A pretty large update has gone live for the vehicular combat MMO War Thunder. The Masters of the Sea update has pulled its Naval Forces battleships out of beta and into the full game, along with attack helicopters and the official free to play launch of the game on Xbox One.
The primary piece of the Masters of the Sea update, of course, is the 85 different battleships from the United States, Germany and Soviet Union. The mode’s arrival to PC and console players also means more updates to the mode can be worked on, as the devs now focus on bringing Great Britain warships to closed beta.
The seas aren’t the only things being mastered with this update, as the United States, Soviet Union and new German helicopters are also making their way to the game proper. These new vehicles are part of combined arms battles.
Finally, this new update marks the official move of the Xbox One version out of pre-release and into full free to play launch for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. The full launch of the game on Xbox One will also allow for cross-play with PC.
There’s quite a bit more in this update overall, so you’ll want to breeze over the patch notes.
Yep, that’s a pretty significant chunk of content. We’d love to hear the impressions of those who are playing this new update and your thoughts on the game’s naval battles, attack copters and other matters so feel free to share with us.
We’ve already known they’re coming, but today marks their official arrival. War Thunder Update 1.81 is now live, bringing attack helicopters to the game and a new opportunity for us to not make a reference to that Wagner song, we promise.
While the attack helicopters are indeed being added to the game, they’re not exactly live in the full release per se. As is the case with the ongoing naval battles feature, attack choppers are accessible in closed testing in combined arms modes. Also as a reminder, accessing this closed testing is a matter of either buying specific packs or completing several in-game tasks.
Update 1.81 isn’t only about choppers, though. The new patch is also providing players of the base game itself, bringing vehicles like the M247 Sergeant York SPAAG for the US; the Leopard A1A1 for Germany; and the T-80B for the Soviet Union. There are also four new locations being included.
Complete information about this new update can be found here and a video showcasing The Valkyries is below. Just remember, we promised not to reference That Song, but the video has no such assurances.
We are extremely interested to know just what sort of dynamic adjustments helicopters will bring to combined arms modes of War Thunder, or even if they’ll make an impact considering their general weaknesses. We suppose that’s what closed testing will sort out. Obviously.
The sound of rotors whipping the air and Ride of the Valkyries in the background can mean one of two things: you’re watching a scene from Apocalypse Now, or War Thunder combat helicopters are coming. Actually, it means the latter, because writing a gaming news story about Apocalypse Now would be weird.
Update 1.81 – AKA The Valkyries – will be the patch that deploys these new weapons of war to the vehicular combat MMO, with a number of whirlybirds available in a separate research tree accessible once you’ve reached Rank V of a corresponding nation’s tank or aircraft.
Several helicopters of ranks V and VI will be available for US and Soviet sides and will be playable in all difficulty modes of combined arms battles. Helicopters carry a wide variety of weapons including unguided missiles, rotary cannons and guided anti-tank missiles. Of course, they also bring a new form of maneuverability to the battlefield, excelling in ground strike operations while also having a bit of vulnerability if they remain too stationary. Future updates are also planned that could bring helicopter-only battles.
Those who are looking forward to piloting these new machines can do so during closed beta testing that becomes available with The Valkyries update. Players either have to complete specific in-game tasks to join in, or they can purchase helicopter packs from the game store. More details can be found on the War Thunder website, while a video of the update is below.
Either these will be a versatile and unique new weapon in the battlefields of War Thunder, or they’ll be an absolute nightmare to control and will result in players watching choppers spin themselves into the dirt. In either case, it sounds like a lot of fun.
Nothing says summertime quite like blowing one another into smitheroons in heavy armored vehicles! That’s what War Thunder‘s Operation S.U.M.M.E.R. 2018 event is offering players of the vehicular combat MMO, along with the ability to build themselves some sweet new tanks.
Operation S.U.M.M.E.R. 2018 will allow players of War Thunder to craft themselves a Soviet T-34E tank or an IS-7 tank. Players will have to complete a number of tasks to get blueprints for each vehicle, and then get the parts required to craft components by taking part in battles at certain ranks.
However, putting together the pieces needed for the tanks isn’t just a matter of automatically filling in a recipe. Players are being challenged to bring a little bit of know-how into the proceedings by sorting out which materials are actually required to craft the appropriate part. If you’re bad at this sort of thing, though, don’t worry; any combination of materials that result in an incorrect recipe will be returned to you. The announcement refers those who aren’t intimately familiar with the event’s tanks to refer to game’s official site or reach out to the community.
