War Thunder now heard on Steam

News from the Russian Federation: free-to-play dogfighting game War Thunder is now on Steam. It’s been eight months’ work to get it there. First pitched to Steam Greenlighters in January, War Thunder was approved in February, and Gaijin have spent the time since tweaking the game’s palette to better complement the charcoal grey of the Steam overlay.

That last bit’s a lie. Sorry. I’ll pass you over Gaijin, who’ll be happy to tell you exactly what Steam really means for War Thunder.

“Earlier this year, the amazing community on Steam was gracious enough to support War Thunder and help get us approved,” said Gaijin CEO Anton Yudintsev. “Even though War Thunder currently has more than 3 million players in Open Beta, the best way to achieve success in the PC gaming industry is to have the support of the Steam community and we are glad to be a part of it. 

“We look forward to growing the War Thunder brand and Steam is the next important step in this process.”

Steam is totally au fait with free-to-play now, so you won’t need to pay anything to get started. But Gaijin have put together a Steam Pack - an £18 goodie bag (currently at a 25% discount) for those who’d rather hand over their nickels and dimes upfront. 

Let’s take a look at what’s inside:

  • P-36A “Hawk” fighter of lieutenant Philip M Rasmussen, one of the few American pilots who managed to take off to protect Pearl Harbor from furious attacks of Japanese planes.
  • Two premium airplanes: XP-38G and A6M5 Ko “Zero”.
  • Two single player campaigns: USA Pacific Campaign and Japanese Pacific Campaign that will let players experience the battles at the Pacific during 1941-1943.
  • Premium account for 30 days and 1700 Golden Eagles (in-game premium currency)

War Thunder is in open beta, and is still missing the ground combat we’ve been so much looking forward to. But it’s been more than playable for months, and now has Oculus Rift support

A question for those of you among its three million: what have we been missing?

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elvismiggell(6 days 14 hours played)
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Well first things first, I'd be very careful about deciding to pay money for it yet.  War Thunder is a fantastic flight sim, but unlike World of Tanks they haven't quite nailed their economy yet.  This means that the grinds to get through the level really still rely on spending real money - fine if you want to do that, but be warned.

That being said, it's an extremely good game.  Naturally Random Battle faces all the same problems World of Tanks does, but it's still possible to have a lot of fun.  Playing with friends is a hoot, more so than World of Tanks thanks to the open nature of the map which gives you more space to play your tactics.

The game engine is BEAUTIFUL.  World of Warplanes, now in open beta, can't hold a candle to it.

The big questions on my lips are currently; economy - can they fix it, and tanks - will they pull me away from WoT?

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