14 August 2012 — Wargaming today announced that warplanes from the Japanese Imperial Air Service will soon take to the skies in its highly anticipated flight combat MMO World of Warplanes.
The carrier-based fighter class will become the first available branch of aircraft for the Japanese line of warbirds, and will include a number of iconic aircraft. Players will be able to get behind the cockpit of the legendary Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero, a plane that proved vital to Japanese forces in the Pacific Theater. Other aircraft include the Nakajima Type 91, the twin-boom Mitsubishi J4M1 Senden interceptor fighter, as well as the Kyushu J7W1, J7W2 and J7W3, three canard configuration prototypes that never saw combat.
"The inclusion of Japanese warbirds has given us the opportunity to explore a number of iconic aircraft as well as give players the chance to experience first-hand how they developed and evolved throughout World War II", said Anton Sitnikau, World of Warplanes Producer. "Since each aircraft is unique, it's really going to provide players with a wide variety of tactical freedom in how they play the game and combat other players."
Japanese World War II aircraft garnered a fearsome reputation amongst Western nations, namely due to their combination of speed and power. Their exceptional horizontal maneuverability made them extremely nimble in combat, while their impressive array of armaments made them deadly in any engagement. Japanese warbirds also typically benefitted from increased field of vision which gave pilots ample views around their aircraft.
World of Warplanes is currently in its closed beta. Virtual pilots are invited to test out the game's features, and master their combat skills in head-spinning aerial action in 60 different aircraft from Germany, the United States and the U.S.S.R, across four unique maps.
About World of Warplanes
World of Warplanes is the flight combat MMO action game set in the Golden Age of military aviation. The game continues the armored warfare theme marked in the highly-acclaimed World of Tanks and will throw players into a never-ending tussle for air dominance.
World of Warplanes will allow players to build full-scale careers as virtual pilots offering machines from several key eras, from1930's biplanes to the Korean War jet fighters that led the way to modern air forces.
World of Warplanes will feature a wide range of warbirds, each of them unique in their effectiveness and behavior. Virtual pilots will choose from three main warplane classes - single-engine light fighters capable of engaging enemies in close dogfights, heavy fighters with their deadly straight attacks, and strafing aircrafts, the fearsome threat to ground targets.
Every plane will feature multiple variations of ammo types, engines, and other crucial modules, and their various combinations will allow players to pick the optimal configuration for the most effective behavior in combat.
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Wargaming is an award-winning online game developer and publisher and one of the leaders in the free-to-play MMO market. Founded as a privately held company in 1998, Wargaming has shipped more than 15 titles and employs over 900 people across such key regions as North America, Europe, Russia, and Asia.
Currently, Wargaming is focused on its team-based MMO war series dedicated to the mid-20th century warfare that will include the company's flagship armored MMO World of Tanks, launched in April 2011 and currently boasting 30 million players worldwide, the flight combat World of Warplanes, named one of the most anticipated MMOs for 2012, and the naval World of Warships, scheduled for release in 2013.
In June 2012, Wargaming announced the Wargaming.net Service, the epicenter of a battle-centric gaming universe that will gather the series under a single portal - www.wargaming.net.
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