If you like dogfighting -- and not the Michael Vick kind -- then be prepared to take to the skies in your own plane later next month.
World of Warplanes developer Wargaming has been making tweaks and adjustments to its game client during its extended open beta period, but now it must feel comfortable with the way the game plays as it has revealed a September 26 launch date in North America and Europe. The announcement comes as Wargaming is in Germany for GamesCom.
The developer said more than three million players have signed up for the beta and flown more than 202 million combat missions so far. A line of British warplanes was just revealed to go with the more than 100 different models for the United States, Germany, Russia, and Japan.
World of Warplanes is the flight combat MMO action game set in the Golden Age of military aviation. The game will throw players into a never-ending tussle for air dominance. World of Warplanes will allow players to build full-scale careers of virtual pilots offering machines of several key eras, starting from 1930s biplanes and leading up to Korean War jet fighters.
"In the two months since the launch of Open Beta, we've made a huge amount of progress," World of Warplanes development director Oleg Gotynyan said in a release. "We are extremely thankful for the feedback and data our testers provided to us through both Closed and Open Beta. They contributed a great deal to the process of helping scale the game, and we expect it to offer a deep and polished experience to both MMO fans and flight combat enthusiasts alike."
World of Warplanes is free-to-play, as are all of Wargmaing's offerings. Several pre-order bundles are available to get players started with some gold and an exclusive plane, as well as some "premium" account time. The packages include:
- Light: For $20, you get 3,000 gold, a Soviet ground attack plane called the BSh-1, and one month of premium time.
- Medium: For $60, you get 5,000 gold, the Ar 197 carrier-based German fighter, and six months premium time.
- Heavy: For $100, you get 8,000 gold, the XFL-1 American carrier-based fighter, and a year of premium time.
The planes are available for pre-order, and won't be available once the game comes out of open beta until a year after launch.
Check out the latest video released for GamesCom: