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War Thunder well prepared to cope with millions in cross-platform PS4 and PC battles

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on 18 October 2013

With the launch of any MMO, you can expect bugs, lag and latency problems and server issues, but Gaijin Entertainment doesn't appear to be too concerned ahead of the launch of PS4 exclusive War Thunder.

War Thunder is cross-platform compatible, combat flight game that will bring together PC and PS4 players in battles in across the skies. This is an ambitious move, particularly for a launch title, and Gaijin will be the first company to offer this functionality. CCP's DUST 514 has a level of PC and PS3 compatibility but not on this level, and Valve was going to make Counter-Strike: Global Offensive cross-platform compatible but cancelled plans "because of the differences in update-frequency between systems. However, Gaijin doesn't seem phased by the task ahead.

Across air, land and sea, War Thunder is PS4's most ambitious MMO

"We have the benefit of running our game live for a year now (open beta on PC started in November 2012). So we had a lot of issues resolved already and now our main task is to make it work on both platforms (PC and PS4) properly, not to create all of the infrastructure from a scratch," said War Thunder developer Pavel Kulikov in an exclusive interview with

"We’re especially proud that our game will support cross-platform battles between different users, so there will be a multimillion community from the day one of PS4 launch."

Kulikov went on to say that the team has learned a lot from the open beta phase of War Thunder on PC that will help with a smooth launch of the PS4 version.

"Over the course of last year we were constantly polishing our flight and damage model, adding new planes and game modes, making changes to game’s economy and balance. Our team is much more experienced now in running a popular MMO and we’ll put this knowledge to good use on PS4 as well," he said.

You can read the full interview here.

War Thunder is due for release on PC and PS4 on November 15 in the U.S. and November 29 in Europe. War Thunder will be free-to-play, though players will be able to purchase items via micro-transcations.