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War Thunder Update 1.67 Trailer

March 16, 2017 – Gaijin Entertainment today announced the release of their latest major update 1.67 ‘Assault!’ for its military MMOG War Thunder. The update introduces almost twenty new vehicles including Japanese tanks and three new battle locations bringing the total number of maps to more than 80 available in the game. A new cooperative game mode (Assault) will be added soon after the Update 1.67 launch.

New Co-Op game mode ‘Assault’: Coming soon, available in two iterations, the new game mode challenges players to defend a strategic location against waves of enemy ground vehicles or aircraft. For tankers, combat is fought tank to tank on the ground, with the ability to temporarily support teammates in attack aircraft or bombers. Pilots are tasked with maintaining air superiority over a zone by fending off enemy bombers approaching from all directions. As each successive wave is stronger than the previous one, players have to work together to hold out until the end, upon which they will receive well-deserved rewards.

19 New Vehicles Expand War Thunder’s Arsenal: Some interesting new machines arrive with War Thunder’s Update 1.67, including the new British self-propelled gun FV4005 with its deadly 183mm anti-tank cannon – now the largest cannon in the game by far – replacing the KV-2’s 152mm howitzer as the new heavy hitting champion. The recently introduced Japanese Ground Forces tree receives three new vehicles, including the ATGM carrier Type 60 APC and multi-turreted Type 95 Ro-Go. The other War Thunder nations also receive a stockpile of new tanks and aircraft. More information can be found in the Developer Diaries here: http://warthunder.com/devblog

Three New Map Locations – More Than 80 Maps in Total! The ‘Assault’ update includes three new battle locations including one map for air and two maps for combined arms battles. On ‘Guiana Highlands’ fighting begins at an altitude 6000 meters above sea level, with the whole area being divided into several ‘floors’ that each feature their own battle and victory conditions.

The two combined arms battles, ‘Ardennes’ and ‘Phang Nga’, are set during the early stages of the Battle of the Bulge and the Pacific War, respectively. The former puts players into the outskirts of the Belgian town of Bastogne as they fight for control over the town and the frost covered hilltops surrounding it. The latter, which will be made available in one of the upcoming Naval Pre-Beta weekends, sees players contest the coast of Thailand in a battle waged from air and sea.

War Thunder Open Beta Ends Game Launched

Dec 20th, 2016 — Gaijin Entertainment today announced that update 1.65 ‘Way of the Samurai’ marks the release of the originally proposed War Thunder game and ends Open Beta with all current in-game nations featuring their own aircraft and tank trees. The introduction of ships also means that War Thunder now takes the fight to land, air and sea to complement the game. Gaijin Entertainment will continue its commitment to improving the game through regular updates, as they progress toward the research trees of War Thunder Ships, which currently reside in pre-beta testing.

“After reaching this important development milestone, which marks the end of Open Beta, the goals set out for War Thunder in 2012 are now complete. We will focus on adding new features and improvements, to let virtual pilots, tankers and navy captains enjoy one of the most realistic, extensive and accessible war simulations of all time”, says Kirill Yudintsev, Creative Director of Gaijin Entertainment.

War Thunder’s ‘Way of the Samurai’ update will focus on completing the Armor of the Imperial Japanese Army, which adds 30 armored ground forces vehicles, featuring a full range of light and medium tanks as well as self-propelled guns and anti-aircraft vehicles modeled on interwar vehicles to proven mid-war workhorses and modern developments of the Cold War era.

Update 1.65 includes the integration of cockpit interiors for all aircraft with working gauges and indicators. The update contains two new maps for ground and combined arms combat, “Abandoned Factory” and “38th Parallel”. While the first challenges tankers and air support to identify targets in a maze of industrial workshops and loading bays, the latter propels players into the Korean peninsula and is the first ground combat location based on a post-World War II setting.  It also contains a dozen additional ground and air vehicles for other nations bringing the total number of available vehicles to more than 800.

In 2017, Gaijin plans to focus on two major game modes for War Thunder, the previously announced World War mode that allows players to experience massive operations across different theatres of World War II, as well as the full release of War Thunder Naval Forces for all nations.

Work will continue working on additional features such as adding new nations, new game modes and further improvements to eSport and other forms of competitive play.

Gaijin Entertainment also used the opportunity of War Thunder’s release to congratulate players with the start of a series of holiday timed events and specials. Everyone logging in to the game until New Year’s will receive a progression booster as a present. In addition, the holiday season will bring a variety of events where players can unlock several Premium vehicles and other content for free.

