World of Tanks is a massively multiplayer online game developed and published by Belarusian gaming company Wargaming. The game features mid-20th century (1930s-1960s) era combat vehicles. It’s based on a freemium business model in which the game is free-to-play, but there are also microtransactions.
As of December 2013, the game has 75 million registered players all over the world and the concurrent player peak record is 1.1 million players. This is an increase of 15 million compared to 60 million in June 2013 and 30 million compared to 45 million in December of 2012.
World of Tanks Gameplay and Game Modes
The player takes control of an armored vehicle of their choice and is put into a battle on a random map. The player has full control over the tank’s movement, firing, and communication with nearby or allied players in the same match. In addition, there are many game modes which change the rules of the battle, but mechanics remain the same. World of Tanks features multiple game mechanics such as module damage, shell ricochets and camouflage.
There are six main types of battles in World of Tanks:
- Random Battles
- Team-Training Battles
- Tank-Company Battles
- Team Battles
- Stronghold Battles
- Special Battles
Within random battles, players can participate in platoons (groups of two to three players). There are also missions which can be completed in the game modes for different rewards.
The vehicles are modeled to resemble their counterparts in real life, which makes the game quite realistic. However, some things have been slightly changed to fit the game mechanics and improve gameplay. World of Tanks features five different types of vehicles:
- Light Tanks
- Medium Tanks
- Heavy Tanks
- Tank Destroyers
- Self-Propelled Guns
Each vehicle can be customized to a certain degree, either performance-based or visually, with most of the parts (tracks, guns, turrets, engines) being modular parts which are purchased from Tech Tree.
All tanks can have three pieces of bonus equipment, which vary from tank to tank and offers different advantages and disadvantages. For example, some parts allow the gun to fire faster, or increase durability of equipment. Also, there’s a camouflage option, which makes your tank almost invisible when standing still.
Clan Wars in World of Tanks has two main components: Strongholds and Global Map
In Strongholds, each clan can have their own stronghold. Each strongold begins with one zone and can grow up to four zones as the clan’s membership increases.
Global Map is a collection of fronts based on the real-world map. There are 3 fronts for tiers 6, 8 and 10. Each front has provinces which gather gold for the clan that currently owns it. A clan can enter the global map by entering a competition of a specific province, battling against other clans and ultimately against the current land owner.