Tank battles and historical past will collide this month because the makers of the free-to-play recreation “World of Tanks” honor the legacy of famed cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin for the sixtieth anniversary of his historic launch into house.
Gagarin’s historic launch on Vostok 1 on April 12, 1961 kicked off the period of human spaceflight that continues to at the present time. To have fun, “World of Tanks” developer Wargaming has launched its “To The Stars!” occasion, which recruits Gagarin into the sport together with Vostok 1 themed goodies for gamers. The occasion launched Wednesday (April 7 ) and runs via April 19.
“To the Stars! is a two-pronged in-game event which will see players acquire Star Points. By acquiring this special form of in-game currency through daily missions, they themselves will get great rewards, such as a unique 2D style based on Vostok 1 and the man himself, Yuri Gagarin, as well as some other valuable items,” reads an occasion description.” Gagarin will be an in-game commander, dressed in his iconic orange flight suit, who will represent the U.S.S.R. nation.”
In images: Yuri Gagarin, first man in space
“World of Tanks” creators labored with Gagarin’s daughter, Galina Gagarina, to launch a commemorative web site for the sixtieth anniversary of Vostok 1. You can see that “To The Stars! website here, the place gamers can even observe their progress within the occasion.
“Yuri Gagarin proved that people can stay and function in house. His flight inspired and gave hope to all those that dreamed of this! It kickstarted the deep understanding of humanity’s function in preserving and creating our cosmic residence—Earth,” Galina Gagarin mentioned in an announcement. “I’m happy to know that, through the millions-strong audience of World of Tanks, the memory of mankind’s first foray into space will be preserved for years to come!”
The Wargaming/MS-1 group behind the cellular tank recreation “World of Tanks Blitz” additionally marked Gagarin’s historic flight not too long ago by launching a tank mannequin to the stratosphere.
The developer despatched a 1:32 scale mannequin of a modified Tier VI Cromwell B, a British tank that was used throughout Allied Second World War operations within the mid-Forties. A highlight reel on YouTube exhibits the tank hovering first above a snowy plain, earlier than you possibly can glimpse the curvature of the Earth beneath.
The 15-mile- (24-kilometer-) excessive launch was carried out to promote a brand new “cosmic flavor” coming to the sport in April together with a Battle Pass – referred to as Operation Red Planet – that’s starring this tank mannequin. The battle move consists of a number of occasions working as much as and in some instances, via the April 12 anniversary of Gagarin’s first-ever spaceflight.
For the subsequent two week, the sport guarantees a “shower of cosmic activities,” in keeping with a press launch. They embody:
- The grand return of the “Gravity Force Mode” between April 12 and April 18, together with a brand new capability that “allows tanks to jump up and operate in the air,” in keeping with the press launch. Last yr in April, the battle recreation reworked the Sea of Tranquility – the well-known touchdown website of Apollo 11 in 1969 – this limited-time recreation mod. It permits gamers to play with physics and see how tank combating can send you flying across the lunar surface.
- A “Sheridan Rocket event” between April 9 and 16, permitting gamers to get a Sheridan Missile Tank via performing sure actions, not but disclosed within the press launch.
“April is a traditional ‘cosmic’ month in World of Tanks Blitz, when we encourage our players to step out of the earthly limits and indulge in a truly out-of-this-world experience,” Natallia Pershyts, publishing product director of World of Tanks Blitz, mentioned in an announcement. “This time, we’re treating them to a whole cluster of special activities so everyone can find something to their liking.”
“World of Tanks Blitz” is a free massively multiplayer on-line (MMO) recreation accessible on iOS, macOS, Android, Windows 10, Steam, and Nintendo Switch.
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