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

[Development] Crew Reinforcements

It takes weeks to build a ground vehicle. It takes years to train a professional. Vehicle crews and maintenance teams are the most valuable resource in any player’s slots.

But the realities of the game dictate their own rules. Every day on the War Thunder battlefields, far more vehicles are destroyed than ever met their end in real war, and a vehicle that is very survivable in real life may fail to show its virtues so clearly when it comes under a hail of fire. This mostly concerns heated battles on the ground.

We strive to recreate historical reality wherever this doesn’t oppose simple logic and exciting gameplay, and the survivability of ground vehicles in battle is an important factor that directly influences how much fun people have in battles. But how do we adapt our vehicles for far more deadly battles than those that took place in real life, without touching the tanks’ carefully recreated characteristics? The answer is simple: crews! It is people that control tanks, and the tank is considered lost only after the majority of its crew are killed. We’ve been looking into various options that would allow you to enjoy the battle for longer without losing the sense of a true conflict.

These options included medkits, which would allow you to return a member of your crew to life, but many of you considered this mechanic not entirely suitable for the realities of Simulator, Realistic and even Arcade battles in War Thunder. There was a literal downpour of suggestions for an alternative.
We’ve considered the most logical of your suggestions in developing this latest mechanism, and now we present a new mechanic – crew drafting.

Do things look bad? The tanker is already on the way!

In a large upcoming update, tankers in all modes will become acquainted with a new mechanic with which a tank still capable of contributing to the fight mechanically can prepare for the next skirmish with the enemy by replacing a knocked-out crew member with a reserve soldier.

How does this mechanic work?
Just as you requested, we’ve changed not only the crew member revival mechanism, but also introduced variety to how the mechanic works in different modes.

In Arcade mode, you can request a draft at any point on the map, and if there is only one tanker left in the tank, the draft is requested automatically and all you have to do is hope that the soldier arrives in time. It’s all quite simple, the only thing you have to consider is that the vehicle cannot move between your request for a crew member and the time the crew member arrives.

It’s a little more complicated in Realistic and Simulated modes. Here, you can only draft a tanker at a safe capture point that belongs to your team, and you can only draft a crew member manually. This is in contrast to Arcade mode, only a battle-capable vehicle with a minimum of two living crew members can draft a new crew member. It will also be impossible to move while the replacement is being fulfilled.
Crew drafting will become available after you research the ground vehicle modification of the same name. Each individual replacement tanker draft costs Silver Lions.

The tanker is ready to move whenever you request it.

We thank all players who helped by offering suggestions for the development of this new mechanic, and we hope that ground battles in all modes will become more fun because of it. Good luck!

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July 26

[Development] Ki-100

We are pleased to present another new addition to War Thunder in the upcoming major update –
the Japanese Ki-100, the most recent development of the Ki-61 line of military fighters.

The story of the Japanese military Ki-100 fighter is remarkable. As a result of the Allied bombing of Japanese armament production lines, an engine production factory in Akashi was destroyed. This factory produced Ha-140 engines for Ki-61 fighters. This left the Kawanishi Aircraft Company with 275 Ki-61 airframes, all bereft of engines. In the extremely harsh wartime conditions, such resource could not go unused, so the airframes were given a new ‘heart’ – the Mitsubishi Ha-112-II radial engine. The first aircraft, dubbed the Ki-100, took to the skies in February 1945, just two months after the new engine was first installed in the Ki-61 airframe.

For more info, pictures, and video of this aircraft, be sure to read the full article in the Official War Thunder Forums!

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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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( 31.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
its the best game with the best trailer
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( 2,413.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
I don't usually write reviews for games, but in this case I will make an exception so as to lend my considerable time spent playing War Thunder to the decision-making process.

First on the agenda is the ever-present complaint of "Russian Bias" or, as it's more popularly known, "I suck at this game so I'm going to complain that the nation the company is based in is OP." Seriously, if there is any Bias in this game whatsoever, it has been mitigated over time by the inclusion of more vehicles for other nations and the refinement of the game mechanics. Furthermore, this game is HIGHLY skill-based, which means you need to get good to do good if you play any mode other than Arcade. While this may require a time investment, it does pay off by providing the player with a FAR more rewarding gameplay experience than anything Wargaming could shovel out of their pit of despair.

I must, however, concede that the game DID have bias when it first came onto Steam, of that there is no doubt. However, since then other nations have been added to the game and the game mechanics (such as spalling, armor deflection, and ammunition properties) have been refined further and further. At this point, the only Russian Bias that might exist has to do with their aircraft, but I'm not familiar with that situation personally because I predominantly play tanks. In the case of tanks, I can confidently say that Bias is virtually nonexistent as Russian tanks are easy enough to knock out if you know what you're doing. Also, the Panther's gun eats T-34's alive because its shell normalization is so good.

