'World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition' from Wargaming.
Not too long before E3, free-to-play computer game company Wargaming announced they will be making their first foray onto consoles. That game, which was revealed at the annual trade show as World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition, is considered by the company to be a perfect match for console based upon the success it's had on the computer over the last few years.
"We knew that Microsoft was the perfect partner for us to do that," said Jeremy Monroe, a Nevada City native and General Manager of Wargaming America, in stating as to why Wargaming is releasing onto Xbox 360.
In development at Wargaming West (formerly Day 1 Studios), World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition will be digitally downloadable and free-to-play for both Gold and Silver Xbox LIVE gamers. Silver Xbox LIVE subscribers, who do not typically have access to online multiplayer on Xbox 360, will only have access to the game for one week upon initial download. Monroe thinks that this is quite a big deal, even if it is only for seven days.
"When we looked at partnering with Microsoft or looked at partnering on any console, we wanted to make sure that we stayed true to that free-to-play notion," he explained. "We stayed true to letting people get in and play the game for free truly."
The title will feature controls revamped for the Xbox 360's controller, new matchmaking, a new user interface, and other features to take advantage of the console's capabilities and online features. World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition will also feature in-game purchases such as premium tanks, consumables, and premium accounts to boost experience and currency accrual rates.
During the soon-to-begin open beta phase of World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition, the game will contain tanks from the United States and Germany. Wargaming says they plan to add new tanks, nations and other content, starting at launch and moving into the future. Monroe points out, however, that there will be fewer tanks in Xbox 360 Edition than there are on the PC.
"We've had to pare down the number of tanks for a couple of different reasons, some of them technical and some of them because we wanted to focus on the tanks that are going to bring you the most action," he stated.
The maps available in the original PC version will be making the full transition onto Xbox 360.
Wargaming is already accepting beta applications for the game, which launches this summer, and interested players can sign up for access at worldoftanks.com/xbox/.