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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"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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( 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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( 487.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
no spawn protection as tank wtf and op tanks why?
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( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
This game could be great. i dont like WW1 Aircraft fighting WW2 aircraft at all. Not fair what so ever. and all the game really wants you to do is buy more Gold eagles.
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( 167.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
I absolutely positively recommend this game to anyone. Don't listen to all those people who complain about "Russian bias." They probably all suck **** at the game any way. Sure the game might be unbalanced but that's what makes it fun. The grinds are a little agonizing but everybody's first grind is probably the worst and plus, the second grind would be a little easier since u have some knowledge from the first one. When u get into late tier it's not too bad. All those people complaining about the t44 and Russian tanks in general just don't know how to deal with them. I get what they mean (I grinded through the damn American medium tree) but really all u have to do is learn how to get rid of them. Anyway about all the features of war thunder. The way gaijan modeled combat is really cool I mean u get to see how u hit the other guy for godsakes and the tank and plane trees are really complex. Trust me on this u should get the game and all those complainers just don't know how to play man they re just stupid.
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( 56.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
Very good game played it alot and unlocked a few good planes but 1 thing is that you need a good pc but i still get about 50 or 60 fps
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General Kermit
( 75.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
It's like World of Tanks, but better.
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( 7.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
this gives me vietnam flashbacks
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( 1,867.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
What did patch 1.59 ?

-Reduce tier limit , so tank with V tier with low BR can fight even with tanks of III tier
-Crashed totally MatchMaking for tanks (If u have BR 6.7 , u all time play with 7.7 , if u ve tiger I BR 6.3 , u

nearly always met tanks of BR 7.3 etc
-Economy of repairs / load ammo are too high , so all time u have problem with money
-Creators do all for earn more & more moneys from players
-After BR 5.7 this game on tanks is unplayable , because you don't have schance with much stronger tanks.
-Introduced system RNG which made this , if you are newbie player , you have 70 % schance for penetrate player & 30

% for ricochet , if you are medium player , u have 50 % for penetrate & 50 % for ricochet , but if you are veteran

, you have only 30 % for penetrate & 70 % for ricochet , so , if you will get in one week all time 10 kills &

nearly 0 deads like me , after play one week with that stats , you will just noob , because man with 10 level will

be nearly immortal for you , but this noob with 10 level will kill even your bomber by 1 shoot of MG of 7 mm ,

which is so suck , or if you have tiger I , which have 162 mm of penetrate, you will have so big problem to

penetrate KW-1 or Sherman , which have only 102 mm of armour
-Introduce new much modern vehicle like T-62 etc , but they won't fix this MM & errors , which they made in this

-Tanks BR 6.7 are all time unplayable , because they still fight with modern tanks , for example Tiger II (H) Vs

IS-4M , so ♥♥♥♥ed up Ganjin , seriously

Ganjin is so ♥♥♥♥ed up , you can be banned for any normal opinion , if you will say on forum of WT ,,russian tanks

are op'' you will be banned by Gal**ty or other moderator , so if you have other games , you just do not download

this ♥♥♥♥
-Made Jagdtiger BR 7.3 , so this tanks like all 7.3 are just noven , because they don't have schance with tanks BR

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Stupidune Wahnyune
( 413.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
Excellent Game, the grind is very monotonous I'd admit... to get interesting planes takes a long time since many planes fill similar roles to one another until they become more specialized or have different flight characteristics.

There's literally no such thing as Russian Bias... people simply fight Yak's are low altitude in the Yak's home territory, the Yak was a fighter designed for fighting in low altitude as a ground attack and close air support fighter. It has a good climb rate due to its small size and powerful engine but turns like junk at high altitude. People just complain for nothing.

The only people who complain about Russian Bias are Ignorant, untrained, unlucky or like to blame something for their demise from a better pilot.

But if you can learn to lift yourself from complaining that the game is unbalanced its likely to be a lot of fun for you.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
127 of 166 people (77%) 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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79 of 96 people (82%) found this review helpful
56 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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55 of 65 people (85%) found this review helpful
3 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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43 of 55 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
704.3 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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38 of 48 people (79%) 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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22 of 28 people (79%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1,756.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
You'de have more fun slowly trying to kill yourself with a cold butterknife than play this game. Every patch the game gets worse and more broken. Realism was thrown out the window a long time ago. The only thing the devs care about is money and their ♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥♥.
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23 of 30 people (77%) 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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20 of 25 people (80%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
297.7 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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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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