Speaking of shells, you recall when I said that to do good, you had to get good? This includes learning what ammunition types do what and, especially in the case of Sim battles, learning what tanks belong to which nation. When it comes to ammunition and its capabilities, it pays dividends to know that APCBC rounds are more capable of defeating sloped armor than APCR. The first thing to remember is that this isn't World of Tanks, and APCR in War Thunder isn't the magical "I win" button it is in World of Tanks. Furthermore, it pays off to know that loading a full load of ammunition is not actually a bad thing. Yes there are MANY people who will tell you otherwise, and in some tanks I admit that it may be true that loading a diminished load of ammo is actually a good idea, but if you are even halfway decent at War Thunder, you'll notice that you're surviving longer and running out of ammo when you really don't need to if you do load a minimal supply. It's details like this that make War Thunder so good; it makes the player think, and therefore makes them better teammates.

Moving on, let's talk about the devs shall we? Gaijin has been notorious in the past for ignoring their community and doing what they damn well please with War Thunder, and to an extent that is still true, but at the same time Gaijin HAS been making an active effort to pay more attention to what they're community says. On the one hand, I'm happy they're paying attention, there are problems that do need to be resolved. On the other hand, I'm EXTREMELY happy they continue to ignore the community for the most part. Why would I be happy about this you ask? Well, for one, the majority of the War Thunder community plays Arcade, which is just...not War Thunder's main mode, no matter what anyone may tell you. Unfortunately, the fact that the majority of the playerbase plays Arcade means that they tend to complain about game mechanics and balance that are really quite alright, and some of the REALLY hardcore elements tend to zealously campaign against the existence of Realistic Battles and Simulator Battles. I personally believe that Arcade is not War Thunder's main mode, it still feels tacked-on even after all the TLC that Gaijin has given it, but despite that I do feel it is a necessary evil as the mode keeps the most toxic and bigoted elements of the community contained.

Speaking of the community, it's not as bad as some people say it is. Yes, it does have it's fair share of idiots and toxic trolls, but they are not as prevalent as many would lead you to believe.

For those who may be interested, the graphics in this game are fantastic, easily besting World of Tanks or *shudders* World of Warplanes in graphical fidelity. The sound design is also quite good, with the tanks actually sounding like tanks and the planes, for the most part, sounding like planes. You still have the odd flying lawnmower and tank with the wrong engine audio, but those are easily ignored in the face of everything else.

Let's see, what have we missed? Ah, yes, the "issue" of "bad balance" that you see so many people complain about. I'm going to be brutally honest and say that I could not give Two ♥♥♥♥♥ if the game was actually unbalanced or not. I personally believe that if a game is unbalanced, it provides the player in a supposedly disadvantageous position a real challenge, and a chance to really shine as a player who knows what they're doing. I commonly say that there are no bad tanks, only bad tankers, and this game really demonstrates that by requiring a player to practice good situational awareness and intelligent decision-making. The game is one of those few MMO's that actually rewards good players for being good, though good fortune still factors in like it would in reality.

There are other reasons to enjoy War Thunder as well. Gaijin has created a detailed and comprehensive custom battles system that allows players to create entirely custom matches with settings of their own preference. This has allowed entire player-run tournaments to be created with special rule sets and custom vehicle lineups. That's not all however, as Gaijin has added the ability for players to create entirely custom scenarios in which the creator of a scenario can edit virtually anything about it. If you want to recreate the battle of Kursk down to every detail, you can. Unfortunately, the custom scenario's system is still single-player only, but Gaijin recently announced that they are actively working on making the system multiplayer-capable, meaning players would be able to create, upload, and host entirely custom battles with things like forced ammunition loads, vehicle choices, and preset trigger events. You could recreate the Normandy invasion if you wanted, complete with offshore bombardment, AT guns, Infantry, and specific tank spawn locations.

Some people will commonly complain about the number of premium tanks in the game, but those people also forget that Gaijin has to fund development of the game in some way, and the prices for premium tanks and Golden Eagles is actually quite reasonable compared to the way Wargaming extorts you.

I could go much deeper into reviewing the game, but I think I've made the majority of the better points towards downloading War Thunder and giving it a go. I highly recommend this game, and I suggest that you give all game modes a try before you pronounce it terrible and give it up. Every game has its flaws, and War Thunder is no different, but the game is being actively developed by a developer that is learning to communicate with its community more than it used to. Not only that, but the game offers a truly unique experience that doesn't subject itself to the whims of RNGesus as often as health bar based games. It is possible to get one-shot in this, but that feeling of blowing a tank sky-high with one shot of your own is something I have only ever felt in this game. War Thunder is unique, and I hope it doesn't conform to what other MMO's are doing just because they're so Arcadey and successful because of it.
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Lanky Kong
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
Very awsome game they have Planes, Tanks, Boats(i think dont quoat me on that) the first trailer show you what the game is pretty much like ecept you cant play as troopers on the ground not in tanks i hope they will add that sometime i highly dought it tho but other than that great game its worth a try.
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( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
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fuckt up turtle (swe)
( 104.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
the game is fun and its realistik but the plane kontrols are ♥♥♥♥t so it is not fun to fight with planes now.
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( 26.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
♥♥♥♥ ass game. Not worth getting
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Nick Jr.
( 12.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
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( 6.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
It's amazing! if you want to rid e arpund in planes, drive tanks, and overall have fun, this is youre game. Just amazing.
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( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
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( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
Game is fun and thats what matters. No casual gamer will care if Gajin takes this much money here and there they will care for the gameplay of the game. I'd reccomend it any day as its free and a heck alot of fun
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
130 of 170 people (76%) found this review helpful
32 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Was good when it first started, but is now just a simulation of what war would be like according to a 12 year old russian kid.
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82 of 100 people (82%) found this review helpful
59 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1,338.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
Year 0: Oh man! This seems like a pretty good game! I'll give it a try!

