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World of Tanks


World of Tanks finals take place at PAX Prime 2013

Winners announced
Sep 04
// Dale North
$100,000 in cash prizes (thanks to Wargaming, Twitch, and NVIDIA) were handed out at the World of Tanks Finals that took place at PAX Prime 2013. Players from North and South America, China, Southeast Asia, Europe, and Russia...

Tanks a lot: World of Tanks Xbox 360 hands-on

Aug 26 // Dale North
World of Tanks is slower paced than your typical console shooter, and there's a fair bit more strategy involved to replace that pace. Where getting up high for a clear and quick shot might be great in a shooter, rolling up to the top of the hill to fire off a shot in a tank is a bad idea. Even the fastest tank is a slow sitting duck when surrounded, I found. The fun comes in the thinking involved. Careful movement, proper cover, flanking, placement -- all of these mean more in the end than grabbing the best gun. It's a nice change, actually. World of Tanks looks good on Xbox 360. It doesn't look near as nice as it does on PC, but the tanks look sharp at least. The ground textures are kind of a disappointment, but you'll be too busy rolling to look at them.  Of course, the look and control have been modified for play on consoles, but so have some of the smaller details.  Wargaming stresses that this is not a port -- they rebuilt the game from the ground up for consoles. That's nice to hear. As I was playing (and dying), Wargaming explained that getting into a game is faster on Xbox 360. Moving around is too. They've even tweaked leveling so that it doesn't take near as long for Xbox 360 players to level up as it would on PC. They're shooting for accessibility here. And it is very accessible. I had no problem getting around and blowing things up from the get go, rolling about and shooting with reckless abandon. Fun and easy to get into is the takeaway here. I'll admit to mindlessly popping through the array of the 60 or so unlocked tanks to try out their feel, but tank heads will be pleased to hear that they're planning on launching with 100 tanks in the final version.  I look forward to jump into the beta in the coming weeks. In related news, we also gave World of Tanks: Blitz a quick spin. They've worked hard to make it so WoT players would feel right at home for this mobile version, but also made sure that casual or new players could also jump right in. Blitz looked nice running on an older iPad, though the build was so early that I was having problems steering with the virtual control stick. The swipe camera control worked well enough, though.  As for Wargaming's other titles, World of Warplanes is shaping up. It's going into beta next week, set for a September launch. They're working to set up their unified premium accounts to tie in Tanks to Warplanes.  Finally, while it wasn't there to be shown, World of Warships is going "full speed ahead," says Wargaming. They say to expect it at E3 next year.
Also, update on other Wargaming titles
I tried my best to flank the enemy and shoot out his treads while trying out World of Tanks for Xbox 360 at gamescom. That helps. Lesson learned. That was after a previous unsuccessful roll-out where I died so quickly that I ...


World of Tanks 8.8 update adds new Soviet, German lines

Two Chinese tanks, too
Aug 08
// Dale North
Wargaming has announced the first details of their 8.8 update for free-to-play MMO World of Tanks today. New Soviet and German machines have been added  -- expect more medium and heavy tanks. The German line has been reb...
Wargaming's party photo
Wargaming's party

Wargaming celebrates 15 years with one hell of a party an unlikely place
Aug 05
// Dale North
Belarus is located in Eastern Europe, nestled above both Poland and Ukraine, a chunk found right on the far western edge of Russia. Minsk, the capital of Belarus, is a city of about 2 million, set in a dense forest of beauti...
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Wargaming is pushing for quicker updates on Xbox 360

Current certification process 'unacceptable' for free-to-play
Jul 22
// Jordan Devore
Although it's highly unlikely I'll play much World of Tanks on Xbox 360 outside of sheer curiosity for how Wargaming will bring the game over from PC, I must say, its arrival on the console is one I'm greatly anticipatin...

World of Tanks sees British artillery roll in

8.7 update brings new vehicles, updates, new map
Jul 09
// Dale North
MMO World of Tanks will see a British invasion with the latest update. The upcoming ver. 8.7 update will bring British self-propelled guns to the battle, with everything from iconic war vehicles to a couple of prototypes that...
World of Tanks photo
World of Tanks

Wargaming CEO upset over Xbox Live fee for World of Tanks

It plans to teach Microsoft how to do free-to-play
Jun 24
// Brett Makedonski
World of Tanks is one of the biggest free-to-play games in the world, but when it releases this summer on Xbox 360, it won't be quite free. That's a point that Wargaming's CEO Victor Kislyi isn't particularly happy about...
World of Tanks photo
World of Tanks

Wargaming CEO is excited for World of Tanks on Xbox 360

Wargaming = high rollers
Jun 15
// Tony Ponce
A familiar site at every E3 for the past few years has been a giant tank sitting just outside West Hall of the LA Convention Center. Wargaming has been constantly promoting its free-to-play tank shooter World of Tanks, and th...
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World of Tanks

Wargaming announces World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition

Tanks, tanks, and more tanks
Jun 10
// Kyle MacGregor
World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition is coming to (yes, you guessed it) Xbox 360, Wargaming announced today at Microsoft's E3 press conference. The popular free-to-play online game will support up to thirty players blasting one another to pieces over Xbox Live when the armored combat title launches on Microsoft's venerable console this summer.
No more pay-to-win photo
No more pay-to-win

World of Tanks dev drops 'pay-to-win' microtransactions

Free-to-play the way it should be
Jun 05
// Joshua Derocher
In a recent question-and-answer session with Gamasutra, World of Tanks developer shared that it has decided to drop all "pay-to-win" microtransactions, a common issue facing the free market, from its current gam...