To find out more head over to the War Thunder devblog page here:

http://warthunder.com/en/news/?tags=Development

War Thunder Celebrates Halloween and 4th Anniversary

Thursday 27th October 2016For Halloween, Gaijin Entertainment is celebrating the fourth anniversary of War Thunder’s launch with prizes, events, discounts and competitions. Halloween specials are running from October 28th through November 2nd.

Pilots and tankers can take part in special racing events; pilots can take the helm of the infamous soviet night bomber, the Polikarpov Po-2 of the ‘Night Witches’ squadron, as they race for first place, evading opponent turret fire. Similarly, fans of ground forces can race to the Sepulchre in an enchanted M18 Hellcat tank, operating without a commander or crew. Successful racers are rewarded with a Witches’ Cauldron, yielding unique decorative items such as pumpkins and witches hats that you can adorn your vehicle with, as well as boosters that improve earnings.

Festivities will include discounts of up to 50% on vehicles, premium accounts, modifications and other in-game items. Players can look forward to new events, promotions and discounts every day culminating in a great two-day celebration of War Thunder’s fourth anniversary onNovember 1st and 2nd. No fan of War Thunder should miss this!

For more details on the War Thunder Halloween events and approaching 4th anniversary celebrations be sure to visit the news page http://warthunder.com/en/news/4304-war-thunder-four-years-and-still-going-strong-en/.

War Thunder to Get Naval Combat

(MOSCOW, RUSSIAN FEDERATION) – August 11, 2016 – Gaijin Entertainment today announced the forthcoming start of closed beta for Naval Battles, the highly sought after combat mode in War Thunder, its award-winning MMO WWII online game with first exclusive hands-on at this year’s Gamescom. The inclusion of Naval Battles will provide fans with the ability to battle from the land, sea and air.

The participants of naval battles upcoming closed beta will be called the “Knights of the Sea”. Made up of torpedo, artillery and missile boats, coast guard vessels and submarine chasers, they are the so-called “small” naval contingent that served in all oceanic theatres of World War 2.

“The high level of realism is one of the key design features of War Thunder. Vehicles are as close to their real life counterparts as possible. Classic large ship battles during the war were contests of patience and planning, where engagements could last from several hours to several days. In War Thunder, where all kinds of vehicles fight in one battle and players can control aircraft, tanks and ships, it is not possible to change the size of the ships or make time run faster, as everything needs to remain consistent.

Our internal testing showed that battles with large battleships were too long and slow or required design changes that made ships entirely unrealistic. For this reason, we are leading with fast attack-based craft, which are rarely reproduced in games. Ships, that are more suitable for the formula of our game. These fast, agile and dangerous “Knights of the Sea” are worthy contenders for aircraft and tanks on the ground” – says creative director Kirill Yudintsev, Gaijin Entertainment.

All nations in War Thunder will get naval forces. Invited players and those who purchase one of two Starter packs with unique ships, will be able to join the closed testing as soon as the testing phase begins later this year.

The first Starter Pack includes a Soviet Project 1124 Armored River Boat. The T-34 turret and two 12.7mm machine guns allow the gunboat to efficiently eliminate enemy ships and low-flying aircraft; but the main destructive power of the Project 1124 lies in her M-13-M1 unguided rocket launcher, the legendary Katyusha.

The second starter pack includes the famous American PT-109, a motor torpedo boat on which the future US President John F. Kennedy served and performed acts of wartime heroism. During one of the operations the boat was subjected to a surprise ram attack from the Japanese destroyer, Amagiri. Despite a serious back injury, Lieutenant Kennedy acted wisely and decisively, saving all ten surviving crew members. In War Thunder, this boat is a fast and maneuverable ship destroyer. Her four torpedoes, each weighing almost 1,200 kg, come in handy for destroying large naval targets. Both ships will be available on the start of closed beta testing.

The first to take part in the naval battles of War Thunder will be the visitors of Gamescom 2016. In the game booth in Hall 6, Gaijin Entertainment has organized a special closed area, where guests can try their hand as captains of attack boats. For those unable to visit the exhibition, there will be a special video broadcast from the official Twitch booth and new developer blog updates each day, where developers of the game discuss the new regime, present ships of different nations and run giveaways of closed beta access codes for the viewers.

