Gaijin has just announced the start of the closed beta and the release of a new Alpha gameplay trailer for War Thunder’s upcoming tank expansion, Ground Forces. The trailer marks the first time Gaijin has shown their response towards the current reigning champion World of Tanks, which has dominated the Free-to-Play tank space since its release. Judging by the trailer, WoT’s reign may be in serious jeopardy.
One of the highly touted features said to make an appearance in Ground Forces involves the integration of both ground and aerial combat. By the 40th second in the trailer I began wondering why I hadn’t seen any mention of planes despite watching what appeared to be an anti-aircraft tank shooting towards the sky. A few seconds later, “hey a plane!..and there it goes.”
The inclusion of a poorly piloted bi-plane (seriously who flies that low towards a tank?) being shot from the sky solidifies our hope that Ground Forces will indeed make strides in combining the two into one cohesive gaming experience, although it is unknown to what extent. With the success of War Thunder on both PC and it’s recent release on PS4, Gaijin Entertainment is in a prime position to completely usurp Wargaming’s monopoly on F2P tank warfare and surpass them as the leading provider of World War 2 vehicular combat.
Players who participated in the special events Gaijin hosted within War Thunder should check their emails to see if they have received their Ground Forces closed beta invitation. Player’s who aren’t interested in waiting can purchase special collector’s tank packs, which include unique premium vehicles, exclusive decals and titles. Gaijin says they will be gradually increasing the number of testers every day and will update the announcement with additional ways to earn beta keys soon.