Wargaming’s mobile WoT spinoff, World of Tanks Blitz, is headed to PC and there’s nothing you can do about it. You’re out of mines to knock out its tracks with. Your RPG has run dry. The water in your canteen tastes a bit fusty. All that’s left to do is sit in your bunker with quiet dignity, pondering the 100,000 simultaneous players it garnered worldwide in iOS and Android, and wonder how effectively the touch screen interface has been translated to mouse and keyboard controls.
World of Tanks is one of our best free PC games, naturally. How many of the others have you tried?
This new Windows 10 version of the mobile spinoff centres around 7v7 conflicts, and includes over 190 steel beasts from Great Britain, USA, Germany, and USSR with which to roll into those conflicts. They’re split up into four categories – light, medium, and heavy tanks, and finally tank destroyers. Each have their own strengths and weaknesses, of course, turning the battlefield into a big, massively destructive game of rock, paper, scissors.
Want some stats to hammer home what a momentous occasion this is? Fine: Windows 10 is currently installed on 110 million devices, and World of Tanks Blitz has been downloaded over 35 million times on mobile platforms.
It also supports cross-platform play, so if every single Windows 10 user worldwide ganged up on those mobile users with their mouse and keyboard controls… well, I’m not totally clear what would happen actually, but it’d be quite an event.
“World of Tanks Blitz has gathered a vibrant community worldwide, and we are excited to take advantage of the technology and gaming platform provided by Microsoft to broaden its reach even further,” says Wargaming CEO Victor Kislyi.
“With the addition of Windows 10 support, we’ll turn World of Tanks Blitz into a true cross-platform experience, expanding in-game opportunities for our player community and opening up the Wargaming.net universe to a new and vast audience.”
The odd thing there, of course, is that World of Tanks, the base game from which Blitz was born in order to attract a mobile audience, is already available on Windows 10. And bloody loads of people are playing it. It’ll therefore be interesting to see if existing WoT players migrate over to Blitz on PC, or stay put in favour of the bigger conflicts and higher vehicle count.
There’s no specific release date yet for Blitz’s Windows 10 version, but more info on the game’s available over at its official site.