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What is War Thunder?

War Thunder is a state-of-the-art next generation MMO combat game dedicated to major World War II battles. It combines aerial, ground and naval multiplayer battles all in one gaming experience. The game's major battles are set during the period from 1936 to 1953. 
Do I need to buy the game and/or pay the subscription in order to play War Thunder?
No, the game is free to download and free to play without any restrictions or fees.
Can I play the game offline?
No, you need constant internet connection in order to play War Thunder.
What stage is the development at now? When will the game be finished?
The game is in the open beta testing for PC and PS4 at the moment. Official release, as well as MAC version will be announced.
What plans do developers have for the nearest future of War Thunder?
Mac OS, tablet versions;
New planes;
Player-controlled ground vehicles such as tanks;
Mixed multiplayer battles between player-controlled aircrafts and ground forces;
More events and competitive modes.
Can the players from the US play on European servers and vice versa? 
We have one global account server. User within the game can choose EU, US or RU cluster, so they can communicate on their native languages.
Can I play War Thunder using gamepad of joystick?
Of course! The game supports a lot of gaming devices including different gamepads, joysticks, head-tracking and VR-systems such as Oculus Rift and many more.  
How many game modes are in the game?
There are several competitive multiplayer modes and also missions (including the ones created by users with help of an in-game editor) and dynamic campaigns. Missions and campaigns are playable both solo and cooperatively. 
What’s more, each mode can be played on Arcade, Realistic or Simulation difficulty setting. This way War Thunder accommodates the needs of all players: from newcomers to seasoned veterans. In the future, the global «World war» mode will also become available.
What is the «World war» game mode?
In this mode the squadrons (player-made communities) will be fighting for the global dominance in the different theaters of war all over the world. 
How many players are able to play together?
More than 5 million of users have played the game up to this point. But in most game modes, the maps are designed for 32 players split into two teams.
What planes are available in the game?
Players are free to choose between the military planes of five nations: USSR, USA, UK, Japan, and Germany. Some planes that represent other nations (Australia, Italy, and others) are available in tech trees of other countries. All plane models featured in the game were used in combat in all of the major military operations of WWII and the Korean War.
Is the list of playable planes final?
At the moment there are more than 350 planes in the game and more are added with each major update. The complete list of aircraft is significantly bigger, taking into account all possible modifications, and armament variations, and visual tuning. All together, about 5,000 different planes fought in WWII – that’s the number we’re after!
When the ground forces will be added to the game?
Ground Forces are in Closed Beta Test stage now. The exact date of the Open Beta will be announced later.
What ground vehicles will be available in the game?
In total, there will be hundreds of playable tanks, AA-tanks, self-propelled guns, etc. There will be separate ground forces tech tree for each nation. The list of nations for ground forces will be announced later.
Will the player-controlled planes fight in the same battles as player-controlled vehicles?
There will be separate maps for planes vs planes, tanks vs tanks and mixed battles. In latter case the battles will be balanced in such way that planes and tanks each have their own combat tasks.
When the naval forces will be added to the game?
This will be announced later.
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