World of Warplanes open beta begins July 2

Hot on the tracks of yesterday's announcement that World of Tanks is coming to Xbox 360, developer Wargaming has dated the start of open beta testing for World of Warplanes. All and sundry will be able to play the free-to-play plane 'em up from July 2.

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Hot on the tracks of yesterday's announcement that World of Tanks is coming to Xbox 360, developer Wargaming has dated the start of open beta testing for World of Warplanes. All and sundry will be able to play the free-to-play plane 'em up from July 2.

World of Warplanes is a 15v15 multiplayer war 'em up for PC. It features US, Soviet, German and Japanese planes from the 1930s through to the early 1950s, which gives a wide spread including the finest propeller planes and early jets. Like World of Tanks, you'll start out in a lowly plane and need to earn fancier ones--check the tech trees.

Wargaming is trying to make its games less 'pay-to-win' so expect to feel less pressure to cough up cash than you may have at some point in World of Tanks.

Look, a new trailer for E3:

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    June 11, 2013 11:25 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, World of Warplanes open beta begins July 2.

    Hot on the tracks of yesterday's announcement that World of Tanks is coming to Xbox 360, developer Wargaming has dated the start of open beta testing for World of Warplanes. All and sundry will be able to play the free-to-play plane 'em up from July 2.

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      June 11, 2013 11:44 AM

      MS used to have a flight game where you had 4 airstrips, 4 teams and I swear it was like 64 players online... that was in 1999.

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      June 11, 2013 1:12 PM

      This on Oculus Rift.

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      June 11, 2013 2:02 PM

      I've been playing the beta for this, it's great fun.

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        June 11, 2013 5:05 PM

        How is it compared to War Thunder?

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          June 11, 2013 6:46 PM

          The flight model, whilst improved from early beta, is still pretty bad compared to War Thunder. The tier balancing is terrible too. In War Thunder at least you have something of a chance against a higher tier fighter, in this, you're boned (or at least, that's how it feels to me). I'm no ace pilot by any means mind you but the game still feels a long way off from being anywhere near as good as WT (and yes, I know, it's in Beta).

          I want to like it and currently I'm only playing it in the hopes of free gold for my WoT account, though once War Thunder gets around to ground and naval combat, we'll see how it all works out.