World of Tanks Unveils New Merchandise for European Fans

Merchandising and video games are very obviously nothing new – just ask Overwatch. Now Wargaming has been further bitten by the merch bug with the reveal of new World of Tanks merchandise, including branded peripherals and other truly unique goodies for players in the European region.

world of tanks merchandise

World of Tanks has joined forces with Konix to release a number of branded peripherals, including two keyboards, four mice, two mouspads and two headsets. Each peripheral also comes packed with codes for in-game goodies like one of three tanks, a Garage slot and premium membership time.

As for the item pictured above, that’s the Sabaton Primo Victoria, a new tank model released by Colbi fashioned after the Swedish power metal band’s song of the same name. The set includes the tank, emblem and inscription stickers, along with in-game bonus and invite codes for World of Tanks.

Finally, the game itself is getting a physical collector’s edition. This new release packs in a 1/32 scale replica of the Tiger 131 tank, a gaming mouse, artbook, blueprints, lithographs, and a keychain. The edition also has a code for the same Tiger 131 to be used in-game.

The Sabaton tank can be found at the Wargaming Store and the Colbi website now, the peripherals will be available across Europe starting October 22nd, and the collector’s edition will be limited to only 5,130 releases on October 19th exclusively to the Wargaming storefront.

Our Thoughts

Awe, look at the adorable little power metal rockers! In all seriousness, though, we’re interested in knowing what sort of market there will be fore WoT-branded peripherals and whether the Konix brand is reliable. We also suspect the collector’s editions will sell like hotcakes.

Source: press release

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World of Tanks: Mercenaries 4.6 Adds New Vehicles, Maps and Features

Registered console players for World of Tanks number 17 million, and while we’re not sure how many that translates into in terms of active players, World of Tanks: Mercenaries 4.6 is giving that number of players some new features and new vehicles to play around in.

world of tanks: mercenaries 4.6

For Artillery players, there’s a new Trajectory camera view that will help you line up your shot. This new view will bring the camera closer to the ground and rotates to follow the shell’s trajectory in relation to the tank’s pivoting point.

The new update will also introduce a highly requested health bar numbers option to both ally and enemy tanks, as well as three different Mercenary vehicles and their respective crews: the Thresher light tank; the heavy Long Reach tank; and the Sharpshooter medium tank. There’s also two new maps and two tier-ten vehicles for the Chinese and British tech trees.

Update 4.6 will arrive to Xbox One and PS4 players on Tuesday, August 28th.

Our Thoughts

Not exactly a barnburner of an update in terms of features, but we suspect a couple of this patch’s quality-of-life updates will be extremely welcome to regular players of this online vehicle battler. In which case, may these new features serve those tankers well.

Source: press release

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Online Game Trailers of Gamescom 2018

Thanks to the likes of E3 and PAX East we’ve already seen some amazing game trailers in 2018. But now it is time for Gamescom to show us what they’ve got. We’re only a few minutes into the convention and already we’re getting trailers for old favorites and new games alike. Check out all the online game trailers of Gamescom 2018 below.

 

Stormdivers

A new Battle Royale game announced by Housemarque Games. It currently has no release date or beta start date, but you can register for the beta on the official site. If you’re looking for more Battle Royale news from Gamescom check out our article based on that very idea, the Battle Royale Games of Gamescom 2018.

 

World War 3

A multiplayer military FPS set in a modern global conflict named quite appropriately World War 3. This game is currently available on Steam Early Access. Check out the gameplay trailer below.

 

Battlefield V

The Gamescom trailer for Battlefield V was released a few days early with a gritty version of a classic song and possibly the first glimpse of the Battle Royale mode? We shall have to wait and see if that’s the case. Battlefield V will be entering beta at the beginning of September and it will include the Devastation of Rotterdam map.

 

World of Tanks AR Spectate

A brand new experimental AR technology is bringing World of Tanks out of the screen and into the world at Gamescom 2018. It looks like in the future you’ll be able to play World of Tanks on your table. At least it’s a cheaper habit than Warhammer.

 

Be sure to check back all week as Gamescom continues, we’ll be adding more videos as they’re released. Is there a game you’re looking forward to playing? Let us know in the comments!

 

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World of Tanks Brings Back Soccer Mode for the 2018 World Cup

So there’s something of a small footballing event happening over in Russia. World of Tanks players on PC can also mark this small potatoes sports contest with the return of World of Tanks Soccer Mode, which has a couple of new adjustments for this year’s event.

world of tanks soccer mode

As before, Soccer Mode will play out in 3v3 matches with players taking up the positions of Defender, Midfielder or Striker in predetermined tanks. Top score at the end of the seven minute match wins, though if regular time ends on a draw, then the match goes into Golden Goal. If the game is still tied after that, the team with the most Possession Points for having the ball in the enemy’s side of the pitch is declared the winner.

