Posts Tagged ‘Wargaming’

Beat up some Romans in Total War: Arena’s open beta

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I’ve probably written more about Total War than any other series this year, but I confess that I totally forgot about its free-to-play multiplayer spin-off, Total War: Arena. It has my attention again, however, as a public beta kicks off today, announced Creative Assembly and publisher Wargaming (who were brought in to help last year).

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Total War: Arena launches open beta weekend

We first played Total War: Arena, a curious 10v10 free-to-play spin-off from the historical strategy series, way back in 2014 and… it’s still not out. Development evidently stumbled into several hurdles, and Sega ended up befriending the World of Tanks gang at Wargaming to help out. Well, now everyone is invited to see how it’s coming along, as a free open beta weekend started today. How does Total War work with twenty players each controlling a few squads? Take control of Romans, Greeks, or Barbarians this weekend and see for yourself. Read the rest of this entry »

Have You Played… World of Tanks?

A lonely tank suffers from a deep ennui

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time.

In my earliest days of video game reporting, I witnessed the absurdity of a tank selling soap. Adult robot male and one-time editor of this website, Jim Rossingnol, thought it would be interesting to our readership if he sent an underprepared junior writer to a tank festival in Dorset, England, where Belarussian developer Wargaming had set up a dark shack full of computers running their free-to-play warfare game World of Tanks [official site]. Two months later, I was in a giant hangar in Kubinka, Russia, wondering what I had done to either merit or deserve the honour or dishonour of being surrounded by decommissioned Soviet war machines. Read the rest of this entry »

Tanks ever so much! World of Tanks adds 30v30 battles

The free-to-play arcade tank battles of World of Tanks [official site] today get a whole lot bigger with the official launch of a new 30v30 mode. Grand Battles is its name, and grand battles is its game. Along with bringing a higher playercount — double the regular high of 15v15 — Grand Battles packs a large new map, Nedelburg, suited to megafights. Only Tier X tanks can join in, mind, so it’s not open to everyone. Read the rest of this entry »

World of Tanks 30v30 mode Frontline hits test server

Free-to-play tank shooter World of Tanks [official site] today launches a new 30v30 mode on its test server. Frontline mode sees 60 tanks throwing down, one team attacking and trying to push forward to capture and unlock new areas of the map, while the other tries to fend them off. The regular World of Tanks maximum is 15v15 so 30v30 is a big step up, so the map gets bigger to match. New areas will open as points are captured, becoming up to nine times the size of a regular WoT map. More war! Read the rest of this entry »

Sega and Wargaming cosy up for Total War: Arena

The Creative Assembly’s upcoming free-to-play historical rumble Total War: Arena [official site] will be published by Wargaming. The World of Tanks and World of Warships studio have more experience with free-to-play battles, see, and have signed Arena as the first game on their new Wargaming Alliance publishing label. Arena, to remind you, is about 10v10 battles where each player controls several small platoons/patrols/companies of units. No, it’s not a MOBA. Read the rest of this entry »

We’ve Peaked: Steven Seagal’s In World Of Warships

Probably around 800,000 press releases come into my inbox every day. Standing out from that crowd is tough. But when your subject line is “Steven Seagal in World of Warships”, you’re like a brilliant light shining through the darkness.

Steven Seagal is in World Of Warships [official site].

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Wot I Think: Master Of Orion

Master of Orion [official site] and its sequel (the less said about the third entry, the better) spawned a horde of 4X and space strategy fanatics, sending them out into the galaxy to explore, expand, exploit and exterminate. Wildly ambitious, full of fascinating aliens to meet and kill – they’re rightly hailed as classics with a legacy that continues even two decades later. Death to the past, I say. There’s a new Master of Orion now; fresh blood with an old name.

Just try to ignore the fact that it’s wearing the tattered and worn skin of its progenitor.

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Blastoff! Master Of Orion Leaves Early Access

Master of Orion [official site] released in full this week, leaving early access with a launch day patch to ensure things got off to the right start. It’s a revival of Simtex’s original interstellar 4X strategy games, and was developed by NGD Studios under the watchful gaze of some of the series’ initial development team.

Rather than a pure remake, Master of Orion stands on its own with a fresh story and updated mechanics. Players will compete to explore and spread their influence across the universe, either negotiating with new alien races or conquering them.

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World Of Warships Charts Course For New Mode

Now that I’ve expended my vast knowledge of naval terminology (which is actually mostly just vocabulary I associate with pirates), World of Warships [official site] has just received a new update. The biggest changes are a new mode and improved matchmaking. It’s all part of Wargaming’s new effort to introduce shorter development cycles to bring quick bursts of smaller updates to the game, much like a cannon salvo from a warship (because World War II-era ships have cannons, silly – I am, after all, here to teach).

