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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August 27

War Thunder Sound Recordings, Part 4: The Sherman

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This is the final entry from a series of Max Lachmann’s diaries, where he reveals his adventures whilst recording the authentic sounds of real military vehicles for War Thunder. Max tells of his experiences recording U.S. military ground vehicles in Texas.

IV. The Texas adventure!
During my search for World War II ground vehicles to record for Gaijin, I came across the name of a private collector in Texas, US. His name was Brent Mullins, and he seemingly had a very nice collection of old US tanks, amongst other things.



He seemed to be a very hard man to get hold of, but after some emailing and phone calls, we agreed on a date on which we would come over to record sounds from the M8 Armored Car, M5 High Speed Tractor, M5A Stuart Tank, M24 Chaffee Tank, M18 Hellcat Tank Destroyer, M4A1 Sherman Tank, M4A3 Sherman Tank, M16 Halftrack and a 105mm Howitzer Gun. As my girlfriend was expecting our baby in early October, I wanted to go in August at the latest. Brent advised us to come later, as the month of August in Texas is very, very hot and humid. For me, a later date was not an option, so we booked our trip for August, and let me tell you, Brent was right. It is one of the hottest and sweatiest jobs I have ever done, a job which included recording in the jungle.

This was the first trip where Pavel asked us to bring a cameraman, after realising that the footage we were getting ourselves with fixed GoPros wasn’t showing enough action. So I asked a friend of mine, Richard at Bröderna Blom, to join us. On the 11th of August, Bernard, Richard and myself left Stockholm and flew to Houston via London. As always, I chose to fly British Airways, since they allow decent cabin and luggage allowances, which means ‘overweight’ charges, but more importantly, if any of our checked-in luggage got lost, we would still have enough gear in the cabin allowance to be able to record anyway.
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After arriving in Houston we went to get our rental car. The guy at the desk asked us the usual questions, like if we wanted the extra insurance to be fully covered, which we agreed on. I asked the guy if that covered everything, and he confirmed it does. ”So if the car gets run over by a tank, we are covered?” I asked him. ”Yes you are”, he replied. A few minutes later, before we took off, the guy asked us what we were doing in Texas. ”We are here to record the sound of armoured vehicles at a tank museum” we answered, and the all of a sudden, the very nervous face he gave us was priceless! That was a good laugh! We didn’t give him any trouble though, the rental car was thankfully intact on its return, though a bit dirty. I am sure it would have made a great sound though - running it over with a tank!

The tanks were located at the Museum of the American GI in College Station, a couple of hours drive north of Houston. We arrived at the museum early, ready for the first day of recordings. It always takes some time to meet everyone, find a good stretch to drive, talk to everyone involved into helping with what was needed, organising what we ourselves needed to do, and so on. Eventually, we got started. Helping us out was our excellent tank driver Sean, one of the best ever to work with. Now we realised how hot it was. We bought huge amounts of bottled water to cope. I soon realised that it was better to save my t-shirt and wear it for lunch, and go without it during work. We hung our wet shirts to dry on cannon barrels in the garage.
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Being a bit worried about snakes in Texas, I asked Sean about it. He told me there were no rattlesnakes, but copperheads. On my questions regarding whether they were dangerous or not, he simply replied ”they are not gonna kill ya, but they are gonna make ya wish they did”. Very comforting... To make us feel better, he said that they are only in the high grass, so as long as we stayed on the road we would be fine. Since I was the one to do the exterior recording, I was positioned along the road stretch ready for when the tank passed by, so I kept looking for the snakes all the time. Eventually it got dark, and I figured at least they wouldn’t be out in the dark. Once we were done we put all our stuff in the car and went back to the garage. Just before parking the car, I turned my head and saw something crawling on the road, and my fear became a reality… As it turned out, they indeed ‘were’ active at night too, so I was all wrong to feel safe when it got dark. On top of that, it was not even in the grass like Sean had told us. From that day onwards, we continued to spot snakes every day and never in the grass. Not to mention the scorpions…

Besides worrying about the snakes, a few neighbours were complaining about the tanks ruining the road, and then there was one case where we ran out of gas. Other than these instances, work was smooth, much thanks to Sean who did everything he could to assist us in opening hatches, intakes and whatever we asked for. So we had a couple of microphones in the engine, one in the intake, a couple inside, a few by the exhausts, and one on each side by the tracks. We had two turning points and a long stretch, with microphones by both turning points, and me positioned in between with a number of microphones.
On the last day we were supposed to record the M-16 Halftrack, but due to heavy rain the night before, they could not get it out of the new museum building. The roads were not complete yet, and they were worried it would get stuck. So we had to give up on that one. Instead we went on to record one of the Howitzers being fired.



