The Free Agent: Episode 17 - World of Warplanes

Hello to all our new readers, and welcome back to those who have been following ZAM's bi-weekly column, The Free Agent. Our mission, as always, is to answer the question "Can gaming REALLY be free?"

If you missed the last episode, be sure to check it out for our long overdue coverage of Path of Exile.

This week the Free Agent gets airborne with the latest title from Wargaming.net, the recently released World of Warplanes. Does it crash and burn or soar to new free-to-play heights, or maybe just fly along somewhere in the middle? Read on to find out.

Join ZAM & Wargaming for a Warplanes Livestream!

This evening World of Warplanes Senior Producer, Gareth Luke, and Jamie King from Wargaming's PR team will join ZAM contributor Jeffrey "Undestructed" Wright for a livestream session! Make sure you tune in on ZAM's Twitch channel at 5:30pm Pacific Time to see some Warplanes action!

World of Warplanes Released

Wargaming, the same folks that brought us the ubiquitous World of Tanks, has released the second of their "World of" trio with World of Warplanes. This is the perfect game for those of you thinking "Gee, World of Tanks is neat, but I wish these tanks could fly!"

World of Warplanes Release Date Changed

Wargaming, the developer behind action combat free-to-play MMOs World of Tanks and World of Warships, announced today that their upcoming flight combat MMO, World of Warplanes, will be delayed. The game, which was slated to be released in late September, is now set for a November 12th and 13th launch. Vlad Belozerov, Director of Global Operations for World of Warplanes, stated that, "The extra time will allow the development team to fine-tune the game balance and make sure that every feature is top-notch before launch."

World of Warplanes to Launch in September

Wargaming.net announced this morning that World of Warplanes will officially release on September 26th for North America and Europe. Lucky players in CIS countries will have access to the game a day sooner on September 25th. This follows an extended beta period during which nearly three million players registered to take part. Since the game went into open beta in early July, the team has been collecting and implementing player feedback.

“In the two months since open beta, we've made a huge amount of progress,” says Development Director Oleg Gotynyan. “We expect [World of Warplanes] to offer a deep and polished experience to both MMO fans and flight combat enthusiasts alike.”

World of Warplanes Blasts into Open Beta

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World of Warplanes takes off into Open Beta today, allowing many fans--2.7 million applied for closed beta alone--to put their aerobatic skills to the test.

To celebrate this landmark for the game and the company, Wargaming is hosting a livestream to show off the game's new features as well as give away in-game gold to viewers.

World of Warplanes Set to Fly

If battlefield-based combat has left you yearning for loftier ambitions, Wargaming has something to tempt you with. Made from the same mold as the incredibly popular World of Tanks, pilots will be able to take to the skies in World of Warplanes.

You won’t have to wait long to strap on your parachute either, with open beta cranking up on July 2nd.

World Of Warplanes Preview

For those of you who are familiar with Wargaming.net you've probably heard of World of Tanks, the award-winning free-to-play team based MMO featuring devastating tank battles.

Well Wargraming.net is adding another action MMO to its arsenal which takes place hundreds of feet above ground and is fittingly named, World of Warplanes.

I'm here today to bring you a preview of what you can expect to see from Wargaming's upcoming title. Keep in mind, however, that World of Warplanes is still in closed beta so some of what I'm about to talk about may change. Beta is beta after all.

On that note, lets get started!

World of Warplanes Gets Major Update

Wargaming's highly anticipated game World of Warplanes is receiving a huge update today for US and RU players, whereas EU players will get ahold of the update on the 20th. World of Warplanes is a flight action MMO that is currently in closed beta. The game is receiving a flight model update and improved mouse controls on US and RU clusters.

World of Warplanes CGI Trailer

Well, this is something! Wargaming.net has thrown together a totally rockin CGI trailer for World of Warplanes, showing tons of awesome dogfighting action in their upcoming game. Short and sweet, it appears to have been made for Igromir 2012, a Russian game developer conference. But hey, who cares about that? They make that awesome "brrrrrrrrrowwwwwwwwwww" noise while firing their guns!

Julian "Mirai" Williams