War Thunder is an online multiplayer combat game developed by Gaijin Entertainment. The game contains aircraft, armoured vehicles, and ships from the Spanish Civil War to Korean War time period. However, the full game currently only contains aircraft and a limited number of ground vehicles, with further aircraft and ground vehicles, as well as ships, to be implemented later.
Most maps in-game are either directly or indirectly based on real-life battles of the era.
The average size of maps in the game currently ranges from approximately 65 km x 65 km to 100 km x 100 km to 200 km x 200 km, although the engine powering the game is likely to achieve larger map sizes in the future. Estimates are said to be about 300 km x 300 km.
There are currently five nations available to choose from in War Thunder. These nations include USA, Germany, the Soviet Union, Great Britain and Japan.
In arcade mode, the game draws two teams of players (up to 32 people) with planes from different nations of similar level. It is possible to see vehicles of the same type on different teams.
Damage and physics are greatly simplified (e.g. in very high speed dives planes do not have their wings ripped off and are still controllable), but retain some realism (e.g. bombers are not as maneuverable as fighters, limited ammunition but able to reload midair).