World of Tanks 360 release next week, only free-to-play on Xbox Live Gold

But you'll get a 7-day World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition trial if you're on Xbox Live Free.

World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition will launch worldwide on February 12, Wargaming has announced.

The console edition of the massively successful tank battler--the PC version is said to have raked in revenue of $372 million last year--will only be free-to-play for users with an Xbox Live Gold account. Those without Xbox Live Gold will be able to access a 7-day trial of the title.

The Xbox 360 version of the title is being handled by Wargaming West, which operated as F.E.A.R. 3 and Fracture developer Day One Studios until the company was acquired by Wargaming in 2013.

At launch, Wargaming says World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition will feature over 100 tanks from the US, Germany, and the UK. The company says it plans to add new tanks and other nations into the game in the future.

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Woodford69
Woodford69

Played the beta.  It's a lot of fun.

Sam Ndokosho
Sam Ndokosho

I mean, it will just be stupid on the Xbox. Its a PC game.

Lee Bailey
Lee Bailey

Because it has an existing customer base numbering into the tens of millions. That's why.

Vincent Goh
Vincent Goh

I think Frederick's comment gave me cancer... made no sense at all.

Frederick Quatman
Frederick Quatman

Xbox 360 getting some love almost 9 years into its life. Fable Anniversary, World Of Tanks, Titanfall, Project Spark and I just signed up for the Crytek beta for Warface on the 360. Nice to see solid support.

Martin Evans
Martin Evans

@Dylan Drummond... Titanfall is out March 14th! Keep up mate!!

Marky360
Marky360

So since you have to pay for an Xbox Live connection in order to play it that means its not free to play. i mean its not like having to pay for an internet connection or say your light bill I mean that stuffs a given and serves a purpose to help you connect to the internet but an Xbox Live Gold sub it literally just a sub fee payed in order to access the game so its not really free to play is it.

StonerDemon
StonerDemon

Think I'll pass. I prefer to get Metro: Last Light for free from the competition.

--> Expected trolly answer: It's not for free, it's a rental!!!

--> My expected reply: I don't care.

playstationzone
playstationzone

Last year at E3 didn't say free to play and only said coming to next gen so really it wasn't next gen and reall was coming to free to play but who needs this that got gta5 online in tank battle .

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

A friend of mine plays WoT regulary on his PC.
As he has also a X360,i told him to try the X360-Beta.
1 hour later he told me "what a joke...not even close to the PC version".
I am a Xbox-fan but i would say:If you have a PC,play it there.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Honestly, if you people are gonna gripe and moan about 15 bucks a month for XBL is too much money, you picked the wrong hobby.  Gaming is not a charity.  Most people would agree that XBL is a superior service to the competition, and guess what, it costs money.  Instead of gaming, some of you need a better job.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Next week?  Then what is this I'm downloading now?

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

I'll take another game this month... it's a good thing I pay for a gold subscription.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Most people (especially commenting on this site) will have an active XBLG subscription if they own an Xbox. To these people it seems silly to complain. It doesn't affect them whether or not XBLG is required for something.

But we are not the entire population of Xbox owners. I know plenty of them who just want to play offline and/or single player games. I know some people who can't afford XBLG (don't go acting pretentious like its affordable to everyone. It's not).

Microsoft doesn't seem to want customers who aren't going to continually feed them money for the life of the console....

XB1 can control your TV; if your an active XBLG subscriber

XB1 can record your Tv via DvR; if your an active XBLG subscriber

XB360/XB1 can stream video from providers such as Netflix, Hulu, CinemaNow, and more; if your an active XBLG subscriber

Xb360/XB1 have Internet Explorer for browsing the web; if your an active XBLG subscriber

It doesn't benefit the customer in any way to choose an Xbox if these features are more important than the online gaming because these features can be provided by other competing products without additional subscription fees. The competing consoles can do most of this already without the subscription.

I fail to see how Microsoft benefits from blocking customers from accessing these features. I guess too many people are ignorant their options or don't care because they are paying for XBLG for other reasons already.

Obviously, my opinion is that Micorosft should change their policy. In fact, I have refused to buy an Xbox One simply because of the way Microsoft is treating their customers. Not that I need everyone to band up and support my "cause." I just personally refuse to be cut off from using these features just because I let my subscription lapse for any period of time.

