The Italians are coming to War Thunder. Update 1.69, aka ‘Regia Aeronautica’, will add Italy as the sixth nation in the free-to-play vehicular combat MMO, and the first since its full launch late last year.
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The Italians will debut with their powerful air force: “In the 1930s, the Italian Regia Aeronautica was considered one of the world’s strongest and most numerous air forces,” says Vyacheslav Bulannikov, producer of War Thunder. “Our players can look forward to several aircraft that are among the best of those fielded by the Axis forces, with some even superior to any Allied model of the time.”
Italy’s initial roster boasts several dozen aircraft, from the light and agile biplanes of the 1930s to post-war jets. One example is the robust Fiat CR.32 biplane, which can withstand serious damage and even carry bombs into combat, enabling it to attack ground targets as well as fight for air superiority. You can see the CR.32 in action here or pre-order it from the game's online store here; and check out the G.55S torpedo fighter here or pre-order here.
Many of Italy's iconic three-engine bombers are also available at launch, such as the SM.79 Sparviero (the ‘Sparrowhawk’), and the CANT Z.1007bis Alcione (or ‘Kingfisher’). The latter can be fitted with a torpedo, which will be handy when the forthcoming naval battles are added to the game.
“At the end of last year, with the addition of Japanese Ground Forces, we completed the tasks that we set ourselves for War Thunder’s beta test and officially released the game,” says Kirill Yudintsev, creative director of Gaijin. “Now, all of the game’s nations are represented with a broad variety of more than 800 aircraft and ground vehicles in total, and our naval forces are already in early testing.”
Italy’s ranks will be fleshed out by landborne vehicles in the future, and Gaijin “are also working on new vehicles to introduce yet another new country,” says Bulannikov.