For the third time, a War Thunder player revealed secret military information on the game’s forums in response to the fact that in this case the ammunition for Chinese tanks was not accurate enough.
As reported by the UK Defense Journal (via PC Gamer), a user uploaded a picture of the DTC10-125 tungsten penetrator and a technical document with its specifications, angered by some small inaccuracies.
The part in question is a “non-explosive 125mm high-velocity sabot round fired by the Chinese Type 96 and Type 99 main battle tanks” and is said to be “one of the [People’s Liberation Army’s] Main tank kill rounds.”
This leak, which could very well be seen as a treason, follows similar leaks on the War Thunder forums, which revealed secret information about the main battle tanks of the British Challenger 2 and the French Leclerc. What sets this apart, however, is that it seemed completely unnecessary.
Nobleman Swerve on ResetERA said this crime was for naught because the assets used in the game of the round in question were not representative of the final product.
“The game recently shut down a public-facing development server that was previewing the upcoming content drop,” they wrote. “The thing about these development servers is that the stats for things like armor, armor penetration, or flight models are usually placeholders that may change upon final release.
“So what happened is that the developer added this shell to the server but copied/pasted the values from the previous version as placeholders. This poster saw that, freaked out and went ahead and posted Treason to correct what is being publicly communicated as placeholder values.”
In any case, the post was removed by War Thunder developer Gaijin Entertainment, and the team has again asked their community not to commit criminal acts on their forums.
“Our community managers immediately banned the user and deleted their post as the information about this particular shell is still classified in China,” the studio said in an email to PC Gamer. “Putting secret information about vehicles of any nation on the War Thunder forums is clearly forbidden, and the game developers never use it in their work.
“While we understand that our players want the game to be as realistic as possible, we kindly ask them not to do anything illegal and compromise their safety and the safety of our community team members. The developers of War Thunder are doing their utmost to research vehicle information using legally available tools, and scandals like this are clearly not helping our efforts.”
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