Posts Tagged ‘World of Tanks’

Free Shells: Wargaming.net Scrap Pay To Win

Wargaming.net believe that war should take place on a level playing field. Money may make the world go round but it won’t buy you any extra-powerful rounds for your weaponry, whether those weapons be attached to tanks, planes or automobiles ships. In an interview with Gamasutra, Andrei Yarantsau, VP of publishing at the Belarusian behemoth, stated that the World of Tanks and other forthcoming titles, including World of Warplanes and World of Warships, would operate on a ‘free to win’ basis. This seems like good news.

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World Of Thanks: Wargaming Buys Gas Powered Games

'Thargaming'

The strange, sad story of Chris Taylor’s Gas Powered Games in 2013 has taken another unexpected twist – and now we know what the hinted-at future for the deeply troubled Supreme Commander developer is. Increasingly omnipresent Belarus developer/publisher Wargaming.net, best know for the remarkably successful World of Tanks, has stepped in to buy up what’s left of the Dungeon Siege studio.
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World Of Tanks Chinese Tanks Now Tanks… Er, Live

I'm envisioning something like March of the Penguins, but more heartwarming. And also with tanks.

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 instead marching eager treads onto the battlefield as part of 8.3. You can hop in right this second, too. Or you can watch the trailer and audition to narrate my upcoming National Geographic tank special.

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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, but sounds like something humanity must never genetically engineer. And while that’s certainly the main event of 8.2, it’s lugging in a smattering of other bits and bobs as well.

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The British Are Coming! World Of Tanks Stiffens Upper Lip

Tanks: like, the scariest thing there is.

I was thinking, seeing that World Of Tanks has unveiled its 8.1 update with accompanying video, that this isn’t a Halloweeny thing. What are they doing releasing it today? And then it occurred to me: tanks are actually scary. Ghosts and monsters may be the more traditional source of chills, but their overall efficacy at being frightening is somewhat limited by their not existing. Tanks exist. They blow people up. They could blow you up. Thanks are fucking terrifying. Everyone: dress up as a tank tonight.

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Star Citizen’s Big Influences: Demon’s Souls, Real Life

Look out the window, honey! It's an endless void of infinite darkness far beyond the reaches of human comprehension. And also some rocks!

Star Citizen – the newest and spacest thing from mighty commander of all wings, Chris Roberts – sounds impossibly good. And I do mean that, but with more emphasis on the “impossible” part than I’d like. No doubt, Roberts is completely brilliant, but he’s proposing a project of utterly mad ambition. Naturally, it’s made me a bit skeptical. That said, an hour-long chat during GDC Online (the full results of which you’ll see very soon) definitely put a few of my fears at ease. Roberts is dreaming bigger than just about any other designer out there, but his pie-in-the-stars ambitions are actually pretty well-grounded in reality. And also Demon’s Souls, surprisingly enough.

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Wuh Oh: PlaySpan Got Hacked, World Of Tanks Affected

Tanks: like aggessive safes

You’re familiar with the routine by now. If you’ve got a World Of Tanks account and bought anything, to be sure change your password, and any passwords associated with it. And if you’re still not using unique passwords per account, go change all the others too. PlaySpan, the software World Of Tanks uses for financial transactions in WoT and a thousand other games, has been compromised, with two million account details put online. That’s usernames, email addresses, and encrypted passwords. Credit card details are believed not to have been accessed, but obviously keep an eye on your bills.

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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 as it happened. So, I just wrote down everything on paper which I would otherwise have scribed onto the vast scroll of the internet. God bless paper. For a more detailed rundown of results, best check Wargaming.
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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 name down on the passenger list. I’m here to cover Ural Steel, an international World of Tanks tournament with a total prize pool of $77,000. Before my trip I took the time to learn the Russian for numbers one, two, three, four and five, along with the word “koshka” which means “cat”. It’s probably indicative of my trip that the only extra things I will have learned by the time I leave are the phrases “fuck yes!”, “go fuck yourself” and “sorry”. But right now the sum of my usefulness in this city remains the ability to walk into a shop and demand anything ranging from one to five felines.
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Clan Wars To Connect World of Tanks And Warplanes

Think hard, everyone. Can you remember ever *not* being in the cockpit of an airplane? Ever? Oh god. What form of vile wizardry is shaping our lives?

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.

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A Whole New World (Of Tanks): WoT’s Massive 8.0 Update

Stay off my lawn, you crazy kids!

Back in my day, you could rely on certain things – ravages of time aside – to stay largely the same. Sure, times may change and people may come and go, but one shining beacon of stability has always kept me feeling warm and cozy. I’m speaking, of course, of World-War-II-era tanks. But now – at least, in World of Tanks – they’re getting gargantuan sets of new guts and fresh coats of paint. I ask you: is nothing sacred anymore?

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World Of Tanks’ Solution To Balance Issues: More Tanks

This image looks like it belongs in some tank-based post-apocalyptic horror. Like, a poor young tank returns home to find that everytank he loves has been devoured by zombies. Zombie tanks. It made more sense in my head.