Wargaming expands with new Tokyo office

May 29
// Dale North
Wargaming was already massive, but they're still expanding. The folks behind the hugely popular series of free-to-play MMOs have just announced the opening of their 15th office around the world, moving in to Japan with a new ...

Wargaming unveiling first console title at E3

Plus new stuff on World of Warplanes, and World of Warships
May 28
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The makers of World of Tanks will have a massive, 10,000 square foot booth at E3 this year where they'll be showing off a handful of titles. It's here Wargaming will be premiering their first ever console title, being develop...
World of Tanks: Blitz photo
World of Tanks: Blitz

Wargaming details World of Tanks: Blitz

The first mobile game from Wargaming
May 04
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Wargaming's first mobile title is called World of Tanks: Blitz. We played it not too long ago, and this new video from the studio shows off some of the gameplay. Not much is shown off, but from we do get to see it doesn't lo...

World of Tanks player info may have been compromised

Change your passwords
Apr 19
// Dale North
A security incident has launched a full-on investigation over at Wargaming. They say that some of their World of Tanks players' personal information may have been compromised and are now asking that all players change their p...
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World of Tanks

Early details on World of Tanks: Blitz

Making the move to mobile
Apr 05
// Abel Girmay
With some 50 million plus registered users, Wargaming has seen more than some success with its free-to-play World of Tanks. Since the announcement at the Game Developers Conference last week, there have been a few tidbits rel...
World of Tanks photo
World of Tanks

Zombies to invade World of Tanks and World of Warplanes

I'd be down for it
Apr 01
// Jordan Devore
It's plausible that Wargaming's popular free-to-play games World of Tanks and World of Warplanes could be even more popular with zombies. Couldn't hurt to try, at any rate. It's worked out with other series, as mentioned in ...
 photo acquires Gas Powered Games

Gas Powered Games lives on
Feb 14
// Patrick Hancock
Gas Powered Games, the team behind the Dungeon Siege and Supreme Commander franchises, has been bought by World of Tanks creator Gas Powered Games has had recent trouble staying afloat, with a la...

Wargaming kicks off their own pro gaming eSports league

$2.5 million prize pool
Feb 12
// Dale North
Wargaming has announced their new eSports professional gaming league for MMO World of Tanks. The launch takes place this quarter, and has a structure not unlike other competitive gaming events, meaning you can expect tourneys...
NVIDIA cards photo
NVIDIA cards

NVIDIA offering free-to-play game credit with video cards

PlanetSide 2, Hawken, and World of Tanks
Feb 11
// Jordan Devore
Those in the market for a graphics card might want to take NVIDIA up on its new offer, which throws in $75 to $150 worth of free-to-play currency with select purchases. For the GeForce GTX 650 / 650 Ti, the company will inclu...

World of Tanks boasts 40 million registered users

Oct 02
// Alasdair Duncan
That's... a lot of people. Last week, I mentioned how World of Tanks seemed to be one of those titles that's probably a lot bigger than I assumed but today publisher Wargaming announced that World of Tanks has 40 million regi...

World of Tanks rolls up its biggest update

Sep 26
// Alasdair Duncan
World of Tanks is getting its biggest update to date, heralded by developer Wargaming as the biggest since the game launched. The vehicle-based MMO has become a heavy hitter in a crowded market and certainly their large booth...

The next World of Tanks update will add physics

Aug 23
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Update 8.0 for the free-to-play World of Tanks will be adding realistic physics to the experience. This means tanks will catch air when jumping over hills, and tanks can even push each other around now. In fact, you can push...

LMFAO will headline Wargaming's gamescom party

Jul 26
// Dale North
I can't get down with any of LMFAO's music without changing the words to make the songs about corgis. Here's an example from "Party Rock": Girl lookatdat corgi / Girl lookatdat corgi / Girl lookatdat corgi / He's so...

Talking tanks, planes and ships with

Aug 20
// Hollie Bennett
On the show floor at gamescom I caught up with, the powerhouse from the East thatis behind the free-to-play MMO World of Tanks. Not only did they take time to ply me with vodka and assure me that their dan...

Interview: I'm on a tank doin' flips 'n' s***

Jun 15
// Hollie Bennett
While attending the World of Tanks booth to interview SteelSeries, I was approached by the World of Tanks team to interview them as well; I had free time and they had tanks. Done. We tried to do the interview in their booth ...

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