Year 1: Oh...okay, so now you can't straight up BUY the planes. That's... I get that, more time to get better with the planes you have!

Year 2: O-ummm..... what're you doing? What's this...tiered ♥♥♥♥....aand you still have Battle Ratings? Oh-okay, well I still trust you, you're a fun game to play.

Year 3: Oh sweet! Tanks I hope you ha-(doesn't have american tanks).. oo-ooh-okay, I uhh,,, alright let's try germans then! I heard they have (discovers cheeki-bleeki soviet Armor piercing (NYET TOVARISH, IS HE COVERED IN STEEL XAXAXA) and their infinite and undropping bullet physics.

Oh...oh noooo.

Year 4: OH SWEET! THEY BUFFED THE P-47! FINALLY! I CAN SHOOT DOWN THE BO- (bombers are now busy crashing into ground because MUH XP).

W..war thunder what're you doing.

Year 4.5: (Nerfs .50s, nerfs Pratt/Whitney r2800 effectively killing american fighter tree.) WAR THUNDER STAHP





TL:DR: Gaijin is the dog that you think is cute but sits infornt of you and ♥♥♥♥♥ a mixture of green and yellow volcanic buttmud for five minutes straight while staring at you in the eyes.
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58 of 68 people (85%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
139.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
Balance is gone so me too.
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45 of 57 people (79%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
705.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Are you looking for a game that accurately portrays WWII warfare? Then look somewhere else because that is not this game. The balancing is terrible and not up to historical records. There are multiple instances of russian biases (they get double payload for standard shells, tu-4, etc.). It is a timesink. I cannot reccomend putting the time into getting RP for tiering up when the developers literally just copy paste vehicles across tiers. If you play free expect to grind across an eternity.

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39 of 49 people (80%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
447.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
War Thunder. War Thunder never changes.

On august 15th, 2013, someones great great grandfather, who served in the army, wondered when he'd get to go home to his wife and brand new PC which he had never seen to play a WW2 sim. He got his wish when Gaijin released War Thunder, by dropping a download into a non translated Russian page.

The gaming community awaited Armageddon, instead, something terrible happened. Gaijin began to make the game not as an accurate sim, but as a source of nearly limitless propaganda. Russians enjoyed luxuries once thought the realm of Soviet WW2 fan fiction. T-34's, LaGG-3s, Mig-17s outclassing whatever they faced. But then, in 2015, people awoke from the euphoria induced dream.

Years of imbalance lead to shortages of nearly every major resource. The entire community unraveled. Fun became a distant memory.

It is now the year 2016. The community stands on the brink of total annihilation, and i am afraid for myself, my bank account, for my time wasted grinding.

Because if my time in the game taught me one thing: it's that War Thunder, War Thunder never changes.
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25 of 32 people (78%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
161.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
Best uninstall simulator.
All of this comments are true!
Stronk russia everywhere.
Tiger I E shots KV-85 to side armor at 0.52m. No penetration!
KV-85 turn turret shot (my) Tiger I E to front of my turret. Instakill, Crew knocked Out.
F**** gajin.
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1,109.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
"Yak-3p" + T-34-85 > F-86f-2 + M60
Until something happens that fixes the BR system, I would not reccomend playing this game unless you're russian.
Btw, Yak-3p doesn't exist, Tier 5 Tanks/American planes aren't worth it unless you're rich and you have $500 to burn, and never, EVER -censored-
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21 of 27 people (78%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
298.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
It took 3 years to get my first jet, you know what I could have done with that time Gajin?

Gain citizenship in a country.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
315.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
my biggest problem is the devs, i mean, tbh they are not like those awkward devs when talking with the player, the devs can joke around quite well and trying to be player-friendly by releasing some player-made videos, guides and how to,etc., but the problem is, they are trying way. too. ♥♥♥♥ing. hard

like for real, when the player talks about some problems with the br, they literally dismissed it like a joke, it seems that they never take any complaints from the player base seriously

if you wanna play and have fun, choose the russian, because even if you are an absolute dimwit, and you can and WILL win the game, thats how messed up it is
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
41.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Burn in hell
Dont let the graphics fool you

Let me tell you something

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