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World of Tanks Blitz is Really Embracing the "World" Part with its Upcoming Rise of Continents Event

Posted by Rob Rich on September 15th, 2015
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Wargaming has announced a new worldwide event for World of Tanks Blitz - Rise of Continents. Not only will you be able to represent your section of the planet, but you could win some stuff, too.

World of Tanks Blitz Review

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By Nadia Oxford on July 3rd, 2014
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It's been a bit of a wait for World of Tanks Blitz, but it's here - and it steamrolls its way to the top tier of mobile tank battling games.
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E3 2014 - World of Tanks: Blitz Official Release Date Announced

Posted by Rob Rich on June 11th, 2014

World of Tanks Blitz has been a long time coming, but the wait is almost over. At E3 yesterday, Wargaming.net announced the iPad exclusive's official worldwide release date: June 26.

So in another two weeks, we'll all be able to blow each other up using a rather sizable collection of slow-moving death machines. No more waiting. And no more being jealous of Denmark!

World of Tanks Blitz Hands-On Video and Impressions: It Came From Canada, Denmark Edition!

Posted by Carter Dotson on May 7th, 2014

Wargaming has one of the biggest games on the planet right now, and it's one you might not have played: World of Tanks. This free-to-play tank warfare game has had over a million concurrent players on PC, and it's starting extend its tendrils out beyond the PC to include mobile. World of Tanks: Blitz takes the formula of putting tank-driving players on to the battlefield, with the objective of capturing points or wiping out the other team, in small maps with fast-paced gameplay. The game is in a soft-launch phase in Europe, including Denmark. So, I whipped up some frikadeller and rugbrød for this It Came From Canada: Denmark Edition!

Blitz is an apt subtitle for this, since it puts players into the game pretty much immediately. Once players register with either Game Center or a Wargaming.net account, the tutorial starts. This lets players get an idea of the movement, aiming, and firing controls, before players are set off into their first real battles.

The tutorial actually does a great job at briskly setting up the game and showing how the mechanics work: a single joystick controls movement, with buttons for turning in place and arrows around the tank indicating where it will move to.

Though players do start off playing in real battles, this doesn't mean that the learning is over. As players progress, the game introduces ammo buying, tank upgrading, and more. It just does so in a way that is spread out over time, and doesn't overwhelm players with information all at once. Importantly, it lets players actually play and learn for themselves.

Even playing with non-US players via both wi-fi and LTE the game has performed exceptionally well, with latency having little effect. While the game does manage to put players into games with more experienced and better-equipped opponents, I didn't feel helpless. The game does require some intelligence built-in since there's not really any voice chatting, and with such a diverse international audience playing, having just a text chat option might be better anyway.

There's no actual energy mechanic, but tanks can't be used until a battle ends - though players do have multiple tanks. Credits (the soft currency) can be spent on more ammunition, and gold (the hard currency) can be spent to buy different kinds of ammunition, additional tank slots, and more along with premium accounts, which grant more experience and credits for certain amounts of time. How well this model works on mobile as far as money-making remains to be seen. There are at least enough credits handed out to keep ammo supplied, but just how 'free' this game will be remains to be seen. As well, will the more casual market be willing to jump into such a gamer's game, even if it's fast-paced? These are interesting questions I'm curious to see the answers to when the game is eventually released worldwide.

GDC 2014 - World of Tanks Blitz is Currently in Closed Beta and Coming to iPad

Posted by Rob Rich on March 20th, 2014

World of Tanks is a pretty darn popular game, and soon iPad owners will be able to enjoy the same tank-on-tank action on their iOS tablets.

World of Tanks Blitz isn't actually a port, but rather a special version of the game built from the ground up for mobile devices. It features 7-on-7 combat, more compact arenas so that players can get to blowing each other up faster, and of course a reworked UI.

There's no concrete release date for World of Tanks Blitz just yet, but you can sign up for the closed beta on iOS and Android at the official website.