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PlayStation 4 military MMO War Thunder gives you planes, warships, tanks

Sony's machine is "the leading next-generation platform", dev says.

In-development World War 2 tanks-planes-and-ships MMO War Thunder will come to PlayStation 4 this "holiday 2013 season", developer Gaijin Entertainment has announced.

It's a free-to-play game that offers you a wartime roster of 200 historical planes, fleets of warships and an army of trundling tanks to do battle with across vast swathes of terrain.

It's in open beta on PC - give it a go! - and is planned for Mac. There's no mention of the next Xbox, though, and Gaijin's tent appears to be firmly pitched in Sony's camp.

Boasted the developer on its website: "Gaijin Entertainment will optimise the potent power of PS4 and its next-generation computer entertainment system to redefine War Thunder's rich gameplay with powerful graphics and speed, intelligent personalisation, deeply integrated social capabilities and innovative cloud options.

"War Thunder will feature stunning lifelike dynamics of real-time flight and precision in its details of planes, tanks and war ships, and intuitive controls thanks to the new game pad DualShock 4. The power of PS4 will allow developers to include improved head-tracking system, easier socialising tools, smart and easy options to record, stream and share homemade gameplay videos and will have full support of PlayStation Cloud."

Added creative director Kirill Yudintsev: "We are excited to bring War Thunder to the leading next-generation platform, the PS4. We're convinced that our cooperation with Sony will not only make the War Thunder franchise better, but it will give our fans a new level of gaming experience that will figuratively blow their mind [sic].

"Partnering with Sony Computer Entertainment is the most natural progression for the War Thunder brand, from our hugely successful beginnings on PC with more than 1.5 million players, to our recent announcement that War Thunder is under development for mobile devices."

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