World of Tanks is a freemium 3D team-based massively multiplayer online game featuring historically accurate fighting vehicles from the 1930s to the 1950s. World of Tanks is a PvP-focused project that promises action and strategy based gameplay. In the release version, World of Tanks includes more than 90 armored vehicles from America, Germany and the Soviet Union. France has also been confirmed to be in development. The vehicles have been carefully detailed with historical accuracy. All in all there will be around 500 vehicles available in the game. At the moment, World of Tanks features light, medium and heavy tanks, tank destroyers and self-propelled artillery and some well-known prototypes and low-volume vehicles. The game blends action, strategy and simulation genres.
The closed beta test for European and American players started on July 8, 2010. Fighting vehicles from USSR, Germany and USA are available for play. World of Tanks was released on April 12, 2011 on the territories of Europe and North America. The game is also commercially operated in CIS.
World of Tanks is the first game of the British company Wargaming.net to be released under "Play 4 Free" model, which will see the game released for free with revenue generated from micropayments in the form of Gold.
World of Tanks holds a Guinness World Record in the category of Most Players Online Simultaneously on One MMO Server. The record was registered on January 23, 2011 when the number of players on the game�s Russian server totaled 91,311.[