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E3 2014: World Of Warships (Preview)

We’re gonna need a bigger boat…

In addition to my time with World of Tanks, the Wargaming.net team let me see a bit of their next warmongering good time, World of Warships. The game was only in alpha but if you love giant military war experiences that test your strategic resolve then Warships is the thing you’ll want to keep an eye out for.

Aircraft carriers, destroyers, cruisers; if it’s been in the water than it’s sure to be in this game when it launches. World of Warships provides players with a wide range of combat options, including sudden strikes, cunning flanking attacks, and open head-to-head encounters. Hone your skills by exploring different options and adjust it to particular in-game situations. WoW takes the classic game of Battleship and makes it more exciting than that horrible movie with the aliens. Not only was the gameplay surprisingly fast paced for boat combat, but the team adds a sense of drama with the musical score in battle. So at the end of the day you’re playing Battleship but you feel like you’re in the Hunt For Red October.

One of the things you’ll see off the bat is the sheer scale of the arenas and the ships themselves. The boats as ominous in size as they would if you saw them in real life. A concern I had was about the arenas you’ll do battle in. These are boats so level diversity has to come into question, but Wargaming are taking real life locations along with depths and currents that will affect your battle strategies in different ways. As you would assume there is going to be a strategic birds eye camera that lets you plan your moves and send scouts before the boat even takes off. But perhaps the thing internet videos will be made of when the game is released is the destruction you can cause. These ships don’t simply blow up when enough damage is done. You can’t have a great Naval war without ships capsizing, slowly sinking into the abyss, and in some cases the boat will split in pieces revealing detailed inner workings of the vessel.

So far World of Warships looks to be a perfect fitting addition to their extensive pedigree of war experiences. There’s no word on a release window but we should hear more about the game soon.