I really like the Battle Pass (in theory). I think that it is a very good system that allows for the introduction of strange and interesting low and mid tier vehicles—the type we don’t often see in events anymore due to them focusing on high tier. Upon release, the Battle Pass was nearly perfect. It was just about everything I wanted it to be. No high tier vehicles, 4 coupons for vehicles, 6 profile pictures, 2 unique decorations, 5 unique decals, a medal, and a unique title. Plus, for $16.50 USD per season, it was fantastic value (and it still is, even if it is less valuable than before).
However, since season 1, we’ve seen a slow but consistent deterioration of the prizes. Season 2 replaced the medal with a unique, absolutely awesome loading screen which to me is a bonus, and the number of decorations was increased from 2 to 3. However, the 2 low tier prizes—the ship and the low tier tank—were no longer coupons and there were only 4 decals instead of 5. Still, season 2 was the best season for me because of its awesome theming and incredibly good prizes. The T55E1 GMC was a fun little meme machine, the Z25 was tier-for-tier the best destroyer in the game for quite a long time, the ITP (M-1) was and still is a monster, and the Centurion Mk. 5/1 (RAAC) is incredibly good.
Then came season 3. The 2 top prizes were now non-tradable coupons and you could only trade them by getting to levels 105 for the third prize and 125 for the fourth. These coupon upgrades could also be used to get the next season free though, so you have to choose between the ability to sell the vehicles or getting the next season for free. The ability to get the next season for free was nice, but being forced to choose between that and the ability to sell the vehicles as well as being forced to reach a much higher level to sell the vehicles is not. Furthermore, there was only 1 profile picture this time, down from 3 in the previous season and 6 in the first. Finally, they reduced the length of season challenges from the entire season to just 3 weeks. Only the season challenges unlocked in the pass remained for the full season. The one good change was that one of the decorations was now a naval decoration.
Season 4 did see a positive change which was having an extra 15-ish days to do the season, with the season being exitended from 75 days to 3 months.
Season 5 brought a good change: a reworked Warbonds Shop. There were some pieces of the rework I disagreed with, but on the whole, it is a better warbonds shop and certain premium vehicles in it can now be obtained at lower levels.
Everything stayed constant until season 7 which saw a huge reduction in quality. The low tier tank prize was removed entirely and replaced with 10 days of premium account. Including premium account in the season is great, but only 10 days of it is absolutely not worth losing a unique premium vehicle.
Since then, everything has remained relatively constant aside from the very positive change added right before the end of season 13 that at the end of a season, all unlocked prizes should will be credited to your account even if you haven’t clicked claim. This should have been added from the start of season 1, but very late is better than never.
It is clear that the Battle Pass has been in a state of slow, but steady deterioration since season 2. Let’s look at how to fix it.
Changes that need to be reverted
I’d start by reverting many of the changes to their season 1 state: 4 vehicles, all coupons, no coupon upgrades, and multiple profile pictures. It’s relatively self-explanatory why this needs to be done.
I would keep the 3 months seasons, unique loading screens, the reworked Warbonds Shop, the 3 decorations instead of 2 with 1 being a naval decoration, and the end-of-season 13 change of all prizes being automatically claimed at the end of the season.
How to make the Battle Pass even better
A new way to get the Battle Pass for free
A new way needs to be introduced to get the pass for free. I’d suggest simply putting the way to get it free at level 125 like it was before, but if they really want to make you work for it, higher works. But it does need to exist.
Bringing back old event vehicles in the Battle Pass
With War Thunder’s new event cycle, crafting events are gone. This is absolutely a great thing. Crafting events were absolutely horrible. But I think the workshop and the crafting system was a really cool idea and I think there is a much better way to make it work.
At a certain level in the Battle Pass, include a blueprint. This blueprint is for an old event vehicle and when you get it, it opens up the workshop. From there, there is a list of tasks and you need to complete each task to get certain parts. These parts are then used to built the blueprint. This blueprint will last in the workshop as long as it takes to build the vehicle and you can have multiple concurrent blueprints in the workshop.
I think this is a really neat way to bring back old, now unobtainable event vehicles such as the Lorraine 155 Mle. 50 while also giving new use to a really cool mechanic that had been implemented horribly due to the type of event it used to be attached to.
Animated profile pictures
This one is self-explanatory. It’s animated profile pictures. Make the profile pictures have a little animation.
War Thunder’s hangar has a lot of room for customization. In addition to the vehicle decorations in each BP season, hangar decorations could be included. These decorations could be placed anywhere in your hangar and they could include things such as mini vehicles like the Bob Semple or the Goliath B tracked mine from the Sturmtiger event, as well as standard decorations like a Christmas tree or a set of cannon shells.
Making the vehicles stranger
The Battle Pass is a fantastic way to introduce weird, bizarre vehicles. This is also more possible with the game’s new event cycle, but the BP is where it is at home. Vehicles like the M551 (76) and BV 155 B-1 are types of weird, prototype vehicles that I love to see and the BP is the perfect way to bring more of them into the game.
Breaks between Battle Pass seasons
War Thunder has too much going on. Considering the new event cycle which results in smaller, but constant events, War Thunder now always has multiple events going on at any given time. We need a break. The battle pass needs a break in between seasons. Not much, just 2-3 weeks, but there needs to be a time to cool down. Right now it is just GRIND! GRIND! GRIND! There is no break, and it is bringing many players to burnout.
I really like the Battle Pass, but it can be made much better. Over the last few years, we’ve seen it get noticably worse in value and in enjoyment. Prizes have tended towards getting slightly more boring, with a few really good ones such as the Breda 90/53 and Strikemaster Mk. 88 sprinkled in between. More customization, 4 vehicles per season, stranger and thus more interesting vehicles, and bringing back old event vehicles are all ways that the Battle Pass can be not just made as good as it once was, but made even better.