Yes, World of Tanks is free to play. The game can be downloaded from the official World of Tanks site for free. The game does require registration of an account with Wargaming.net using a valid email address.
World of Tanks follows the freemium model making the core game and features 100% free to everyone who registers an account. Players can take their time earning experience and gaining access to new and better tanks. In addition to the free option players can upgrade their game play with micro-transactions. This pay to play option provides some premium features including earlier access to powerful tanks, upgraded armor and ammunition. The pay option also provides a quick way for players to play in the higher tier levels.
While paying players will advance faster and have access to more types of tanks and ammunition they should not have significant benefits over non paying players. The online game’s matchmaking should to align players with similar skills and tank levels.
How to Play for Free
Playing World of Tanks for free is simple. Once players have register a Wargaming account, installation of game client and game can begin. The game requires approximately 43GB of hard disk space.
Beginner players can either take the time to review controls and play through the introductory tutorials and walkthroughs or jump right into massively multiplayer tank combat.
Once installed players can go through the introductory tutorials/walkthroughs or jump right into a massively multiplayer tank combat!
About World of Tanks
World of Tanks is a massively multiplayer tank combat game by developer Wargaming.net. The game features mostly World War II era tanks and armoured combat vehicles. The game was released in 2010 for the PC. It has since been ported to the PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles. A mobile version of the game know as World of Tanks Blitz is available for iOS and Android mobile devices.
In the game players select a tank or armoured vehicle to control and are then placed onto a random battle map with other online players. Tank and vehicle movement and firing is performed with keyboard and mouse with controls similar to that of a first person shooter.
Vehicles can be custom to player’s preference. This includes cosmetic changes to modify the look as well as vehicle upgrades to make the vehicle more powerful. These upgrades use in-game currency and follow the tank/game’s technology tree. There are siz different types of vehicles to choose from. These include light, medium, heavy and battle tanks, tank destroyers and self-propelled guns. In total there are nearly 500 different tanks to choose from (including premium tanks) from 11 different nations.
World of Tanks features six different game modes/battles; Ramdom, team-training, tank company battles, team battles, stronghold battles and special.
Wargaming, the development company behind this game, has also released other free to play combat games. These include World of Warships and World of Warplanes.