We recently sent Brendan into the line of fire at Tankfest, and it resulted in pretty much the most amazing thing ever – which is significantly different from the normal result of sending one tiny human into a heaping herd of tanks (hint: horrible death). But there is also a game buried beneath all the harrowing war stories and tank puns, and it’s actually a pretty good one! However, World of Tanks has, in its time, seen some fairly serious ups and downs in terms of balance, and Wargaming’s not afraid to admit it. So patch 7.5 is aimed at knocking the lumbering tier 10 heavies back down to size – with more tanks. Mediums and tank destroyers, to be specific. Want to see a few of them? Of course you do.

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There Were Tanks At Tankfest: A Report

It's good to maintain an air of mystery.

I don’t even like tanks that much. I have honestly no idea what I’m doing here. There are tanks everywhere. Tanks in the lobby, tanks on the lawn, tanks in the gift shop. I walk around hoping to find a Russian tank which inside houses different, smaller tanks, so that I can act bewildered and amused even though I previously suspected its existence. But it doesn’t exist. I look up. There are no tanks on the ceiling, which is a relief. But there is a small helicopter, which is disconcerting. Beneath it a placard reads, “What is a helicopter doing in a tank museum!?” and then goes on to explain the entire history of this particular helicopter EXCEPT the reason it is in a tank museum. I feel a strange kinship with the little chopper. It too has no idea what it’s doing here.

The tank museum is the setting for Tankfest, the annual festival of large, manoeuvrable killing machines held in the south of England. It is very well attended. Tanks are put on display and even rolled out onto a specially built course to rollick around and pretend to shoot things. The festival takes place near the sleepy settlement of Wool, which is a bit like holding an NRA meeting in a town called Carebear, or a nuke parade in a village called Softmint. Nevertheless, people come from all over Europe to see tanks from throughout military history and to buy souvenirs like Airfix models, or soap.

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World Of Tanks: Free Tanks And Stuff

Tanks vs evil giants.
Polite notice: THE CODES WORK FOR NEW EUROPEAN AND NORTH AMERICAN REGISTRATIONS ONLY. If you are already a WoT player they won’t be much use to you. Unless you want to get a chum involved or whatever.

Anyway! If our interview with the producer from World Of Warplanes got your pseudo-World War II PvP glands engorged, then you might want to try their original game, World Of Tanks. We’ve got 1000 starter codes to give away, which will apparently boost you on your way into the game with a free premium tank, one day of full premium play, and 300 gold. To to claim a code you have to be logged into RPS. If you click here you will automatically claim a code, and also get to see the sign up instructions.

Aces Higher: World Of Warplanes Explained

Like angry folded sheets of paper.
A giant V-formation of free-to-play air combat is on the horizon: World Of Warplanes from the makers of World Of Tanks. To find out a bit more of what to expect from a persistent dogfighting game, I had a chat with Wargaming.net’s Anton Sitnikov, and he explained exactly whether a Spitfire could take a jet-propelled plane in a fight.
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Anti-Tank: World of Warplanes

Not, you might notice, a warplane. Try and imagine it's a) flying and b) completely different.

First there were tanks, and now there are warplanes. What next: World Of Armoured Personnel Carriers? World Of Anti-Tank Suicide Dogs?

The here and now, though, is World of Warplanes: the new game from Wargaming.Net, creators of the august WW2 MMO World of Tanks. RATATATATATATATATATATATATetc
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World Of Tanks Finally Launches April 12th

Getting down off the podium was to be less dignified.
After an open beta lasting just five hundred years, popular armoured warfare game World Of Tanks now has a release date in North America and the EU. It’s April 12th! Oh but I said that already. What I didn’t say was that you can still play on the open beta, here for North America and here for Europe, untul that time. As I understand it, there will be a server wipe when the full game hits, however, so don’t get too invested in your tank collection at this stage. The game will still be free-to-play once launched, of course.

Tanks For Nothing: World Of Tanks Tutorials

Tanks: like more effectively designed Daleks.

I could lie to you. I could claim that I’m posting the four tutorial trailers for World Of Tanks because I decided it was about time we updated you on the state of the game (still in open beta – you can sign up here in the US, here in the EU, and here in RU). I could claim that the tutorial video run is now complete, but I don’t know if there’s a part five to come. But I never want to lie to you. I’m posting this because I thought of the headline pun for the free-to-play tank-based MMO last night, and realised I was compelled to use it. Sure, I could have saved it up and given it to Jim for when the game is officially launched. But no, I wanted it, and I wanted it NOW. So there’s the four tutorial videos below.

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I Thought World Of Tanks Was In Open Beta


But actually the open beta only started today for Europe and North America. Was what went before a closed beta? A shy beta? An alpha? I just don’t know. Look, North Americans can sign up here, and Europeans here. Although it looks like you can still access North American servers from Europe, if you want, so that is a pleasant surprise.

Unexpectedly, World Of Tanks isn’t really a world populated by tanks, in which tanks wear suits and go to work and do the shopping, but more like a highly populated tank fighting arena-ladder-championship system, where tanks can team up to explode each other with carefully balanced ordnance. Some tanks are good at long distance hammering, others are small and fast and shooty. None are much good as healers, and some of them aren’t good tanks, which seems odd. So World Of Tanks is a kind of long distance boxing fraternity for overweight tractors, based on Platonic World War II tank concepts. That’s what it is. Yep. It is also free to play. I’ve posted a video of what happens in World Of Tanks below. (Oh and also the actual trailer.)
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