The War Thunder team have put national flags behind a paywall to stop infighting

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War Thunder’s skies have become increasingly political as the conflict in Eastern Ukraine intensifies. Players who have painted either the Ukrainian or Russian flags onto their wings have found themselves being shot down by their own teams.

Gaijin are trying to put an end to the team killing by putting all national flags behind paywalls.

“We know many of you love your flags as decals,” Gaijin write. “Unfortunately, we are seeing too many players using them in ways that instigate national argument [...]  we decided to implement a procedure that will require more responsibility from a player who wants to make use of them. From today, the 10th February, all National Flags listed in the flags directory of your decals will be re-set and removed from your inventory in game, they will be available from now on in a similar way as the rest of the decals via purchasing using GE.”

Another reason the developer gave was that “some players are not happy with the flags being used outside the game's historical period or that many didn’t even exist there.”

Each Flag will now cost 500 GE (War Thunder’s in-game currency, Golden Eagles). That’s €3 in real money. That might seem a lot for a texture that was free last week but, according to this falconry forum, a real life golden eagle will set you back about £5,000. 500 real golden eagles in real money is £2,500,000, so, if you look at it that way, those national flags are a steal.

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xNuke(1 day 4 hours played)
2 Years ago

How is this supposed to stop the teamkilling exactly? Now instead of getting shot down by putting a Russian/Ukrainian flag that you put there for free, you will get shot down becaue of a flag you purchased with real money.

I can only see this being a terrible way to encourage even more griefing from affected players.

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2 Years ago

Because now you need to pay 3 euros to put a flag on your plane, which will reduce the number of players that do it. It won't stop tk-ing, but it will definitely help reduce how ofter it happens. Statistically, people that actually pay for cosmetics are mostly westerners, which are unlikely to put an Ukrainian or Soviet flag on their plane. There will be trolls thought ...

It's not a fix, it's a band-aid.

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Joao611(17 days 15 hours played)
2 Years ago

APPRECIATE SMALL FAMILY COMPANY DEVS MORE)))))))))))))))))))))))))))

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nadni(23 days 14 hours played)
2 Years ago

What about making punishment for teamkilling actually relevant?

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RTMPro(46 days 16 hours played)
2 Years ago

i understand why they've done it...but...Team Killing should be a punishment far more extreme than what it is.

Firstly, to stop TKs, in Arcade, TURN OFF FRIENDLY FIRE. Problem solved.

RB & SB ,totally different. Anyone who TKs should have an immediate 1 week ban. Whether it's on purpose or accidental. If someone is engaged, fly wingman & wait for your shot.

Ramming...well...that's another discussion for a different day.

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Andrei44Games(3 days 10 hours played)
2 Years ago

i got romanian flags on the wings and next day i was prepared to play started my warthnder...no flags...i was like ''what the...'' i got out of the game serched for explanation...boom...flags cost 3 euro...nice job gaijin...nice job....

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