World of Tanks (2011)

by Christopher
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World of Tanks combines strategic gameplay, extensive customization, and historical authenticity to deliver an unparalleled online multiplayer experience. Its success has not only set a standard for free-to-play games but also created a vibrant community of players.


World of Tanks, launched in 2011, revolutionized online multiplayer games with its focus on tank warfare. This game combines strategic depth, team play, and action-packed combat, offering a rich and immersive experience.


World of Tanks (WoT) is a massively multiplayer online game developed by Wargaming, first released on 12 August 2010. The game is set in the 20th century, specifically between the 1910s and 1970s, and features era-appropriate combat vehicles.

The game operates on a freemium business model, meaning it’s free to play, but players can opt to pay for “premium” features. The focus of the game is player vs. player gameplay, with each player controlling an armored vehicle.

The game starts with the player taking control of a single armored tank or self-propelled artillery vehicle of their choice. They are then placed into a battle on a random map. The player has control over the vehicle’s movement, firing, and can communicate with allied players and all the other players through typed or voice chat.

A simple random match is won either by destroying all vehicles on the opposing team or capturing the opposing team’s base by staying in it for long enough without being damaged by another tank. There are other game modes that change the rules of the battle, but gameplay mechanics remain the same. World of Tanks contains multiple game mechanics such as camouflage, shell ricochets, and module and personnel damage.

Players in World of Tanks can choose six primary types of battles: random battles, team-training battles, tank-company battles, team battles, stronghold battles and special battles. Historical Battle and Rampage are former options but have since been taken down for improvement due to poor reception following their releases. Within random battles, players can also participate in platoons, groups of two or three players who are put into the same team. There are also missions to be completed in the game modes for varying amounts of rewards.

World of Tanks has been ported to multiple gaming consoles including Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, iOS, Android, macOS, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 5. The PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One version, called World of Tanks: Modern Armor (formerly World of Tanks: Valor), was developed by studio Wargaming West.

World of Tanks has also expanded to mobile platforms under the title World of Tanks Blitz, in addition to a board game titled World of Tanks Rush and a collectible card game titled World of Tanks: Generals. World of Tanks was followed by World of Warplanes and World of Warships.

World of Tanks offers a unique blend of strategy, teamwork, and vehicular combat, set in the historical backdrop of the 20th century. Its freemium model and diverse gameplay options have contributed to its enduring popularity among gamers worldwide.


Instead of traditional characters, players choose from tanks that serve as their avatars. These tanks, categorized into light, medium, heavy, tank destroyers, and self-propelled guns, each have unique strengths, weaknesses, and roles on the battlefield.


Gameplay in World of Tanks focuses on team-based tactics and individual skill. Players must strategically navigate maps, utilize cover, and coordinate with teammates to succeed. The game’s physics and penetration system add layers of realism and strategy, demanding players to consider ammunition type, armor thickness, and angle of impact.


With its strategic depth, historical accuracy, and engaging team-based gameplay, World of Tanks stands out as a pinnacle in the free-to-play online multiplayer genre. It offers both casual and competitive players a deeply rewarding experience.

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