Fans of World of Tanks should be prepared for some changes to the in-game store, as developer Wargaming.net announced it's removing all "pay-to-win" items and upgrades. It's part of the company's new "free-to-win" ideal and ensures there isn't an unfair advantage on the battlefield. It should hopefully level the playing field so players are competing with skill and not their pocketbooks, as well as making sure all players are treated fairly.
Wargaming.net's Andrei Yarantsau, vice president of publishing, had the following to say about the move in a recent interview:
We strongly believe that you can’t provide a truly triple-A free-to-play experience without absolutely making sure all combat options are free of charge to all players. We don’t want to nickel and dime our players—we want to deliver gaming experiences and services that are based on the fair treatment of our players, whether they spend money in-game or not.
Yarantsau stated the "free-to-win" idea began back in 2011, with testing of it a year later. Some World of Tanks players probably even saw some aspects of that, with gold rounds, camo patterns, and more being made available to buy with in-game credits. It appears it was successful and didn't alienate the playerbase, so Wargaming is rolling out the free-to-win strategy in full. There'll still be things to buy with actual money, like camo patterns, emblems, and premium vehicles, just no more items to give a distinct advantage.
The move is being applied to all current and future Wargaming titles, so the likes of World of Warships and World of Warplanes are now free-to-win. Wargaming hopes the move shows that free-to-play games don't have to be pay-to-win in order to be successful, and hopefully it pays off. It's also a way to attract the eSports scene to World of Tanks, with Yarantsau offering the following:
Professional sport—and gaming is no exception—is about fair competition. The introduction of our new free-to-win system will really help facilitate the development of World of Tanks as a true eSports discipline.
It's a bold idea, and one that should make plenty of World of Tanks fans happy. You can read the entire interview at the source below to see everything Yarantsau discuesses.