whereas Anshan is named for the modern industrial city, at the time perhaps the biggest industrial producer in all of China.
They’re more or less copy-paste ships, yeah, but they have some minor differences in their stats and performance to make them play a bit differently compared to their existing counterparts, just like how the Gremyaschy is different from the Gnevny in-game.
To start, Anshan is Tier 6 rather than Tier 5 like her sisters; she also looks to have slightly higher hit points, a bit better artillery than Gnevny, and much better AA. Not sure if this is too competitive at Tier 6, though, but we can’t be sure about that until she’s actually in the game.
Lo Yang, on the other hand, is generally worse all around than her same-tier sister (well, herself, really?) Benson. Which makes sense, even though lots of premium ships in WoWS already have been better than their counterparts. The infamous Murmansk stands quite tall here, naturally. It’s a bit of a shock, but these two might actually be decently balanced, at least as far as premium ships go.
The official World of Warships Facebook page posted the following pictures, which give a glimpse into the stats of these two new ships, their camouflage, and the flag of the new tech tree. Pretty cool looking, if you ask me… but of course, people still want the Royal Navy more!
We’ll probably learn more about these two ships at the Taipei Game Show next week, starting on the 28th. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if these two make their debut there. Promo code giveaway, anyone?