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Tank Tears - Renault FT vs Renault FT

World of Tanks' Renault FT versus Battlefield 1's Renault FT.

Welcome to Tank Tears, where we take two tanks of similar tier levels, assess their stats, and judge which one is better than the other. Previously, we’ve compared the Renault FT and the Renault Otsu from World of Tanks, but today we’re doing something a little different, we’re comparing the Renault FT from World of Tanks and the Renault FT from Battlefield 1. These are the exact same tank, but in different games. Let’s see which one is best!

Renault FT: World of Tanks

Over 7,000 units of the Renault FT were manufactured, though the version in World of Tanks can mount the 13.2 mm Hotchkiss mle. 1930.

We’ve already talked a fair bit about the Renault FT in previous articles, as well as the Renault FT AC, a tank destroyer that never made it out of the prototyping stage. However, to recap, the Renault FT was one of the most revolutionary light tanks of World War 1 thanks to its use of a fully-rotating turret. 

Unlike other tanks of the time, the Renault FT had the advantage of being able to aim wherever it pleased without needing to move the entire vehicle.

With only two guns, the Renault FT in World of Tanks offers little variety.
With only two guns, the Renault FT in World of Tanks offers little variety.

In World of Tanks, the Renault FT is a fast light tank boasting speedy acceleration but slow top speeds. Though its guns lack impressive penetration, they are able to fire extremely quickly and offer good aim times. Another benefit in World of Tanks is the FT’s use of two crew members. When one crew member dies, the other one is able to take their place and continue the battle.

To maximize on the Renault FT’s attributes, a hull down position should be taken where possible as the rounded turret offers strong armor for its tier. However, the Renault FT suffers from poor gun depression, making it difficult to perform an ideal hull down position.  

Renault FT: Battlefield 1

The Renault FT in Battlefield 1 is called the FT-17 in-game and offers more weaponry and higher speeds than its World of Tanks counterpart.

In Battlefield 1, the Renault FT is a bit of a different beast. Despite never being named the FT-17 during the First World War, in Battlefield 1 the Renault FT is referred to as the FT-17. The version of the FT in Battlefield 1 shares a similar make and model to the one that appears in World of Tanks though there are some notable differences such as the turret armor lacking the same rounded appearance and the lack of some external cosmetic details.

As opposed to World of Tanks, the Renault FT in Battlefield 1 is piloted by a single crew member, thus drastically diminishing the amount of support you have within the tank. For instance, once the lone occupant is deceased, the tank will no longer function. The trade-off here is that another player can simply enter the tank and continue the battle whereas in World of Tanks, if everyone in the tank is deceased the fun is over.

An interior view in Battlefield 1 allows for a lot of spatial awareness, it also helps when aiming the shotgun-like alternate armament.
An interior view in Battlefield 1 allows for a lot of spatial awareness, it also helps when aiming the shotgun-like alternate armament.

In terms of weaponry, the Battlefield 1 version of the Renault FT pulls ahead as it offers three different variations. The two games share two similar gun choices, firstly the 13.2 mm Hotchkiss and the 37 mm APX, with Battlefield 1 offering a third option, the 20mm auto-cannon.

Additionally, the FT-17 in Battlefield 1 also comes equipped with the player’s choice of Canister Shell, Poison Gas, and Medkit or a 75mm gun, Emergency Repair, and Smokescreen. These two choices give the player more tools to use during a battle, with such things as the Poison Gas and Smokescreen acting as useful anti-infantry tools or added protection for your allies.

Winner: Battlefield 1’s Renault FT

With more guns, gas canisters, health kits, smokescreens, and a higher top speed and easier maneuverability, the Renault FT-17 in Battlefield 1 is our winner!
With more guns, gas canisters, health kits, smokescreens, and a higher top speed and easier maneuverability, the Renault FT-17 in Battlefield 1 is our winner!

Despite the fact that Battlefield 1’s Renault FT-17 mightn’t adhere strictly to historical accuracies, it comes out as a better tank thanks to the various tools available. The speed of the FT-17 in Battlefield 1 is superior to its World of Tanks counterpart while also offering players the ability to fire more than shells as opponents.

By using a well-placed Poison Gas shot or Smokescreen, an FT-17 can not only act as an effective tank-killer, but also help its infantry allies. But what do you think about the results? Do you think Battlefield 1’s version of the Renault FT is the best version? What other tanks would you like to see compared. Let us know in the comments!

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Sam Chandler

Sam loves all things shooters, whether it's a cheeky chicken dinner in PUBG or diving into a raid in Destiny, he'll be there.