War Thunder is a free-to-play naval, aerial, and tank game where millions of players fight over air, ground, and sea in realistic combat battles. The game features over 2,000 highly detailed aircraft, helicopters, ground vehicles, and warships from the early 20th century to the modern day in a huge variety of scenarios. The player can choose between defending an enemy bomber turret with anti-aircraft guns, blasting away with a heavy-hitting tank, or sniping with an aircraft in a scout mission.
Unlike many other MMO games, the game is fully free-to-play, with a wide range of weapons available for both ground and air units. The game was released in November 2012 and is developed by Gaijin Entertainment. It is available for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the Xbox Series X.
The game is available in several languages and is updated frequently. A recent update included the German Sturmtiger, a massive tank that fires enormous 380mm high-explosive rockets capable of leveling a small town. It takes nearly a minute to reload, however and only carries about a dozen rounds at a time. The developers also added American helicopters with automatic grenade launchers that are short-ranged and have terrible ballistics but can still blow holes in the roof armor of any tank for large amounts of damage.
In addition to the new planes and tanks, there have been a few big changes for the armed forces of the USSR, Germany, and Japan. Gaijin had planned a big economic overhaul, which would have seen a drop in Silver Lions and Research Points (even for players who buy premium accounts or use premium vehicles) while adding a new progression system to the game. This change was reverted after a massive Steam review bombing from the community.