Russian developer Gaijin Entertainment celebrated the first anniversary of their War Thunder public Beta release in an odd way. In this weekend’s event, the game was attacked by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attempt on its servers.
Normally, War Thunder would hold a special event that would run from November 1 to November 4, where users could earn more experience, acquire more in-game currency and purchase planes at a discount.
On November 3, however, the game’s Twitter feed reported it was being attacked, which led it to suffer performance issues. It was able to breach those assaults at first, but later redacted the statement, stating War Thunder was almost inoperable.
To make up for it, the online multiplayer title prolonged its special actions, with discounts for a longer period of time, more in-game currency and extended premium accounts. Furthermore, it will offer the event again next weekend, on November 10, to give everyone a chance to participate.
Development of War Thunder began way back in 2008. Its first public release only started last year and has since accrued over 100 different planes, as well as a Steam release.
Along with its first anniversary, the game also welcomed 5 million players to its user base. It’s very popular in Russia, but branches out to the world thanks to the appeal of Steam.
Being free-to-play also helps, of course.
Additionally, the game is in development for the Playstation 4, and it proclaims itself as the first Russian title to be announced for the next generation of consoles. Support for the Oculus Rift virtual reality unit is underway as well.