It's rare that a game developer simply makes the game you've already paid for better for free. It seems even more unlikely when that game is already free to play. However, today, Wargaming.net announced that the upcoming World of TanksUpdate 8.0 will add new physics to the game so you can Dukes or Hazard it up in your 70 ton death machine, and it will add another layer of graphical fidelity to a game that already looked good for a free to play title. It's the best game update ever!
Check out the screens and trailer to see the changes with your own eyes, and follow the jump for complete details on World of TanksUpdate 8.0.
World of Tanks Update 8.0 to Add New Physics and Improved Graphics
Long-Awaited Updates to Change the Face of Battle
9th August, 2012 — Wargaming today announced its highly anticipated Update 8.0 for its free to play MMO action game World o Tanks. The update will mark a major overhaul for the game and will introduce a newly improved game engine, as well as other new features and content.
Update 8.0 will add to the game critical new features, including for the first time ever, realistic tank movement physics, as well as new game rendering improvements. The enhanced renderer will introduce lifelike splash and water wave effects, as well as add support for deferred shading for medium and higher preset graphics.
A host of new additions and improvements will also include emblem and inscription customization, adaptive camouflage, mini-map functions, and an enhanced tech tree interface. For the first time, players will be able to transfer free experience into crew experience, and select the battle mode they want to play.
Update 8.0 will also feature new tanks, with the Soviet tech tree expanded to include four new robust tank destroyers: SU-122-54, SU-100M-1, Uralmash-1 and Object 263. The British will also benefit from the inclusion of that tech tree's first premium machine - the famous Matilda Black Prince experimental medium infantry tank.
"We've been working hard on implementing new physics for the game for quite some time," said Sergey Burkatovsky, Lead Producer for World of Tanks. "This update is a huge milestone for the team. The improvements and enhancements will really change the way players experience World of Tanks."
About World of Tanks
World of Tanks is the first and only team-based, massively multiplayer online action game dedicated to armored warfare. Throw yourself into the epic tank battles of World War II with other steel cowboys all over the world. Your arsenal includes more than 150 armored vehicles from America, Germany, the Soviet Union, and France, carefully detailed with historical accuracy.
A flexible system of authentic vehicle upgrades and development allows you to try any of the vehicles and weapons in the game. Whether you prefer to exhaust your foes with fast and maneuverable light tanks, make deep breaches in enemy lines with all-purpose medium tanks, use the force of giant tanks to eliminate opposing armored forces, or become a heavy sniper with long-range howitzers, each unit type has its own advantages and can be extremely effective when operated by a true tank ace.
But being a great tank commander alone isn't enough to win! In World of Tanks, it's all about teamwork. Victory is achieved by combining your combat skills with those of the other members of your team, each playing their own role on the battlefield. Just add your favorite strategy to build your own steel empire and manifest the indisputable authority of the tank power!
Wargaming is an award-winning online game developer and publisher and one of the leaders in the free-to-play MMO market. Founded as a privately held company in 1998, Wargaming has shipped more than 15 titles and employs over 900 people across such key regions as North America, Europe, Russia, and Asia.
Currently, Wargaming is focused on its team-based MMO war series dedicated to the mid-20th century warfare that will include the company's flagship armored MMO World of Tanks, launched in April 2011 and currently boasting 30 million players worldwide, the flight combat World of Warplanes, named one of the most anticipated MMOs for 2012, and the naval World of Warships, scheduled for release in 2013.
In June 2012, Wargaming announced the Wargaming.net Service, the epicenter of a battle-centric gaming universe that will gather the series under a single portal - www.wargaming.net.