World of Tanks first roared onto PC in 2010 and to date has recruited 160 million registered players, becoming one of the most popular games in the world. The new World of Tanks Update 1.0 lands today in Europe and North America, unleashing Wargaming’s high-end Core graphics engine exclusively for PC players. The biggest ever update to the game takes tank combat to new heights with improved visuals, 29 completely reworked battlefields, a new soundtrack, and the new Glacier map.
The new graphics engine, Core, has been in development for over 4 years and was engineered entirely in-house. Update 1.0 will see World of Tanks PC switch to this new engine and take advantage of the latest technology for graphics processing and rendering. Core’s introduction marks a new era for World of Tanks PC with PBR, post-processing effects, advanced lighting and shading, particle effects, and a multitude of other optimization and performance-enhancing features.
Together with greater visual fidelity, Update 1.0 adds a brand-new dynamic soundtrack, recorded by the Prague Symphonic Orchestra after more than a year of development. To create a specific atmosphere to each map, local ethnic instruments were added and mixed to the musical score. Each in-game location gets its own theme that resonates with its setting, in every battlefield.
Published by Sony Music Entertainment, the World of Tanks official soundtrack will be available to stream and download for free across all major music platforms including Spotify, Tidal, Deezer and many more.
Update 1.0 is released in partnership with Intel Corporation to help ensure that World of Tanks remains up to date on the latest technological advances and uses them to enhance its gaming experiences.
“Update 1.0 improves the baseline technology for the game, introducing the in-house developed Wargaming Core graphics engine,” said Milos Jerabek, Development Director for World of Tanks PC. “Thanks to it, we’re now capable of elevating the entire game and can ensure World of Tanks is a fun and immersive experience for years to come.”
Earlier this week, Wargaming also released the World of Tanks AR Experience app worldwide on Android. The company worked closely with Google to develop an augmented reality experience built with ARCore, Google’s new AR platform for developers that has a scope of 100 million mobile devices, and is featured by Google as one of the launch titles for the ARCore platform.
Check some of the great screenshots of World of Tanks 1.0: