Obsidian Entertainment Announces Free-To-Play Armored Warfare Tank Sim

Obsidian Entertainment Announces Free-To-Play Armored Warfare Tank Sim

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Obsidian Entertainment, the studio behind Fallout: New Vegas, South Park: The Stick of Truth and Pillars of Eternity, is working on a free-to-play PvP game of armored combat.

When I think of Obsidian Entertainment, I generally think of RPGs, and some pretty good ones too, from Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II to, hopefully, the Infinity Engine-inspired Pillars of Eternity. What I don't think of is a World of Tanks-style online armored combat sim - or at least, I haven't until now.

In defiance of all (or at least my) expectations, Obsidian has announced a partnership with online communications and entertainment company My.com to create Armored Warfare, an "online multiplayer modern tank combat game." The My.com website says players will take command of their own private military corporations, develop bases, collect and upgrade modern military vehicles and take them into PvP battles against other players. It also hints at some kind of PvE action, saying players can "team up with friends to take on challenging missions."

It's surprising that a studio best known for making RPGs would be involved in a project like this, but it might prove to be financially lucrative. My.com is part of Mail.ru, the largest internet company in the Russian-speaking world, with more than 100 million users, and that's a market, to paint with a very broad brush, that goes for this kind of game in a big way: World of Tanks is something of a niche title in this neighborhood but late last year reported more than 75 million registered users, the bulk of whom are Russian.

Armored Warfare is still listed as "coming soon" on My.net, but Obisidian's site suggests that the beta process will begin soon.

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So the question is, was there a game they were less likely to make?

A studio whose never done online multiplayer, never made a game involving modern warfare, has almost exclusively made slow methodical RPG mechanics, is famous for writing intricate (non-tank) characters and story focused games...

At least a Call of Duty clone would have had actual human people in it. I would have been less surprised if they announced they were making Peggle 3

How unexpected. I shall be very interested to see how this pans out.

Can we make this game not nearly as boring as tier 7+ games in WoT?

Haakmed:
Can we make this game not nearly as boring as tier 7+ games in WoT?

Hey now, Tiers 7-9 are the best in terms of player skill/excitement, below are a lot of 1k-2k players and Tier X matches are usually a slugfest.

Sounds like an interesting idea, as long as they don't completely rip off WoT I'd try it.

To be honest, I can see myself piloting a big ole' tank while blaring this theme all the time. Tanks are just...fun. Free tanks are, therefore, fun-times-ten.

Oh come on....
I just played Alpha Protocol and it was great. And I really dont like World of Tanks or games of that caliber.

Also, I am not sure how this works out. Making an online Multiplayer game requires completely different skills than making an RPG (or any kind of Singleplayer game really).

Well, I guess Ill skip that one.

How are they going to make a modern tank game when half of tank armour today is 'classified'? I also assume it's going to be an arcady shoot-em up, rather than battling over kilometres.

I like World of Tanks and War Thunder Ground Forces, so I'll keep an eye on this, but I don't have high expectations.

Calling it now: It's being developed at Obsidian Russia.

IT'S ON

I can't see this going well at all... There's a reason why Wargaming and Gaijin stuck to the Pre-1970 era of tanks specially the MBT (Main battle tanks). There's not many different tank types after that point of time and in my opinion will become plain and boring at some point. I think Obsidian really limit themselves at choosing modern era tanks couple with the fact Wargaming already has the arcade tanks play style while Gaijin has the more hardcore sytle. Obsidian is fighting a uphill battle and must bring something new to the table to an already niche gaming community and modern era tanks is not it to my reasoning.

Also I hope they have an actually research team otherwise people in that tank hobbyist community will cry fowl, which I assume that is what they are catering to. Sure, not the entire player base are tank historians or whatever, but I think they would be at least a tank enthusiast to want to play this game. There's expected degree in accuracy especially the tank model itself to point Wargaming get people to take real measurements of the tank. There's a lot more to this genre than most people think. I just think this sudden jump into this market feels like a cash grab to me.

To say at least I am very interested how this plays out especially in Russia where World of Tanks is currently dominating the free to play market.

Andy Chalk:
IT'S ON

Shots fired.

In seriousness though, I'll be interested in this when it comes out, but it may have the same problems as Gaijin where, being new to it, there are a long slew of problems. Wargaming has its own, but they also have a long lead in terms of experience with their tank game. In any event this can't end badly for us gamers, with a third contender in the market now.

oh god....so many russians.

GIFF ME MANA

I can only hope servers don't get flooded like they do in dota.

I would never have dreamed obsidian to do a game like this, but until I see any kind of gameplay or descriptions, can't say if I'm interested or not

I'm guessing the game came in that My.com purchase package and it's actually a completely different team that was working on this.

Well it certainly can't hurt to be under the hell of someone experienced, and I do hope they steer them more sci-fi then realism otherwise things can get real dull, WoT for all it's good parts is stuck in this awkward semi-realistic setting where each tank comes in one proper setup and no room for customization, and no special tricks either... you can shoot shells and ram people nothing else.

Kyber:

Haakmed:
Can we make this game not nearly as boring as tier 7+ games in WoT?

Hey now, Tiers 7-9 are the best in terms of player skill/excitement, below are a lot of 1k-2k players and Tier X matches are usually a slugfest.

I liked the lower tier game of movement more than the higher tier game of spotting for arty rounds. But I'll be honest, it was the grind fest that really killed that game for me, not the gameplay itself.

World of Tanks with moral choices?

unexpected for Obsidian...but not the emergence of WoT competitors.

it has always somewhat amazed me that, given WoTs popularity, there hasn't been a rash of competition because the game is for all intents and purposes just a (some would say exploitatively) monetised FPS mod with a lobby and matchmaking...

and there is, quite pressingly imo, a much better iteration sort of just aching to be made...

also

apparently the game will also have PVE content and will run on the CryEngine

All above the money train tank!

I know WOT is popular and has tons of income. I know War Thunder is praised as a second coming of christ by now because "lol Realism" (which in tank combat means long camping in bushes and sniping targets that are hardly larger than a dot, in real life average distance of tank battles were over 2 kilometers. to put it to scale, the WHOLE MAP of World of tanks battle is half of that).

And now we got a third competitor testing waters. This can either be a good 3way competition or a total failure. only time will show. All i know is that WOT is sweating and basically giving credits away now.

Sleekit:
unexpected for Obsidian...but not the emergence of WoT competitors.

it has always somewhat amazed me that, given WoTs popularity, there hasn't been a rash of competition because the game is for all intents and purposes just a (some would say exploitatively) monetised FPS mod with a lobby and matchmaking...

and there is, quite pressingly imo, a much better iteration sort of just aching to be made...

also

apparently the game will also have PVE content and will run on the CryEngine

PvE and being able to roam around in the latest iteration of the German Big Cats in glorious CryEngine visuals?!

Well sign me up then. Sounds frikkin' awesome!

I liked WoT, but I was never very good at it. If this game really does have PvE then I might just have to keep an eye on it.

I don't think that it's really a good idea. They are not likely to sway existing WoT players. It's the same problem like with all the WoW competitors. There's really no point in trying to compete with already entrenched game.
They are putting a bit of a different spin on it though, so maybe the are targeting the dumb, racist spunkgargleweewee audience with:"POWAH, shoot ABRAMS at brown people and russians.". Than they could achieve something. Personaly not interested.

Rtoip:
I don't think that it's really a good idea. They are not likely to sway existing WoT players.
It's the same problem like with all the WoW competitors.

but it's not so much "a game" as a mere game type.

i was playing tank Vs tank mods on original Quake nearly 20 years ago...

not to mention Battlezone and Trons tanks...both of which could be great in a new incarnation online and that i'm pretty sure i've seen mods of over the years...

also tell that to Blizzard in relation to Warcraft 3, DOTA and MOBAs...a dominance in a game type that they've near completely lost to LOL (with Valve sweeping up with DOTA2)...not that WoW is in the least bit "an original"...

Rtoip:
maybe the are targeting the dumb, racist spunkgargleweewee audience with:"POWAH, shoot ABRAMS at brown people and russians.".

i am familiar with WoT EU chat...and tbh this comment is facepalming hilarious given what exists there...

siema :P

Sleekit:

Rtoip:
maybe the are targeting the dumb, racist spunkgargleweewee audience with:"POWAH, shoot ABRAMS at brown people and russians.".

i am familiar with WoT EU chat...and tbh this comment is facepalming hilarious given what exists there...

siema :P

I might not have thought it through. Now that you mention there might be more overlap than I thought. You just get used to it after a while and stop noticing when you actually play it yourself. Still couldn't resist the opportunity to snark.

Now have to wait until they launch the beta (or die somewhere along the way) and see if it's any good and how many people will be interested.

Sleekit:

but it's so much "a game" as a mere game type.

i was playing tank Vs tank mods on original Quake nearly 20 years ago...

not to mention Battlezone and Trons tanks...both of which could be great in a new incarnation online and that i'm pretty sure i've seen mods of over the years...

also tell that to Blizzard in relation to Warcraft 3, DOTA and MOBAs...a dominance in a game type that they've near completely lost to LOL (with Valve sweeping up with DOTA2)...not that WoW is in the least bit "an original"...

I know WoW wasn't the first MMO game and as you said WoT wasn't first tank-sim either so there is always possibility that something so much better comes along that players will switch, but in recent history nothing like that has really happened.

As for the Blizzard loosing dominance over MOBA, they never really had it. DOTA was a Warcaft 3 mod, but they didn't support it (enough) and it was already an old game with no means to set up DOTA matches other than manually searching custom game list on battlenet and limitations of what it was originally. A few companies saw this as an opportunity. To make DOTA better and easier to play (from a technical standpoint) without having to rely on somebody else's game (so they can monetise it). While Blizzard sat and did nothing, possibly underestimating how popular it turned out to be, and only recently started doing something.

Look guys, it's not like we are drowning in a see of online tank simulators like we are drowning in a sea of bad modern military shooters. Some genres get more popular over time and the Tank game is one that hasn't been explored much by most gamers. "Lol been done" isn't really the way to go abut it. All we are seeing is the emergence of a genre.

If it looks favorably by the time of its launch, I'll try it.

 

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