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War Thunder Adds Italy As New Major Axis Nation

Gaijin Entertainment announces the impending release of a new playable nation for the vehicular combat MMOG War Thunder. War Thunder Update 1.69, called ‘Regia Aeronautica’, will introduce Italy as the sixth playable nation, represented with its own vehicle tree, alongside USA, Germany, Great Britain, Japan and USSR. This is the first new nation to be added to the game since the launch of War Thunder.

Kirill Yudintsev, Creative Director of Gaijin Entertainment, said:

At the end of last year, with the addition of Japanese Ground Forces, we completed the tasks that we set ourselves for War Thunder’s beta test and officially released the game. Now, all of the game’s nations are represented with more than 800 aircraft and ground vehicles in total, and early testing of Naval Forces is full steam ahead. As promised, we have continued to develop the game, starting with our efforts to add a new country to the game.

Italy’s initial aviation lineup consists of several dozen aircraft, ranging from the famous light and maneuverable Italian biplanes of the 1930s to post-war Jet aircraft. Among those machines is the Fiat CR.32, one of the most mass produced aircraft employed by the Regia Aeronautica at the beginning of World War II. This robust all-metal biplane can withstand serious damage and even carry bombs into combat – a feature that allows it to temporarily act as a light attack aircraft instead of a fighter, either to destroy light ground units or suppress the enemy’s anti-aircraft resistance.

Another symbol of Italy’s aviation besides the CR.32 are its famous heavy three-engine bombers, which will also be featured in War Thunder right from the start. Next to the well-known SM.79 Sparviero (the ‘Sparrowhawk’), other indigenous three-engine designs will be included, such as the CANT Z.1007bis Alcione, or ‘Kingfisher’. Although the latter was mostly overshadowed by the mass produced ‘Sparrowhawk’, it exceeded its counterpart in both speed and maneuverability and could also be equipped with a heavy 840 kg torpedo. This will make it especially useful as an attack aircraft in the coming full-scale Naval battles.

Vyacheslav Bulannikov, Producer of War Thunder stated:

In the 1930s, the Italian Regia Aeronautica was considered one of the world’s strongest and most numerous Air Forces, with its machines capable of fulfilling almost all possible roles in modern air combat. This, among other things, makes the Italians a natural choice for addition to War Thunder. Our players can look forward to several aircraft that are among the best of those fielded by the Axis forces, with some even superior to any Allied model of the time. And Italy did not only field a massive air force, which means that we will not limit the Italian tree just to aircraft – other types of vehicles are planned for the future. In parallel, we are also working on new vehicles to introduce yet another new country.

Read more about the incoming Italian machines in War Thunder’s developer diaries here: http://warthunder.com/devblog

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War Thunder Update 1.69, called ‘Regia Aeronautica’, will introduce Italy as the sixth playable nation.