There have been some classic WWII-era fighters missing from World of Warplanes: carrier-based aircraft. It's well known that the story of the victory in the Pacific is as much a story about the carrier's rise to power as it is anything else. With its ability to launch fighters and bombers to hunt down and sink enemy ships at ranges far greater than those of even the vaunted battleship, carriers changed naval warfare. Now Wargaming.net's World of Warplanes has added carrier-based aircraft to reflect that history.
The U.S. tech tree will feature nine aircraft from the Grumman F2F and Brewster F2A Buffalo, F4F Wildcat, F4U Corsair, F2G Super Corsair, and the first biplanes with retractable undercarriages to the first carrier-based jet fighters like the Chance Vaught F5U and F7U Cutlass.
World of Warplanes Carrier-Based Aircraft Take To The Skies
22 June 2012 — Wargaming, the award-winning global video game developer and publisher, today introduced US carrier-based aircraft - a unique line of warplanes to fight in the virtual skies of the highly anticipated flight combat MMO World of Warplanes.
The US tech tree features nine iconic carrier-based aircraft from the United States Navy, including the Grumman F2F and Brewster F2A Buffalo, the first biplane fighters with retractable undercarriage, as well as the boldly designed Chance Vought F5U and Vought F7U Cutlass fighters, both of which pioneered the use of turbojet power. Other WWII-famed carrier-based aircraft, such as F4F Wildcat, F4U Corsair and Goodyear F2G "Super" Corsair, offer even more options for players.
"The carrier-based aircraft in World of Warplanes showcases the evolution of North American engineering and the effort to create the ultimate shipboard fighter outfitted for challenging multitask operations over the seas and coastal areas", comments Alex Zezulin, Project Manager for World of Warplanes. "It is a unique and extremely interesting warplane type, sharing many features found in both light and heavy fighters".
With often unique and unorthodox body designs, carrier-based aircraft were also known for their ability to carry a wide variety of armaments, as well as carried a reputation for exceptional ruggedness under the most extreme conditions. They were also, however, highly maneuverable and able to carry an increased fuel load, making them perfect choices for intense dogfights, formidable surface attacks and reconnaissance missions.
World of Warplanes is currently in closed beta, where virtual pilots are invited to experience the thrill of aerial dogfighting combat in 59 different aircraft from Germany, the United States and the U.S.S.R, across four unique maps.
About World of Warplanes
World of Warplanes is the flight combat MMO action game set in the Golden Age of military aviation. The game continues the armored warfare theme marked in the highly-acclaimed World of Tanks and will throw players into a never-ending tussle for air dominance.
World of Warplanes will allow players to build full-scale careers as virtual pilots offering machines from several key eras, from1930's biplanes to the Korean War jet fighters that led the way to modern air forces.
World of Warplanes will feature a wide range of warbirds, each of them unique in their effectiveness and behavior. Virtual pilots will choose from three main warplane classes - single-engine light fighters capable of engaging enemies in close dogfights, heavy fighters with their deadly straight attacks, and strafing aircrafts, the fearsome threat to ground targets.
Every plane will feature multiple variations of ammo types, engines, and other crucial modules, and their various combinations will allow players to pick the optimal configuration for the most effective behavior in combat.
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 Battleships, 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.