Four-year-old War Thunder launches out of open beta

I know what you're thinking -- didn't War Thunder launch, like, four years ago? I know we just sang happy birthday back in October. Welcome to the after-effects of the age of soft launches, my friends. Gaijin announced today that War Thunder is finally moving out of open beta.

"[U]pdate 1.65 ‘Way of the Samurai’ marks the release of the originally proposed War Thunder game and ends Open Beta with all current in-game nations featuring their own aircraft and tank trees. The introduction of ships also means that War Thunder now takes the fight to land, air and sea to complement the game. Gaijin Entertainment will continue its commitment to improving the game through regular updates, as they progress toward the research trees of War Thunder Ships, which currently reside in pre-beta testing."

As you might guess from the title, the Way of the Samurai patch today focuses on the Japanese faction. The studio is promising navies for all nations next year in addition to the already-announced World War mode. And get your Christmas stockings ready: The holiday content rolls out today too.

Source: Press release
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melissaheather
melissaheather

Is Oculus Rift support improved now that it's launched?

WT has some good qualities.  If you are really into your Snoopy thing, you could totally immerse yourself with a VR visor and the mission mode where you have actual takeoffs and landings, and run out of ammo, and out of fuel.  It's also nice to see the planes coming apart as your machine runs rake them with fire.

There are things I don't like about it.  Having to unlock insignia is kind of insane.  Suggesting you go up to fight for your country without insignia, because you haven't earned it yet, is illogical at best.  World of Warplanes was a much better game for historical accuracy (and better graphics), but it lacked those simulation modes, and lacks things like heavy bombers, stuff you do get with War Thunder.

glidingmouse
glidingmouse

@melissaheather WoWP better for historical accuracy? With all those fictional planes and mixed teams? And better graphics? Where? I feel as if I've read post from some alternate reality.

MyNameIsIllegal
MyNameIsIllegal

If they were taking real money, they were already launched. This "soft launch" bullshit is just that.

Landari_Omega
Landari_Omega

Dealing with a video game's "launch" is spooky business for a developer and it's just easier to just build what people want along the way instead of presenting everything up front, hoping they like it. Imagine spending two years and millions of dollars just to make a game people stop playing after day one. Happens all the time.

The only downside is that a lot of people don't like wasting time with uncertainties and just would rather play a game that has already been completed so they know 100% what's inside the box.

Smiggins
Smiggins

This game would be great if it were an actual MMO.

FrankFischer
FrankFischer

@Smiggins Hell yeah. Well, they are still working on a "World War Mode" for 2017, whatever that may be.

tobascodagama
tobascodagama

Wow, I completely forgot this game was still claiming to be a beta.

Silvercat18
Silvercat18

@tobascodagama  Yup, its the go-to excuse for why anything in a game is buggy, unfinished or just plain crap. There are even beta games that are trying to cash in on DLC, the greedy bastards.

FrankFischer
FrankFischer

@tobascodagama Pay-to-not-grind is an awesome thing when you pretty much only fight against the very same tier you are bringing to the table yourself. It's much better than for example the upcoming Star Citizen where you would encounter ships you haven't earned yet. Yeah, I know...completely different genre, but nevertheless frustrating. Except for maybe Path of Exile I have yet to see a business model more pleasant for players than this one.

melissaheather
melissaheather

@FrankFischer @Silvercat18 Wargaming's tech trees and UI blow Gaijin's away.  They are also better for historical accuracy.   Nobody put "weed" on the side of their tank or warplane, c'mon man.

tobascodagama
tobascodagama

@FrankFischer @Silvercat18 Well, I agree with the first half of that. It's a pretty damned impressive game, especially in the way that it freely scales in realism from a super-approachable arcade game to a fairly respectable survey sim. But the F2P model is a pretty standard pay-to-not-grind model. It's not terrible, but I wouldn't be throwing around superlatives at it either.

FrankFischer
FrankFischer

@Silvercat18 There is nothing buggy, unfinished or just plain crap about War Thunder as it is the best damn WWII-Gear-Simulator out there. Also Gaijin's f2p model is one of the best in the industry. The reason why War Thunder was still in Beta has mainly to do with the Japanese ground forces missing...until now.