World of Warplanes now in Open Beta

The open beta for World of Warplanes is now a go in Russia and North America with planes including German, Russian and American classics from the 19302 to early 1950s.

If you’ve played World of Tanks, you know what you’re in for. Warplanes plays similarly, allowing you to team up with 14 other pilots in firefights above Europe for 15 vs 15 PvP matches.

The beta features “real-time tactical feedback” to aid players in learning combat tactics, crew skills and ammunition types. There’s also a new tutorial that gets beginners ready for take off.

In addition to joysticks, World of Warplanes is fully playable with a mouse and keyboard and a gamepad. In order to play you need to be running Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7, a 2.2Ghz processor, 2GB of RAM and a GeForce 8600GT or ATI HD 2600 with 256MB and DirectX 9.0c, and an internet connection speed of 128 Kbps.

Wargaming, the developer and publisher, claims the closed beta “saw more than 2.7 million applications from 194 different countries.” Those who took part in the closed beta will receive “special prizes,” according to Wargaming.

Towards the end of the open beta, World of Warplanes will officially launch its Unified Premium Account System for World of Tanks or World of Warplanes users to purchase a premium account comprising both games.

World of Warships is also being developed and will release later this year or early 2014. World of Tanks, World of Warplanes and World of Warships will eventually combine into one unified experience, but for now, get your hands on the Warplanes beta at the website.

The open beta will begin in Europe on July 4.

Source: World of Warplanes