Wargaming.net CEO Victor Kisyli took to the stage early in Microsoft's Xbox panel at E3 on Monday to announce that World of Tanks would be coming to the Xbox 360 this summer. The game will be free-to-play for Gold subscribers on Xbox LIVE.
The console version of the game already has its own website, offering up tips and advice for new players (and maybe people who like the game but are really bad at it... not that I know anyone like that). The new incarnation also has its own newly dedicated Twitter and Facebook pages.
Also revealed in the trailer for the big news were some new statistics on the game, including 60 million registered players across 200 countries. Although some gamers undoubtedly own both a PC and an Xbox 360, over 77 million 360s have been sold worldwide since its 2005 debut, bringing WoT to potentially tens of millions of new players.
The move also seems like a great way for Wargaming.net to gain a foothold on consoles and learn the ins and outs of the platform to pave the way for World of Warplanes and World of Warships on the next generation of consoles. Unless League of Legends makes its way to consoles, it's not hard to imagine we'll see a press release in the coming months trumpeting Wargaming.net as having the “biggest F2P games on consoles.”
Actually, come to think of it... why hasn't Riot ported League to consoles? Sounds like a license to print money.
What's your take on the news? Granted, most of you reading this are probably PC gamers, so it doesn't affect you directly, but if a sizable company like Wargaming.net can take its gameplay to consoles, will this open the doors to a new wave of F2P console gaming?
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