In World of Tanks the player takes control of a single armored vehicle of his or her choosing, and is placed into a battle on a random map, though map selection may vary with different game modes. The player has control over the vehicle's movement, firing, and can communicate with other players through typed or voice chat.
The game models the effects of both armor and cover and includes more than 240 armored vehicles from the Soviet Union, Germany, Britain, France, China, Japan, and the United States. A planned "Tree of Europe" has also been confirmed featuring Italian, Swedish and Polish tanks with Hungary and Romania possible.The vehicles have been carefully detailed with historical visual accuracybut as this is not a tank simulator, certain parameters (e.g. reduced main gun characteristics-range and penetration physics) have been simplified, and in-game controls are very user friendly for gameplay.Eventually, there will be around 500 vehicles available in the game. World of Tanks was released on 12 August 2010 in Russia. One year later it was released for the People's Republic of China, later becoming available for the territories of Europe, North America, South East Asia and Vietnam.
World of Tanks has five different types of vehicles. These are: light tanks, medium tanks, heavy tanks, tank destroyers (TDs), and self-propelled guns (SPGs or "arty", short for artillery).
Most tanks have a 360-degree traversing turret, regardless of the facing direction of the hull. Other tanks, mainly the TD's and SPGs, have limited fields of fire. In order for these tanks to aim a different direction, the tank's hull must traverse to face the direction of fire. However, some tanks, such as the ELC AMX, a light tank with a limited turret traverse; the M3 Lee, a medium tank with a hull-mounted gun or the SU-26, a turreted SPG; defy these conventions.
All vehicles are fully tracked (the game developers avoided half-track and wheeled AFVs as not being 'tank' enough) covering from shortly after World War I through the early 1960s. The majority are based on historical designs, though some, such as the German Maus and British TOG II, only existed as prototypes, and others, like the Fv215b 183 only as design studies.
Tanks are currently divided into seven nations: Soviet, German, American, French, British, Chinese, and Japanese. All tanks have pros and cons between their respective counterparts (same vehicle type of the same tier). Some tanks are more "well-rounded" while other tanks may excel in certain areas and fall short in others.