Beta Key Giveaway for BigWorld-Powered World of Warplanes

Thursday, September 27th, 2012, posted by Kris

from the beta desk

MMORPG.com is currently holding a closed beta key giveaway for BigWorld-Powered World of Warplanes, right in time for the upcoming weekend.

To get a key, just go to this website, log in (or create an account if you don’t have one), and then claim your reward.

Keys are limited though, so be sure to get yours quickly!

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Update 8.0 for BigWorld-Powered World of Tanks Released

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012, posted by Kris

from the Tanks desk

MMORPG.com featured that the new 8.0 Update for BigWorld-Powered World of Tanks was released today for North American players, and will be out in Europe tomorrow.

“Update 8.0 adds a newly optimized user interface, enhanced rendering system for more lifelike and realistic visuals, as well as adaptive camouflage and new mini-map functions. Players can also now choose the combat mode type before entering the battle and transfer free experience into crew experience.”

A complete list of update notes for the patch can be seen on this nicely organized website, with the notes split into a multitude of topics and subjects.

Check out MMORPG.com’s take on the matter here, and the official World of Tanks release here.

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Gameplay Video for BigWorld-Powered World of Warplanes Surfaced

Monday, September 24th, 2012, posted by Kris

from the warplane desk

A video recently surfaced on YouTube of some beta footage of BigWorld-Powered World of Warplanes in action.

What’s interesting to look at is how Wargaming.net has been able to adapt the World of Tanks interface and formula to the Warplanes world.

Be sure to check out the video below, and if you’re German you might understand the commentary too.

Extensive Podcast on BigWorld Indie-Powered Origins of Malu

Friday, September 21st, 2012, posted by Kris

from the malu desk

YouTube user Allahweh’s “Gaming Goddess” podcast recently featured Jennifer “Yorunokuma” Williamson, the lead art designer on BigWorld Indie-Powered Origins of Malu.

“[Jennifer] joins us to talk about the game itself, to answer some of my questions, and to share some insight into how the whole design process works!”

For anyone wanting to get an in-depth look at what goes behind making an MMO, or just game design in general, this definitely warrants a worthy listen.

The Gaming Goddess herself also plans to get the President of Burning Dog Media, Michael Dunham, on the show later this year.

Listen to the podcast in its entirety through YouTube below, or download it here.

BigWorld-Powered World of Tanks Ural Steel Championship 2012 Coverage

Thursday, September 20th, 2012, posted by Kris

from the tanks desk

Following up our previous post on the BigWorld-Powered World of Tanks Ural Steel 2012 Championship results, MMOhut had a recent article about their coverage on the tournament.

“The 5,000-seat CSKA Sport Arena played host to the 15 top teams of tankers from Russia, the European Union, North America, China, and Japan, each competing for a $77,000 prize purse and a chance to win the coveted title of World of Tanks World Champions 2012.”

Perhaps the most interesting thing discussed is a quote from Wargaming on the future of their growing e-sports community.

“Wargaming is planning on putting more and more effort in establishing World of Tanks as a truly global cyber-sport discipline…The competition at the Ural Steel Championship 2012 only encourages us to continue to bring together professional gamers as well as work harder to expand our fan base among the eSports community.”

E-sports is quickly becoming one of the biggest components of modern online gaming, and Wargaming is smart to jump in as early as they could to start the community strong. While $77,000 might sound pretty big for a prize purse now, we wouldn’t be surprised if World of Tanks players were competing for double that in just a few years.

For MMOhut’s full coverage on the matter, click here.

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BigWorld-Powered World of Tanks Ural Steel Championship Results

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012, posted by Kris

from the steel desk

Results are in for the 2nd annual BigWorld-Powered World of Tanks Ural Steel Championship. The Ural Steel tournament was an event for all of the best World of Tanks teams to compete for the top prize. Details on the tournament can be seen in our previous post on the matter.

The prize pools for the Ural Steel championship were as follows:

  • 1st place: $35,000 + additional prizes
  • 2nd place: $21,000 + additional prizes
  • 3rd place: $14,000 + additional prizes

First place ended up going to “The RED: Rush Unity”, second to “The RED -Z GRA”, and third “Virtus.Pro Aces”.

These teams are probably enjoying their prize money by now, but hopefully they don’t get too carried away and forget to start practicing for next year’s tournament.

A detailed account on the final games can be seen towards the bottom of Ural Steel’s official page, as well as video streams of the games and interviews with the players.

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Japanese Tech Tree in BigWorld-Powered World of Warplanes

Monday, September 17th, 2012, posted by Kris

from the warplane desk

Wargaming.net just recently released a new plethora of content for the Japanese aircraft in the upcoming BigWorld-Powered World of Warplanes.

Among this new content is the Japanese Tech Tree for the game, showing the aircraft tier progressions.

“The first tier plane of the Japanese World of Warplanes tree will be a light fighter, the Nakajima Type 91.  It’s followed by nine naval fighters from the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service.  The legendary A6M2 Zero is represented, as well as an unusually designed fast interceptor, the Mitsubishi J4M1 Senden, and three types of Kyushu J7W fighters.”

Also added were new renders of Japanese planes, as well as some screenshots of them in action.

Wargaming’s official release on the matter can be seen here, and be sure to check out the Japanese aircraft teaser video while you’re at it.

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