World of Warplanes

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World of Warplanes
World of Warplanes cover art.png
World of Warplanes Logo
Developer(s) Persha Studia
Engine BigWorld
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Release date(s) CIS 20131112November 12, 2013
NA 20131113November 13, 2013
EU 20131113November 13, 2013
Genre(s) Action, Arcade, MMO

World of Warplanes is a free-to-play flight combat Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) action game by Wargaming, set in the Golden Age of military aviation. The game was released on November 12, 2013 in CIS countries and on November 13, 2013 in North America and in Europe.[1]


The logo for World of Warplanes

Wargaming's plan to develop a flight combat MMO action game was first conceived during the early stages of World of Tanks’ development. World of Warplanes was announced at E3 in 2011,[2] less than two months after the World of Tanks release in Europe and North America.[3] Development was assigned to Persha Studia,[4] the Kiev-based developmental center of Wargaming.

The game went from concept to a playable prototype in only two months. Early alpha testing began August 2011.[5]

Wargaming showcased the first public World of Warplanes trailer[6] at Gamescom in August 2011.[7] Wargaming first showed a closed demonstration of the alpha version to journalists at the Igromir Expo in October 2011.[8]

American aircraft were the first planes to be added[9] to the World of Warplanes tech tree.

World of Warplanes alpha test started recruiting test players on February 23, 2012.[10] World of Warplanes closed beta test began May 30, 2012.[11] The game received over two million applications within the first three months of testing.[12]

World of Warplanes was selected as Europe’s "Most Wanted Online Game" at the European Games Awards in 2012.[13]

On April 4, 2013, the non-disclosure agreement was lifted for the beta test players,[14] allowing beta testers to share their thoughts, screenshots, and in-game videos. At that time, the game offered six battle arenas and over 80 aircraft models from USSR, USA, Germany, and Japan. World of Warplanes’ open beta testing started on July 2, 2013.[15][16]


World of Warplanes features over 100 vehicles from Germany, the Soviet Union, USA, Japan, Great Britain and China;[17] allowing players to choose from three main warplane classes- Fighters, Heavy Fighters and Ground Attack Planes.

Each national tech tree introduces squadrons of planes ranging from Tier I entry-level machines all the way up to Tier X advanced jet-powered aircraft. All warplanes can be unlocked and upgraded through a continued gameplay progression.

Tech trees will expand as the game evolves. New nations and additional aircraft for each nation’s tech tree will be gradually introduced post-launch.[18]

Game modes[edit]

The game features 15 vs. 15 PvP combat sessions with two scenarios—Training Mode and Standard Battles.

Training Mode is aimed at rookies, helping them master basic aircraft control skills and practice shooting static and moving targets over a series of lessons.

In Standard Battles, players destroy all hostile aircraft or gain superiority in the skies.


World of Warplanes introduces several control schemes for players to choose from:

  • Mouse (four presets)
  • Joystick
  • Keyboard
  • Gamepad

Economic system[edit]

The economic system in World of Warplanes is similar to World of Tanks, but finely tuned to fit specific needs and characteristics of flight combat.

The game features three primary types of in-game currency:credits, experience, and gold (tokens were a temporary in-game currency used instead of gold during Open Beta testing stage).

Unified Premium Account[edit]

All games are now unified using a "Unified Account System". Players who have World of Tanks or World of Warplanes account can share certain in game currencies, including Premium Time, Free Experience, and Gold (in-game real money value currency).[19] Unified accounts share the same log in information: Email, and password.[20] that can be used in World of Tanks and World of Warplanes. A premium account provides 50% extra experience and credits for each battle creating a quicker way to boost crew training and upgrade through the tech tree. [21]


World of Warplanes has received mixed reviews and currently holds a Metacritic score of 69 out of 100.[22]

World of Warplanes developer, however, has cut the game's advertizing budget, viewing the project as a financial failure. [23] There are rumors that the game will be massively reconstructed sometime in the future.


  1. Europe’s Most Wanted Online Game at EGA 2012.[24]
  2. Best Game from HardGame2 at E3 2012.[25]
  3. Best Graphics from MMORPGItalia at PAX East 2012.[26]
  4. Best MMO Action from Goharu at E3 2012.[27]
  5. Best MMO from at E3 2012.[27]
  6. Best Free-to-play from Jeuxvideo24 at Gamescom 2013.[28]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Flight Combat MMO World of Warplanes Takes Flight into Release. November 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-14.
  2. ^ Rich McCormick. E3 2011: announces World of Warplanes. June 2011. Retrieved 2013-11-06.
  3. ^ IGN Staff. World of Tanks Invades Europe and North America. April 2011. Retrieved 2013-11-06.
  4. ^ Will Freeman. Learning to fly: The story behind World of Warplanes. November 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-06.
  5. ^ World of Warplanes Full Game. Retrieved 2013-11-06.
  6. ^ World of Warplanes: Gamescom 2011 Debut Trailer. August 2011. Retrieved 2013-11-06.
  7. ^ Jef Reahard. World of Warplanes debuting at Gamescom. July 2011. Retrieved 2013-11-06.
  8. ^ Команда разработчиков World of Warplanes примет участие в Игромире 2011. сентябрь 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-06.
  9. ^ Russel. World of Warplanes unveils USA aircraft. December 2011. Retrieved 2013-11-06.
  10. ^ John Papadopoulos. World of Warplanes – Global Alpha Test Starts Tomorrow. February 2012. Retrieved 2013-11-06.
  11. ^ Jef Reahard. World of Warplanes closed beta starts today. May 2012. Retrieved 2013-11-06.
  12. ^ World of Warplanes Soars into Open Beta. July 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-06.
  13. ^ BigWorld-Powered World of Warplanes is Most Anticipated European Game. August 2012. Retrieved 2013-11-06.
  14. ^ World of Warplanes NDA Removed. April 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-06.
  15. ^ Samit Sarkar. World of Warplanes open beta now available. July 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-06.
  16. ^ Craig Pearson. Chocks Away: World Of Warplanes Beta Opens. July 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-06.
  17. ^ "World_of_Warplanes – Global Wiki" (in Russian). Retrieved 2014-10-24. 
  18. ^ World of Warplanes Retrieved 2013-11-06.
  19. ^ Portal" [1]. September 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-18.
  20. ^ Alice Lynton. Wargaming opens Unified Premium Account scheme. September 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-06.
  21. ^, Portal. "Unified Premium Article". Retrieved 2013-11-18. 
  22. ^ "World of Warplanes for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  23. ^
  24. ^ 19. Wargaming wins two European Games Awards! August 2012. Retrieved 2013-11-06.
  25. ^ Mejor Juego Free-to-Play en PC – World of Warplanes ( June 2012. Retrieved 2013-11-06.
  26. ^ Massimo Nolvadex Villa. PAX East 2012 Awards: I Vincitori. April 2012. Retrieved 2013-11-06.
  27. ^ a b JonahFalcon. racks up E3 awards for World of Warplanes. June 2012. Retrieved 2013-11-06.
  28. ^ Ganon. Meilleur Free 2 Play de la gamescom 2013. September 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-06.

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