War Thunder is an MMO-style combat game taking place during World War II and the Korean War between 1939 and 1953. Like its primary competitor WarGaming.net, War Thunder will eventually span all three major types of warfare (aerial, naval, ground). The first type being focused on is aerial combat.
The aerial portion of War Thunder was originally called World of Planes. The name was changed due to perceived confusion with WarGaming.net's World of Warplanes. It features period accurate planes and locations from 1939 to 1953. Many historical battles from the second world war and the Korean war are represented as maps.
There are multiple difficulty modes depending upon how much realism you desire. Arcade mode is essentially a more simplistic multiplayer shooter while historical battles mode will require more advanced techniques like taking off and landing during battles and realistic damage modelling.
There are five countries represented in War Thunder; United States, United Kingdom, Soviet Union, Japan, and Germany. There are two more planned countries which have yet to be included in the game; Australia and Italy. Each have their own unlock trees and sets of planes. As one is levelled, that progress is not transferred to the others. Within each nationality the player has a hangar holding 3-7 planes of their own with many levelling and customisation options. Researching planes and upgrading crews use a mixture of various currencies; some earned in gameplay, some purchased with money.
The War Thunder aerial alpha ran from October 2011 to March 2012.
The closed beta began in March 2012 and concluded in October 2012. On Nov. 1, 2012 the game entered open beta. Gaijin Entertainment has stated the stats and progression earned by players during the open beta will not be reset when the game goes into full release. Purchasable upgrades and currency were also live as of the open beta. The game is downloaded via Gaijin's website as a free client, but on Feb. 26, 2013 the game passed Steam Greenlight and is due for release in the coming months.
Here is a list of currently available and planned aircraft as of the beta release. Italics = Planned, but not in yet. Bold = Premium Content.
Germany (Air Arm, Luftwaffe)
|Do-217J-2||Do-217K-1||Do-217M-1||Fw 190 D-13 Dora||Fw.190A-5||Fw.190D-12|
|Wellington Mk 1C||P-47D||La-5FN|| |
Japan (Imperial Japanese Army/Navy Air Service, 大日本帝国陸軍航空部隊)
|A5M4||A6M2 Zero||A6M2-N Zero||A6M3 Zero||A6M5 Zero|
|A6M3 mod 22||Ki-10||Ki-49-llb/L||G5N1||G8N1|
United Kingdom (Royal Air Force)
|Beaufighter Mk.VIC||Beaufighter Mk.X||Blenheim Mk.IV||Boston Mk.I||DB-7|
|Dewoitine D.520||Gladiator Mk.II||Gladiator Mk.IIF||Gladiator Mk.IIS||Havoc Mk.I|
|Hellcat F Mk.I||Hurricane Mk.I||Hurricane Mk.IIB||Lancaster Mk.III||Meteor F.3|
|Meteor F.4 LW||Meteor F.4 SW||Meteor F.8||Mosquito FB Mk.VI||Sea Meteor F.3|
|Spitfire Mk XVI||Spitfire Mk.I||Spitfire Mk.II||Spitfire Mk.IX||Spitfire Mk.VB|
|Spitfire Mk.VC||Swordfish Mk.I||Tempest Mk.V||Typhoon Mk.IA||Typhoon Mk.IB|
|Typhoon Mk.IB/L||Wellington Mk.Ic||Wellington Mk.Ic/L||Wellington Mk.III||Wellington Mk.X|
|Mustang Mk 1A||Fury Mk I||Fury Mk II||Nimrod Mk I|| |
United States (United States Army Air Forces)
|P-40E-1||P-47D Thunderbolt||P-51D-5 Mustang||SBD-3||TBF-1C||P-39N-0|
|B-24D||PBY-5 Catalina||PBY-5a Catalina||XP-38G||A-26C-45||Spitfire Mk IX|
|Ki-61-lb||A6M2||Bf.109F-4|| || |
USSR (Military Air Forces, Военно-воздушные силы СССР)
|I-153P||I-16 Type 28||IL-10||IL-2 Sturmovik||IL-2M|
|MiG-9||P-39K-1||P-39Q-15||Pe-2 (1-20)||Pe-2 (110-204)|
|Pe-2 (205-358)||Pe-2 (21-82)||Pe-2 (83-109)||Pe-2 (359+)||Pe-3|
|Pe-3 early||Pe-3bis||Po-2||SB 2M-100||SB 2M-100A|
|SB 2M-100A (Span)||SB 2M-103||SB 2M-103 MV-3||SB 2M-103U||SB 2M-103U MV-3|
|SB 2M-105||Su-2||Su-2 M-82||Su-2 MV-5||SU-2 TSS-1|
|I-15||I-153 M-62||I-16 Type 18||MiG-9/L||BB-1|
|PBY-5a||P-40E-1||P-63A-5|| || |
Australian planes are included under UK:
Australia (Royal Australian Air Force)
|Beaufighter Mk.21||Beaufort Mk.VIII||Boomerang Mk.I||Boomerang Mk.II||Wirraway|
Italian planes are included under Germany:
Italy (Italian Royal Air Force, Regia Aeronautica Italiana)
|CR.42 Falco||G.50 Freccia serie 2||G.50 Freccia serie 7AS||M.C.200 serie 3||M.C.200 serie 7|
|M.C.202||S.79 of 1936||S.79 of 1937||S.79 of 1939||S.79 of 1941|
|S.79B IAR K14-II||S.79bis of 1942||S.79bis of 1943|| || |
Not much is currently known of the upcoming naval combat.
Not much is currently known of the upcoming ground combat.