War Thunder

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War Thunder
War Thunder cover
Developers
Gaijin Entertainment
Engines
Dagor Engine v6.5
Release dates
Windows December 21, 2016
macOS (OS X) December 21, 2016
Linux December 21, 2016
Reception
Metacritic 81
IGDB 65
Taxonomy
Monetization DLC, Free-to-play
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Simulation
Vehicles Flight, Tank
Art styles Realistic
Themes World War II
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War Thunder on Wikipedia

Warnings

This game requires a constant internet connection for all game modes.

War Thunder is a singleplayer and multiplayer third-person action and simulation game.

Key points

Cross-platform play with Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players.

General information

Official Forum
Wikia wiki
Subreddit
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Official website
Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Steam
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Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
Can be launched directly from executable.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Monetization[edit]

Type Notes
Free-to-play No upfront purchase is required
Subscription Premium account that allows players to earn more in game currency and XP at an increased rate. Also allows for configuration of camouflage condition on tanks and more slots for decals on all vehicles.

Microtransactions[edit]

Type Notes
Boost Premium account
Cosmetic Decals, skins (camouflages), 3d decorators
Currency "Golden Eagles" premium currency. Used to be available for free though "wagers", now only through extremely rare login rewards
Free-to-grind All non-premium vehicles can be obtained without paying
Infinite spend Contains loot boxes and can have infinite amounts of rewards from loot boxes in the players inventory
Loot box Two types, one in game with a guaranteed limit to get the box's main prize. Another on the player market that rewards tradable items
Player trading Items from loot boxes traded on trade.gaijin.net
Time-limited Seasonal events with rewards that can be traded
Unlock Paid only vehicles
All versions require a a constant internet connection for all game modes.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Steam Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Mustang Advanced Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Dora Advanced Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Ace Advanced Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Melting Snowflake
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Frosty Snowflake
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Refulgent Snowflake
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Sparkling Snowflake
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Shining Snowflake
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Perfect Snowflake
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
SdKfz 140/1 and T-26E Starter Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Shielded T-34E Advanced Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
T-34 Prototype Starter Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
M4A2 Sherman Starter Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Tank Destroyers Advanced Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Fire and Maneuver Advanced Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Grant I Advanced Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Dora Advanced Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Defenders Advanced Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Alienware Bundle Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
T-34-85E Advanced Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Ray Wetmore`s P-51D-10 Advanced Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Spitfire FR Mk.XIVe Advanced Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
M5A1 Starter Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Red Fury Advanced Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Desert Rats Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Panzer Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
US Combined Forces
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Royal Combined Forces
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Kliment Voroshilov Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Plagis' Spitfire LF Mk. IX
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
T29 Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Guards T-34 Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Ray Wetmore`s P-51D-10 Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Black Prince Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Hunter Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
T-34-85E, 1945 Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
M18 Black Cat Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Sergei Dolgushin's La-7 Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
US Starter Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
USSR Starter Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
German Starter Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Huey Hog Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Haida Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
British Beginner's Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Japanese Beginner's Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Air Forces, Vol.1 (Original Game Soundtrack)
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Ground Forces, Vol.1 (Original Game Soundtrack)
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Naval Forces, Vol.1 (Original Game Soundtrack)
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
XM-1 General Motors Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Apache Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Leopard Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
T-55AM-1 Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
USA Pacific Campaign
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Japanese Pacific Campaign
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Italian Starter Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Japanese Starter Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
British Starter Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\config.blk[Note 1]
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\WarThunder\Saves\
macOS (OS X)
Linux $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/WarThunder/Saves/<user-id>
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

Launcher settings.
Launcher settings.
In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
[1]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Adjusted ingame "on the fly" usually by the scroll wheel or key bindings.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Set Full window in launcher.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA (FXAA or HQ FXAA) and TAA or SSAA 4x via launcher and DLSS via in-game options.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
On/Off and Adaptive.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Since 1.95 update, Windows Auto HDR is also available in Windows 10/11.
Ray tracing (RT)
Ray Traced Global Illumination since 1.95 update (RTX GPU is not required).
Color blind mode

Input[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
includes many types of control "levels": mouse aim, simplified, realistic, and full aircraft controls
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Remappable and has many default setups for different controllers and flight sticks.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Supported as directInput controller.
DualShock button prompts
Light bar support
Connection modes unknown
Tracked motion controllers
Generic/other controllers
Game is supporting directInput controllers.
Button prompts
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Game is offer to setup new controller through pop-up menu.
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio[edit]

Sound settings.
Sound settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
5.1 and 7.1 options
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language settings.
Language settings.
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Czech
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Polish
Russian
Spanish
Turkish
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Korean
Ukrainian
Hungarian
Brazilian Portuguese
Belarusian
Romanian
Serbian

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
Use Nucleus-Coop Unofficial mod.
LAN play
Online play
Supports crossplay with Xbox One and PS4. Cannot play with both consoles at same time.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
Matchmaker chooses teams based on Battle Ranking of top 3 vehicles for each player. Player skills or their personal statistics are not taken into account.
Peer-to-peer
Launcher uses Peer to Peer connection for downloading and updating the game (optional, turned on by default). Game itself doesn't use P2P connections.
Dedicated
Self-hosting
Direct IP
Matches can only be joined by searching for the hosting player's name.[2]

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 80, 443, 5222, 6881, 8090, 7850-7854, 7800-7802, 27022-27042[3]
UDP 20010-20500, 3478-3480[3]
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: War thunder (tank only) or Helix Mod: War Thunder 3D fix W.I.P v1.0.0.
Headsets Native Notes
HTC Vive
[4]
Oculus Rift
Preliminary support. Enable in launcher.
OSVR
Windows Mixed Reality
This game might be playable with the Revive Compatibility Layer (compatibility list).
Devices Native Notes
Tracked motion controllers
Traditional controller
See Input for details.
Keyboard/Mouse
TrackIR
Supports: Yaw, Pitch, X, Y, Z.
Play area Native Notes
Seated
Standing
Room-scale

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11, 12
OpenGL
Vulkan 1.1 Default on Linux build
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
SSE 4.1 support is required for 64-bit
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Anti-cheat Easy Anti-Cheat [5]

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum[6] Recommended
Operating system (OS) Windows 7 SP1/8/10
Processor (CPU) Dual-Core 2.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 17 GB
Video card (GPU) AMD Radeon 77XX
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660
DirectX 11 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum[6] Recommended
Operating system (OS) Catalina 10.15 and newer
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i7
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 15 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon HD 5550
Nvidia GeForce 8800
Intel HD 4000
Xeon processors not supported
Linux
Minimum[6] Recommended
Operating system (OS) Most modern 64-bit Linux distributions, SteamOS
Processor (CPU) Dual-Core 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 15 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 660
A 64-bit operating system is required.

Notes

  1. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).

References