War Thunder is a free-to-play, cross-platform MMO combat game for Windows, Linux, Mac and PlayStation®4 dedicated to military vehicles used in the World War II and the Korean War periods. Fight in major air, land, and sea battles, with international players in an ever developing environment.
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Release Date: Aug 15, 2013

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July 27

[Competition] Loving the Unloved II



Dear Pilots and Tankers!
Some vehicles in War Thunder don’t quite get the attention they deserve; therefore, I believe we, as a community must change this!
Starting today we are going to have a little competition here in our “Live War Thunder” Community.

Loving the Unloved
Righto, time for round two you talented individuals. Did you miss us?

I think it’s perhaps time for some unloved axis planes. How about some bomber love? SM.79’s it is. Remember, keep them historical if you want to try to win some prizes. You have two weeks.

#unloved

II Spot the Sparrowhawk
A bit of an ugly duckling but we can change that with a bit of makeup..

You have two weeks to create your best historical SM.79 skins using any of our models in game, whichever one you prefer. The top 3 skins will be selected by the Live.WT moderation team. Each of these winners will receive a nice shiny SM.79 1937 or SM.79bis to add to the collection as well as 2000, 1000 and 500 Golden Eagles respectively.

More details you can find on Live.WT site!

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July 24

[Event] Battle of Caucasus & Ruhr



From 15.00 GMT on the 24th of July to 07.00 GMT on the 27th of July, 2015

[Event] Night attack of the USA aircraft on German factory
will be available on location Ruhr in RB mode - 'Guardian Angel'

Schweinfurt was a location which played host to a very large amount of production for Nazi Germany at the onset of World War II, a location which allied forces acknowledged as significant. Because of this, a series of Allies strategic bombing raids took place, aimed at the destruction of the factories located in the city, which would cripple the production of new tanks and aircraft, and hence, reduce the efficiency of German forces to the Allies’ advantage.

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Multiple raids took place with these intentions, but two of these raids: the Schweinfurt-Regensburg mission and the Second Raid on Schweinfurt, proved particularly costly for the United States Army Air Forces. On the 17th of August 1943, 230 B-17’s of the USAAF 8th Air Force, which were intended to be a second wave of bombers following another force attacking Regensburg, took part in an intense anti-aircraft barrage, along with over 300 defending fighter aircraft. As a result, only 184 of the B-17’s were able to bomb their target, and 36 failed to return to their bases in England. However, this raid resulted in a drop in production equalling a 34% cutback, and all, except the largest of these plants, were devastated by fire. Despite this, the bulk of existing industrial infrastructure had not been conducive to destruction by a single raid. Efforts to disperse the remaining machinery began immediately, and in response to this, the Luftwaffe began deploying large numbers of interceptors along the corridor to Schweinfurt.

After regaining strength, the 8th Air Force mounted a second attack on the 14th of October 1943. This time, it proved even more costly than the first, and hence, adopted the name “Black Thursday”. During this raid, in which 291 B-17’s took part, only 229 were able to bomb their target, and a total of 60 were lost. which was considered to have been a heavy amount of losses. Consequently, it was established that heavy losses such as those experienced by the 8th Air Force could not be sustained, and hence, unescorted bomber raids deep into Germany were suspended until 1944. In the February of that year, raids into Schweinfurt resumed, during what came to be known as “Big Week”.



From 15.00 GMT on the 24th of July to 07.00 GMT on the 27th of July, 2015

[Event] 'Battle of the Caucasus' will be available on:

Mozdok - SB - Combined battle: ground vehicles + aircraft
Kuban - RB - Aircraft: Germany vs USSR

The Battle of the Caucasus refers to a series of operations which took place in the Caucasus area between Axis and Soviet forces, on the Eastern Front of World War II. From the German side, Operation ‘Edelweiss’ was planned in order to gain control of oil fields in Baku. This operation was authorised by Hitler on the 23rd of July 1942, and a large amount of preparation was made in order to carry out their plans. In fact, several German oil firms, which has been issued with leases to exploit the Caucasian oil fields, delivered large amounts of piping which would allow for oil transportation.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=487430504

Bombing the oil fields had been forbidden, and so, this event was marked by considerable amounts of tank forces leading the battle. The main forces included Army Group A, the 1st Panzer Army, the 4th Panzer Army, the 17th Army, part of the Luftflotte 4, and the 3rd Romanian Army. About 1,000 aircraft from the 4th Air Fleet were also involved.

