“World of Tanks PC marks the biggest footballing event with the return of Tank Football, this time with three specialist roles and Gianluigi ‘Gigi’ Buffon as a commentator. The metal machines are ready to tear up the pitch, go for glory and be crowned victorious, all while the Italian legend gives a running commentary of a game. […] Tank Football 2018 is a return to 3 vs 3 matches where everyone is vying for glory. These matches take place in 3 special arenas, including one inspired by Moscow’s biggest stadium and host to the final, the Luzhniki. Three unique tanks, all with their own specialist roles and abilities on the pitch, are ready to be crowned champions. So whether players like to play up front or from the back, there are roles for everyone.”
Major studio known primarily for World of Tanks and its sister games.
The console-exclusive expansion pack, which is arriving on June 26th, will plunge players into a lawless, free-for-all environment as they fight in a new mercenaries faction. Mercs will have access to five new tanks cobbled together from parts of different nations’ vehicles, experience variants of many of the game’s maps, and proceed through a dark story campaign that pits players against both the USA and USSR.
Mercenaries will arrive as a free content update for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Xbox 360. Wargaming announced that to date, World of Tanks has racked up over 15 million players.
Fansites are now told not to post anything that is “disparaging” toward Wargaming, including articles that may damage the reputation of the studio and its titles. If this is done, Wargaming has threatened to terminate that fansite’s contract and close down that user’s account.
It doesn’t stop there, according to World of Tanks fansite The Armored Patrol: “Wargaming has decided you don’t own anything you buy from them. From now on, we are spending money on things we have no rights to anymore. The KV-5 nerf is just the start. With this EULA, all our premiums are at risk. Now… do they really want to control the playerbase that hard?!”
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Corporate shuffling is rarely great news, but for the employees at Wargaming Seattle, it looks like it’s worse news than normal. The American wing of Wargaming.net, best known for World of Tanks, appears to have been shut down and put over 100 staff members out of work. No reason has yet been given for the closure and no statement has been issued regarding the studio’s fate.
Meanwhile, the owners of Digital Extremes (best known for Warframe) are busy getting more invested into gaming with the opening of a new studio in Burbank, CA. Athlon Games is a US publishing arm of Leyou Technologies Holding Limited, which might seem odd for a company that supposedly deals in chicken products. The publishing arm apparently will be specializing in free-to-play titles, so it remains to be seen exactly what it will be bringing out… just that it’ll be expanding the company’s existing assets.
War Thunder preps Naval Forces update with new light cruisers, World of Tanks kicks off console Dream Machines event for May
War Thunder is actually working on everything but tanks right now. In anticipation of the closed beta test for its Naval Forces update, it’s revealed two new light cruiser warships: the Italian Giussano-class light cruiser Bartolomeo Colleoni and the British HMS Enterprise, an Emerald-class light cruiser.
“Light cruisers are well placed at distance from smaller enemy vessels, in such conditions, they can inflict severe damage on the enemy fleet while sustaining fire even from two destroyers simultaneously. In close combat, armour-piercing shells can deal devastating damage to light cruisers, and they always need to keep an eye out for enemy torpedo boats sneaking dangerously close. Played strategically, light cruisers protected by destroyers and patrol ships will be able to assert dominance over an entire sea sector, securing strategic positions and blocking enemies from advancing through an area of interest.”
If you play Guild Wars 2, World of Tanks, EVE Online, or World of Warcraft in Russia, you may find that access to these titles has become spotty or non-existent as of late. This is due to the Russian government cracking down on the Telegram messenger app, which came under fire for essentially allowing people to communicate without being spied upon by intrusive government agencies (and then refusing to grant said agencies backdoors into the system). Over 20 million IP addresses have been blocked in the country as of April 17th, a move that has affected many services and sites not related to Telegram.
The crackdown has basically shut down access to the login servers of Guild Wars 2 and EVE Online for some, prompting outrage and frustration among players who suddenly were not able to access their games.
What: World of Tanks
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, April 12th, 2018
“This double occasion inspired Wargaming and the International Space Station to create a project called Stellar Bonus,” says Wargaming. “On April 12, the ISS will beam holiday boosters full of goodies down to earth. To get your piece of the pie, log into World of Tanks and play one battle during the event.” Loot includes a stack of XP and credit boosters, usable even after the event is over tomorrow morning.
We’ll be streaming the game today at 3 p.m. EDT on OPTV in honor of the game’s anniversary, so check back this afternoon to see how far the game has come!
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Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from Elder Scrolls Legends, Fortnite, Path of Exile, World of Warships, Paladins, Armored Warfare, Neverwinter, Guild Wars 2, Overwatch, Elder Scrolls Online, World of Tanks, Shot Online, and EVE Online, all waiting for you after the break!
Several maps have also been refurbished and improved, with small details fixed and refined to further improve the layouts of 29 different maps. There’s also a new map, Glacier. And that’s not counting the new soundtrack for the game to make the whole thing feel better for your ears, to boot. If all that isn’t enough, you can take advantage of the game’s new AR app to put some tanks in your day-to-day life, perfect if visions of trundling war machines now haunt your every waking moment.
Get your first look at the Banshee Comet after the break!
SuperData published its January recap of the worldwide digital games market this week, and the analytics firm doesn’t have much good to say for sub MMOs. “Continuing their decline, the Social and Pay-to-Play MMO segments shrank 5% and 9%, respectively,” it notes.
There hasn’t been much shift at all on the PC revenue side, with the top 7 games remaining exactly as they were in December – including PUBG, Fortnite, and World of Warcraft. CSGO entered the list to displace ROBLOX and nudge down World of Tanks, and that was it – not much movement.
On console, Call of Duty: WWII continues to hold the top spot, but Monster Hunter World has joined the list and claimed #2 thanks to its launch last month. PUBG, interestingly, has completely vanished from the console side (it was #3) last month, but Fortnite continues its upward climb.