Back in early November 2014 VRFocus reported on the reveal of the latest update for free-to-play massively multiplayer online (MMO) historical combat experience War Thunder. Titled Steel Generals, the update adds a range of new vehicles to the virtual reality (VR) compatible experience as well as introducing more features. Today developer Gaijin Entertainment has announced that a new update for the title, titled 1.45, brings Steel Generals into Closed Beta testing. A video detailing the updates can be seen below.
As the seven minute video explains, the highlight of the Steel Generals update is the addition of drivable US tanks, including the likes of the M2 Medium Tank, the M16 Halftrack, the M4A1(76) Sherman, the M41 Walker Bulldog and M103 Heavy Tank. Six of the new tanks have already been tested and are available to drive now, while others, almost 36 in total, will first be put through their paces in the Closed Beta before being released for everyone else. For the chance to get into the Beta, players need to follow Gaijin Entertainment closely.
In terms of planes, each one has had its flight model updated to what the developer refers to as ‘tournament standard’, including new mouse aiming configurations. Damage models to vehicles have also been greatly improved, including wings that break off in the exact spot that damage is taken. Elsewhere there are plenty of other additions including new maps and even a tow cable that allows players with stuck tanks to call for help from friends.
“We’re happy to release the update before the holidays to give our players plenty of time to try out the new features. The Steel Generals closed beta and Q1 rollout plan will guarantee that by the time the tanks reach the majority of players, they will be optimized for the epic battle experience that our fans have come to expect,” Gaijin Entertainment CEO, Anton Yudintsev said of the updates release.
Earlier in the month VRFocus spoke to Gaijin Entertainment about its VR support for War Thunder. The developer hopes to also add support for the Project Morpheus HMD on PlayStation 4 later down the line. VRFocus will continue to follow War Thunder, reporting back with any further updates on the title.