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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October 21

[Development] The Fairmile C - A greyhound with bite

With the Closed Beta Test of Naval forces coming soon,
it is only logical to introduce another of the upcoming Royal Navy beauties.

We would like to present to you the Fairmile C motor gun boat - the older brother of Fairmile D, already presented to you in a past devblog.

The Fairmile C was a motor gun boat of the Fairmile family - designs, that were based on prefabrication of individual components so that they could be produced by smaller factories and then reassembled as a kits in different boatyards. The Type C re-used an improved hull from the Fairmile A Motor Launch - small vessel made of mahogany and plywood, that were initially used for anti-submarine escorts and as a minelayers. 24 type C boats were built in total, some of which have survived until today.

The hull of the Fairmile C was 110 ft (35m) long and 17 ft (5.3m) wide, with a displacement (weight) of 72 tons. It was powered by three supercharged Hall-Scott Defender petrol engines with a maximum of 900 horsepower, granting the ship a maximum speed of 26.5 knots (about 50 km/h). The crew consisted of 16 sailors (14 + 2 officers).

For more information, read the full Dev Blog article in the Official War Thunder forums!

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October 21

[Event] Historical Battles: Stalingrad

Dear friends,
we continue testing new respawn mechanics in ground battles. You may find the event in the “events and tournaments” tab. Realistic mode, [Domination] Stalingrad.

Today at 14:00 GMT we will begin the event [Domination] Stalingrad USSR vs. Germany (historical vehicle line-up)

How it works:
This game mode portrays the clash of two armies. Both armies have a specific setup of vehicles that are distributed randomly among the players. If all the vehicles are allocated out, it will not be possible to spawn.

Important features of the mechanics:
  • From the start, players will have 3 vehicles, one of which will be replaced when a vehicle is lost in battle after each respawn. Vehicles that are chosen will be done so from the list randomly, and the probability of getting a particular model depends on the remaining amount of vehicles in the team.
  • Available vehicles are distributed between Squad and Squadron members (Squads have priority), If a player chooses a specific vehicle, the other members of the squad or squadron may choose the remaining vehicles.
  • You can take a new vehicle not earlier than 60 seconds after you spawned in the previous one.
For more information, read the full Event article in the Official War Thunder Forums!

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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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP/7/Vista/8/10
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz
    • Memory: 1,5 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon X26XX / GeForce 7800 GT
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 7 64bit /Vista 64bit /8 64bit /10 64bit
    • Processor: Dual-Core 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 460 or higher, AMD Radeon 55XX series or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 11 GB available space
    • OS: 10.11 El Capitan
    • Processor: Dual-Core 2.4 GHz (Xeon processors not supported)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel 4000 HD/Radeon HD 5550/GeForce 8800
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • OS: 10.11 El Capitan
    • Processor: Intel Core i7 (Xeon processors not supported)
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 680M or higher
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 11 GB available space
    • OS: Most modern 64-bit Linux distributions, SteamOS
    • Processor: Dual-Core 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel 4000 HD/Radeon HD 5550/GeForce 8800
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 11 GB available space
    • 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
    • Storage: 11 GB available space
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125 of 182 people (69%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
470.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
It is pretty hard to give this game a solid yes or no considering there is a lot to love AND to hate about this game.
- Amazing graphics
- Realistic, World of Tanks doesn't even come close to this level of realism
- Lots of different vehicles
- Well-optimised
- Not as pay to win as one might think

- Technically speaking however: it is pay to win
- Average toxic free to play community
- Unlocking tanks can be a real grind
- Game developers don't know what creating and maintaining a community is
- The game is meeting its end and the developers know it, they are now trying to squeeze as much money out of their remaining small playerbase
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84 of 119 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1,079.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
Every single update, Gaijin breaks the game more and more. Ask anyone with many hours in the game, and that's what they'll tell you. Every once in a great while, I come back to the game to see its current state, and oh boy, to no surprise, they ruin it up every single time. It's always something. It's always a broken flight model or damage model that stays broken for years, but conveniently, the developer's country of origin will always have the most cutting edge, despite having garbage heaps in WWII.