New this time around is the aforementioned predetermined tanks with unique abilities to help them play their defined roles. After a goal is scored, players will also return to the center of the pitch so everyone starts off on even keel. In addition, the new mode will feature a third stadium named in honor of Soviet goalkeeper Lev Yashin and bring on the services of Italian goalie Gianluigi Buffon to offer commentary of the matches.

Soccer Mode is running from today, June 14th until Sunday, July 29th. More details can be found here or in the embedded informational video below.

Our Thoughts

Heck, if Rocket League and Overwatch can have some footballing fun, why not World of Tanks? Considering the season we’re in right now with the World Cup, this definitely is the right time for this kind of event and we hope that players of the mode have fun!

Source: press release

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World of Tanks Console is Adding a Mercenary Nation

As a BattleTech fan, I’m certainly the kind of person who appreciates working for yourself as a mercenary. With the arrival of World of Tanks: Mercenaries to the console edition of the vehicle battler, players can also experience that same enjoyment of working on your own terms without scrounging for parts to field new equipment.

world of tanks: mercenaries

The Mercenaries update will essentially write its own history; one where nations have crumbled and soldiers and civilians must fight for themselves. Or as the press release puts it: “Anyone can be their own hero in the age of Mercenaries, and World of Tanks: Mercenaries invites players across the globe to join the fight.”

The new update will introduce a new Mercenary tech tree to the game with wholly unique armor cobbled together from parts of the now-dead global powers. Five of these tanks will be available at the launch of the update, with more vehicles planned in the weeks and months to come.

Mercenaries is also telling the story of its alternate history with a PvE campaign. The Heist will have you taking control of a mercenary group carrying out a contract on to steal nuclear material from a secret facility. The mission can be carried out solo or in online co-op. This new narrative is also carrying into the multiplayer space with new renditions of fan-favorite maps that have been ravaged by time and the conflict of this new history.

World of Tanks: Mercenaries is launching to Xbox One and PS4 on Tuesday, June 26th. Fans can read more on the update’s landing page and watch a teaser trailer below.

Our Thoughts

Alright, now this sounds interesting. We suspect there will be many players joining up with the Mercenary “nation” to see just how these slapdash new tanks fare against legitimate military vehicles and the whole overarching plotline for this update sounds like a good time.

Source: press release

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Soccer Goalie Gianluigi Buffon Introduces World of Tanks Italian Armor

What do soccer and tanks have to do with each other? They’re in the latest promotion for the World of Tanks Italian tech tree release! Also, there’s probably something in there about shooting and defending. I’m not really going to stretch my brain about this one, honestly.

world of tanks italian tech tree

Today’s update has added Italian armor to the online tank battler, bringing a total of 11 new vehicles to the mix. The Italian tree starts off with some tanks that are described as “compact, lightly armored, and mobile”, while the middle tier improves both armor and firepower. Past that, Tier VIII and above add unique post-WWII technologies including auto-reloading features.

As for Mr. Buffon himself and his part in all this? “World of Tanks and football may seem a bit of an odd pairing, but trust me, it’s not,” said World of Tanks publishing director Anton Pakov. “It’s all about teamwork. You need a good head on your shoulders because the right strategy and tactics are crucial to securing victory. It’s this core that makes teaming up with the legendary Buffon a natural fit in celebrating Italian tanks.”

If you perhaps missed out on the nuts-and-bolts details, this page on the game’s website offers more information about the Italian tanks found in Tiers VIII-X, while the promotional video featuring Gianluigi Buffon can be seen below.

Our Thoughts

To be fair, there have been weirder combinations of celebrities and Wargaming titles, so even though a few of the terms shared between soccer and tanking are a stretch at best, we’ll just be happy that players of World of Tanks have a new lineup of armor to rumble around in.

Source: press release

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World of Tanks Console Gets New Trilogy of War Stories

Console players of World of Tanks who prefer more PvE sprinkled in with their online tank blasting are likely going to love the next update. A trio of new World of Tanks Console War Stories are now available for players on Xbox One and PS4, offering some alternate history stories based on both historic events or films inspired by war.

world of tanks console war stories

The triad of new PvE stories, collectively known as Spoils of War, join the existing five encounters already included in WoTC:

  • In “Sieben Ritter”, players take command of a German tank squad that ignores calls to bolster defense of Berlin to instead protect a small town on the German-Polish border from an incoming Soviet attack force. The story is based on a scene from the film Seven Samurai and features new defense towers.
  • “The Connoisseur” casts players as a US sergeant who attempts to stop a band of German soldiers from looting a cache of art and other precious artifacts. The practice was known in Germany as “kunstschutz” and was a real-life event that still is a point of contention to this day. It also had the effect of seeing several priceless works of art lost forever.
  • Finally, “Potemkin” will tell the story of a Soviet artillery commander who has been selling food on the black market to prevent people from starving against the orders of his superios. However, command has learned of his actions and have sent an armored NKVD unit to take him out. The story shares the title of a silent film from 1925, which is a dramatic retelling of the mutiny of the crew of the Potemkin battleship, an event largely seen as the first steps in the Russian revolution against the Russian Tsars.

