War Thunder's Naval Battles Go Into Open Beta

Jason Winter
By Jason Winter, News Editor October 25, 2018
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If you've been waiting for your chance to play with ships in War Thunder, your time has finally arrived! The closed beta is over, and the open beta has begun, so anyone can try out Naval Battles in War Thunder in the new Update 1.83: Masters of the Sea.

You can read about the update on the website if you want, for such gems as "over German, Soviet and American vessels join the game" and "Increased detalization," but for English speakers, you're probably better off going with the voiceover on the video. Naval Forces are now available for all players for three nations, with British ships added to a new closed beta. As you'll recall, unlike World of Warships, which focuses on larger ships such as battleships and aircraft carriers, War Thunder's Naval Battles go the smaller route, with destroyers and light cruisers at the top end of the chain and tiny gunboats at the bottom.

Update 1.83 also takes aim at new air vehicles, including the first German helicopters, and there are also about a dozen new tanks and airplanes. Finally, Xbox One players can now get into War Thunder without an Early Release pack and can play the game for free -- provided they have an Xbox Live Gold account, of course.

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Jason Winter
Jason Winter, News Editor
Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

Discussion (4)

Z1Gamer 2 years ago
I had been somewhat looking forward to this, tho still bummed there are no big(ger) ships (yet).
This is one of the reasons i quit (the naval battles) after a couple of battles. I have neither the nerves nor the patience to play hundreds of battles with stupid gunboats i couldn't care less about, just until i can get to a DD or CL.
So i will be giving the navy another go if/when DDs become tier 1 (or at most 2).

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