And hey, if you happen to be uninterested in the T-34E, you can trade in the voucher you get for completing the crafting process in for a voucher to get either the German Sd.Kfz. 234/4, the U.S. M8 Greyhound or the British AEC Mk.II. There’s also boosters, skins and other goodies to get during the event as well.
Operations S.U.M.M.E.R. runs until Sunday, August 5th. More details about the event can be found here.
Presumably, fans of War Thunder won’t find the hurdle of putting together materials in the right configuration to craft a tank part too much of a hassle, as usually these types of players like all of the schematic details associated with their favorite historic vehicles. That said, it also sounds a tiny bit like a needless hoop to jump through…but hey, fun is subjective.
Five years of blowing one another up in tanks, ships, and airplanes. It’s the War Thunder fifth anniversary and the multiplayer vehicular combat game is marking the occasion with in-game gifts, discounts, and the official arrival of French airplanes.
As seen in the infographic above (click to expand), War Thunder has been busy with its content updates and today’s update 1.73 continues the trend. The “Viva le France” update adds previously detailed French air power to War Thunder, with over 30 unique planes to choose from. The update has also introduced two Premium Italian tanks to the game’s store.
As for the anniversary itself, there’s plenty of free gifts on offer for players. The USA’s M8 Greyhound tank and the USSR’s I-29 fighter are both up for grabs as exclusive anniversary vehicles provided you complete a series of in-game tasks. Competitive players can also vie for a chance at a rare E-100 tank and an exclusive He 162A-1 Volksjäger jet fighter during a special anniversary tournament series.
Information about the anniversary events occurring over the course of the next few days can be found here, details on the fifth anniversary tournament are here, and a video recounting War Thunder’s five years is below.
Happy anniversary to War Thunder! We hope that players old and new of this vehicular battler have a great time in-game and rake in all of the rewards that they’re gunning for. If you’ve got any fond (or not-so-fond) experiences with War Thunder, feel free to share them below.
War Thunder is introducing its seventh nation to the game and that nation is none other than France. The French update to the vehicular combat game shows off the unique history of the nation’s air combat designs from the 1930’s all the way to post-war jet fighters.
The French aviation update reportedly arrived through great effort to find enough reference material. “Some of the French planes included in Update 1.73 never entered mass production because of the demands of World War II, so information on them was difficult to source,” explained creative director Kirill Yudintsev. “We spent more than a year in development, searching for various references and painstakingly recreating these rare planes to make War Thunder’s French aviation.”
Those plans include the Dewoitine D.371 – France’s first monoplane design – and the SNCASO SO.8000 Narval, a multi-purpose aircraft that sported a distinct rear-mounted propeller design. In total, players can expect over 30 different aircraft to buzz around in.
The next update to War Thunder has no release date currently, but those who are eager to secure some French aviation hardware can pre-order some in-game packs.
By my own admission, the history of French aerial warfare is not exactly my strongest suit. That said, the few example planes that have been highlighted in this upcoming patch’s announcement definitely are unique sounding. We hope War Thunder fans are looking forward to the new nation’s arrival.
In an online game all about vehicles buzzing around and trying to blow each other to bits, it’s sometimes good to recount that there are humans behind those controls. That’s the motivation behind War Thunder War Diaries, a new form of personal task gameplay arriving in open testing to the online combat title.
Each War Diary in the game will consist of 10 chapters as written from the viewpoint of a character in one of the greatest conflicts of the mid-20th century. Each individual chapter features a specific task that must be completed to advance. These tasks can be achieved in random battles in every game mode except for Enduring Confrontation, and completion of each chapter will reward boosters, orders, or Silver Lion currency. Once all chapters are finished, players are rewarded with a unique skin for an air or ground vehicle.
The new feature is entering a state of open testing with the diary of one Sergeant Tomorai Kira, a young Japanese pilot who is joining in the Japanese invasion of China. Access to the new feature is achieved from the “War Diaries” tab of the Battle Tasks menu in your hangar. The devs are requesting feedback on the new feature and will plan to release additional Diaries if the content is well-received.
This sounds like an interesting piece of additional flavor as well as a unique way to new rewards, though we also wonder just how many players of War Thunder truly care about the lives of those behind the controls of a game where you just need to blow up vehicles ASAP. It will be intriguing to see how War Diaries are received.