Dragons: April Fools Comes Early to World of Warplanes

Or so I hope.  This press release just showed up in my mail.

Here Be Dragons!

Majestic Dragons Add Fire to World of Warplanes

30th March, 2012 — Wargaming.net, the award-winning online game developer and publisher, is proud to announce the next faction to join the current set of nations in the highly-anticipated flight combat action MMO World of Warplanes: dragons! The all-new line of majestic creatures will set the sky on fire when the game enters its beta stage later this year.

The initial tech tree will include 12 dragons and will eventually expand to more than 60 creatures. Each mystical animal will have its own peculiarities and strategic employment. Players can upgrade several key characteristics including fire intensity level, color, number of claws, horns, wingspan and skin thickness.

The addition of these fire-breathing beasts will add more diversity to the gameplay since a dragons’ behavior requires a different approach in terms of controls and tactics.

“Adding dragons into World of Warplanes has been one of the most challenging aspects of game development so far,” said Wargaming.net CEO Victor Kislyi. “Dragons are so different from planes; they are much more edgy and self-willed, but if you put in just a little more effort, they will serve you well. I’m happy we’ve finally announced them!”

There are, of course, screen shots.

Dragon vs. Germans

Jets and Dragons

Flames and Biplanes

A dragon tech tree.

How to Train Your Dragon

And an accompanying video up on YouTube.

Just setting us up for the big “April Fools!” post on Sunday, right?  Please?

10 responses to “Dragons: April Fools Comes Early to World of Warplanes

  1. Not really sure I see this as that great, too obvious and not on April 1st.

    Maybe April fools doesn’t translate so well in Russia?

  2. Well, April Fools is on Sunday, and your average press person “knows” they need to get any story they want covered on the wires by mid-day Friday so people will talk about it over the weekend.

    Or maybe they are taking that threat from Anonymous to bring down the internet for an indefinite period of time tomorrow seriously and want to get their stuff out in time.

  3. I have zero interest in any military hardware or simulated real-world conflict so I have never played and never expect to play World of Tanks or Planes.

    If there were dragons though…

  4. @scotth – The Ratte was funny… long range shells will land randomly in other battlegrounds… and the bowling bit was okay, but the economic changes in the middle… over my head.

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