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War Thunder Hits 9 Million Players as Victory Day Update 1.70.1945 Arrives

Gaijin Entertainment’s historic online action title, War Thunder, continues to build momentum. The developer has released a slew of updates for the virtual reality (VR) compatible videogame over the past year, bringing new weapons, vehicles and features for players to enjoy. The studio’s efforts are clearly paying off; it’s been announced that War Thunder has reached some nine million players across its platforms. This week also sees the release of a new ‘Victory Day’ 1.70.1945 update, bringing yet more content to the title.

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The update, titled ‘Weapons of Victory’, is live now and provides players with over 40 new vehicles and three maps which, as the name suggests, revolve around the final stages of the second World War. Maps include ‘Normandy, which pays homage to the Allied push to retake both France in June 1944 and consists of various ambush points for players to take advantage of. There’s also the ‘Hürtgen Forest’, located in Western Germany, and ‘Reichstag’ in which armoured combat takes centre stage in the streets of Berlin.

As for vehicles, the new slate includes planes and tanks with real history that players can obtain by taking part in upcoming in-game events and promotional activities. These include the RAF Spitfire Mk IXc that belonged to decorated pilot and the Siege of Malta’s ace, John Plagis, Ray S Westmore’s P51-D Mustang ‘Daddy’s Girl’ and the US M-18 from the 805th Tank Destroyer Battalion, nicknamed “Black Cat”.

Finally, aircraft damage models have seen a significant update, changing the behaviour of collisions and emergency landings. “For example,” the developer notes, “it will be more difficult to harm a heavy bomber by ramming it while flying a light aircraft and the correct execution of the “belly landing” will damage the aircraft slightly with the possibility to fully repair it and return to battle.”

War Thunder features full support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) on PC and is expected to support the Project Morpheus HMD on PlayStation 4 once it’s released. VRFocus will continue to follow the title closely, reporting back with the latest updates on it.