PS4 gets 1080p MMO War Thunder on June 3

Gaijin Entertainment announces release date for North American version of free-to-play game.

Gaijin Entertainment has announced that its World War II MMO War Thunder will be available in North America on the PlayStation 4 on June 3. The game is already available on PS4 in Europe, and globally for PC. The game is a free-to-play title across all platforms.

War Thunder for PS4 runs in "majestic 1080p" and includes the recently released Ground Forces expansion. In addition, Gaijin Entertainment said cross-platform play between PS4 and PC will be introduced "in the very near future," though no specific date was provided. War Thunder features 350 different planes, 150 multiplayer missions, as well as a single-player campaign and squadron battles.

In all, War Thunder boasts more than 7 million players worldwide. Players can duke it out through aerial combat or on the ground with tanks, thanks to the new Ground Forces expansion. The PS4 version of War Thunder also uses the PlayStation Camera (if you have one) for head-tracking.

One of the reasons why War Thunder is not on Xbox One, according to Gaijin Entertainment CEO Anton Yudintsev, is because Microsoft does not allow cross-platform play between PC and Xbox One. This is crucial for a game like War Thunder, he said, because the install base of the Xbox One (somewhere around 3 million units right now) is too small for players to have an enjoyable experience.

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dhaag740
dhaag740

I'm happy that this is finally coming to North American PS4 users. Not to happy about cross-platform play coming to it though.

eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

Yes indeed, the Wii U has a much larger install base then X.Bone

Tiger_Ali
Tiger_Ali

Lol I went to gamestop yesterday and all the Wii u consoles were gone lol....Mario Kart 8! Nintendo just pushed for 2nd place.

@eternal_napalm 

kryotech
kryotech

Yes! Been really excited for this game!

sammoth
sammoth

Turns up Draw distance to Pawn PS4 players. Welcome aboard suckers.

Muljo
Muljo

Ah finally!  Been waiting for this since the PS4 launch.  I'm curious if your progress on PC can be transferred to your PS4?

goldensunfan
goldensunfan

So since cross platform play is being introduced will it be possible to log into the game on PS4 using an already existing PC account? If i cant access my PC account on PS4 which already has countless planes, tanks etc unlocked as well as premium I will likely stick to the PC version.

Llama345
Llama345

Cross platform is the one of the only reasons I regret getting my One. This game looks boss, and FFXIV is an awesome game that I gave up when I chose the One over the 4. Here's hoping that whatever dumb ass reasons MS has for no X-playform play gets thrown out with the baby. 

jako998
jako998

@Llama345  im very sure If the Xbox fans Raise their voice  about Cross-play with PC and MAYBE PS4, than Microsoft will remove that policy.


we just got to let them know about it

xhawk27
xhawk27

You can use Kinect in BF4 for head tracking too. Oh and Xbox One has sold more than 3 million by now. 


b3gv5m63
b3gv5m63

@xhawk27

PS4 should be at 10 million units by now. it was at 7 million  over a month ago.

Tiger_Ali
Tiger_Ali

Well maybe we should wait for Microsoft to come out of the closet with some numbers.

@xhawk27 

GOGOHeadray
GOGOHeadray

so is this a persistant world like ww2 online or something different?

goldensunfan
goldensunfan

@GOGOHeadray No. The game revolves around WWII/Korean era vehicular combat, planes and tanks currently. Ships will be added in the future. Tanks and Planes can be played on the same map. There are different nations with their own tech trees, as well as stats/leaderboards, and customization options. You can also create your own camos/skins for aircraft and tanks and even your own missions, maps, and aircraft using the CDK.

wdma
wdma

lol Xbots are still whining about the 1080p! Its not our fault your shitty console can't do it except for few titles 

running_snake
running_snake

I dislike Microsoft just as much as the next man, but there was no reason to state that the install base for Xbox One is "somewhere around 3 million". Come on, that's a stat from almost 5 months ago. Surely they're at least around four and a half million by now, and that will only grow with the new SKU next month. I doubt I'll get one as I don't trust the company but I dislike "journalism" that is biased.

With regards to the actual subject of the article, I've been excited for this game since I first saw it and glad I finally get to fire it up on my PS4 Tuesday!

augustine777
augustine777

@running_snake

Well, if the journalist decides not to give MS the benefit of the doubt, what is wrong with that?  It is their fault that MS refuses to publish their sales figure?  Who knows, if more journalists do this then maybe MS will give us the actual sales number.

running_snake
running_snake

@augustine777

Fair point. It's not his fault Microsoft doesn't want to get embarrassed by releasing sales numbers.

I do, however believe differently than you. That information, even though it's Microsoft's latest number (which I agree is pathetic on their part), is outdated. The sales figure was in parentheses in the article and could have easily been left out but the journalist opted instead to include information that he knew was not a very accurate portrayal. If I were being objective I'd just remove the part in parentheses.

Anyone who cares enough about gaming enough to be reading these articles already knows the Xbox One is lagging behind in sales. There are plenty of spots to take jabs at Microsoft that are more legitimate than that one.

komitetgosuder
komitetgosuder

 only possible on the Playstation4 super computer & entertainment system

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

You spelt PC wrong, FYI.

Shango4
Shango4

Awesome 1080p.Way better than 720p thats was so last gen.

battlefront1943
battlefront1943

This is the first title I've heard back up something we talked about a few months back -- the defection of games from XBOX due to low install bases.  Unless MS can push a lot of boxes soon, they're guaranteed to lose more and higher profile online titles -- simply because they don't have the numbers to make a successful online ecosystem viable (same reason TITANFALL 2 is going to be cross-platform).

MS did the right thing by dropping Kinect, but did they do it in time?

normanislost
normanislost

@battlefront1943 it's part due to the install base and part due to it not being a massively popular genre on consoles

you combine those 2 things with the fact Microsoft won't allow cross platform servers and anyone who get's this on the xbox could find them selves a bit lonely compared to the combined PS4/PC community

sampson3121
sampson3121

3 million in sales...fucking losers!!!!! war thunder is has amazing dog fights.

ChiefReaver
ChiefReaver

I've never seen a more try-hard, click-bate title ever in my life.

cherublvl99
cherublvl99

Why do you need to put 1080p before the name of the game? Is this an indicator that the game is acceptable for us? Well, f*ck you Gamespot!

peterhorner1867
peterhorner1867

Haven't u heard? That's what makes a great game these days! Which rock have u been hiding under???

stickybun
stickybun

1080p unfortunately won't make this game fun. I've heard it's horrible.

Kooken58
Kooken58

@stickybun I personally think its tons of fun. Its alot more complex and fun than similar games like World of Tanks.

It all comes down to preference. 

deadpeasant
deadpeasant

@stickybun It's my favorite game this year so far. Its excellent. Maybe you should try it and see for yourself. 

mikees1
mikees1

Horrible????? Clearly you have not played or even seen this game! This game isn't horrible, this game is beautiful. Nothing like it out there at all. And all for ps4 and pc. So it might horrible that an x1 can't play it.

peterhorner1867
peterhorner1867

Is this the same type of 1080p that was for watchdogs?