From the Soviet point of view, the Caucasus area had become a new established hub of industry. As the German Army launched operation Edelweiss, the rate at which their forces advanced slowed, as they entered the mountains of the Southern Caucasus area. Although German forces had been able to neutralize a Soviet counter-attack, they were placed on the defensive after Soviet breakthroughs occurred in the region around Stalingrad.

The Germans began to withdraw in 1943, due to setbacks in other regions. Now on the defencive, they hoped through consolidation and regrouping, they would be able to re-establish their positions to launch new operations in the Caucasus. No considerable gains were made though, and in September 1943, the fighting effectively ended when fresh withdrawals were made by the Germans.

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"War Thunder extremely easy to slip into"
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"Most Historically Educational Way to Destroy Planes"
GameSpot

"With fun, exciting combat combined with plenty of customization and room for personal skill, this game is sure to be a fan favorite."
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About This Game

War Thunder is a free-to-play, cross-platform MMO combat game for Windows, Linux, Mac and PlayStation®4 dedicated to military vehicles used in and around World War II and the Korean War. In War Thunder, you can take part in major battles on land, in the air, and at sea, fighting with real players from all over the world in a continuously developing environment.

War Thunder already offers a highly detailed experience in military aviation and ground forces combat, giving players access to a Guinness World Record breaking number of aircraft, as well as an abundance of tanks and other combat vehicles - and the number is constantly rising.

You can feel the unmatched intensity of aerial dogfights in a fighter, the decisive power of commanding a heavy strategic bomber or the heat of battle in a ground attacker, delivering precision strikes against your enemies. Alternatively, you can join the spearhead of armoured vehicles, fighting for dominance over the battlefield on the ground: Man a heavy tank with impressive armour and firepower, use the maneuverability of a medium or light tank to your advantage, or support your team by screening the skies with your anti aircraft vehicle - the choice is yours!

In the future, the game will also allow players to ‘set sail’ by commanding a variety of warships in the fight over the control of the world’s oceans, giving the game a truly epic scale.

Master your vehicles through both upgrades and personal experience in an environment that is constantly expanding and rewarding the personal skill of the player. Organise your efforts in one of the countless player squadrons and become an ace pilot or tanker - or both! Our thriving and welcoming community of millions of players is also actively participating in the game’s ongoing development, offering custom content through War Thunder Live, such as skins, missions and even vehicles.

War Thunder has something for everyone. Play cooperative games with your friends on Windows PC, Linux, Mac or PlayStation 4 against AI, or squad up for a PvP battle in a difficulty setting matching your play style, ranging from Arcade to Simulator using Mouse and Keyboard, Gamepad or Joystick.

Features include:

