Second World of Tanks PS4 Open Beta Starts Today

World of Tanks, the free-to-play tank combat game, is hosting its second open beta on PlayStation 4 from today, January 8 to Sunday, January 10.

Console Project Lead TJ Wagner revealed that the first beta “was a huge success and this [second beta] is your last chance to join in and get ahead of the pack when we launch.” If you do play in the beta, your progress carries over to the full game, as “none of your progress is ever wiped.”

Here’s what to expect this weekend:

We’ve added a new first time player experience to help you learn the ropes to this weekend’s beta test. Two new exclusive maps, one the largest World of Tanks map ever! Also, Platoons will allow you to pair up with up to four of your friends to play battles together. While the game is fun to play alone, Platoons add and whole new element and allow you to be more tactical on the battlefield with your friends. Join with friends or make new ones and crush all opponents.

Anyone who logs in during the beta will receive the M22 Locust PS US Light Tank with special PlayStation camouflage and the T1E6-PS US Premium Light Tank.

As you may have noticed, there are World of Tanks Founder’s Packs available on the PlayStation Store for $15.99 to $129.99 that include Silver, Premium, and more. Wagner explained that the game isn’t pay-to-win:

If you’re not familiar with World of Tanks, we are Free-to-Play and Free-to-Win. You can play through every nation and their tanks for free and there’s no way to pay to be more powerful than others. We do sell premium tanks that earn and help you progress faster. Starting this weekend you can pick a few special ones up with our Founder’s Packs. Founder’s Packs contain rare tanks, Premium Account time and Silver (in-game currency) at great discounts. You can check them out in the PlayStation Store while the beta is running.

World of Tanks doesn’t require a PlayStation Plus membership to play. While the PlayStation Store download is 28GB, Wagner says, “You don’t need to download the entire client to start playing. You need to download a certain percentage of the client which will allow you to enter and play lower tier battles.”

The official launch date for World of Tanks is unknown right now, but Wagner adds, “Once we launch you can expect a constant flow of cool content and new features rolling out monthly to explore and have fun with.”

[Source: PS Blog]