World Of Tanks still shows how Free-To-Play games should be done. Fun and strategic, addictive yet boasting a completely fair economy that doesn't force you to spend anything at all, its deserved success has allowed Wargaming.net to expand into World Of Warplanes, World Of Warships and support worthy causes that restore and repair iconic war machines.
The Tank Museum in Bovington is one example, who opened a special exhibition last year to celebrate the launch of ‘Fury.’ Set in the closing days of WWII, this well-reviewed film cast Brad Pitt as a grizzled Staff Sergeant commanding a U.S. Sherman tank on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. This exhibition tells the story of the museum’s involvement with the making of movie, including restoring and renovating the genuine Sherman M4 and Tiger 131 tanks used in the action scenes! You can visit the armour-plated star, alongside numerous props, imagery and footage, until the end of 2015.
Wargaming also virtually recreated the Sherman M4 as a limited edition tank within World Of Tanks, which is now no longer available to acquire by any means. Until now!
So to be in with the chance of winning this fantastic prize, simply answer this question in the comment box below:
In your opinion, what is the 'best' tank of all time... and why?
Your answer can be as long, short, serious or silly as you like. One winner will be selected randomly, whereas the other will be chosen based on who makes the most persuasive argument. Good luck, and have fun!
Competition closes on 18:00 GMT, Tuesday 24th March 2015. UK entrants only. One competition entry per person. Winners will be contacted via the email associated with their Dealspwn account, so make sure it's valid!
Wargaming have just announced the release of Update 8.7 for World of Tanks today in Europe. North American players will get the new update on July 29th, with Korean and Southeast Asian tank commanders eligible to download it come the end of the month.
As well as introducing a brand new branch of British self-propelled guns, including the iconic Sexton, Bishop and the Crusader, the beastly Conqueror Gun Carriage has been adde to Tier 10, the Soviet light tank T-50-2 has been replaced with the Tier 6 MT-25, and there's a brand new winter map: Severogorsk.
Free To Play aren't dirty words any more. In sharp contrast to troublesome social gaming and throwaway apps, we've now got a wealth of fantastic games on multiple platforms, most of which boast sensational production values and gameplay that rivals the biggest AAA blockbusters out there.
Though the Steam sale is looming over our wallets like the sword of Newellcles, you can easily spend the entire summer playing any number of great games without paying a single penny. To that end, here's a list of some of the most outstanding F2P games out there, along with reasons why you can save some serious money over the coming months.
Honourable mentions: Marathon Trilogy (Aleph One), Smite, Wonderputt, Battlestar Galactica, Tyrian 2000, Blacklight Retribution, Tribes Ascend, Super Monday Night Combat, SWTOR, D&D Online, Reprisal, Fallen London, Neptune's Pride, all the iOS and Android stuff (more Mobot's territory, really)
Cryptic's new D&D-flavoured MMO may be rather linear and lacking in deep class builds, but its fun action-oriented combat and wealth of free content makes it a perfect summer fling. Better yet, Neverwinter is easy to digest and understand, meaning that genre newcomers can use it to test the waters and decide whether MMORPGs are right for them without having to pay up front or monthly.
We'll have a full review very soon.Click here to read more...
World of Tanks is a big catch for Microsoft, even if that may not have seemed to be the case at E3. But 60 million users is nothing to sneer at, and with free to play becoming more ubiquitous, there's a market here with huge potential.
Wargaming CEO Victor Kislyi is under no illusions, though, of the task ahead. Consoles have been slow to embrace flexible monetisation models, and Microsoft are hardly known for their flexibility and open nature, particularly when it comes to anything outside of traditional publishing model.Click here to read more...
It's time to bring the rain. Wargaming have announced that Update 8.6 for World of Tanks is now out in Europe and will be rolling out worldwide later this month.
Southeast Asia will see the update go live on June 20th, while American and South Korean players will get the update on June 25th and July 4th, respectively.
Expect a few tweaks to the game's economy, a bunch of new artillery units, new battle-arena Sacred Valley, and the mighty A33 Excelsior. Mmmmm. Tanks.
Wargaming.net has announced that global phenomenon World Of Tanks will be coming to Xbox 360 this summer. The gameplay has been updated for an Xbox 360 controller, and the game will naturally be free to download (presumably for Xbox Live Gold members).
More details will likely come our way imminently. UPDATE: Have a reveal trailer.Click here to read more...
The Tank Museum at Bovington is awesome. And it's about to get even better.
World of Tanks developers Wargaming.net have announced their involvement in sponsored the creation of an education centre at Bovington, home of Europe's largest tank museum.Click here to read more...
The developers at Wargaming.net - the folks behind the stratospherically popular World of Tanks - are preparing an assault on the console market, and today announced the acquisition the Chicago-based Day 1 Studios for $20 million.
According to a press release sent out by Wargaming, their newly formed studio will "focus exclusively on the development of an unannounced console title."Click here to read more...
