E3 World of Warships preview shows great gameplay, no subs, and a 2014 release date.
In a live action demo displayed behind closed doors at this year's E3, the other other WoW looks to be on course to be yet another solid title from developer Wargaming. The game focuses on a third area of mid-twentieth century war, following World of Tanks and World of Warplanes. In it, you take command of a variety of battleships battling for control of the seas.
From the demo I saw, it was clear that Warships will maintain the same level of quality players have come to expect from Wargaming. Gameplay is considerably slower than in Tanks or Warplanes, owing to the nature of battleships. This means that every motion needs to be deliberate and calculated, because a few degrees off-course could mean victory or defeat.
Strategy remains key in playing as a team, as different ships can access different parts of the map. For example, aircraft carriers must remain out of the shallows, far back from the battle, while destroyers initiate fights.
World of Warships is a free-to-play naval action MMO that plunges players into the era of the XX century devastating sea wars. Dive into the massive naval battles and tame the overwhelming power of multiton titans to conquer the high seas.
In the few matches I watched, teams who failed to work together or defend more vulnerable ships were quickly eviscerated. Nothing is more sad than watching a half dozen battleships closing in on a completely undefended aircraft carrier.
Notable also was Wargaming's decision to leave out two important aspects of naval warfare during the first half of the twentieth century. Submarines will not be making an appearance, as the team determined they were too slow and much too hard to destroy. Also absent are kamikaze pilots, made famous by their actions in the Pacific theater during WWII. Kamikaze pilots were left out simply because they would alter the game's ESRB rating.
For the most part, the preview showed gameplay far removed from previous, faster paced games. Warships brings a different game that requires much more meticulous and detailed planning to win.
The game is currently in alpha and is slated for a 2014 launch.