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World of Battleships website launches

We like when developers try new things in the MMO-space, and Wargaming.net definitely does just that. With their last title, World of Tanks, they created a tactical shooter unlike any we’ve ever played, and found ways to cleverly adapt it to work as a free-to-play MMO. With their next game, World of Battleships (not to be confused with the upcoming Liam Neeson/Rihanna blockbuster Battleship film), they’re set to go even further away from the norm, letting players go head-to-head in 20th century warships. Confused? Don’t be: the developer has launched a website for the game with leagues of screenshots and information to get you up to speed on their exciting entry in the massively-multiplayer online naval action shooter genre (or MMONAS, as we’re going to start calling it).

The most interesting bit of news comes in the form of classes. World of Battleships will have three at launch, letting players approach the high-seas in several different ways. The first is using aircraft carriers, which provide not only naval, but air support as well. Battleships and heavy cruisers make up the second class, serving as the heavy powerhouses of the game. The third class is comprised of light destroyers, which make up for their lesser firepower with speed and agility. The website briefly explains how players can use teams of units to their advantage, detailing how a group of light destroyers can use maneuverability to their advantage, while the more powerful battleships rely on brute force to get the job done. Aircraft carriers, on the other hand, sound like the “support” class, using their superiority in the air to defend their allies.

They’ve done the ground and now they’re doing the sea. Slowly but surely, Wargaming.net is recreating World War II’s vehicular combat one unit at a time. Maybe next they’ll do World of Warplanes and merge the three games together, creating a World War II MMO that would put WW2 Online to shame.

Sep 13, 2011

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6 comments

  • Jordo141 - September 14, 2011 9:10 a.m.

    WORLD OF TANKS!!!
  • timothygridley - September 13, 2011 3:21 p.m.

    World of Warplanes is going to be starting alpha testing soon, there is a contest in World of Tanks right now for rights to be an alpha tester. The world of warplanes site is up as well, http://worldofwarplanes.com it has a trailer and a few screen shots available right now.
  • ElDudeorino - September 13, 2011 1:59 p.m.

    Wargaming.net seems to be hitting upon every cool aspect of pre-Cold War conflicts. Tanks, aeroplanes and battleships. World of Tanks has a cool combination of real and prototype tanks, though I find there's not as much background information as you'd expect. I understand not everyone is interested in the history of the BT-7, but the Tankopedia section of the WoT website has almost nothing on the various models. I expect with WoB more information will be presented, as many of the classes that would likely be featured were built in small numbers.
  • tomthespesh - September 13, 2011 1:53 p.m.

    So how will carriers work? Will you control the planes directly (thus making it like World of Warplanes) or will you just direct them where to go?
  • SideOfBeef - September 13, 2011 12:40 p.m.

    World of Tanks was fun and boats are cooler than tanks, but I wonder how different the gameplay will really be. The light/heavy/aircraft carrier sounds exactly like the light/heavy/artillery from world of tanks, as does everything else on the site.
  • kyle94 - September 13, 2011 7:03 p.m.

    And submarines would probably be tank-destroyers.

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