War Thunder Ready to Set Sail

Posted on 01 Apr 2016 by
Lee Braden

In the latest update, it is time to dust off ones hat, grab ones monocle, and prepare ones medals, as the Royal Navy has hit War Thunder in a test of the upcoming Naval gameplay, and of course, one can’t enjoy sailing without a rousing bit of Rule Britannia.

Take command of a variety of vessels from the great age of sail, ranging from the Henry Grace à Dieu to HMS Victory to HMS Warrior to protect convoys and colonies from pirate attacks.

For more information view the dev-blog here.

Also, in other news for War Thunder, there have been updates to the Dagor engine bringing it to 4.0, and pushing the graphical quality even further beyond what most expect, the first blog gives us information about the new waves along with a recap of the destructible buildings, for a read head over here.

The second Dagor engine update is about the new heat-haze and cloud effects for that hint of extra realism as you are waiting for the call about MiG’s at 2 o’clock low or sat in your Panzer IV and waiting to see the glimmer off a Matilda as the 8th Army pushes towards Tobruk, for a read about that head over here.

Authors addendum, The Royal Navy is the April fools this year, last year was inflatable M4A2 Sherman tanks powered by 4 blokes on pedal bikes and firing potatoes at each other but the updates are legit.

Official Press Release

(MOSCOW, RUSSIAN FEDERATION) – April 1st, 2016 – Gaijin Entertainment today announced that its award-winning MMO WWII online game, War Thunder, will be introducing legendary sailing ships in its latest update for War Thunder’s ten million players to enjoy.

Available for all players, these historic battleships will take the fight to distant lands and contested waters. The first test-session starts today and will last until the end of the weekend.

Long before the history books documented the modern toil of land and air warfare in tanks and planes, the oceans were ruled by huge battleships decked with cannon and shot.

War Thunder ‘s latest update will introduce British fighting ships from the beginning of the Eighteenth Century with other nations to be added later.

“It’s been a very interesting and challenging task to recreate historic battles of the most powerful sailing nations. We started working on it last year, adding interactive water, and then a few days ago we added interactive weather conditions, which are very important for realistic sailing conditions.” Said Gaijin Entertainment CEO Anton Yudintsev. “The weather can change from complete calm to raging storm.” he added.

Like their tank and plane counterparts, War Thunder’s sailing ships will also have their own interactive damage model (no health points). Gaijin Entertainment has taken care in crafting these sailing behemoths to be armored the way they were during their dominance of the oceans of long ago.

Naval battles will be available in the War Thunder Events menu in the game and will be available in Arcade mode. Players will be able to take the rank 1 British ship, the legendary “Golden Hind” galleon and join a battle on the shores of the lost islands. More ships of the Royal Navy and other nations will become available soon.

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