Tanks, Not Like Orks: World Of Tanks

By Jim Rossignol on February 17th, 2010 at 8:28 am.


World Of Tanks is a free-to-play MMO with tanks. Wargaming.net explains: “The game offers fast random battles featuring various modes, historic mini-campaigns, tourneys and epic Clan Wars on a global map, where mighty clans fight for hundreds of provinces employing grand strategy, diplomacy and economic power. Besides individual tank-ace skills, WORLD OF TANKS requires team work and a fine balance between light and heavy armor.” Great news, because there’s no kind of game that cannot be improved by the addition of tanks. Also, because it’s going to subvert normal MMO jargon when someone says “we need a tank for this group.” There’s a trailer below, and it’s quite the thing. Ha.

The game is due for release in the Autumn.

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  1. Snall says:

    Lol, great trailer.

  2. Kieron Gillen says:

    TANK POWER!

    KG

  3. GT3000 says:

    Awwww…Yeah…

  4. Kommissar Nicko says:

    I BURN FOR THIS.

  5. skyturnedred says:

    Awesome trailer.

  6. salejemaster says:

    TAAAANKKKK POOOOWWWAAAHHHHH

  7. Dominic White says:

    Sounds kinda like a less arcadey version of Blitz 1942, which is pretty good. I’ll have to give this a stab a little later.

    On a tangential historical-action-sim angle, the EU-relaunched Navy Field is another fun free-to-play MMO about shooting battleships in artillery game style.

    • Kommissar Nicko says:

      Is it like playing Silent Hunter, but All Deck Gun, All The Time? Because if so, that sounds almost erotically appealing.

    • Stromko says:

      I kind of liked Blitz 1942. In the version I played, I was actually able to help in a max-level (50? 60?) battle as a level 25 character (which only took a few days if I recall). I was sad when it seemingly disappeared into the ether.

      I haven’t played it in a few years, so take this with a grain salt, but Navy Field is a top-down lobby-style MMO-RPG (leveling is a big component) where each player controls their own ship. It certainly did reward teamwork though, if you got split from the pack you’d be turned into mincemeat. Also quite challenging steering a ship and multiple turrets (complete with elevation/power control) at the same time.

    • Meatloaf says:

      Oho! But it is back!

      The company who does Navyfield picked up Blitz and changed themselves to Twowar. I was giddy when I found out Blitz was dead no more.

      http://www.twowar.com/index.asp

  8. Daniel Klein says:

    Yes. This is a much better execution of the “fantasy meets modern game” trailer idea than another recent entry, which was so bad it worked as negative PR on me, making me forget the game’s name. Something with guns and spies and stuff. Instead of just showing some elf dude magicking about and then having his head blown off it did that same, but took forever to get to the point, kind of like that annoying relative who stretches a joke out for minutes and minutes after everyone’s guessed the punchline. This here trailer could be a bit snappier about it as well, and that orc struck me more as a melee dps type character than a tank (a tank should be shown pulling aggro and whatnot), and also it would have been more satisfying perhaps for him to be blown up by a tank shell, but yeah, this one nearly gets it right.

    Game sounds interesting. Wonder what levelling and skills etc will look like. Also, how many boars we’ll have to grind. Or run over.

    • ThePinkNinja says:

      The game trailer with the guns and the Elven Mage was Global Agender

  9. RogB says:

    good, but i was hoping for better than a 10% tank 90% joke footage. tragically sad, i know ;)

  10. Flameberge says:

    Amusing trailer. Would have liked to see more of the actual game, but oh well.
    Also surprised this comment thread hasn’t devolved into people shouting “Tanks: like angry steel houses” type jokes at each other yet.

  11. Demon Beaver says:

    Hey look, it’s doing that Global Agenda thing…

  12. Flaringo says:

    FUCK YES TANKS

  13. PixelCody says:

    SWORD IN THE FACE!

    Sounds funky. Definitely worth a shot but not the kind of thing that could hold my attention long term.

  14. terry says:

    That is some seriously shiny mud.

  15. Heliocentric says:

    Trailers can be rubbish when the game is free.

    World of tanks? I like it.

  16. Acidburns says:

    Nice. The world needs more tank-based games. Someone on the RPS podcast proposed a game like Elite with tanks. Do want!

  17. MrSafin says:

    I actually thought that the trailer rocked!!!

  18. mrrobsa says:

    At what level do you get your mount?

  19. Doony says:

    Great teaser – made me laugh. Never thought that tanks will look such fresh in this freaking elves MMO genre.

  20. Durns says:

    Tanks, like armoured penguins! With guns…. Yeah…

  21. GCU Speak Softly says:

    So you start off as a Pz I and end up as a Maus? Do healers get ambulances?

    Oh, do so want to play this.

  22. The Diddler says:

    I <3 Panther :-3

  23. PHeMoX says:

    Confusing trailer… so it won’t feature orks? That’s a good thing. Not sure about the MMO tank part though.

  24. radomaj says:

    I’m quite surprised nobody mentioned this, since we are talking about a videogame with tanks in it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cO3MttgvHUY

  25. DMJ says:

    There are few MMOs which grab me with their initial premise like this.

  26. EthZee says:

    ANGRY HOUSES! METAL BOXES!

    Yay for tanks and all tank-related videogames. We need more tank-based videogames.

  27. David says:

    This game will revolutionize MMOs. Either that or for the first year, you will hear “we need a tank in our group” spammed in chat (if there is chat) and random jokes comparable only to Barrens chat back when Chuck Norris jokes were spammable and tolerated.