Another Aussie Joins World of Tanks
Popular free-to-play tank combat game World of Tanks has added another Australian to its ranks on PC.
Publisher Wargaming added the Australian-configuration Centurion Mk 5/1 tank to its Premium garage on May 11, joining the existing Australian Cruiser “Sentinel” tanks in the game.
Adopted by the Australian Army in 1952, Centurions remained in service until 1971 and saw action during the Vietnam War, where their formidable firepower proved successful in reinforcing firebases in the Battle of Coral–Balmoral from May 12 – June 6, 1968.
Australia deployed 58 Centurions to Vietnam, where 42 were damaged in battle (including six that were effectively destroyed), with the loss of two crew.
The Centurion Mk 5/1 RAAC launching in World of Tanks represents one of the modifications of the postwar British Centurion Mk V; being armed with a 20-pdr main gun, two .30-calibre machine guns, having a more powerful engine and also featuring reinforced front armour.
World of Tanks regional publishing director Alexander De Giorgio said there had been an increase in the number of Australians playing World of Tanks PC since the launch of World of Tanks 1.0 in March.
“We’re not just dedicated to great gameplay, but delivering local, historically relevant content,” he said.
“Our player base in Australia and NZ continues to grow, especially following the launch of the local server and most recently World of Tanks 1.0.
“The Australian Centurion is another example of our commitment to our Aussie players.”
Wargaming Australia country manager Travis Plane said the Centurion played a key role in Australian military history.
“The Centurion tanks were well armored, mobile and easy to maintain. No doubt there will be great anticipation amongst our tankers for the Centurion to roll out,” he said.
With more than 20 years experience as a games reviewer, feature writer and journalist, including at actual newspapers in New Zealand and Australia, Royce somehow combines his love of all things gaming and tech with a strong interest in history. It’s an odd combination, admittedly, but it works.
Primarily a PC gamer – as a gaming rig complements his study with its many leather-bound books and smell of rich mahogany – he leans towards strategy titles, strong narrative games, the quirky or unusual, and likes the peripherals/accessories side of things too.