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World of Warplanes

World of Warplanes is a free-to-play flight combat Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) action game by Wargaming, set in the Golden Age of military aviation. read more

Platforms PC
Themes World War II
Status: Released
Release: 13-Nov-2013

World of Warplanes is a free-to-play flight combat Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) action game by Wargaming, set in the Golden Age of military aviation.


Wargaming's plan to develop a flight combat MMO action game was first conceived during the early stages of World of Tanks’ development. World of Warplanes was announced at E3 in 2011, less than two months after the World of Tanks release in Europe and North America. Development was assigned to Persha Studia, the Kiev-based developmental center of Wargaming.

The game went from concept to a playable prototype in only two months. Early alpha testing began August 2011.

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Wargaming showcased the first public World of Warplanes trailer at Gamescom in August 2011. Wargaming first showed a closed demonstration of the alpha version to journalists at the Igromir Expo in October 2011.

American aircraft were the first planes to be added to the World of Warplanes tech tree.

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World of Warplanes alpha test started recruiting test players on February 23, 2012. World of Warplanes closed beta test began May 30, 2012. The game received over two million applications within the first three months of testing.

World of Warplanes was selected as Europe’s "Most Wanted Online Game" at the European Games Awards in 2012.

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On April 4, 2013, the non-disclosure agreement was lifted for the beta test players, allowing beta testers to share their thoughts, screenshots, and in-game videos. At that time, the game offered six battle arenas and over 80 aircraft models from USSR, USA, Germany, and Japan. World of Warplanes’ open beta testing started on July 2, 2013.

The game was released on November 12, 2013 in CIS countries and on November 13, 2013 in North America and in Europe.


World of Warplanes features over 100 vehicles from Germany, the Soviet Union, USA, Japan, and Great Britain; allowing players to choose from three main warplane classes—fighters, heavy fighters, and ground-attack planes.

Each national tech tree introduces squadrons of planes ranging from Tier I entry-level machines all the way up to Tier X advanced jet-powered aircraft. All warplanes can be unlocked and upgraded through a continued gameplay progression.

Tech trees will expand as the game evolves. New nations and additional aircraft for each nation’s tech tree will be gradually introduced post-launch.

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Game modes

The game features 15 vs. 15 PvP combat sessions with two scenarios Training Mode and Standard Battles.

Training Mode is aimed at rookies, helping them master basic aircraft control skills and practice shooting static and moving targets over a series of lessons.

In Standard Battles, players destroy all hostile aircraft or gain superiority in the skies.

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World of Warplanes introduces several control schemes for players to choose from:

  • Mouse (four presets)

  • Joystick

  • Keyboard

  • Gamepad

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Economic System

The economic system in World of Warplanes is similar to World of Tanks, but finely tuned to fit specific needs and characteristics of flight combat.

The game features three primary types of in-game currency: credits, experience, and gold (tokens were a temporary in-game currency used instead of gold during Open Beta testing stage).

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Unified Premium Account

All games are now unified using a "Unified Account System". Players who have World of Tanks or World of Warplanes account can share certain in game currencies, including Premium Time, Free Experience, and Gold (in-game real money value currency). Unified accounts share the same log in information: Email, and password. that can be used in World of Tanks and World of Warplanes. A premium account provides 50% extra experience and credits for each battle creating a quicker way to boost crew training and upgrade through the tech tree.


  1. Europe’s Most Wanted Online Game at EGA 2012.

  2. Best Game from HardGame2 at E3 2012.

  3. Best Graphics from MMORPGItalia at PAX East 2012.

  4. Best MMO Action from Goharu at E3 2012.

  5. Best MMO from at E3 2012.

  6. Best Free-to-play from Jeuxvideo24 at Gamescom 2013.

This article uses material from the Wikipedia article World of Warplanes, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.



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