Gunners For Goalposts – World of Tanks: Football Edition

By Graham Smith on June 12th, 2014 at 7:00 pm.

Tank-to-ball.

Given its low media coverage, limited popularity and remote location, you might be forgiven for not knowing that the FIFA World Cup of foot-to-ball football soccer begins today. But it does – this very afternoon!

I guess someone at Wargaming.net must have fortuitously discovered the information while browsing Wikipedia, because they’ve found the time to put together a special Football Battles mode for World of Tanks to commemorate the occasion. It’s exactly as it sounds: two teams of tanks do battle by firing at and shunting around a ball in an attempt to score goals against one another. There’s a trailer below.

From now until Monday 14th July at 7am CEST, every World of Tanks player who logs in will have access to the T-62A SPORT, a fictional medium tank designed solely for playing football. The matches themselves take place in the fictional Himmelsdorf stadium, which is a pitch placed among the level geometry of the normal Himmelsdorf map.

I like it when multiplayer games run these time-limited modes to mark special occasions, whether it’s Team Fortress 2’s various Halloween events or the now annual (lest the internet become enraged)
Diretide and Frostivus events in Dota 2. It’s a shame that the SPORT tank will vanish from people’s accounts at the end of the event, as my TF2 pumpkin hat, though I can’t wear it most of the time, is a reminder of the fun I had with it years back. That said, there are medal and XP rewards for those who take part and win matches, as outlined in the Football Battles post on the World of Tanks site.

Thanks, PCG.

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    Rikard Peterson says:

    Reminds me of Rollcage (2?). What other games are there with similar game modes?

    • Metr13 says:

      UT2004 had an unreal football mode where you had to hit the ball around in buggies.

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        Rikard Peterson says:

        Oh? I have UT2004 on my shelf, but I don’t remember that at all. Maybe I should reinstall…

        • LionsPhil says:

          There was nothing like that in the stock game.

          There was very likely a mod for it, though. Maybe someone made a Deathball map with vehicles on. Or maybe a Bombing Run map, but that’s not really quite the same thing, because you carry that.

    • soundofvictory says:

      Super Sonic Acrobat Rocket Powered Battle Cars! It is an old PS3 PSN exclusive, but tons of fun. The devs are working on a sequel, Rocket League, which is in an early closed alpha.

      You drive around in these little cars capable of pulling off double jumps, turbo boosts, and flips. The goals is to get the ball into the other team’s goal.

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    RedViv says:

    Okay, in my musings yesterday about how tanks are the videogamest thing, what with their being about the drivings AND the shootings AND the close man-on-man no homo bro action, I did NOT anticipate to see a day where the ballfootings would also go in there.
    This is some sort of videogamest singularity.

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      lurkalisk says:

      “close man-on-man no homo bro action”

      This strikes me as a peculiar way to describe the biffs of a bunch of autonomous metal beasts.

  3. SickBrick says:

    I put 1,50$ on Croatia tonight. We better fucking win.

    • The Random One says:

      I’m Brazilian and I… also bet on Croatia. Two fifty say they win one-nil.

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    Gap Gen says:

    The armour on the fut-bol is too thick. Our tanks are worthless against such a thing.

    • CookPassBabtridge says:

      Shoot it from behind OH GOD THATS GEOMETRICALLY IMPOSSIBLE

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        Gap Gen says:

        FIFA stormtroopers patrol the streets. Pork pies and non-sponsor brands strictly rationed.

  5. LionsPhil says:

    They’ve found a way to make football actually interesting!

    (It was the other one that did the April 1st pony thing, though, right? It’s all sort of blurred together…)

  6. CookPassBabtridge says:

    Why am I finding the little foot-tanks so adorable? God. Now I want a plushie of a fucking tank.
    I think I need to get a pet. Or a life.

    ….It could be both.

    • Christo4 says:

      or neither

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        Gap Gen says:

        Two fish in a tank. One says to the other “shoot that fucking football!”

        • CookPassBabtridge says:

          Went looking for a picture of a fish in a tanker helmet.
          Found this instead

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            Gap Gen says:

            Call all the fashion magazines.
            All of th-
            ALL OF THEM.

          • Geebs says:

            Forget the fashion mags, somebody needs to call David Furnish and warn him that Elton’s latest hair-loss treatment has gone too far

          • CookPassBabtridge says:

            Hehe oh my god it’s true

  7. The Random One says:

    Footbattles, surely.

  8. Cockie says:

    Wait, this isn’t how football is normally played?

    • Chiron says:

      If football had tanks or was even remotely like Blood Bowl it would actually be fun to watch.

      As it is David Beckham tackling a tank and losing his foot under its tracks and getting a cannon shell to the face as he lies writhing in agony is only going to occur in my imagination while quietly sitting at work and wishing to god I could filter out the dull conversation about whatever team did what on Saturday night.

  9. Moraven says:

  10. altum videtur says:

    fun

  11. Tayh says:

    glorious