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MOO! Master Of Orion Reboot Enters Early Access

Initial surprise at a Master of Orion reboot coming from World of Tanks has mellowed into a warm hope that they’ll do Simtex’s classic 4X strategy series justice (them and NGDC Studios, the team actually making it). If you’re feeling bold, you can now see how work is coming along as the Master of Orion reboot [official site] has launched into early access. It’s scheduled to float around that spacedock for at least three months, being expanded and improved, before launching properly.

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Mark Hamill, Alan Tudyk Join Master Of Orion Voice Cast

Wargaming have announced a gaggle of voiceover actors, including That Man Off Star Wars and Those Guys From Star Trek and Him Off Firefly and Wasn’t He In Babylon 5 for their reboot of 4x classic Master of Orion [official site]. There is definitely a space theme.

In case any of the above was unclear, you can expect voicework by Mark Hamill, John de Lancie, Michael Dorn, Alan Tudyk, Dwight Schultz and others as you play the videogame. Those others include Nolan North and Troy Baker because, y’know, it is illegal to make a videogame without them.

Here’s the full cast list:

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Master of Orion Trailer Gives First Look At Combat

Master of Orion [official site], a remake of the 4X game which came out in 1993, was announced by World of Tanks developers Wargaming.net at this year’s E3 with a very short teaser. Now they’ve released the first video of the game in action. If you’d like to see two very awkward robots talk you through what’s coming in the new game, the video’s below.

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World Of Warships Weighing Anchor On The 17th

Mate, I would swim in this sea.

After two months of ships circling each other honking and making puffy smoke clouds in open beta, and probably some cannon fire too now I think about it, World of Warships [official site] is almost ready to properly launch. Developers Wargaming today announced that on September 17th they’ll smash a bottle over the free-to-play naval battler’s bow and christen it the HMS Totes Released before sending it down the digital slipway into the virtual sea.

Release it. They’ll release it. World of Warships is coming out on September 17th.

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Weigh Anchor: World Of Warships Plunges Into Open Beta

Blammo!

After invading land of air, World of Tanks and World of Warplanes developer Wargaming has launched the third arm of their attack against free-to-play wargames. World of Warships [official site] entered open beta today, letting all and sundry in to roam the seven years blasting the heck out of each other for funsies.

I’m still impressed that they’ve made mainstream a type of game that was once quite niche (not that they’re sims, but y’know what I mean), and even more surprised that they’ve got away with the World of Warthings naming. I suppose a gnome isn’t much match for a shell bigger than they are.

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Master of Orion: A Hands-Off Peek

Vroom vroom!

Remake or reboot? That’s the question I asked Jacob Beucler, director of global operations at Wargaming during an E3 demonstration of Master of Orion [official site].

“Definitely a reboot,” he says. “We’re taking things very seriously in terms of what made this franchise great.” By this he means Master of Orion and its first sequel, not the curious but problematic Master of Orion 3 (which our Adam likes to pretend never even happened).

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Bombs Away: $300K In Prizes At World Of Tanks Finals

Did you leave the house today? Did you sense something in the air? That electricity is the feeling I exude when I hear about how I could have had a career making $300,000 playing World of Tanks [official website] in Warsaw if I hadn’t spent my formative years on my “education.”

This weekend is the Grand Finals for the Wargaming.net League, a big eSports expo that’s headed by the now omnipresent Tanks people. Twelve teams will go head-to-head for 300,000 clams, with matches taking place until Sunday evening.

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World Of Warships Gameplay Video Released

WAR CATAMARANS

Well, Wargaming are releasing another World of Warthing game soon! World of Warships is in beta. *Takes DEEP BREATH* But what about World of Warbicycles? World of Warballoons? World of Wargo-karts? World of Warjetskis? World of WarVespas? How about SEASONAL World of WarSleighs? Anyway click ‘more’ to see the first gameplay trailer, I promise I’ll shut up.

Will I though

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Interview: Victor Kislyi On Wargaming In A Single Breath

I’ve interviewed a lot of CEOs over the past ten years, and while they each project the same unnatural, media-trained sangfroid, they’re each different, too.

Victor Kislyi, CEO of Wargaming, seems like one of the most genuine human beings I’ve seen in the role. His enthusiasm for his job is palpable. I asked him a single question at this year’s Gamescom and he spoke for nine minutes straight in response.

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