World of Tanks recently deployed to the Xbox One, and Wargaming is now setting its sights on the PlayStation 4. Wargaming CEO Victor Kislyi announced the free-to-play multiplayer tank game is adding a new console to its roster with some special bonuses at the Tokyo Game Show on Wednesday.
The PlayStation 4 release of World of Tanks does not have a release date yet, but Wargaming’s announcement suggests that a beta test is coming soon with a full launch planned before the end of the year. In fact, the developer is taking sign-ups for the PS4 beta test on its website.
A PlayStation Plus subscription is not required to play World of Tanks on the PS4, but it does come with some exclusive content such as a Girls und Panzer skins and themes at launch. It will feature some upgrades over the Xbox One as well with support for custom maps, custom tanks, custom skins, and more.
Project Lead TJ Wagner also wrote on the PlayStation Blog, “We’re tuning the experience specifically for PlayStation 4, supporting DualShock 4 controllers, Share Play, PS Vita Remote Play, Live Streaming and more.”
“I’d like to personally invite you to join the World of Tanks community,” Wagner continued. “We value our players and work to bring a constant flow of new content and features every month for you to explore and play with. I can’t wait to see what the PlayStation community brings with their gameplay and ideas. I’d also like to invite you to be part of the Beta in the coming months, helping us to tune and put the finishing touches on initial launch of the game. That will happen before the end of this year and you’ll receive special Beta awards for participating.”
Interestingly, World of Tanks will be entering a more competitive field on the PlayStation 4. While the game ruled the roost in terms of free-to-play tank games on Xbox systems, War Thunder was released to the PS4 last year. That game has a different direction gameplay wise though as it incorporates both tanks and aircraft into multiplayer battles with plans to eventually add ships.
For now, it appears that World of Tanks will be an upgraded port of the Xbox One Edition. That is the upgraded version of the Xbox 360 Edition that streamlined tank management and upgrades from the PC version. For example, tank upgrades are done in packages instead of individual parts, while tank crew training is represented by the commander instead of the entire crew.
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[Images via PlayStation Blog, NeoGAF]