Going through airport security with gear that has been close to guns being fired, is always exciting. And since we keep the recorders in our carry-on luggage, they are always scanned for explosives. A few moments of excitement, but all was good and we could head back home with some great memories, a new friend and some successful recordings.

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August 26

[Development] T25 Medium Tank and Panzerwerfer 42 Auf.Sf

In today's Development Blog we will present to you the T25 Medium Tank - An American prototype vehicle with 90mm anti-tank gun and the Panzerwerfer 42 Auf.Sf - A German half-tracked multiple rocket launcher.

T25 Medium Tank



Vyacheslav "BVV_d" Bulannikov, Game Designer:
The Т25 is an experimental US medium tank armed with the 90mm М3 cannon. The vehicle is interesting in that it has decent weaponry and armour for its rank, this vehicle will be able to bolster the American medium tank fleet available at this tier where the M4A3 often experiences difficulties when combating enemy heavy tanks.
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Svetlana Smirnova, Artist:
This tank resembles the look of American tanks that were developed later on. It has a lot in common with the M26 Pershing. However, this tank will be able to participate in battles against earlier vehicles, against which it will doubtlessly be a major threat.

See video of this tank in action here!

Panzerwerfer 42 Auf.Sf



Vyacheslav "BVV_d" Bulannikov, Game Designer:
The Panzerwerfer 42 Auf Sf will be the first multiple rocket launching system in the German research tree. It will be introduced at rank 2 and will be available as a premium vehicle.
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The vehicle was based on the standard model of the Sd Kfz 3a Opel Maultier half track. Mounted on top is a multiple rocket launcher capable of firing ten 158 mm rockets at the enemy. Unfortunately, however, the vehicle lost much of its mobility due to its increased weight. But this is compensated for with the accuracy of its rocket launcher and the hitting power of its 158 mm rockets.

See video of this vehicle here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Features include:

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

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista SP1, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: 2,2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon X26XX / GeForce 7800 GT
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista/7/8
    • Processor: Dual-Core 2,4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 460 or higher, AMD Radeon 55XX series or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 11 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.9 Mavericks
    • Processor: Dual-Core 2,4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD/Nvidia/Intel HD 4600
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.9.2 Mavericks
    • Processor: Intel Core i7
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 680M or higher
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 11 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Most modern 64bit Linux distributions, SteamOS
    • Processor: Dual-Core 2,4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD/Nvidia
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 11 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 64bit, SteamOS
    • Processor: Intel Core i7
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 660+ or similar AMD
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 11 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
2,304 of 2,677 people (86%) found this review helpful
55 people found this review funny
148.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Story of my life.
-Joins as America
-Gets shot down every time by Russia
-Calls people who play Russia noobs
-Decide to play as Russia
-Adopted Communism as the ideal way to live
-Currently lives in Moscow.
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409 of 450 people (91%) found this review helpful
24 people found this review funny
1,041.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Anyone with an asterisk in front of their name is a cross-platform player playing on the Playstation 4.

Aim for them. They're pretty easy targets.
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467 of 541 people (86%) found this review helpful
25 people found this review funny
877.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
You know you've been playing too much War Thunder when...

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

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

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

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

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

You suddenly can pronounce German and Russian.

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

You get nervous when you hear a plane above you.

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

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

You freak out every time someone tailgates you.

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

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

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

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

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

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

You drive right through Road Closed and Flood warning signs into 4 feet of water. Only after you car is completely submerged do you get nervous.
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1,034 of 1,249 people (83%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
134.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
Joined America as a pilot.
Hours of practice and training.
Totally ready for realistic mode now.
Decided to become a bomber in realistic mode in Saipan.
Started out on an aircraft carrier.
Increased throttle.
Ohhhhh yeah ♥♥♥♥ just got real.
Wingspan was too wide for carrier.
Right wing hits the superstructure and falls off.
Oh ♥♥♥♥.
Bomber and pilot, along with three gunners, plunge into the ocean.
At the last second pilot thinks back to the girl back home, the one he left behind.
Drowns.
Have to wait 9 minutes for early death penalty.

30 minutes later, Victory in Saipan.

11/10 Will die for the American Cause again.
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506 of 643 people (79%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
69.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
War Thunder Air battles

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

Britian: Our planes can turn hue hue hue

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

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

Japan: We make planes out of bamboo and rice paper
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