War Thunder Exits Open Beta with Launch of ‘Way of the Samurai’ Update

Gaijin Entertainment’s massively multiplayer online (MMO) title War Thunder has been in beta for sometime now, but today that comes to an end with the title now available in its full form. In conjunction with leaving open beta, the developer has launched the next update, v1.65, called Way of the Samurai.

Leaving open beta has meant all current in-game nations feature their own aircraft and tank trees. So the update will focus on completing the armour of the Imperial Japanese Army, adding 30 armoured ground forces vehicles, with a full range of light and medium tanks as well as self-propelled guns and anti-aircraft vehicles modeled on interwar vehicles to proven mid-war workhorses and modern developments of the Cold War era.

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The update now adds cockpit interiors for all aircraft with working gauges and indicators, and contains two new maps for ground and combined arms combat. These are ‘Abandoned Factory’ and ’38th Parallel’, with the first challenging tankers and air support to identify targets in a maze of industrial workshops and loading bays, while the latter propels players into the Korean peninsula and is the first ground combat location based on a post-World War II setting.

“After reaching this important development milestone, which marks the end of Open Beta, the goals set out for War Thunder in 2012 are now complete. We will focus on adding new features and improvements, to let virtual pilots, tankers and navy captains enjoy one of the most realistic, extensive and accessible war simulations of all time,” says Kirill Yudintsev, Creative Director of Gaijin Entertainment.

Gaijin Entertainment’s plans for 2017 include focusing on two major game modes for War Thunder. The previously announced World War mode allowing players to experience massive operations across different theatres of World War II, as well as the full release of War Thunder Naval Forces for all nations.

VRFocus will continue its coverage of War Thunder, reporting back with any further updates.