Babykim has translated an interview with Daniil Volkov, presented on Wargaming FM, which of course isn’t translated officially into English for what I’m sure are only the best of reasons. I’m sure the note about Russian battleships will make more than a few people sigh in relief; I’d like to see some British battleships next year.
1. We plan releasing another branch this year, in addition to the new Japanese destroyers and the British cruisers.
2. In 2017 we plan to release four new branches, and the German carrier Graf Zeppelin.
3. The depot is coming relatively soon.
4. We are seriously looking into the submarines, as they are in popular demand. They will probably not come in 2017, but likely at a later date. One alternative considered is having submarines as bots.
5. The new Japanese destroyers and the British cruisers are scheduled for 0.5.12, if they finish testing in time.
6. We do not like firing from invisibility. Destroyers firing from smoke are fine, but not battleships. We are working to change the gameplay.
7. We are satisfied with the current complexity of gameplay, and would rather make a bit more complex than simpler.
8. We are working on gameplay on high tiers towards less dominance of the battleships and more room for the cruisers.
9. We are not satisfied with the carrier gameplay, and are working on a better interface for them.
10. The lags in port will soon be addressed.
11. This year will see another major rework of the captain skill tree, and an early version of clan functionality.
12. Daily missions will soon be replaced by containers shown at Gamescom 2016.
13. We focus equally on all regions. The Russian market is most difficult, because the immensely popular WoT drains many players form ships to tanks.
14. Our most mature playerbase is in NA (average age 40 years), the youngest in Asia (25-27 years).
Update: The Russian battleships definitely not in 2016.