Their newest system, their blackout system from excessive geforce, likes to black your pilot out by just flying in a straight line. Hit detection is garbage, you cannot select the game mode, PS4 players are in the mix with their horrid network cards, so you'll have B-25s teleporting behind fighters and killing them, and it's very pay-to-win. You can buy foliage to camouflage yourself with, you can outright buy planes and tanks, and often times, those pay-to-win tanks and planes will have a lower battle rating than their legitimate counterparts.

If you want a game like this, sadly, everything else fails to come close. Even more unfortunate is that this very game fails to compare to what it used to be in 2013. Every single update ends up doing something wrong.
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44 of 64 people (69%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
217.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
This game starts out fun but as you get into the high ranks, it starts taking 50 to 75 games to unlock a single tank or plane. Very often two or even three of these tanks or planes are indentical in every way, save the name, meaning you spent 200+/- games trying to advance past them to something new. At the same time you start seeing players who paid real money for tanks that are practically invincible. Suprise, they kill you at will. On top of all this, there is a terrbile bias towards the Russian faction and games are generally one by whichever team has more russian players.
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77 of 122 people (63%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
1,309.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
I had to write a review about this game because I have noticed the amount of ♥♥♥♥ this game has been getting lately, and with over 1,000 hours, I feel as if I am more than qualified to do so.

Yes, War Thunder is not a perfect game *gasp*, and I too have had my fair share of frustration at times. But when I sit back after a match and think about what I did wrong after being completely ♥♥♥♥ on, nine times out of ten it was my fault. Not angling my armor properly, being impatient and pushing so far up I get surrounded, etc. Thats what I love about this game. When you screw up, it's on you.

People are quick to cry wolf on the russian bias. Those people are also the ones who don't angle, flank, and mindlessly take on a heavy tank from the front. This game requires a plethora of skill which you will eventually require through practice and perserverance. Learn your tank/plane! Know your weaknesses and your strengths! This will help you tramendously in any situation. If instant gratification is something you are looking for, there's always COD.

Gaijin does a wonderful job updating the game fairly fast, and you can see they really do care about their community. They keep us updated and add new content almost every other month. They also do an excellent job hyping the following updates, giving players something to look forward to in the near future *COUGH COUGH BOATS*

Basically if you want me to cut the ♥♥♥♥ and get straight to the point of this review...

*Do not play this game if you are easily angered or impatient. YOU WILL NOT SURVIVE.

*If you are new to WT, give it a try for yourself instead of looking at the comments. This community really likes to whine. Don't let the comments plague your experience.

Most importantly, have fun, try not to think too much, and I'll see you in the skies!! o7
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21 of 33 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
157.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Its a relativelly realistic game with LOTS of tanks, planes and soon ships. Also it has great graphics&sounds and LOW requirments. I dont recommend it THOUGH BECAUSE it has almost no balance, 0% historical accuracy in battles (Tigers are playing against Caernavons) and weird bugs ( OftenShots from a King Tiger rickoshet a T-34 with no angle or any explanation) and it is also considered by many Russian Bias (it has Russian Developers and Russian tanks are a bit stronger than they should). IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A REALISTIC WW2 GAME THIS IS NOT FOR YOU !!! In any other case you might like it.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
197.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
In its current state I can not reccomend the game, by any means. Cheating runs rampant due to the lack of an anticheat, and gaijin's insistance on burying their head in the sand on the subject and pretending said hacks dont exist, a clear and present bias, as well as poor matchmaking make this game an obviously poor choice of time and money.

Until they fix the faction biases, the unrealistic and at times laughable balance choices, the horrendous matchmaking, and acquire a good anti cheat program, this review will remain negative.

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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 8

^^ To show my profile as it doesn't align with the time played on steam.

WT looks gorgeous, and it once was a promising game with a thriving community and a developer willing to bring the game and the community forward.
Then game update 1.29, it ended the golden age of WT and brought us the silver age. Not nearly as good as the game was, but you know all for the sake of "beta" status most players went along and continued playing. 1.35 came along and is still to this day considered the best update. But that was autumn 2013. 3 years ago.

Since 1.37 the betastatus has ended and the game is officially released. With that came a totally toxic gaming developer, mod/admin community and more and more restrictions on the forums. Which would have been manageable if the game wasn't brough to its knees...which it did, obviously.

