Game developer and publisher Gaijin Entertainment announced that the military online action video game War Thunder has just gotten the New Power big update.
The New Power update is the biggest update in the game’s history. It implements several features and one of them is making the jump to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S. The game has also switched to the Dagor 6.0 engine, which significantly upgrades the game visuals on all platforms.
PS5 and Xbox Series X players can enjoy the new look at steady 4K at 60fps resolution. The PC version supports DLSS technology for RTX graphics cards. The new engine introduces battleships, VTOL aircraft and lots of other new military vehicles like the T-90A and Leclerc S2 tanks.
With the update, the first thing to notice is the visual enhancements. The game engine simulates a natural-looking sky with clouds of various types, fog and the correct distribution and scattering of sunlight. It now has the means to draw a realistic sunset on Mars or a nuclear bomb explosion if needed. Shot and explosion effects as well as fires and vehicle destruction physics have been improved. Physically correct armor scars appear on ground vehicles in places where the shells hit and in some cases the projectile can get stuck in the armor.
Players who love to play with naval units now have the chance to fight using battlecruisers and battleships like the famous HMS Dreadnought. USA, Germany, and Japan also have their own battleships. This big update changes the naval fleet progression system, which allows players to skip torpedo boats and start with destroyers to get to the largest ships much faster.
Aircraft fans can now play with VTOL machines in the Harrier and Yak-38 families. They are equipped with a thrust vectoring propulsion system. While in flight, players can easily vary the thrust nozzles’ angle to alter the flight characteristics of the aircraft. They can perform helicopter-style attack runs or avoid enemy detection at low altitude. They are also getting aircraft carriers that are suitable for machines of this era like the HMS Ark Royal, USS Forrestal and the Soviet aircraft cruiser Baku.
T-90A tank has finally arrived in the game. It has the distinctive feature called the Shtora electro-optical jammer and laser/IR warning system. Other countries also have new modern armor vehicles like the US M1128 Stryker MGS, German Leopard 2A6, and French Leclerc S2.
The New Power update brings numerous new features, like the interactive hangar or illuminating shells. There is going to be a Battle Pass system as well, allowing players to get prizes for participating in battles and completing daily and seasonal tasks. Rewards include not only cosmetic items, but premium vehicles as well, i.e. US F2G jet and Soviet Т-10А tank. Reward vehicles can be added to a player’s hangar or sold to other players on the market.