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General Questions


What is War Thunder?

War Thunder is a next generation MMO combat game dedicated to World War II military aviation, armoured vehicles, and fleets used in the period between 1939 and 1953. You will take part in many of the major combat battles fought during World War 2 and the Korean War, fighting with real players from all around the world.


Do I need to buy the game and/or pay a subscription in order to play War Thunder?

No, the game is completely free to download and 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, Mac and PS4 at the moment. Official release will be announced at a future date.


What plans do developers have for the near future in War Thunder?

*New aircraft and ground vehicles.
*More events and competitive modes.
*Linux & tablet versions.
*Cross platform play is already in and working well but we will be looking to increase the portfolio. 


Can players from around the world play on any of the US, European, Russian or Asian  servers?

We have one global account server. User within the game can choose to play on any or all of our EU, US or RU cluster, so the players can communicate with the world as well as in their native languages.


Can I play War Thunder using gamepad or joystick?

Of course! The game supports many 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, squadron battles and also missions (including the ones created by users with help of an in-game editor or via CDK tool) and dynamic campaigns. Missions and campaigns are playable both solo and cooperatively.

What’s more, each mode can be played with Arcade, Realistic or Simulator difficulty settings. 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 planned “World war” game mode?

In this mode the squadrons (player-made communities) will be fighting for global dominance in different theatres of war all over around the globe.


How many players are able to play together?

More than 6 million users have registered in the game up to this point. But in most game modes, the maps are designed for 32 players split into two teams.


What aircraft and ground vehicles are available in the game?

Players are free to choose between the military aircraft of five main nations: USSR, USA, Britain, Japan, and Germany and currently two nations in ground forces: Ussr and USA. Some aircraft that represent other nations (Australia, Italy, France and others) are available in the tech trees of other countries. All aircraft and ground vehicle 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 vehicles final?

At the moment there are more than 350 aircraft and over 80 ground vehicles in the game and more are added with each major update. The complete list of aircraft and vehicles is significantly larger, taking into account all possible modifications, and armament variations, vehicle types (Mobile AA, Self propelled guns etc) and visual tuning. Approximately 9,000 different aircraft and ground vehicles fought in WWII – that’s the ideal number we are aiming for!


Will the player-controlled aircraft fight in the same battle as player-controlled ground forces?

There will be separate maps for aircraft versus aircraft, tanks vs tanks and mixed battles. In the latter case the battles will be balanced in such way that aircraft and ground forces each have their own combat tasks.


When will naval forces be added to the game?

This will be announced later, possibly as early as 2015.

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