Anyway, Wargaming.net, makers of the War of *insert war machine here* series of MMOs is proud to announced that the next faction to join World of Warplanes is infact not so much a "faction" as a "race of mythical fire-breathing hell-beasts."
Dragons will be joining World of Warplanes. Each one will feature upgradable characteristics such as fire intensity, color, number of claws, horns, wingspan, and skin thickness. The tech tree will start with 12 dragons and eventually go up to 60. There's no word yet if any of them are named Drogon, Viserion, or Rhaegal.
Ok, now I'm convinced this is an April Fools prank.
Either way, you should watch the dragon faction teaser video because I'd hate for all that hard work to go to waste. And if it turns out to not be an April Fools prank, well then, I guess I'm the victim of an unitentional reverse April Fools prank.
To learn more, follow the jump.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Here Be Dragons!
Majestic Dragons Add Fire to World of Warplanes
30th March, 2012 — Wargaming.net, the award-winning online game developer and publisher, is proud to announce the next faction to join the current set of nations in the highly-anticipated flight combat action MMO World of Warplanes: dragons! The all-new line of majestic creatures will set the sky on fire when the game enters its beta stage later this year.
The initial tech tree will include 12 dragons and will eventually expand to more than 60 creatures. Each mystical animal will have its own peculiarities and strategic employment. Players can upgrade several key characteristics including fire intensity level, color, number of claws, horns, wingspan and skin thickness.
The addition of these fire-breathing beasts will add more diversity to the gameplay since a dragons' behavior requires a different approach in terms of controls and tactics.
"Adding dragons into World of Warplanes has been one of the most challenging aspects of game development so far," said Wargaming.net CEO Victor Kislyi. "Dragons are so different from planes; they are much more edgy and self-willed, but if you put in just a little more effort, they will serve you well. I'm happy we've finally announced them!"
About World of Warplanes
World of Warplanes is a 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, throwing players into a never-ending tussle for air dominance.
Based purely on aircraft setting, World of Warplanes will allow players to build full-scale careers as virtual pilots. The game offers planes from several key eras, staring from the 1930s biplanes, and up to the Korean War jet fighters that led the way for modern air forces.
World of Warplanes will feature a wide range of warbirds, each of them unique in their effectiveness and behavior. Virtual pilots can choose from three main warplane classes: single-engine light fighters capable of engaging enemies in close dogfights, heavy fighters with deadly straight attacks, and ground-attack planes, a fearsome threat for ground targets.
Every plane will feature multiple variations of weapons and ammo types, engines, and other crucial modules. Various combinations will allow players to pick optimal configurations for the most effective behavior in combat.
Wargaming.net® is an award-winning online game developer and publisher and one of the leaders in the free-to-play MMO market. Since 1998, the company has published more than 15 titles, including the highly acclaimed Massive Assault and Order of War series. Currently Wargaming.net is focused on establishing an MMO war trilogy that will include their flagship armored World of Tanks, the flight combat World of Warplanes (one of the most anticipated MMOs for 2012), and the naval World of Battleships scheduled for release in 2013.