Bottom line, WT was promising to be a historical and graphical astounding game but it has been completely destroyed by its developer and toxic mods/admins. The player numbers have dropped from 120k online to 40k-ish which tells you something as well.

If you want to get started, I can't recommend this game anymore, it has become too much of a moneygrab (the recent navy beta that has been introduced is the new utter low Gaijin has fallen too) where if you have to start right now, you'll be frustrated after less than an hour. And there's no reason why you would get frustrated over a game.

Used to be good, got destroyed by its developer and mod/admin. Chances are very slim that Gaijin will ever unlock its full potential.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1,708.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
The game is great and amazing but, theres just many things that sets this game back.

I get dissapointed by the fact how unbalanced match making is at high tiers and including others. It becomes apparent that some factions are overall superior in performance over the others. Combine that with bad grind you get a really frustrating experience. But the primary issue for me is the already ridiculous grind and now they are increasing it even more.

Heres how grinding works, you play the game, kill enemies perform objectives, you get experience points (RP) and free ingame currency (Lions). On average, matches last 10-20 minutes and depending on performance, if you perform decent you get about 2-3k RP and 5-10k Lions in a mid tier match- high tier match. If you perform stellar you could get 4-5k RP and 10-40k Lions. If you do poorly you might gain less than 1k RP in a poor match that could last to half hour and possibly lose Lions since you have to repair your tanks after match. If you do well, you will mostly perform average in matches. You can only research one aircraft and tank of each factions tech tree one at a time by playing each faction one at a time. The amount of RP it takes to unlock a vehicle starts from a meager 2k RP(stock vehicle without upgrade modules, would double if fully upgraded) to a whopping 380k RP(fully stock without upgrades, would costs much more than the amount to fully upgrade it!).

As you grind your way up, the level of grind becomes exponentially harder and harder. When I check the stats for a Chieftain Mk3, a max tier vehicle, it costs 380k RP to unlock the tank and 990k Lions to purchase itself but another 494k RP to fully upgrade it!

Here is my calculation for unlocking a max tier vehicle at 380k RP and +1.28 million Lions for purchase, if you average about 2-3k RP and 5-10k Lions every 15-20 minutes. You must play around 190 decent matches to unlock just one max tier tank on the tech tree, that means about 3.8k minutes or about 63 hours of ingame time to unlock 1 max tier tank alone and about 83 hours to have the credits to purchase it. To put into perspective I have 90 hours total in 2 weeks. Unlocking and buying the tank is just the beginning, vehicles are so not competitive unless fully upgraded and it costs 28k-40k RP to unlock each modules in a max tier vehicle, the only way to grind those modules is you have to play the vehicles to grind them. Since I spent money on this game to reduce grind, I could cut the grind rate down by half.

Ive spent over +$150 dollars on this game and thats enough to buy 3 advanced title games or about 7x $20 steam games. Ive been playing this game ever since 2012,before this game was even added on steam, so my hours does not include out of steam play time. I did managed to unlock and get several max tier vehicles, but once i get to the top, I also get frustratetd at the imbalanced gameplay.

The thing about this update is they added tons of new vehicles, primarily top tiers. and they added millions of RP amount straight into the tech tree without reducing the total RP amount in the tech tree. The grind level is getting ridiculously out of control and should be reduced by cutting down the amount to unlock new vehicles! Ill tell you this, it takes up to a year to grind and unlock a max tier vehicle if youre F2P, what they did is that they added another years worth of grind straight into this update, and most of the vehicles i see in this game, most of the players will never the chance to drive one, i can assure that.

If you want to drive all these tanks, I can tell you my $150 was just not even close to enough. :(
From this, you can see, the developers behind this game do not want you to drive the best vehicles unless you pay, other wise itll take you years to get them.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
193.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
TL,DR: Very poor vehicle balance, heavy bias towards soviet vehicles in ground forces, double standards in selective realism features that tend to favour or disfavour certain nations. Not Reccomended.

