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 1

[Development] Squad functionality

Dear players,
we are constantly working on the improvement of in-game cooperation and teamwork, this time we are updating Squad functionality. The whole invitation system has been optimized, now invites work faster and do not rely on joining chat anymore. A chat room is created automatically after any invites have been accepted.

This also means that a squad leader may revoke unaccepted invites and then invite other players - a squad maximum size remains the same at 4 players. Besides this, in the near future we plan to add an option when a player may give the squad leadership to another squadmate using a pop-up menu and choosing “Make leader” option.

From now on a player that has gone offline does not automatically leave the squad, his status indicator will become grey for other squad members and if he manages to reconnect to the game he rejoins the squad automatically, however he will have to wait till his fellows finish the match and return to the hangar.

The War Thunder Team

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July 1

[Event] The Road for the Brave

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Pilots and tankers!

Take part in “The Road for the Brave” Event by defending strategic points in ground force vehicles, or attacking in air force vehicles to seize control!

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

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

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 64bit 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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Mostly Positive (1,989 reviews)
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Recently Posted
( 169.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
for me it just gets stuck on loading screen, SSSSSOOOOOO annoying!!!
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Babalo Ogulu
( 183.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Russian Bias
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《Agent Washy》
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
i dont have many hours on this game considering im terrible at dogfights..but its a really good game..i would enjoy it more if it was a infantry land battle game as well but sadly its not..but if your a good dog fighter or look for the upcoming battlefield 1 this will be your game..so go ahead and click that download button.Show your War Thunder
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( 1,873.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1

Gaijin Entertainment's "War Thunder" is a free-to-play MMO, with units, that is currently planes and tanks (ships shall be added later on), of of five different nations (US, GER, USSR, UK, JAP) taken form the biggest engagement of the 20th century: WWII.
Current hard drive space consumption: 14.8 GB

Notable differences from other games in that area or that niche

- physics based damage model (no healthbars!)
- possible combined armes matches with only player controlled planes and tanks
- beginning of E-sport in this game
- different realism settings (affects handling, spotting, damage models): Arcade, Realistic and Simulation
- a few single player missions and even short campaigns against the AI (availible for co-op, but definitly not the core of the game)
- good-looking models of over 700 vehicles from that time-period


One of the first important questions you should ask yourself when seeing a F2P title is: how do the developers generate income from it?
You'll be good in that game if you are dedicated and (become) skilled. The devs generate money through cosmetics, but more importantly through ever more increasing time to grind towards the top vehicels, that can be shortend by investing money. However, every content expet for premium vehicles, is accesible without investing money. Premium vehicles are not match breaking, they only offer additional rewards after the match.
An other thing to note is that some vehicles suffer severly from lacking parts, that are only rewarded after spending time with that vehicle, or you could unlock them for money.