Dev Blog Link: http://devblog.warthunder.com

War Thunder: Update 1.61 “Road to Glory” Trailer

(MOSCOW, RUSSIAN FEDERATION) – July 26th, 2016 –Gaijin Entertainment today announced that its award-winning MMO WWII online game, War Thunder, will be celebrating summer with a spectacular display of firepower by adding to its extensive vehicle selection with new destructive tanks and planes for War Thunders ten million players to enjoy.

Two more tanks from the 1960’s era roll in, the American M60A1 will be the top-tank of the US medium tank tree and the formidable Soviet T-62 will be the top-tank of the USSR medium tank tree. The American M60A1 provides good, aggressive gameplay for tankers that like a full on fight due to its frontal armour. This extends a degree of life expectancy to give players time to retreat or send one back down the pipe in kind while the enemy is busy reloading. The Russian T-62, although slower than the previous T-55, makes up for its lack of speed with its 115mm gun which is effective with any kind of shells and packs a huge punch.

The American Thunderbolt gets P-47N-15 modification in this latest update transforming it into one of the fastest piston-engine aircraft in the game. Easily maneuverable, even at high speed, this latest modification makes the plane one to experience.

Additional vehicles added include the German Sturmpanzer IV Brummbär, the Japanese Ki-100 – which provides a dangerous enemy for F6F4 Hellcats and even Mustangs – and the American tank M4A5, along with several updated models of aircraft.

‘The Road to Glory’ update also introduces a new crew feature for ground forces – ‘Reinforcement’. Tankers who have lost one or more crew members in the battle can call a new crew member as a replacement. In Arcade mode players can call a new soldier in any part of the map, providing at least one crew member is still alive. In Realistic and Simulation modes players face the challenge of only being able to call in reinforcements when they are on a capture point. In staying with the true, accurate nature of War Thunder, players must wait for repairs or reinforcements to arrive before they can move again.

Additionally, an updated system of squadron clan battles has been added, providing squadron fighters with seasons that last two months. At the end of each season the top 20 squadrons will receive anywhere from 3,000 to 30,000 Golden Eagles based on overall ranking and the top 100 squadrons will be able to receive additional rewards, such as unique decals, 3D decals and other ensigns.

Lastly, the “Operation S.U.M.M.E.R.”, which kicked off Friday, July 22 and concludes August 21, allows players to complete different tasks in the game to earn unique vehicles: the M3 Grant and two absolutely new ones – the Soviet experimental tank KV-220 and an American fighter aircraft, the F7F-3.

War Thunder Now Supports Oculus Rift – Next Update Brings Missile Tank

May 12th, 2016 Gaijin Entertainment today announced that War Thunder’s next major update will introduce new tanks armed with guided missile weaponry. This type of missile will bring a totally new destructive capability ground battles in War Thunder, thus expanding the number of tactics and strategies players can employ. Players can fire missiles and guide them the whole way to the target until impact.

One of the first guided missile tanks planned to appear in the next update is the Soviet IT-1. Based on the hull of the T-62, it was the first and the last Soviet tank that had no guns at all –  its only armament was 15 missiles ready to destroy an enemy vehicle, even if it was hidden on the other side of a hill. Most of the other nations in War Thunder will also get new guided missile tanks in the next update. Check out the developers’ blog for more information about upcoming additions: http://warthunder.com/en/devblog/

War Thunder also now supports Oculus Rift CV1, available since the last update, so players are able to play the game in exciting combat scenarios in VR. Available for both air and ground battles, Virtual Reality provides pilots and tankers with as much immersion as possible so that a player flying an aircraft in the game can experience similar feelings to what a real WW2 pilot would have experienced. With Oculus Rift CV1, fighters have detailed cockpits and instrumentation panels, providing important tools for controlling the aircraft whilst flying in a cockpit view. The detailed 2K resolution of the Oculus Rift CV1 lets players see enormous landscapes from the cockpit of their aircraft, leaving the enemy no place to hide.

To try War Thunder with the Oculus Rift CV1, download War Thunder, tick “Full client” and “Oculus Rift” in the game launcher, wait until the download is complete and run the game. Pick your favourite vehicle and join the battle. Virtual Reality is available for any aircraft or tank mode in War Thunder. Join multiplayer battles, try out the single or co-op missions or test the most breathtaking maneuvers in test flight. For a deeper level of immersion, a flightstick and throttle are highly recommended.

