The biggest update ever for the popular tank-battling game World of Tanks has arrived. The game’s 1.0 version is finally here on PC, some eight years after the game originally launched in 2010. The big-time update promises better visuals, a new soundtrack, and 29 “completely re-worked maps,” as well as one completely new one called Glacier.
World of Tanks developer Wargaming worked on the update alongside computing giant Intel to make the game look and run better. This is in addition to advancements made to Wargaming’s own improvements to its internal graphics engine.
“Update 1.0 improves the baseline technology for the game, introducing the in-house developed Wargaming Core graphics engine,” World of Tanks PC development director Milos Jerabek said in a statement. “Thanks to it, we’re now capable of elevating the entire game and can ensure World of Tanks is a fun and immersive experience for years to come.”
Regarding the soundtrack specifically, Wargaming says this is more dynamic in that every location on a map will have a unique theme based on the specific setting. The soundtrack, which is published by Sony Music, will be available to stream for free.
This just scratches the surface of what’s new in the 1.0 update. Go to the World of Tanks website to see a full breakdown of what’s in the update and why it’s important.
To mark the launch of World of Tanks 1.0, Wargaming is kicking off an event called the Grand Extravaganza. Running from March 29 through April 13, the event lets players compete to win “in-game bonuses” and physical goodies from Intel.
There is no word on if Wargaming is also planning to launch this 1.0 update for World of Tanks’ other versions on console and mobile.