World of Tanks Blitz, Wargaming’s premier mobile title, has just celebrated two significant milestones: 120m+ downloads worldwide and its 5-year anniversary. On this occasion, all players were treated to a whole week of festivities.
Released on iOS, World of Tanks Blitz later expanded to four other platforms: Android, MacOS, Steam, and Windows 10. With this expansion, the game has more than 120m downloads worldwide and a daily active audience of 1.5m.
It’s not just the audience which has grown, the game’s content itself has substantially increased. At launch, World of Tanks Blitz offered players 90 historical vehicles from 3 countries. Now, the game’s roster includes over 370 armored vehicles from 8 nations. And, unique to Blitz, a special Hybrid Nation brings alt-history, fantasy, and sci-fi together, featuring machines from Warhammer 40,000 and Valkyria Chronicles, topped with unique tanks created by the Blitz team and vehicle designers like Gundam’s Kunio Okawara and Peter Pound, Principal Vehicle Designer for Mad Max: Fury Road.
“World of Tanks Blitz is a long-running success due to how it’s pushed the boundaries of mobile gaming,” says Andrey Ryabovol, World of Tanks Blitz Product Director. “To win, you need to rely on more than just sheer power or who’s got the ‘best tank’; it’s about thinking and outsmarting your enemies, and our players love that. Without our loyal audience, we wouldn’t be here five years on, so we try and do as much as we can—after all, it’s their game as much as it is ours. A great example, a player from Turkey wanted to propose in-game to his girlfriend he met through Blitz. Our dev team heard about it and organized everything with him!”
To mark Blitz’s fifth birthday, developers treated players to a wealth of in-game content. For a whole week, tankers were able to battle it out for 75 different types of gift boxes, each containing various rewards from boosters to Premium vehicles. Some even included brand-new high-tech (atomic!) variants of three iconic tanks—the T-34, the Sherman Firefly and the ELC bis.
Plus, anyone who logged in during the celebratory week was rewarded with a special gift box that contained 5 days of Premium, the German Pz. III A and a collection of rare boosters. To top off the event, on the special day, June 26, players received x5 experience for their first win with each tank.