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World of Warplanes release date announced, alongside Gamescom trailer

If Wargaming.net went full time into the CGI trailer making business, I'd probably be okay with that. Back in June they marked their 60 millionth registered World of Tanks player with pounding, industrial spectacle . Now, they've swooped into GamesCom with a World of Warplanes trailer that's just as dramatic, if a little more graceful. And hot on the teaser's tail is an announcement: the multiplayer dogfighter's official release date.

World of Warplanes is set to leave beta next month, on September 26th in both North America and Europe. More than 100 different aerobatic marvels are expected for launch; including aircraft models from United States, Germany, Russia, Japan and Britain.

It sounds as if the game's test flight has been a success. Wargaming claim that over three million people have signed up for the beta, and that those pilots have launched more than 202 million total combat flights. You can sign up for the open beta right now at the game's website .

Want to know the latest from Cologne? Keep up to date with our complete Gamescom 2013 coverage .

Phil Savage

Phil has been writing for PC Gamer for nearly a decade, starting out as a freelance writer covering everything from free games to MMOs. He eventually joined full-time as a news writer, before moving to the magazine to review immersive sims, RPGs and Hitman games. Now he leads PC Gamer's UK team, but still sometimes finds the time to write about his ongoing obsessions with Destiny 2, GTA Online and Apex Legends. When he's not levelling up battle passes, he's checking out the latest tactics game or dipping back into Guild Wars 2. He's largely responsible for the whole Tub Geralt thing, but still isn't sorry.