Wargaming have announced that Chinese tanks are coming to World of Tanks via update 8.2World of Tanks is getting Chinese tanks with update 8.2. Along with the wave of new vehicles, including five new tanks for the American tech tree, there'll be four new maps and a reworked lighting and rendering system also included in Update 8.2, which is due this December. [Massively]
There's even a new trailer for the fresh wave of Eastern tanks, courtesy of PC Gamer.
It's about time: British tanks and tech trees will be storming into World Of Tanks in the next major patch. Update 8.1 will include 22 powerful British war machines, alongside overhauled visuals for five more maps. We've got screenshots and details below.Click here to read more...
Wargaming.net CEO Victor Kislyi has revealed that many Western publishers laughed World Of Tanks off as a "cheap" free-to-play ripoff. Positive reviews and 35 million subscriptions later, we daresay a few execs might be eating their words.Click here to read more...
Wargaming.net has detailed what to expect in their next major World Of Tanks update... and it's going to be big. Update 8.0 will completely revamp the game engine, providing improved graphics and physics. We've got a trailer, screens and more info below.Click here to read more...
Wargaming.net announced today that World Of Tanks update 7.5 is now available to download in Europe. This new content pack features new Tier 10 medium tanks and tank destroyers, premium vehicles, battling arenas, as well as new medals and titles.Click here to read more...
Tanks are awesome. We've been drooling all over tracked war machines this week, thanks mainly to a soujurn down to Tankfest 2012 and an interview with World Of Tanks CEO Victor Kislyi. We've done tank PWNcasts. Tank daily bites. Tank updates. So what better way to finish our love affair with rolling treads and massive guns than a hostile takeover of our weekly Top Ten list?
So, here it is: our top ten favourite tanks taken from throughout videogame history. Whether they have the biggest guns, the thickest armour or the fondest memories, these epic gargantuan killing machines have earned a place in our hearts.
For fairness' sake, Mechs (and Wanzers) have been disqualified from the list. Besides, they have a Top Ten of their very own...
Honourable Mentions: M1A2 Abrams [Battlefield: Bad Company 2], Prism Tank [Red Alert 2], Devil's Tongue [Tiberian Sun], Rhino [Grand Theft Auto]Click here and let us give TANKS >>
Wargaming.net has officially lifted the lid off World Of Tanks update 7.5, which adds several Tier 10 tank destroyers and medium tanks on top of three new maps. Details and trailer below.Click here to read more...
Wargaming.net CEO Victor Kislyi doesn't like to hide behind PR departments and press releases. Inviting the Wargaming community and us hacks down to Tankfest 2012, he proudly showed off World Of Tanks to all and sundry, taking notes about fan feedback and suggestions within the cavernous halls of Bovington Tank Museum. Over thirty million players have now signed up to World Of Tanks, making it one of the most successful online games on the market as it continues to evolve through regular updates.
Amidst the rolling thunder of several dozen armoured vehicles, I sat down with Kislyi to discuss the newly-announced Update 7.5, British Tanks, the secret of creating a Free To Play success and the future of Wargaming.net. Please beware: this interview may be pictured by some gratuitous photos from Tankfest.
Jonathan Lester (Dealspwn): World Of Tanks has just surpassed thirty million registrations. That is a huge deal for any online game, let alone a Free To Play title. When you started up Wargaming.net and eventually made World Of Tanks, did you ever think that it would be such a huge success?
Victor Kislyi (Wargaming.net CEO): First of all, Wargaming was started around fifteen years ago, when we were making those smaller games. Most were those retail distribution boxes, and at that moment, you'd be happy if you sold 100,000 copies. That makes your day, right? Dreaming of just a million sold boxes, that's something only top games can do on the PC, right? So that's one of the reasons we decided to move away from the retail singleplayer PC gaming industry. We burned all the bridges, put all the money, manpower and threw the hours that we had into that one project. Of course, the numbers we projected were much, much more modest. Everyone including ourselves believed that if we had one hundred thousand players in Russia, that would be cool, if you hit one million players worldwide, that would be a huge, unheard-of success!Click here to read more...
Wargaming.net CEO Victor Kislyi believes that creating a successful Free To Play game is a "rocket science" that requires constant player feedback and tempering the desire to be "too greedy." Apparently listening to the fanbase is the only way that Free To Play games can survive - whether it's through forums or actually meeting players face to face.Click here to read more...
Just in case you didn't realise, this week's PWNCAST is all about tanks. Tanks are awesome, and so for this podcast, with Jon having returned fresh from hugging giant mobile cannons at Tankfest, we thought we'd chat about some of our favourite tank-related games and tank-specific gaming moments.
Because tanks are awesome. TANKS!
PWNCAST | Season 1: Episode 19, Recorded: July 1st, 2012
Some of the things that get covered this week:
...and much, much more.
This week in particular, we'd like you to get involved. Let us know what your favourite games of all time are, the games that had the biggest impact on you, and pop a nostalgic anecdote or two in the comments below.
We'll maybe even hand out a prize for our favourite.
Finally, do please keep writing in to [email protected] with requests, feedback, and topics you'd like to hear discussed.
Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be quite a few instances of strong language.
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World Of Tanks Update 7.4 is ready for action, containing two game modes, two maps, French artillery and Tank Destroyers. Deets and trailer below.