For more information on Oculus Rift CV1 support for War Thunder see the devblog page here: https://warthunder.com/en/devblog/current/899/

Check out the destructive capabilites of the anti-tank guided missile here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpKSqh-I3AY

For a look at the first two vehicle additions and updates to the next major War Thunder update, check out the devblog page here: http://warthunder.com/en/news/3718-news-victory-day-in-war-thunder-presentation-of-new-vehicles-en/

War Thunder Plans to Recreate WWII Battles

(MOSCOW, RUSSIAN FEDERATION) – April 18th, 2016 Gaijin Entertainment today announced that its award-winning MMO WWII online game, War Thunder, is currently running its WW2 event series.  Players can take part in the recreation of more than 70 World War 2 battles, which will be updated on a daily basis (at 13:00 GMT every day). The WW2 Chronicles will feature all the main theatres of operations, this year pilots and tankers will be able to receive a very special prize for completing a specific amount of daily tasks.

Players wishing to take part take part in the “WW2 Chronicles” event series can do so until May  9th. This week players can take part in battle events based on real WW2 campaigns such as the North Africa campaign, the battle for Stalingrad and the Siege of Malta. Players have the opportunity to win the following rare vehicles A34 Comet “Iron Duke” IV, a KV-2 mod. 1940, an MBR-2,Richard Bong’s P-38J and other prizes for completed challenges. Daily tasks for tankers and pilots will reward players with unique tanks and planes until the event finishes.

For more information on the WW2 Chronicles event series and for a full list of challenge requirements and prizes please visit the information page here: http://warthunder.com/en/news/3681-special-event-series-chronicles-of-world-war-ii-en/

For a full list of all the planned events visit: http://warthunder.com/en/news/3690/current/

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War Thunder ‘Battle March’ 1.57 Update Brings 20 New Vehicles and Aircraft

(MOSCOW, RUSSIAN FEDERATION) – March 16th, 2016 –Gaijin Entertainment today announced that its award-winning MMO WWII online game, War Thunderwill be introducing some impressively sized fire power, new maps and unique vehicles in its forthcoming ‘Battle March’ 1.57 update for War Thunders ten million players to enjoy.

War Thunders ‘Battle March’ 1.57 update will introduce more than 20 new aircraft and ground vehicles. Among them – a giant of the skies, the S.25 Sunderland flying boat, one of the largest sea planes to see active duty during WW2. Also joining the War Thunder ranks is the deadly American P61 night fighter, ‘Black Widow’ (otherwise known as the “flying tank”). Further demonstrating its ability to bring a diverse range of vehicles to its combat sim Gaijin Entertainment are also introducing the FW 189 A-1 ‘Uhu’. This unique looking aircraft was known as the ‘flying eye’ due to its reconnaissance role and unique all glass cockpit design. Another exotic plane, the Do 335 heavy fighter, Germany’s fastest piston powered aircraft with two propellers in alignment also makes it into the latest update.

Other additions on offer include the Falcon AA gun, which has been created in co-operation with the British tank museum in Bovington due to the rare nature of the vehicle. In total, the British contingent will get three top-tier vehicles of which the Conway tank destroyer and Chieftain Mk.3 main battle tank add armoured muscle to. Germany will have new tracked firepower in the form of the deadly Nashorn and other open-top SPGs. USSR will get armour in the form of the T-44-100 and KV-1S and the USA rolls in with the Super Pershing tank.

Update 1.57 introduces two new map locations, Frozen Pass, a new Alpine snow map available for both aerial and ground battles, and the second map Volokolamsk, based on the real location of the same name in Russia which saw heavy fighting against German forces in the defence of Moscow during winter of 1941.

Finally, lighting effects such as muzzle flashes, launch effects of rockets and explosions of bombs has been vastly updated, which means even more spectacular and realistic battles, especially during nighttime.

To see the full list of new improvements vehicles and features, visit the War Thunder developer’s blog sections at the following link: https://warthunder.com/en/devblog/

Other links of interest

Snowy Valley Map: http://warthunder.com/en/devblog/current/871

Sunderland S25 Flying Boat: https://warthunder.com/en/devblog/current/874

King Tiger: https://warthunder.com/en/devblog/current/875

Soviet Kv-1S https://warthunder.com/en/devblog/current/868

War Thunder Unleashes Victory Day Update #WarThunder

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(MOSCOW, RUSSIAN FEDERATION) – April 30, 2015 Gaijin Entertainment today announced that the “Weapons of Victory” Update for the award-winning MMO WWII online game, War Thunder, is now live. The update, with the telltale number 1.70.1945, provides War Thunder’s 9 million players worldwide with access to over 40 new vehicles and three new maps thematically tied to the final stages of WWII.