  • An entire arsenal at your command - Over 500 highly detailed aircraft, tanks, and other combat vehicles crafted carefully from historical documents and surviving sources.
  • Right into the heat of battle - Intense PvP experiences in full-scale combat missions on various difficulty settings for all play styles and degrees of experience.
  • A single bullet can make a difference - A realistic damage system for aircraft and ground vehicles involving individual component durability instead of an overall health bar.
  • The true free to play experience - Download and play the game for free as much and as long as you like it. Support the ongoing development entirely at your own leisure.
  • Crossing the platform border - Seamless cross-platform gameplay between Windows PC, Linux, Mac and PlayStation®4 (more to come) with tens of thousands of players from all over the globe online at the same time.
  • Play together with your friends - Rich PvE content including historical and dynamic campaigns, solo missions, a mission editor and much more for single-player and cooperative gameplay.
  • Challenge the best of the best - Ever expanding tournament and clan battle systems, including ELO-based ranked matches as well as professionally organized events involving hundreds of players.
  • Theatrical beauty - Astonishing graphics, authentic sound effects and beautiful music creating an atmosphere to fully immerse yourself in.
  • Take matters in your own hands - Create custom content for War Thunder and share it on War Thunder Live, with the prospect of earning real money through the Revenue Share Partner System!
  • But wait, there is more! - Ever expanding and evolving environment, offering new and exciting content and features with every regular major update.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista SP1, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: 2,2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon X26XX / GeForce 7800 GT
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista/7/8
    • Processor: Dual-Core 2,4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 460 or higher, AMD Radeon 55XX series or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 11 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.9 Mavericks
    • Processor: Dual-Core 2,4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD/Nvidia/Intel HD 4600
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.9.2 Mavericks
    • Processor: Intel Core i7
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 680M or higher
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 11 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Most modern 64bit Linux distributions, SteamOS
    • Processor: Dual-Core 2,4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD/Nvidia
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 11 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 64bit, SteamOS
    • Processor: Intel Core i7
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 660+ or similar AMD
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 11 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
1,719 of 2,007 people (86%) found this review helpful
31 people found this review funny
148.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Story of my life.
-Joins as America
-Gets shot down every time by Russia
-Calls people who play Russia noobs
-Decide to play as Russia
-Adopted Communism as the ideal way to live
-Currently lives in Moscow.
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841 of 1,015 people (83%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
127.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
Joined America as a pilot.
Hours of practice and training.
Totally ready for realistic mode now.
Decided to become a bomber in realistic mode in Saipan.
Started out on an aircraft carrier.
Increased throttle.
Ohhhhh yeah ♥♥♥♥ just got real.
Wingspan was too wide for carrier.
Right wing hits the superstructure and falls off.
Oh ♥♥♥♥.
Bomber and pilot, along with three gunners, plunge into the ocean.
At the last second pilot thinks back to the girl back home, the one he left behind.
Drowns.
Have to wait 9 minutes for early death penalty.

30 minutes later, Victory in Saipan.

11/10 Will die for the American Cause again.
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234 of 278 people (84%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
837.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
You know you've been playing too much War Thunder when...

You have a panic attack while driving over bridges. You assume other drivers are going to push you off at any moment.

While looking at cars you picture them in x-ray mode, noting where the critical modules are.

While looking at planes in real life, you picture a target in front of them, guessing how much you would have to lead the target.

You get frustrated with your car mechanic when he can't fix your car in under one minute.

You can only hold your breath underwater for five seconds before you drown.

You suddenly can pronounce German and Russian.

While watching the news you see an airliner attempt a landing with one wing. "No big deal" you think.

You get nervous when you hear a plane above you.

You know more about flying planes than some pilots and you have never flown a plane.

When you see two kids' kites get tied up together, you mutter to yourself, "damn team killers..."

You freak out every time someone tailgates you.

You constantly beg your optometrist for "keen vision," even though your vision is 20/20.

You don't have to use an alarm clock anymore. You sit bolt upright after nightmares of "YOUR LEFT WING!"

You drive a car that has two fire extinguishers inside, a set of tracks instead of a spare tire, and a hatchet and a shovel on the side.

When the car dealership asks what color you want, you insist on bicolor summer camouflage.

When a cop pulls you over and asks why your steering wheel has been replaced with a joystick, you tell him "simulator mode."

You get fired from your towing job because you towed a car upside down while the driver was still inside.

You drive right through Road Closed and Flood warning signs into 4 feet of water. Only after you car is completely submerged do you get nervous.
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330 of 424 people (78%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
69.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
War Thunder Air battles

America: Blow the ♥♥♥♥ outta errything with bombers and wait for tier 5 jets

Britian: Our planes can turn hue hue hue

Russia: Who uses ♥♥♥♥ing russian planes?

Germany: Fw 190 Fw 190 Fw190 Fw190 Fw 190 (There is no escape only the sweet release of death)

Japan: We make planes out of bamboo and rice paper
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573 of 762 people (75%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
1,918.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
I bumped a sidewalk curb in a Tiger tank, and it exploded.

10/10 Much realism.
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