I am endlessly amused by people who want world of tanks to be more historical. And I mean aside from the fact that it is squarely within the realm of arcade shooters; WOT may have armor penetration mechanics and physics and the like, but it also heavily depends on its hitpoint system, the richly informative color-coded heads up display, and the heavy tweaking and bending of vehicle characteristics to create a very tightly balanced action team shooter with a structured format (15v15 in random battles, the team battle and stronghold modes; every mode is very much structured for MP action gameplay). It’s not a simulator.
If vehicles in WOT only got to use their historical configurations, it would be a completely different game. It would need to be balanced completely differently, and use an entirely different set of tiers.
And what about all the paper-project tanks, the prototypes, and the ones that the developers flat out made up themselves? I mean, there are a couple like the WT E 100 that only have the barest of historical justifications.
But if you take away all the “paper designs”, you lose out on a lot of diversity. If you remove all the tanks that never saw mass production or were just prototypes, you’d only have maybe a hundred or so left out of the ~300 tanks we have now.
Now there is a caveat; you can definitely make an argument against the developers acting like some of their own designs (WT E 100, E 50 M, etc) are actually based on historical drawings; and yeah, they should instead state something like “This is an artist’s interpretation of what a project to mount the transmission in the rear of the E 50 instead of the front might look like”
But take away all the paper tanks, the unhistorical top guns and equipment, and you have a very very different game. World of Tanks is built around that diversity; it’s a core part of the game and it’s designed around it. It’s what makes world of tanks interesting, and if you take all that away you’re going to be left with a much barer game experience.
World of tanks may be too arcade-like for some people, but honestly, that’s how it should be.