Wargaming.net are all about planting the odd strategic feather or necessary paperweight on one end or the other of the perpetual seesaw that is MMO balancing. And in World of Tanks’ 8.6 update, that means a complete overhall to the game's artillery tier system.
In 2010, Wargaming opened a portal to this strange world in which there are tanks, and only tanks (Who refuels the tanks? Do they refuel each other? How do they pour the jerry cans with their single, static limbs?). But the company had been knocking about for a good decade or so before then, building games with words like ‘MASSIVE’, ‘WAR’ and ‘ASSAULT’ in their nondescript titles. To celebrate their latest anniversary, they’re going to hold an international tournament.
You know what’s wrong with society today? You might cite perpetual economic recession or fecklessness, but it’s neither of those (I'll level with you: I don't know what that last one is). It’s that there simply aren’t nearly enough good excuses to talk about tanks. That’s why Wargaming.net have poured £80,000 into a new education centre at Europe’s biggest tank museum in Bovington, England.
Hope you had a wonderful bank holiday. What did you get up to? Oh that's nice. Yes I heard it's lovely this time of year. Huh? No, I don't think that's legal. Wait, that's a terrible hiding spot. I think you might need to leave the country for a while until this all blows over. While it does, why not peruse the latest batch of screenshots from the ineffable World of Warships? It's the only Navy battleships MMO that uses the whole of the boat, organically grown by local shipyards.
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Wargaming.net reported at the weekend that World of Tanks passwords had been hacked, and some personal (though not financial) information compromised. Oh no! But it seems that the looming threat of a stolen identity isn’t enough any more - so much so that the developers have organised a Change Your Password Event to entice players into doing just that.
World of Tanks 8.5 has been in public testing for the best part of a month, during which time players have been privy to a slew of new light and medium tanks for Soviet and German force still warm from the production line. By the end of the week, those updates will have been applied to the game proper* - alongside a shop tweak that renders the game just a touch more free-to-play.
Wargaming have discovered a security leak within their account database that could mean their users account passwords have been compromised. The publisher has advised that everyone change their password and, if you use the same password for any other pages, that you change those, too.
World of Warplanes is still in closed beta, but it’s improving every day into a very ace game. The good chaps over at Wargaming have sent us 600 keys to get you into the beta and start playing today. Why not give it a go, after all, we listed it as one of our best 100 free PC games.
World of Tanks isn't as young as it used to be. To celebrate the second birthday of the game's European and North American servers, Wargaming have cut the cost of tanks and components, boosted experience bonuses and are running a several special events between now and 09:00 GMT April 16. That gives you plenty of time to get stuck in.
They're also offering a small birthday present to all their players, a one-day premium account bundled with a selection of consumables.
Developer Wargaming have pried open the doors to their World of Tanks test server once again, and this time players have the chance to beta test version 8.5 before it sees general release. Among other things, version 8.5 features a host of new light tanks and a new map called Pearl River.
Speaking to Polygon at GDC this weekend, Chris Taylor, CEO of Gas Powered Games, announced that his studio were working on a "free-to-play, triple-A MMO with PvP" after their purchase by genre masters Wargaming. He also confirmed that work on Wildman, the game that he was hoping to crowdfund and his team had worked so hard to save, had halted. In spite of this, he still had a lot of positive things to say.