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

the existing customer base has an existing PC account with an existing garage and an existing progress so far. why bother starting over on the xbox360 and worse why bother turning to a no good, no benefits subscription fee to whats normally free on pc?

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

@sladakrobot  Having played the PC version, I can confirm it's the exact same game with a controller instead of a mouse & keyboard.


Your 'friend' is an idiot.

Coren_Larken
Coren_Larken

@Hvac0120  People got so pumped about that HDMI input...and I'm like--yeah, that's what my Marantz and universal controller are for.

sammoth
sammoth

@Hvac0120 They are not blocking you from using those features. They are just saying you need to pay for that to use it on their device. Kind of like how you pay for a smartphone.

bolandjf
bolandjf

@Sevenizz @sladakrobotHaving played both versions, I can confirm that you're lying. 360 does not have a full map scaled down, it has a round cod style minimap instead. 360 does not have modules allowing you to customize your tank with the exact parts you want it to have, it has packages. You can use one of 3 preset sets of items on your tank. 360 does not have friendly fire except for HE shell splash damage, so expect to get pushed around by "trolls" with no way to retaliate, and expect to get killed by friendly arty who think it's great that they can hurt you but you can barely hurt them. 360 also has a wonderful new feature called "ghost shell" where your shot passes through an enemy tank and doesn't damage or bounce off, just passes right through. On 360, you also are able to spot enemies 300m away through the hills on Malinovka and Westfield. 


Are you sure you played both versions?

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@Sevenizz I trust him.
He said you cannot shoot precise on different spots of enemies tank like on pc.
Also,the stats are shown in bars instead of numbers.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Correct, I think I got XBL and WoW prices mixed up. I pay for both. But unlike the whiners, I can easily afford it.

neowarrior121
neowarrior121

@sammoth @Hvac0120  xbox live is a joke tbh yes i agree the live multiplayer goes without a hitch but you don't get any decent games and costs way too much. i hate how they keep functions at ransom the most. why must people pay to use the internet they are already paying for from there provider then needing to pay for live then a subscription to netflix/lovefilm etc. how can MS really justify this.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

@sladakrobot Except, it's actually part of the tutorial that you can do just that...

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@Sevenizz  

People that cannot easily afford things are not whiners, and that doesn't make them less of a person than you.

In fact, dogshit seems to have higher value than people like you.

Please keep your ignorant class superiority bullshit to yourself.

No one wants to hear it, and no one cares what you can afford.

Your sense of what makes a person valuable is seriously clueless.


And before you give your typically ignorant response, I can GUARANTEE you my finances are in a MUCH higher bracket than yours.  I just don't wear it on my sleeve and stupidly proclaim that it defines me as a person.


You are seriously fucked in the head, "bro."

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

@sammoth when it comes to traditional online multiplayer, it makes sense to have the subscription requirement. This is because Sony and Microsoft are putting up their money to maintain the servers needed to create a smooth playing experience on their respective consoles.

On PC, it's the developers who are putting up the money for the servers. You also have more options for servers, such as those that are user-hosted. I'm really surprised that PC games haven't begun using subscriptions. I think it's because there are so many different "platforms" that run games on PC (e.g. Steam, Origin, standardrd EXE). So in order to successfully launch an online service for PC gaming, you have to get the distributors and developers to implement your server service and promote the subscription model for that service. It's much more complicated to be successful than on a console and it's harder to keep people from hacking it.

Overall the PC market just hasn't figured out how they are going to lock online gaming behind paywalls. I can't imagine that the PC is going to be able to continue to offer free online multiplayer for much longer. Within 5 years I suspect we'll see that start to change.

So, yeah. I don't have a problem when traditional online multiplayer requires a subscription. It's clear what the money goes to there. However, there is no good reason for Microsoft to be locking down the Internet entirely from non-subscribers.

Why block Internet Explorer on the Xbox? Why block YouTube? There are no good reasons and all they are doing is making themselves look like bully's trying to control how you use the device you paid for on the Internet you already pay another company for.

Microsoft's policy makes no sense...

sammoth
sammoth

@neowarrior121 @sammoth@Hvac0120 Not getting any decent games are subject to opinion not facts. So what Sony charges you to pay online now. PC doesn't unless it's a subscription game. Hey but, paying to play online now is ok huh ? I don't hear you biotching about that ?