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War Thunder, the multiplayer aerial combat game from Gaijin Entertainment, is set to deliver four times the war and 8.7 times the thunder with Update 1.39, which will add new maps, new missions, more planes and squadron battles for PC and PS4 fliers.

Keep in mind that, so far, War Thunder has not released on the PS4 in the US just yet. If you’re gaming on the PC, however, then you should be good to go with all of this new content Gaijin is rolling out for its WWIII MMO featuring planes aplenty.

“This major update is a milestone for Gaijin Entertainment, as they release several new features including support for user-generated content, squadron battles, the addition of even more plance, and early access to the Ground Forces expansion,” reads the press release.

So, along with players being able to create and share their own missions with other players, this new update will also open up the Ground Forces content for current players which, as you might have guessed based on the name, means tanks, tanks and more tanks.

As for the creation tools, players will be able to fine-tune the look of their planes by adding various bits of flair here and there, or creating their very own full skin to show off in the virtual skies. Update 1.39 will also give access to a stand-alone maps and missions editor, where they can simply tweak existing War Thunder maps or create their very own landscapes for other players to explore.

And how’s about them squadron battles and new planes? According to Gaijin, this new mode will offer competitive events for player-created factions while Update 1.39 will also grant access to another 18 aircraft for players to unlock and enjoy. There’s also a new “Battle of Kursk” mission based on a historical battle that took place in 1943, when the Soviets defeated the German strategic offensive and turned the tide on the Eastern Front. Players will be able to compete against AI-controlled tanks and pilots in order to relive this historic battle.

“And last but not least, the Update 1.39 will allow players who currently possess codes for the Ground Forces expansion closed beta to be the first to play as either a tank or an aircraft, 24/7, but not from the very start,” reads the announcement. “Gaijin Entertainment will slowly implement Ground Forces into the update to ensure seamless gameplay.”

Looking for more details or want to just jump into this free-to-play game? Visit the official site for more details.

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