By Tracey Lien on Aug 26, 2014 08.26.14
Most people have experienced driving a car, or at least riding in one. So when Wargaming set out to make World of Tanks, it had a point of reference for how players should feel when driving a tank. Tanks are big, heavy machines, and people want to feel the weight of driving what is essentially an oversized, heavily-armored car. "It's easier to make the car analogy with a tank, so we wanted to recreate that experience," says associate producer Christopher Stott. Not as many people have ridden large boats, though, and even fewer have driven one. This made World of Warships a bit trickier to design. Like World of Tanks, players pilot a machine in fast-paced multiplayer battles that feature guns and explosions. Unlike World of Tanks, World of Warships deals with full-sized warships...
By Tracey Lien on Jul 31, 2014 07.31.14
The number of eSports tournaments held in North America jumped from 8,809 in 2011 to a projected 47,500 in 2014, according to Vancouver-based eSports platform Battlefy. Using publicly-available data, in-house developed algorithms and data from tournament organizers, Battlefy today released figures showing the growth in eSports tournaments, as well as the top 10 games played in tournaments since 2013. Riot Games' League of Legends topped the list with 7,565 tournaments held in 2013. This was followed by Valve's Dota 2 with 5,012 tournaments, the FIFA series with 4,919 tournaments and the Pokémon franchise with 3,606 tournaments. The complete list can be view below. Game (number of tournaments held in 2013) League of Legends (7,565) Dota 2 (5,012) ...
By Jenna Pitcher on Jul 03, 2014 07.03.14
World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition Combat Ready Starter Pack, the retail package for the free-to-play game, will launch worldwide beginning Aug. 12 in North and South America for $19.99, Wargaming.net announced today. The retail release of World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition will launch Asia-Pacific and Europe (for £15.99) on Aug.14 and Aug. 29, respectively. The disc release for the free-to-play game is packaged with 1,500 in-game gold; a German premium vehicle, the Panzer 38H Tier II light tank; 200,000 in-game silver; three days of premium account time, which provides 50 percent boosts to earning silver and XP; and a 30-day Xbox Live Gold membership. For more on the military combat game, which recently received the free Soviet Steel update, check out our coverage from E3 2013.
By Colin Campbell on Jun 18, 2014 06.18.14
For the duration of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Wargaming has introduced a new soccer mode into World of Tanks where players can go head-to-head in a soccer match between tanks. The World Football Championship mode is available until July 13 and features 3v3 matches between specially designed tanks. To see the rest of the E3 trailers, check out our StoryStream.
By Emily Gera on Jun 13, 2014 06.13.14
Wargaming.net's upcoming mobile offering World of Tanks Blitz is coming globally to iOS devices on June 26, the company confirmed to Polygon today. The new mobile release is based on the free-to-play military multiplayer game World of Tanks, but will offer up to 7v7 action within player-versus-player matches at four minutes each. Players will also be able to lead forces from the U.S., U.S.S.R. and Germany. The development team expects that despite the short-length of matches, players are likely to spend over an hour on the game each day. World of Tanks Blitz will additionally feature in-game chat in real-time. The game, like Wargaming's Windows PC release, will be free-to-play. Blitz was first announced last year.
By Emily Gera on Jun 12, 2014 06.12.14
In light of this year's FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Wargaming will introduce a new soccer mode into World of Tanks where players can go head to head in a soccer match between tanks, Polygon was told today. The World Football Championship mode is available until July 13 and features a special tank designed for soccer gameplay, new achievements and new team-based gameplay. The mode features 3v3 matches on a reworked, soccer field version of Himmelsdorf, and lasts seven minutes per match. Players should aim to score goals using their vehicles and shells. Users who try the mode out over the next month will be awarded the Football Player 2014 medal for their performance.
By Charlie Hall on Jun 09, 2014 06.09.14
But in many ways the era of the flight sim ended in January 2009 when Microsoft announced the closure of the Aces Studio. After 29 years the people behind the Microsoft Flight Simulator series were out of work. For the last five years flight sims have struggled to remain relevant, spiraling off into niche titles like the X-Plane and the DCS series that, while they push the limits of modern computing power, strain the patience of most gamers. That’s about the change. The flight sim genre is coming back in a big way. This year’s E3 marks an inflection point where developers, publishers and hardware manufacturers are coming together to create new kinds of flight sim experiences. It’s a confluence that will push flight sims to the forefront of gaming for the next several years. World...
By Samit Sarkar on May 29, 2014 05.29.14
World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition developer Wargaming West will release the free Soviet Steel update for the military combat game on June 3, the studio announced today. Billed as the game's largest update yet, Soviet Steel will add 29 U.S.S.R. vehicles — light, medium and heavy tanks, and tank destroyers — to World of Tanks. Also included are two new maps, Komarin and Ensk. Soviet Steel will bring up the game's vehicle count above 150. Screenshots of the various tanks are available on the game's website. Wargaming.net also announced today that the Xbox 360 Edition will be released on disc in August. The retail package for the free-to-play game will come with 1,500 in-game gold and other paid content: a German premium vehicle, the Panzer 38H Tier II light tank; 200,000 in-game silver;...
By Jenna Pitcher on May 09, 2014 05.09.14
The latest addition to World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition, the 1.2 update, introduces a new weather systems, new vehicles and new maps. The weather system adds rain, snow and night-time to the game. Rainstorm variant are now added to three maps, two maps receive the night variant, while one map gets the snowstorm variant. Two new maps are also introduced in the game, the Fisherman's Bay and Abbey. Update 1.1 features six new American-themed tanks, the M8A1, T49, M18 Hellcat, T25/2, T28 Prototype, T30 and T110E4. The game receives eight new achievements, HUD tweaks, UI fixes along with audio and control changes. Crew training can now be upgraded to 80-100 percent without needing to change tanks and the UI now updates correctly when an unassigned crew is assigned to the current tank. C...
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Apr 16, 2014 04.16.14
World of Tanks will receive a Historical Battles game mode and updated visuals with the game's Frontiers patch on April 17, Wargaming announced today. According to Wargaming, the update is the beginning of the "transformation" for World of Tanks this year. In Historical Battle mode, players engage in "legendary tank encounters" from World War II. Tanks have been historically outfitted for three battles: Operation Spring Awakening, the Battle of Kursk and the Ardennes Breakthrough. Frontiers also introduces high definition remakes of the American M4 Sherman, Soviet T-54 and German Tiger I — the first of 10 planned remakes. "New physics functions including blow-off turrets upon explosion of the ammo rack, and realistic suspension behavior in the HD models, create a more realistic...