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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( 23.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
This game is much like Heroes and Generals, but it obviously is different in areas.

Theres no infantry. Theres tanks and planes. You unlock new tanks and planes by advancing through tech trees and researching the ones you want. As you advnace you unlock different ranks of vehicles, ranks I - V. These ranks determine the matches your put into... Barely. If your rank I, your put into matches with other rank I's. If your anything rank II and above, your all put into the same matches. This seems fine if your looking at the tech tree... Until you get to the soviets. The soviets, similar to Heroes and Generals, arent made as equal to the Germans and the Americans. Almost all of the German and US tanks can pierce almost every single one of the soviet tanks at rank II. Well, just dont play as the Soviets, right? Well, you see, im pretty ♥♥♥♥♥♥ about it.

When you start the game, you have a bunch of monies in the form of Research points (RP, used for techs), Silver Lions (mainline currency), and Golden Eagels (oh boy here we go with the gold again). The RP and Lions you earn as you play but you dont earn the golden eagels. You can't convert lions or RP to gold eagels either. You can't research them. Oh boy, i wonder how you get the g- OH WELL WHAT DO YOU KNOW FOR THE LOW LOW PRICE OF 3$ YOU CAN GET 100 OH BOY SOUNDS GREAT GUYS LET ME JUST GET SOME OF THOSE! You see, when you make a game free to ♥♥♥♥ing play, do not do this. Make a game that can actually be free to play. Allow me to elaborate:

You start with some of these golden eagels, but i wasnt aware they were the micro transaction monies that you pay for from your wallet ON A FREE TO PL- anyways, I spent all of them in the very beginning on my research for my dope ♥♥♥ soviet tanks and modifications for said tanks. I then kept playing the game and I was loving it. The tank play is much more elaborate and fun than Heroes and Generals.

BTW im comparing this to Heroes and Generals because its the most similar game to this that I know about and they both have the same downfall.

Soon I found myself completely out of golden eagels, and for some reason, I was also earning less RP and lions, AND i wasnt earning the golden eagels at all ever. So i looked into it a bit... OH BOY LADIES AND GENTLEMEN YOU CAN PAY REAL MONEY FOR IN GAME PROGRESS HOW EASY IS THAT OH JINKYS SCOOB WHAD'YA KNOW WHAT A KOINKIDINK! In short, I was ♥♥♥♥♥♥... ROYALY... ♥♥♥♥♥♥. But i kept playing anyways, and I was making some progress still and having fun, until I got to rank II. This was where I realized the Soviets got shafted up the wazoo yet again.

I was excited to see more new tanks and pwn some tanking skrubs just like I did in the rank I matches. Well would you look at that, my tank was one shotted by a German tank whos armor I couldnt penetrate at all, interesting. Oh boy, my other tank was one shotted by an American tank. Oh boy my third tank was one shotted by yet another GERMAN TANK. You can probably see where this is going. So I kept playing for a couple days and I also noticed as soon as I got to rank II all my progress slowed down A LOT. I was barely researching new tanks and was maxing out the mods on my other tanks, one at a time. And I was still being one shotted. I got the T-34 and I could finally penetrate some armor BUT OH ♥♥♥♥ING BOY A GERMAN TANK ONE SHOTTED ME AGAIN.

Did I mention the maximum number of lives you can have is 3? Yes, 3. That isn't a typo, its 3. And thats just one game mode, another one, which removes markers on enemies lets you have just 1 life. And for the mode that removes markers on friendlies and enemies, Idk because I couldn't handle how it changed my view and I accidently killed a friendly tank because in this game it doesnt matter what faction you are, you can be on a team with the other two factions. And so before i started killing friendlies left and right and giving myself a ♥♥♥♥ing seizure from the obnoxious view in that mode, i never played it again. Oh and BTW, when you die, you can't actually play as that tank again, you have to select a different tank to spawn as. There are these items that can add reserves so you can re-use a tank in battle a few times, and you can get them as a reward for completing an objective or opeining a reward chest or you can also purchase it for GOLDEN EAGELS OH WOW.

Now I'm at the point where my tanks are almost always one shotted by any faction, and I make nearly zero progress on research and so I decided to write this review before uninstalling this game.

It was good, but it was a ruse for them to get me to buy there micro transactions in there FREE TO PLAY GAME.




4/10 2 manie eeguls
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( 11.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
Great game with such terrible balancing,,,,,,,,,,its not FU*KING FAIR YOU SHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIT


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( 825.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
On the serface this is a great game, exactly what the combat flight sim crowd is looking for..but after playing for a few years and investing many hours ive found balancing to be wanting at best (if not biased) and you definitely shouldnt expect consistent gameplay. Every time theres an update somehing gets worse/better (usaully worse) and the whole balance of the game is thrown out of whack. Example, one week ur killing it with american planes, then the devs decide they gotta nerf american planes and guns (again) because of feedback (yet they never nerf german or russian planes, even giving options for more tactically adventageous spawn altitudes with certain fighters, despite massive feed back saying "these planes arent balanced"). When u have a good round (which might as well be a dice roll at this point) the game seems great, but too many times have i had my day ruined by that fw190 or yak spawn capping from 2000m above me, or my f8f bearcat out manuvared and out run by a bf109
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Sagara Sousuke
( 171.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
Regarding planes: Is not simulation, is a "complex" arcade, the gravity doesn't work properly, it doesn't give you the speed boost it should when flying downwards, so having height advantage (which means everything in real life and real simulators) is not that important, it all comes to the stats of planes, which is ruined.

Regarding Tanks: I loved it on Closed Beta, now... the matches sometimes end after you have been 30 minutes driving and couldn't find one enemy (it used to finish when everyone was destroyed or captured the points).
You can reswpan kill.
The tanks are like made of paper.
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( 82.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
Great game. Good graphics, gameplay is fluid, planes and tanks realistic and interesting.
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( 150.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
Mostly positive, the daily sign in is useless you never win anything ..from someone who signed in every day for over half a year! but the planes are fun to fly especially with friends -the older planes are my favourites more time to angle and its fun
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( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
it has the best graphics and its a lot of fun to drive around and play with ur friends!!!
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Gemorge(G.E.W.P) #pyro FTW
( 394.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
Playing with a russian tier 2 fighter.
Sees a Stuka.
Goes after it.
Gains too much speed in dive (It's arcade the drama is yet to come and it's not a ram)
Go in front of it.
At this moment I am thinking: It's a Stuka, 7.92mm hits won't really affect me.
It was at this moment you realised... It's the Stuka D-3 = Big ♥♥♥ high caliber guns.
Have your wings chopped off.

Balancing... Want my opinion on that? Well (True story seriously ) I-16 type 5 shoots down a P-400 by chopping off his wing. I-16 was me so I just assume the P-400 broke his computer out of rage. AXAXAXAXAXAX.

Otherwise pretty nice except the damn rams. (I only ram when I am in a controlled fall but too damaged to land and the enemy is in a good position.) Otherwise don't ram kids. It's bad for your mental condition.
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( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
This game is soo fun!!!!!!
PS : only tried being a pilot!!
But it is soo fun!!
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( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
+ -

good game
bad only for disbalance
♥♥♥♥ optimization
hard controls for old player like me
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
137 of 178 people (77%) found this review helpful
34 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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88 of 106 people (83%) found this review helpful
64 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1,339.6 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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63 of 73 people (86%) 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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47 of 59 people (80%) 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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42 of 53 people (79%) found this review helpful
19 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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28 of 36 people (78%) found this review helpful
4 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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25 of 31 people (81%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
299.3 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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20 of 23 people (87%) 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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10 of 10 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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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
5 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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