For tank enthusiasts September 2016 marks a momentous date in the vehicles history, as it’s been 100 years since the first tank entered battle in World War 1 (WW1). To commemorate the event Wargaming.net has today launched an app which utilises both augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), Tank 100.
Developed by Ballista Digital – a specialist in history-based apps for museums – Tank 100 gives anyone with an interest in tank gaming or history an opportunity to see a life-sized model of the Mark 1 externally, whilst being able to view 360-degree films of tanks in action.
Partnering with The Tank Museum in Bovington, Wargaming.net showcases the history behind the development of the first tanks during WW1, offering an opportunity to visit tanks from 100 years ago located at 100 locations around the UK. These locations are as close to the original placement of the tanks all those years ago, as many of the original tank locations have disappeared with modern development such as housing estates.
“History is part of Wargaming’s DNA. We wanted to use all that technology has to offer to give everyone a new way to rediscover history, tanks and facts of WWI. The Tank 100 app will allow you to virtually see the first tank on the battlefield or see a life-size model, the Mark I – or a smaller version pop up on a desk top”, said Markus Schill, General Manager Europe Wargaming.
Tank 100 is free to download for both iOS and Android devices. Over the next few months Wargaming.net will expand the app, adding more WW1 tanks and later 20th Century tanks to coincide with major anniversaries.
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Barrow in Furness
Brighton Preston Park Run
Bury St Edmonds
Newcastle under Lyme
Newcastle upon Tyne
Stoke on Trent
Llandudno happy valley road