By Nathan Grayson on August 25th, 2012 at 4:00 pm.
Believe it or not, most of the wars waged over the course of human history haven’t been confined to a single variety of vehicle at all times. I mean, tanks are great and all, but they’re a bit rubbish when it comes to swimming and flying, and I imagine the subtle nuances of both thumb wars and food fights elude them as well. So Wargaming, naturally, is slowly but surely expanding its F2P empire into new arenas of war. First up, it’s taking to the skies with World of Warplanes. That, however, doesn’t mean tanks are taking a backseat. Wargaming’s been planning to connect its major franchises all along, and it’s taking the first step with World of Warplanes’ extension of Clan Wars.
Wargaming explained where the Global-Map-based metagame is headed next in a recent Q&A.
“This game mode proved to be very popular amongst dedicated World of Tanks players and we want to introduce this aspect of the game for our virtual pilots as well. After all, there was a big war fought for dominance in the air in WWII in real life. So it makes sense to have this feature in the game as well.”
“And we even want to take it one step further! With the arrival of World of Warplanes, we’ll be able to combine the worlds of tanks and planes on the global map. Not only will plane fighters fight on their own in Clan Wars, but they’ll also be able to interact and influence battles fought on a combined world map that’ll be populated and played both by World of Tanks and World of Warplanes players alike.”
Currently, the system is more of a turn-based strategy to-do than anything else, so we’re not quite at the point where tank drivers will be able to crane their turrets upward and see planes dancing among the bullet-perforated clouds. That said, Wargaming would like to also eventually bring World of Warships under this umbrella as well – so that’s something, at least.
If nothing else, it’s an ambitious plan, and it’ll be interesting to watch it evolve as Wargaming figures out what’s feasible and what’s not. And then, one day, maybe we’ll simply have World of War – which will force us to ponder why anyone would ever choose to live on a planet dedicated exclusively to unending heavily armed combat. Maybe the weather’s nice?