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Posts tagged “Wargaming”

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…

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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…

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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,…

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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

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…

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Weigh Anchor: World Of Warships Plunges Into Open Beta

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…

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Feature: World of Spaceships

Master of Orion: A Hands-Off Peek

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…

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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…

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World Of Warships Gameplay Video Released

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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Feature: Tank Rush

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…

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Feature: Shipshape?

World Of Warships Hands-On: Overcoming Skepticism

World of Tanks makes sense. It's Counter-Strike with moveable turrets; angry houses hiding behind placid houses, streets like corridors, cannons like machineguns, machineguns also like machineguns. World of Warplanes makes sense, sort of, on paper. Planes. They're like tanks but they fly. Except there's no cover in the sky, and enemies could be in front, behind, beside or above you. So you sort of just…

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Rounding Off: World Of Tanks Prettification

Here's an interesting aspect of long-term game development: if you build a game where you're continually adding units across a number of years, you will see a marked difference in model quality between the first creations and the newer models. It can't be helped. For some games that might not matter, but World of Tanks is about tanks and the people who love to pay…

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World Of Tanks Getting Gloriously Detailed Destructibility

Destructo-porn ahoy! World of Tanks continues to be massively (almost bewilderingly) popular, but there's no two ways about it: its underlying systems are getting a little creaky. Thus, Wargaming is getting ready to oil up the free-to-play phenom's crunchiest gears by introducing large-scale destructibility. When shells hit buildings, they will crumble literally brick-by-brick. Unless they are not made of bricks, in which case they will…

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World To Remain World Of Warplanes-Less Until Nov

Oh what a strange state of affairs. Ours is a world that's had war since time immemorial and planes since the Wright brothers realized that flapping their arms really hard would only make birds laugh at them, but a combination of all those elements? A World of Warplanes, if you will? That's apparently a much taller order. The World of Tanks stablemate has been in beta…

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Chocks Away: World Of Warplanes Beta Opens

The skies used to be such a peaceful place: birds, clouds, rain. Then man invented the plane and everything went very wrong. World of Warclouds would be an excellent, relaxing way to spend an afternoon: you scoop up water from the ground, silently stalk around mountains and over airports, building up a tummy rumble to make thunder and lightning. At most you could make things…

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World Of Tanks Chinese Tanks Now Tanks… Er, Live

I can't be the only one who appreciates the ever-narrowing gap between official World of Tanks footage and nature documentaries, can I? There's a certain grace to their low-speed loping, and recent products of Wargaming's virtual camerawork have captured that in a way that just begs for overly embellished narration. But I digress. New tanks! After originally being announced for update 8.2, Chinese tanks are…

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World Of Tanks Adding Chinese Pottery. Kidding: Tanks

Well, that was quick. World of Tanks' Britain-themed 8.1 update - unfortunately not titled "Sir, You Are Being Hunted (By Tanks)" - came out just a hair over a week ago, and now Wargaming's already rallying the troops for update 8.2. This time around, the focus is mainly on a new Chinese tank tree, which actually houses creaking death machines you can buy in succession,…

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Feature: Russian For "Sorry"

From Our Tank Correspondent, Part 2: The As-Liveblog

[Part one is here.] I found myself in Moscow at the weekend, reporting on the Ural Steel 2012, a World of Tanks tournament with a top prize of $35,000. There were many tanks, as evidenced in part one of my adventures. But there was also lots of tense team-based drama. Being both unprepared and a terrible person, I found myself unable to liveblog the event…

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Feature: Tanks, Like Angry Houses

From Our Tank Correspondent, Part 1: Cats And Hats

We sent Brendan to the World Of Tanks convention in Russia. This is his report. They sent me to Russia this time. They sent me. To Russia. I’m standing in the middle of Moscow because the call went out for people who would like to see some tanks. And being something of an expert in this field, the Hive Mind saw fit to put my…

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