Yet another game announced during the Sony Gamescom press conference, War Thunder will be bringing its blend of land and air military vehicular combat to the PlayStation 4 when the new console launches in mid-November.
Along with its heavy focus on independent games, one of the obvious prongs of Sony's next-gen strategy involves and abundance of free-to-play MMOs. First-person action games like Blacklight: Retribution and Warframe are already confirmed launch titles, alongside the likes of Planetside 2 and DC Universe Online.
The latest free-to-play online game is War Thunder (opens in new tab), and you'll be able to jump into control of a plane or tank as soon as the PS4 hits store shelves. A console version of the PC battle game, War Thunder comes from the folks at Gaijin Entertainment and features a boatload of World War II-era vehicles ready to blow each other to bits.
According to a press release from Gaijin, War Thunder will boast content exclusive to the PS4, as well as all of the social capabilities we've come to expect out of these games. And the best part is the fact that the existing community will only be bolstered by the PS4 version of the game, as both the PS4 and PC will share online battlefields.
“The age-old battle between who rocks more, console or computer gamers, now has an arena for it to take place,” said Gaijin CEO Anton Yudintsev, apparently wishing to ignite an all-out brawl. “Just think of it: More than a hundred planes, tanks and ships, all fighting on the same map. We look forward to seeing our 3 million-plus online community take to the skies or prowl on the ground to do battle in War Thunder accompanied by PS4 users.”
When it launches for the PS4, War Thunder will offer more than 300 planes and tanks for players to control with more coming down the pipeline as the developer plans to update the console and PC versions of the game in tangent. Modes include single player, co-op and, yes, massive multiplayer battles. There will even be some unidentified “bonus content” for PlayStation Plus subscribers. Booya.