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E3 2011: World of Warplanes announced by World of Tanks team

Wargaming.net, which has scored itself a major success with the launch of its WWII MMO strategy game World of Tanks, is going to try to duplicate that success with its next game. Announced at E3 2011, the development team has announced plans to release World of Warplanes, which will be set in the time frame from the 1930s to 1950s.

The game will be a stand alone free-to-play title, according to the press release. Wargaming.net CEO Victor Kislyi states, “World of Tanks has been extremely successful and we look to bring the same high quality if not better to World of Warplanes." No other details about the game, including a release date, were announced.

The launch of World of Tanks has put the once small Russian-based game developer into the spotlight. The development team released a number of games over the years including a PC WWII RTS game, Order of War, for publisher Square Enix. It announced World of Tanks in February 2010 as an alternative to the typical fantasy RPGMMO. The game launched in Russia in late 2010 and launched in the US and Europe earlier this year.

Since then Wargaming.net has announced that player registrations for World of Tanks has reached the 2 million mark. Player registrations for the US and Europe market have approached 1 million so far. Wargaming.net has said that they had previously predicted the game would get 600,000 player registrations.

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