Tank combat is something of a niche genre in the realm of RTS but it certainly has a dedicated fanbase. Wargaming.net knows this and their session-based RTS MMO, World of Tanks
, is now live in both Europe and the States. Already breaking records in Russia, the WW2 tank MMO made quite an impact during beta testing in other regions. Best of all, it's free to play. Of course there will be microtransactions but that's the kind of distribution model I like: make customers happy enough with your free game to invest in it later. It worked for games back in the early 90s and I'm surprised it's only showing up again recently in the FTP MMO arena.
Hit the break for more info and links where you can sign up and start rolling steel through WW2 battlefields.
World of Tanks Invades Europe and North America
Begin your Armored Dominance Today
London, UK and San Francisco, Ca. — Wargaming.net announces today that the highly-anticipated free-to-play action MMO game World of Tanks is now live in Europe and North America.
World of Tanks is an award-winning session-based MMO game dedicated to armored warfare that pits players driving WWII-era vehicles in 15-strong teams against each other on realistically recreated battlegrounds. Alongside with tense PvP tank battles the game features a well-thought out Clan Wars system that unites thousands of clans from all over the globe in the bitter strife for global domination.
World of Tanks has already gained popularity in Russia striking an impressive 1,7 million registrations and setting a World Guinness Record in the category of Most Players Online on One MMO Server with 91,311 players. During European and North American beta-test World of Tanks proved its worth and uniqueness by recruiting more than 700000 players and receiving positive feedback from enthusiast press.
“After almost 4 years of hard work I’m extremely proud to see World of Tanks going live today,” – said Victor Kislyi, CEO of Wargaming.net. “We used all the skills and expertise the Wargaming.net team gained while developing our previous titles to create a truly unique and compelling game. However, with the game’s release the real work has only begun for us as there are long-term plans of supporting World of Tanks by adding new modes, vehicles and a lot of other high-end content on a regular basis.”
Join the game at:
http://game.worldoftanks.com/registration/ (North America)
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, and the Soviet Union, carefully detailed with historical accuracy.
A flexible system of authentic vehicle upgrade 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 iron empire and manifest the indisputable authority of the tank! Feel the TANK POWER!
The Ultimate Armored Warfare Experience
Dive into intense tank-on-tank combat to enjoy an amazing new battlefield experience with a balance of multiple genres. A unique blend of these “ingredients” supported by top-notch graphics and stunning audiovisual effects, provides endless challenge and excitement.
Simulator. Authentic models and vehicle characteristics make you feel like a real tank commander taking part in a furious armored offensive.
RPG. Your armored steed isn't just a tin can on tracks - it’s a living, evolving mechanism that should be treated accordingly. Research your available upgrades and modifications to enhance its performance on the battlefield.
Action. Take part in joint operations to spot, track, and destroy enemy units and engage in head-to-head duels where your speed and reaction time is as important as in any co-op shooter.
Strategy. There’s only one simple rule to follow - don't be a hero. Rally your comrades to devise a battle plan and assign roles, then move out and defeat your enemy on the field of honor.
Dynamic Combat System
New players jump into battle in less than a minute to take part in short, decisive combat actions designed to ensure fast and action-oriented warfare. As you are thrown onto the battlefield, you must be bold, decisive, and flexible to succeed in the maelstrom of iron and fire.
Epic Tank Clashes
Intense battles with up to 60 combat vehicles unfold on enormous and detailed battlefields featuring a variety of terrain from open fields with hills and forests to deserts and industrial zones. The terrain offers a wide scope for tactical decisions from aggressive fast-paced thrusts to elaborate flanking operations and diversionary attacks.
Deep Squad-based Gameplay
Out to conquer the world? Then our highly addictive squad-based gameplay is your ultimate goal. Countless new lands and territories let you show off your teamwork - the key to victory. The distribution and timely accomplishment of tasks and objectives within your squad gives you a critical advantage over your disorganized rivals.
Wargaming.net® is an award-winning strategy game specialist, incorporated in the UK. Its 250-strong development team is located in Minsk, Belarus. Since 1998, the company has shipped 13 titles, including acclaimed Massive Assault series, Order of War RTS published by Square Enix, and three add-ons for Blitzkrieg II. Wargaming.net's® Operation Bagration RTS was awarded the Best Strategy Game of 2008 at Russian Game Developers Conference (KRI). At KRI 2009 and 2010 Wargaming.net® was named The Best Developer Company from ex-USSR. At KRI 2010 World of Tanks® won “Best MMO” prize. Official web site: www.wargaming.net