World of Warships launches Midway movie tie-in events ahead of Veterans Day

If you spend most of your free time in video games and not movie theaters, you might not realize that Midway is releasing this weekend – it’s the Roland Emmerich historical war film centered on Pearl Harbor and the Battle of Midway, perfectly timed to launch ahead of Veterans Day in the US. So why bring this up? Because Wargaming’s World of Warships is no fool and you better believe it’s got a tie-in for this movie on deck. A little transmedia synergy, if you will.

“Wargaming has teamed up with Lionsgate to promote the new Midway film, premiering worldwide today, by offering a host of special combat missions in the popular naval combat game World of Warships. Until the 5th of December, World of Warships players can try their hand at special battle missions which, if successfully completed, grant them the IJN Kaga aircraft carrier and the IJN Saipan. […] Players can jump into the online free-to-play combat game to relive the pivotal Battle of Midway, which saw the United States Navy decisively defeat an attacking fleet of the Japanese Imperial Navy near the Midway atoll in the Pacific Ocean. This decisive engagement of World War 2 has been recreated inside World of Warships with meticulous attention to detail, with players able to command 30 historical ships that took part in this massive naval battle.”

Apparently some theaters in Eastern Europe will also be offering codes to folks who attend the screening, and you might just see a World of Warships trailer ahead of the movie too.

[An intrepid reader, KibuFox, notes that the IJN Saipan should properly be termed the USS Saipan; we don’t know whether it’s that way in-game, but we’re guessing the history buffs at Wargaming will fix it if so. :)]

Source: Press release