All three of the above stories are completely free for World of Tanks Console players. More information can be read about each story on the game’s website and a trailer for the update can be seen below.

Our Thoughts

The War Stories series of missions are easily some of the most interesting pieces of content that World of Tanks has put together. We hope that console players enjoy the new PvE content and especially hope that PC players will get to experience these stories themselves sometime soon.

Source: press release

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World of Tanks Brings the 1.0 Update Online

Things in the tank-centric battlefield of World of Tanks are likely going to look a whole lot prettier as of today. World of Tanks 1.0 has officially made its launch on PC, granting players a full taste of the new Core graphics engine along with a new map and even a new soundtrack to listen to. In between tanks being blown to smithereens, naturally.

world of tanks 1.0

The previously detailed Core engine upgrade has lots of new fancy visual tricks exclusively for PC players, which are said to optimize and enhance the overall performance of World of Tanks.

The 1.0 update is also offering some ear candy along with the new eye candy in the form of a new dynamic soundtrack. The soundtrack was recorded and performed by the Prague Symphonic Orchestra and features ethnic instrumentation for each of the game’s maps to grant each one a specific atmosphere. The new soundtrack is due to release for free on all major music platforms.

Speaking of maps, the new Glacier map has also arrived with this update. Described as a post-apocalyptic wasteland of snow and ice, tankers can look for a variety of terrain features such as elevated ridges, geysers and hot springs.

A full list of details and patch notes are available for your perusal on the game’s website, while a full features rundown in video form is below.

Our Thoughts

We certainly hope that PC players of World of Tanks truly appreciate the new visual fidelity and performance of this tank-on-tank online battler. It most certainly looks like a visual marvel now, though the game wasn’t precisely the ugliest thing in the world previously anyway.

Source: press release

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World of Tanks Prepares for Graphics Engine Overhaul in Update 1.0

From my meager understanding of computer and systems updates, rolling something to a new whole number instead of a tenth or hundredth means big changes in said program. World of Tanks update 1.0 is looking to do pretty much that with the debut of a brand-new graphics engine developed in-house.

world of tanks update 1.0

The new graphics engine, Core, is the result of four years’ work by the Wargaming devs and brings a number of fancy visual tricks like PBR, post-processing effects, advanced lighting and shading, particle effects, and various other tweaks for optimization and performance.

While Core is certainly going to make World of Tanks on PC look pretty, the engine is also meant to help those playing on a potato as well, promising everyone an improvement in the game’s overall performance without changing the game’s spec. That said, those with the bloodiest of bleeding edge machines will get to enjoy changes to many of the game’s existing maps to make the most of Core.

No matter which end of the PC power spectrum you sit, everyone can download and install a utility known as enCore. This lets players tweak various graphics settings and run a test demo that rates your overall performance on a bronze/silver/gold scoring system. You can even share a screenshot of your results to flaunt your rig’s superiority like a boxy, LED-lit show pony if you’re that kind of person.

While there’s no release window yet for update 1.0, World of Tanks fans can check out the enCore utility at this website and get more information about the new Core engine and the enCore application in the video below.

Our Thoughts

Sounds like the new Core engine will be a boon to all players of World of Tanks and we like that the devs of the game are letting players fiddle with their settings to get prepared for the update using a tool similar to the benchmarks Final Fantasy XIV released. Here’s hoping WoT players do indeed see some improvements to the game’s performance.

Source: press release

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World of Tanks VR Becoming a Reality

You can play World of Tanks on PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Playstation 4. There’s a mobile version called World of Tanks Blitz, and coming soon there will be World of Tanks VR. Wargaming has teamed up with the virtual reality venture fun VRTech to form Neurogaming. The company already has 75 employees and their first project World of Tanks VR.

The partnership with VRTech involves two main projects; Cinema VR and Polygon VR. Cinema VR specializes in location-based entertainment that can support up to 4 players. So far there are 36 locations in Russia and last year there were 180,000 players. Polygon VR, on the other hand, is a platform that powers virtual reality gameplay on location. It has motion capture technology, software for broadcasting, and more.

World of Tanks creator Slava Makarov has said this about the project, “with location-based VR, we make the experience more affordable and accessible. Moreover, unlike any other developer, our biggest aim is to change the experience from one-time involvement to a long-term engaging story with co-op and competitive elements.”

There isn’t any word yet on what World of Tanks VR will be like but we’re going to be keeping a close eye on this and their platform.

From the sound of it, we’re going to start seeing VR cafes popping up like you used to see internet cafes. If so, this could be the future for VR which has proven to be a little too pricey for many gamers. Keep an eye out for Cinema VR franchises as it sounds like they’re going to be expanding in the future.

World of Tanks currently has over 140 million players worldwide. They pride themselves on the historical accuracy of their war games. Wargaming is also dedicated to preserving war history in the real world.

 

Source: VentureBeat

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