I have been playing this game on and off since closed beta, if I remember correctly, and had high hopes for it. Not only it held a lot of promise gameplay-wise, but it also looked gorgeous, with great visual details to vehicles. While not a very big fun of ww2 airplanes, I awaited Ground Forces with anticipation, to become a more history focused and sim oriented version of world of tanks. I have been playing GF since closed beta and originally it was a real blast, especially simulation mode. And while game had a lot of problems back then, including balance, damage model, corridor maps and the like, the potential for a greatest tank game for ppl, that want something more deep and historically accurate, was there. Unfortunately it was not meant to last. As a lot ppl noticed back then, and still do up to this day, game is heavily biased towards soviet vehicles, while german vehicles recieve disproportionate amount of hate from developers, and it only gets worse over the years. What was attempted to be excused as bugs, or overpenetration mechanics couple of years ago, nowadays became a norm, and it seems it was intended even back then, in gaijeen attempt to appease their main player base, which are russians, to slow a player decline from game. Just a few examples of disbalance and nonsense that happens virtually every battle:

Balance issues:
German tanks battlerating, which puts ww2 german tanks against post war tanks, and generally pits german tanks against opponents that were introduces much later in the war, thus virtually making all german tanks inferior to their opponents. What the point in tiger 1 100mm armor, when it has to fight late war tanks from 1944+ which can pen it from any range at any angle, while tiger keep getting "no damage" even from t34-85s relatively thin hull...
Gaijin supposedly strives for realism, by adding armor coefficents for later german tanks, to simulate lover quality late war german armor, yet they ignore things like tank optics quality difference for example, which all ultimately plays in favour of soviet tanks. Another example of this is British solid AP shells whith which you virtually has to individually kill every crew member of enemy tank to destroy it, which translates into 5-6 shots to be able to destroy enemy tank, and i f its a soviet tank, then you can count on the fact that after your first shot, you will be one shotted by glorious soviet gun, unless ivan is too drunk and miss you.
In realistic battles, where teams are being balanced by nations, germans loose 9 out of 10 battles, which speaks for itself.
Most maps are made that way, that there are almost no long range engagements, like it used to be on old Prokhorovka and Mozdok maps, which again greatly plays in favour of soviet vehicles, which are more close combat orientated.
Soviet glorious AP shells that 8 out of 10 times oneshot your tank by killing all the crew and detonating ammo racks, while it takes several similar shells to take out soviet tank, which is illogical considering how cramped soviet tanks were on inside.
If soviet glorious AP shell did not one-shot you, then it will somehow crit gunner, driver, and your gun at the same time, this happens 99 hits out of 100, where german tank manages to survive the first shot.

Nonsense that you will encounter almost every battles.
Outsmarting and flanking enemy t34 on your Pz4 F2, making a sideshot in a hull, only to see "no damage", while guy notice you only after that, casually turns his gun and oneshots you without much offeort for aiming...
Outsmarting and outflanking enemy t34 with your tiger 1, shooting twice from short range at engine compartment TO MAKE SURE THERE IS NO OVERPENETRATION (as fanboys and gaijin like to claim) - after second shot with no damage, enemy finally spots that simething wrong, and drives away.... catching him 20 seconds later, direct hull shot along the tank hull axis, no damage, while he shoots back on the move and oneshots your tiger.... just great, so much about skill, but seems not a requirment for soviet tankers.
This list can go on and on to eternity, because as I said, nonsense like this happens almost every battle.

It is really sad to see a game with such great potential turning into ♥♥♥♥ by its own devs, trying to appease a part of community, so school boys and always drunk Ivans and Nikolays can have their fun at expense of other players, especially german tankers if we take realistic battles national balance into account. While I understand their desire to keep players in game, I think favouring one part of the playerbase over the rest is a bad call in a long run, and only need leads to game stagnation at best. So all in all, I cant reccomend this game in its current state, which seems to be only deteriorating over time, and unlikely to get any better. I will be cheking this game every half year or so, to see if there are any positive changes in game mechanics and balance, and might change this review in the future, but for now - NOT RECOMMENDED.
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17 of 29 people (59%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
279.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
Nice graphics
Completely unbalanced.
No historical accuracy.
The worst WWII vehicles are the best in this game.
T34-85 is the best tank here so, if you want to win, play USSR.
German tanks are almost useless.
This is a game of communist propaganda.
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