An other importnat point for a MMO-title is its matchmaking: Matchmaking can be an issue in War Thunder, due to both long queue times with top vehicles and imperfect balance at lower tiers. This is not unbearable (especially the imperfect balancing is far less importnat than the skill level), but still bothersome, though probably unavoidable in MMO's with more than 700 different vehicles.
But as better matchmaking comes usually with more players don't hesitate to take a go yourself. The game surely has flaws, but they don't bother you all of the time and it can be a great game when they don't! And what can you ask of a game for which you don't have to spend anything on but time.
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Ryan White St Mary's High School
( 778.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Can't even find games anymore because everyone knows the game is trash
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( 6.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
this game is very good on gamplay
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( 14.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Pew pew neeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwww sim
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Ace von Drewzer
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
This game was developed from a beta version which was released on the xbox 360 called: Birds of Steel. War Thunder was supposed to be an inprovement over the console version but disappointingly it wasn't! Both in the flying physics of the aircraft & the cash cow grab of this game....I'll never play this game again & will still stick to IL-2 Sturmovik series of games which are much more fun & you don't have to keep pulling out your credit card!
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( 547.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
If you play this game try not to play tank arcade. It is quite a fun game if you've ever played WoT, if you're new it can be a little tedious. Hundreds of vehicals including AA to mess around in (Russia AA is op), but it seems like the game has turned into a russian bias simulator recently, in which a T-34 can instantly kill even a Tiger from the front, the B-17 can't take hits anymore because too many kids cried about it, then buffing ALL russian air in small patches. Now if you enter Realistic tanks and don't play as russia... you lose, if you don't pick russian air or brit air you lose (in exception with P-51 spam, 40mm is king), if you sneeze and hit head on your desk, you lose. But hey... "just play KV-2, then you win, russian tank stronk when have big gun, kills enemy with explosive watermelons." The reason this started off as don't play Arcade is because too many WoT players, they think rushing to one side will win every game. But otherwise... fun game, played a bit.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
250 of 280 people (89%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
46.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
I have played this game since I was first introduced to it by jingles. (Jan, 5 2013) When i first started playing i was in love. It was the only thing I ever did all day. The thought of getting to jet drove me to play for 14 hours at a time. The game was great. Then the updates started to come... At first it was just harder to make money and xp. People hated it but I kind of liked it. Then the BR system came and balance left. Matchmaking had trouble getting fair matches but even that wasnt so bad. Then the russian bias got real. Im not one of those people that complain that I died to X russian plane/tank but after seeing russian tanks and planes survive things that would destroy any other tank it got annoying. (planes putting out fires, t-34s bouncing tiger 2 shots in the side, ext) But even this wasnt what made me quit this game. It's the company. They are absolutly terrible. Constantly censoring anyone with an opinion than dosent match theirs. They threaten to ruin RB if we dont let them attack youtubers that help them by finding cheaters? And even steam isn't safe. They constantly have people downvote any review that is negative. I can forgive russian bias. I can forgive the terrible BR system. I cannot forgive this company for the way they treat their community. To Anton Yudintsev, you made a game that was amazing. I loved it so much and always will. But what you have become as a company will destroy you in the end. Listen to the community, let them help you make the game better. If you do that, this game has a chance to rise back up into greatness.
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187 of 209 people (89%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1,453.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
Played the game for months, unlocked tier V planes for every nation and reached the mid-ranks with some tanks.
Then Gaijin sent me a message claiming I had used the Steam refund system to refund money on a 5000 Golden Eagles purchase MONTHS after they claim the refund had happened.
However, I have never used the Steam refund system before. I couldn't find any record of it on my bank account and had to spent €25.- in the Gaijin shop for War Thunder in order to get my account back after it got frozen.

After that I' am no longer interested in playing this game. Not after the Devs showed a poor ability in communcation and made accusations which I couldn't even defend rightfully.

Don't spent any money on this game, Gaijin might ask you for more after you do ;)
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124 of 139 people (89%) found this review helpful
61 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2,469.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Havve a couple of thousand hours up on Steam and a fair few hundred more prior to the Steam release. So I feel confident enough to write the following review;

"This review was censored by Gaijin"
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459 of 605 people (76%) found this review helpful
441 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
368.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
Ио яцssiаи вiаs неяе. Иоре. Iт's аll liеs. Аll Яцssiаиs иiсе реорlе, ио яаsicм неяе тоо. Яцssiа is веsт рlасе iи шояlд. Яцssiа наvе веsт таикs аид рlаиеs тоо тнаикs то sцрея sесяет досцмеитs. Еvеяуоие саи еиjоу тнем, еveи амеяiкаиsкi slцдgе.

Гаigiи is sцррея fяiеидlу тоо, веsт коsтомея sцрроят оf аиу gаме. Гаigiи доеs иот наvе gци то му неад тяusт ме, I ам яцssiaи.

Ио орiиioиs аlоцд ои fояцмs, iт сацsеs вад шоядs аид figнтiиg. Эvеяутнiиg is реасеfцл ои fояцмs.

Sцрроят тнis glояiоцs сацsе аид givе цs уоця моиеу.
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135 of 163 people (83%) found this review helpful
62 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
85.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Gaijin HG:
CEO: No one wants to play this game anymore. Any Ideas?
1: Hwo about nerfing the germans?
2: make soviet tanks stronk with more stalinium
3: How about sticking to historically correct data?
CEO: 3, you are fired! *throws 3 out the window*
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134 of 165 people (81%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
680.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
War Thunder is complicated to review.

The game itself can be good fun at times. I enjoy flying the F84, an American jet fighter, and flanking an enemy tank in the M18 Hellcat, and destroying them with one shot, is a satisfying experience. However, War Thunder can also be extremely frustrating. It's rather annoying to have your tank's track blown off by a teammate as you're leaving the spawn. It's downright infuriating when you flank a T34 and its gun rotates 90 degrees in under a second to blow you up, because the enemy player is using an aimbot. That's a story for further along, however.

