Published on September 12th, 2013 | by Zach (beezn) Beason1
Wargaming.net – News From PAX
2013 marks the 15th anniversary of Wargaming.net as a company, which is culminating this year with both the finalized release of World of Warplanes, and World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition. At this year’s PAX Prime we here at Geek Link Radio got to sit down with Wargaming.net. They offered up a bounty of information about both their upcoming PC and Xbox 360 offerings.
World of Warplanes which launches September 26th, takes a cue from World of Tanks in remaining a free-to-play 15 vs 15 PvP military simulator. The most notable difference being that you are now in a plane. World of Warplanes will allow you to get into dog fights with over 100 different planes ranked in 10 different tiers ranging from World War I era biplanes through to the fighter jets of the Korean War. It has varying levels of control difficulty, ranging from simple mouse controls for elevators and aileron inputs and left mouse button to fire on the more simple end, to full keyboard control of flaps, landing gear, and flight controls for a more realistic take. Of course, the ability to use a flight stick or a USB controller is built into the game as well. And to add to the enhanced realism of the game, weapon weight affects the flight characteristics of your aircraft. So as soon as you drop a bomb or fire rockets you become much more agile and faster in the air.
World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition is also coming sometime in 2013 but has not been announced with a specific release date. What we were told about the game is that in order for the game to play well on the 360 they actually speed up the gameplay compared to the PC release to make it more exciting for console players. World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition was developed by Wargaming West, formally Day 1 Studios, whose most notable developed title were MechAssult for the original Xbox and F.E.A.R. 3. World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition will be free to play with a gold Xbox Live account, however there is a 7 day free trial if you are a free member of Xbox Live as well. There 5 tank classes: light, medium, heavy, tank destroyer, and artillery. Currently the title is in a closed beta only in North America with other regions to follow. In order to work on most TV screens they had to change the UI to be more friendly for console environment. And, when you play on the Xbox 360 version, the game automatically creates for you a Wargaming.net account however if you already have a PC account you will not at least for the time being be able to link to your Xbox 360 World of Tanks account, they’re completely separate.
Having played the Xbox 360 Edition, the controls feel responsive once you get the hang of them. The best way to play effectively is to be cautious. At least in the early stages of the game, no tank is really a “tank”. Playing through my first few rounds reminded me of playing Battlefield 1942 as a sniper, but with no respawning. Until you upgrade to more nuanced and varied weapon upgrades and tanks, everyone else has an advantage over you. Once you can afford the upgrades the only real barrier to success you have is your skill.
Players of World of Warplanes and World of Tanks will be able to use a Unified Premium Account that spares players from paying for premium status in each game, and gives players increased experience and a boost to credit earning in-game. The premium content for both games is paid through just one account. It should be noted that no plans to include World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition in the Unified Premium Accounts were given to us.
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