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Obsidian's Armored Warfare enters early access today, here's our first impressions

Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

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Obsidian Entertainment, makers of RPGs like South Park: The Stick of Truth, Fallout: New Vegas and Pillars of Eternity, is venturing into unexplored territory with free-to-play title Armored Warfare. Polygon's Charlie Hall spent some time on multiplayer combat during a press-only event over the weekend, and Brian Crecente joined him to chat about it.

With the financial backing of Russian giant, Armored Warfare hopes to be a direct competitor of World of Tanks. Where WoT ends its timeline somewhere around the Korean War, Armored Warfare picks up where it left off and heads off deep into the weeds of Cold War-era hardware. We spent time inside vehicles such as the 1960s-era M113 armored personnel carrier and the Russian T-64 main battle tank. The final game will have truly modern machines, such as the M1A1 Abrams and the T-90.

Armored Warfare enters early access today. You can sign up for an invitation here. The latest trailer for the game is below.

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