Moving on to how the game itself plays. The controls are fully customizable, and you can fly with a joystick or mouse and keyboard. Aircraft controls can be as in-depth or simple as you wish them to be, controlling everything from prop pitch to fuel mixture. If that's not your style, you can just press W to throttle up and have the game take care of everything else for you. Tanks are much more simple to control than planes in game modes such as Simulator Battles, only requiring you to drive and aim. Each avaliable nation in the game has its own unique play style. The American planes tend to rely on speed and firepower, working well with "Boom and Zoom" tactics. The Japanese planes are very maneuverable, usually putting them on the top of the heap in dogfights. Tanks are the same way, the Germans relying on heavy armor and big guns, while the Russians are usually a tad more maneuverable for instance.

The mechanics of the game are good on their own. However, when the company behind this game enters the picture, the waters get murky. Things they control, such as the BR (Battle Rating) system, are not the most well designed or balanced at the time of writing. There is also a presence of bias for some nations at different tiers. This is most noticeable for the Russian vehicles in the game. Russian planes will commonly outperform their opponents despite all circumstances. The topic of "Russian Bias" is a very complicated one, and I don't wish to go too far down the rabbit hole with my review, but I assure you it is there.

Outside of the game itself, the company is very heavy handed with controlling the community. A very recent incident presented a poll, which to my understanding was taken down due to a large backlash from the community. This poll was created because of a video made by YouTuber PhlyDaily, who creates content related to War Thunder and other similar games. PhlyDaily made a video exposing a hacker within the game, and Gaijin claimed that this would cause more harm than good, hence the poll. This poll is a problem because it presented two choices: Ruin a preferred game mode, or abuse YouTube's copyright strike system to silence any YouTuber that covered hacking or any related issues in War Thunder. If that wasn't bad enough, they asked for the community's help in executing option two. What they proposed is technically illegal.

The company behind this game is constantly pulling shady moves and attempting to strongarm the community keeping them afloat. I haven't even mentioned their awful business model yet. It is for these reasons that I sadly can not recommend what could be a fun game. The only reason I continue to play War Thunder is because I've sunk money into it, a product that I wanted to see reach its full potential. However, I do not intend to spend another dime supporting this game, or Gaijin, and I suggest you stay far, far away until things improve, if they ever do.
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102 of 124 people (82%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
602.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
I used to love this game but I have reached my limit. I have watched the company become gradually more and more opressive but managed to convince myself that it was just a phase. The change came when I discovered that in response to a video showing a major hack the CEO (yes, the person who runs the company) posted a poll asking us to choose between making the hack a permenant feature of the game or issuing copyright strikes agains ALL people who bring up such issues on youtube or other social media.

NO MORE. I will not tolerate such blatantly (and I tried really hard to find an alternative phrasing here) Stalinist methods.
Never again will I play this game. Never again will I knowingly give this company any money.
For the sake of all that is right and good, DO NOT play this game
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58 of 67 people (87%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
35.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
I loved this game, i played it non-stop before i got it on steam. But only 35.7 hours into getting the steam version i quit.
Why? you may ask. Well for three very good reasons.

1. Russia FTW (or should i say WTF)
Yup it has to be said, the devs have an obvious russian bias.
Russian planes and tanks and 300% better than everything else at their BR.
(which BR itself is designed to give russian tanks an advantage.)
Also the devs are known to ignore their non russian players. And straight up banned me for telling him about the OP russian aircraft in a PRIVATE MESSAGE to a friend. 5 day ban.

2. The price of the steam packages.
50 dollars for two planes. wow....

The devs were talking about abusing the youtube copyright system to get videos trying to show cheaters taken down
and those channels shutdown. (ehm..phlydaily incident)
They are turning into those shady indie devs that try to make a reviewers, that give their game a bad rap, life miserable.

SO screw gajin. screw warthunder.
Im done promoting this game
If you are with me,
help me boycott this crappy company.
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28 of 34 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
166.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
-Game balance is utterly broken for the moment.
-Pay to grind.
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26 of 31 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1,512.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
This game was truly a great game but now it is a shell of its former self. let me explain the air in this game is still very good but the ground has become pretty unballanced. Thats why I can not recommend it.
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