The “Normandy” map provides a deadly mix of ambush points and terrain and is a true ‘battle for the hedgerows’ homage to the Allied push to retake northern France in June 1944. The “Hürtgen Forest” map features the challenging terrain of Western Germany faced by the US Army. Finally, the “Reichstag” map takes armored combat to the hard fought streets of Berlin.

In addition, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe, the development team has prepared an exclusive series of vehicles called “Weapons of Victory”. These are planes and tanks that each have incredible, real histories. Players will be able to get them as part of upcoming May festivities by participating in in-game events and promotional activities.

Included in the line-up of six legendary fighters is the RAF Spitfire Mk IXc that belonged to decorated pilot and the Siege of Malta’s ace, John Plagis. For the USAF we added Ray S Westmore’s (21 confirmed kills) P51-D Mustang ‘Daddy’s Girl’. The US M-18 from the 805th Tank Destroyer Battalion, nicknamed “Black Cat”, as well as 4 other famous vehicles are now available for Ground Forces.

The non-premium version of the M-18 tank destroyer is actually part of the highly anticipated new line of American self-propelled guns. The U.S. also gets the T34 Sherman ‘Calliope’ – a fearsome multi-rocket firing tank capable of delivering devastating offensive fire support. However, that is not all, of course: the United Kingdom gets a new line-up of Fleet Air Arm from the trusty Sea Gladiator biplane to the fearsome Attacker FB.1 jet, with USSR, Germany and Japan also getting new tools of destruction. In total, 1.70.1945 Update offer 40 new planes and tanks.

Aircraft damage model received a substantial update. The new system, you will see significant changes in the behavior of aircraft in collisions, as well as during emergency landings. For example, it will be more difficult to harm a heavy bomber by ramming it while flying a light aircraft and the correct execution of the “belly landing” will damage the aircraft slightly with the possibility to fully repair it and return to battle.

To learn more about the changes in the damage model check the developer’s blog: http://warthunder.com/en/devblog/current/771

Lastly, Gaijin Entertainment will be adding weekly War Thunder Tournament events in which skilled pilots and tankers can earn prizes and vehicle decals for notching up successful victories.

Read more in Gaijin Entertainment’s devblog: https://warthunder.com/en/devblog/current/742

Walking Tanks Come to War Thunder

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April 1, 2015 — The Soviets began development of their highly experimental ST-1 (the walking tanks) and the SPS-255 (rubberized tank) prior to the beginning of World War II. The First World War introduced trench warfare. The ineffectiveness of conventional infantry in trench warfare demanded the creation of a new types of ground vehicles that could easily maneuverer over and around destroyed roads and battlefields, all while avoiding landmines, and in the case of the SPS-255, deflecting enemy fire.

The Soviets developed the ST-1 as the world’s first and only model of the walking tank. The Soviet ST-1 was able to withstand almost all anti-tank mines and sand dollars. The ST-1’s insect-like appearance and movement instilled fear in the ranks of enemy infantry, but its high production costs lead to the Soviet Union abandoning mass production. The Soviets did repurpose many of the ST-1s parts for other tanks, for example, some parts of the tower appeared in later versions of the Soviet tank KV-1 and t-60 and t-26.

Only 20 units remain from the initial production, 12 of which remain with Russia. The Germans captured five during the war of Stalingrad, and the Americans received three as part of a failed developmental exchange program between the two countries.

Gaijin Entertainment, in honor of innovative ST-1 has released the experimental models of the Soviet walking tank for fans of War Thunder for April 1, 2015 only. Players who use Soviet, German, and American vehicles will have access to the walking tanks. To recreate the walking tanks, War Thunder game developers received top-secret access to the remaining units, were able to study their maneuverability and defenses.

In addition to ST-1s, War Thunder developers decided to give players access to another experimental model of tank, the SPS-255. The concept of the SPS-255 was to provide a tank with easy maneuverability and armor that was able to deflect enemy’s ammo. Rather than traditional armor, the outer shell of the SPS-255 reinforced consisted of rubberized steel that created a bouncing effect the rejected the enemy’s ammo.

To provide players with simulation quality gameplay, Gaijin Entertainment has implemented hit points so that players can try to exploit both tank’s limited vulnerability. Developers are confident that the new tanks will provide fans with a break from War Thunder’s ultra-realistic battles, allowing them to experience what might have been if only mass-production had taken place of both tanks during World War II.

Players wanting to experience the ST-1 (walking tanks) and SPS-255, which are only available today, please visit the “Events” section in War Thunder.

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