For World of Warships, realism is a guide not a goal

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...


World of Warships' E3 trailer shows how to ride out, and fight against, the storm

Developer Wargaming shared a new cinematic trailer for its upcoming massively multiplayer online naval warfare title, World of Warships, detailing how the titular ships fare in a storm against the waves — and each other. The trailer above, called "The Storm," shows American battleships the USS North Carolina, USS Fletcher and the USS Somers destroyers up against the Japanese Aoba cruiser and Fubuki destroyer in a raging storm. This shows just one of the kind of battles players will engage in while playing Warships. In August 2011, Wargaming announced World of Warships as World of Battleships in August 2011. One year later the name was changed to Warships. The MMO — which entered closed alpha testing in fall 2013 — will be similar in gameplay to Wargaming's other vehicular combat MMOs,...


World of Warships' first video diary delves into historical research behind the MMO

The first developer diary for Wargaming's World of Warships details the sea-based action players can expect from the developer's upcoming massively multiplayer online title. In the video above, developers discuss the historical research going into World of Warships' production. The game will include a wide range of World War II-era vehicles for players to take to the ocean with, including  battleships, cruisers, aircraft carriers and destroyers — though not submarines, as they don't fit the developers' gameplay vision. World of Warships was announced as World of Battleships in August 2011. The name was changed one year later and entered closed alpha testing in fall 2013. The game will maintain the in-game credits currency system from Wargaming's other vehicular battling MMOS, World of...


Real war is not a game, say and War Child

World of Tanks developer and its charity partner War Child joined forced recently to remind gamers that real war is not a game. War Child, a U.K.-based organization, provides support to children in war-torn areas like Afghanistan, Iraq, Uganda and Syria. That support takes the form of education, protection, vocational training and more. Its Real War is Not a Game campaign aims to include "information about international humanitarian law, and about children in conflict areas on the website and in the manuals of every war simulation game."'s European director of customer relations explained that the partnership is a result of shared values. "We are consciously aware that in reality many children around the globe are affected by the horrific consequences of...


World of Tanks, World of Warplanes and now share a single login is one step closer to creating a single universe of war games. This week the company behind World of Tanks, World of Warplanes and World of Warships unified gamers' accounts across all three games. "Unified account. Unified economics. Unified gaming universe," the company's website now reads. " offers a unique world of online battles and ultimate struggle for global supremacy."'s Victor Kislyi has long wanted to meld the different online worlds and accounts of his company into one entity. He talked about it with Polygon in 2012. This is, perhaps, the most mundane element of that move, but also the most important. With the transition gamers will have access to all of Wargaming's games through a single login and a single portal. A player's...


Wargaming looks to Total Annihilation, Master of Orion for inspiration

That doesn't mean the company won't ever step outside the realm of reality to create new sorts of gaming experiences, just that they are historic military simulators and any fictional world they create will never mingle. "I don't think we're going to move away from history accuracy where we make tanks with lasers or something arcadey," said Chris Cook, director of's North American PR. In August, acquired the intellectual property for Total Annihilation and Master of Orion from an Atari bankruptcy auction. At the time's CEO Victor Kislyi said that the company is "more than willing to give a new lease of life to these games." The real-time strategy game Total Annihilation was developed by Cavedog Entertainment and released in 1997 for Mac and...

8 Comments acquires Total Annihilation and Master of Orion IPs, the developer/publisher behind World of Tanks, World of Warplanes and World of Warships, acquired the intellectual property for Total Annihilation and Master of Orion in the recent Atari bankruptcy auction, the company announced today. The real-time strategy game Total Annihilation was developed by Cavedog Entertainment and released in 1997 for Mac and Windows PC. It was followed by a handful of expansion packs. Developer Simtex's turn-based Master of Orion dates back to 1993, and sequels followed in 1996 and 2003. "Total Annihilation and Master of Orion are strategy game classics," said CEO Victor Kislyi. "Although it's too soon to disclose any details, we are more than willing to give a new lease of life to these games most of us grew up playing. It's...

1 Comment bringing World of Tanks 360 Edition and eSports to Gamescom, the developer of World of Tanks, World of Warplanes and World of Warships, is bringing a playable version of the upcoming World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition and more to Gamescom next month, the company announced today. The developer will also sponsor several eSports-focused "amateur tournaments" that attendees can enter. Visitors will also be able to watch pros compete in tournaments like the WCG 2013 National Finals for World of Tanks, which will take place at the booth Aug. 22-23. In addition to the tournaments, will also host stage shows and developer Q&As, and give away prizes and gifts at the booth, located in Hall 8.1, stand A-030. "Last year Wargaming took Gamescom by storm with a massive booth, great giveaways and hands-on...


World of Warships removes Rising Sun flag after Korean gamers' outcry (update) has removed the Rising Sun flag of Imperial Japan from its MMO World of Warships after its South Korean audience spoke out against its use, reports The Korea Herald. The lastest trailer for World of Warships shows the flag amidst scenes of dogfighting and airborne firepower. The Rising Sun is the official insignia of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force, but due to its use in World War 2 is still widely considered in Southeast Asia to be offensive and carries associations of Japanese militarism and imperialism. A group of Korean gamers who were uncomfortable with the flag's presence in World of Warships launched a campaign for its removal, collecting around 40,000 signatures from users for their petition. Shortly after, a community manager took to the...


World of Warships trailer demonstrates grand naval destruction

The first trailer for Wargaming's free-to-play multiplayer online game, World of Warships, features a montage of cannons, torpedoes and air squadrons obliterating giant warships. The United States and Japan will be playable factions at launch and ship classes will include Battleships/Battlecruisers, Aircraft Carriers, Cruisers Light/Cruisers Heavy and Destroyers. The game will release with several multiplayer modes such as a World of Tanks-like "capture the base" mode. World of Warships will enter beta phase testing later this year. Last month, Wargaming released a set of screenshots detailing the USS New Mexico, which fought in the Atlantic and Pacific naval campaigns during World War II. Wargaming announced earlier that it plans to remove all "pay-to-win" elements from its...

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