Gaijin Entertainment’s massively multiplayer online air combat game War Thunder has been officially released today. Featuring aircraft and armored vehicles, the title had been in an open-beta for several years, having launched in November 2013 on PlayStation 4 in Europe (and June of 2014 in North America). The release coincides with the game’s 1.65 update titled “Way of the Samurai,” that adds Japanese ground forces and other improvements.
Long time players will be rewarded with special titles. Those that have played the game in 2016 or earlier will be treated to a “Brother in Arms” title, while those that joined in 2015 or prior will be deemed “Combat proven.” Two other titles are available as 2014 players will be called a “Faithful Warrior,” while 2013 players are “The Old Guard.” It’s definitely cool to see Gaijin Entertainment rewarding long-term players that helped the game launch.
Here’s what Gaijin Entertainment had to say about today’s release:
The road to release for War Thunder has been a fantastic journey, packed with development, we have from the outset been active in development and content heavy in regular updates to the game. Our commitment to the game has provided players with millions of hours of passion filled gameplay and we have gained many, many players as well as the veterans who have been with us from the very beginning. To all our fans, we sincerely thank you, we are so grateful for the continued support of our project and look forward to your continued support into the release.
We will continue to develop the game we all know and love but you won’t be seeing the same major changes in direction we have all been part of throughout the testing, gameplay and core mechanics can now settle down and we can at last concentrate on giving the game the polish and content it deserves. Additions will continue, there are still many military vehicles that can be included, our mapmakers will still create wonderful vistas and beautiful scenery to wage war in, of course there are still exciting features yet to be added – such as World War mode, new nations, new tournaments and more.
It’s been a pleasure to provide you, our players, with such an already filled out battle simulator and we look forward to even more happy times together as we continue to tread the path of the warrior.
War Thunder is available now for free on PlayStation 4.
(Source: War Thunder)