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World of Tanks is a multiplayer game developed by a Belarusian company named Wargaming. The acclaimed eSport title was announced and released in April 2009 for alpha testing, with only six different vehicles at the time. And on 12th April 2011, the game was officially released in North America and Europe.
World of Tanks features combat vehicles that are from the 20th-century era. The game developer uses a freemium business model. That means the game is free to play for all users. However, players can opt to pay to access premium features for a more exciting and immersive gaming experience. The game can be played from a gaming PC or various gaming consoles, including Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
The gameplay involves players taking control of self-propelled artillery vehicles or single armored tanks that they prefer. In addition, players are accorded to control vehicle movements and the firing of their weapons. They can also communicate with other players via voice or typed chats. For simple matches, players win by destroying all the opposing team's tanks or capturing their base. A team can capture an opponent's base by staying in it long enough without being damaged.
The main difference in the World of Tanks game mode is the rules of the battle. However, the game mechanics remain the same for all the game modes. The variety of game mechanics includes shell ricochets, camouflage, module damage, and personal damage.
World of Tanks players can choose from six main types of battles. The battles featured in most of these eSport online tournaments include tank-company battles, team-training battles, team battles, stronghold battles, random battles, and special battles. Players can also complete missions in the game, with varying rewards. Random battles may have up to 15 players per team. Teams can use bots to fill the slots for missing players.
Most of the vehicles used in World of Tanks are designed to resemble real-life models, with only a few parameters modified to fit the game's mechanics and improve gameplay. There are five different types of vehicles in the game: self-propelled artillery, tank destroyers, heavy tanks, medium tanks, and light tanks. Currently, the game has more than 600 armored vehicles from 11 countries.
Featured countries tend to have a tech tree with branches of vehicles that range from tier 1 to tier X. Players get access to higher tier vehicles as they progress in the game. Additional premium vehicles are available but not included in the tech trees, which can be accessed using in-game credits or cash.
Players can customize all the vehicles in World of Tanks visually and performance-wise to a certain degree. Most of the parts needed to customize the cars, such as turrets, guns, and engines, can be purchased from the game's tech tree. There are also two camouflage schemes for the tanks, including game-specific and historically accurate patterns for quick customization.
World of Tanks Blitz
Wargaming announced World of Tanks Blitz in May 2013. The mobile version of the World of Tanks is playable on smartphones and tablets that operate on Windows, iOS, and Android. The gameplay is like that of the main game, with minor differences. It allows a maximum of seven players per team, unlike the main game, which allows 15 players per team.