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World of Warplanes gets Soviet update

Soviet aircraft have been added to the expanded World of Warplanes alpha version.

Flight combat action massively multiplayer online game (MMO) World of Warplanes has been expanded by the developer. has unveiled the addition of new Soviet warplanes for the title, which is still in its global alpha phase.

The Soviet tech tree includes aircraft such as the La-5 light fighter and Il-2 ground-attack plane, plus more than 20 other additions in what is a significant expansion. has also promised that more Soviet planes will be added closer to the game's official launch.

Set in the so-called "golden age" of military aviation, the Soviet planes join those originating in the US and Germany, taking the total number of playable aircraft beyond 60.

Aircraft will include everything from the 1930s biplanes to Korean War craft and modern fighter jets, divided into three main classes: single-engine light fighters capable of engaging enemies in close dogfights, heavy fighters with straight attacks and ground-attack planes.

Each will feature authentic weapons, providing gamers with various methods of achieving their objectives in each sector of the game. A development from the acclaimed World of Tanks, World of Warplanes promises to allow gamers to develop their own strategies and implement them however they choose.

World of Warplanes producer Anton Sitnikau said: "We are glad to finally introduce the latter of the big trio.

"We are always striving to reach a combination of accuracy and fun in our games and hope our test pilots currently in global alpha will find the Soviet warbirds as fun to fly as the American and German planes."

Mr Sitnikau recently explained that the global alpha stage of development is relying heavily on testers worldwide, as it is planning highly challenging content.

"Our most important task now is to gather feedback from our test pilots and prepare a well-balanced, stable version with a large amount of vehicles and battle arenas, which we’ll be able to enter the beta with," he added.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801306585-ADNFCR