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World of Tanks celebrates 60 million registered users with explosive CGI spectacle

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The normal reaction to a CGI trailer is to express mild annoyance that you're not seeing real in-game footage. But we already have loads of in-game footage for World of Tanks . Because it's out. So why this lavish, cinematic spectacle? It's because Wargaming.net have just announced 60 million registered users and, presumably, when that many people are playing your game, you can afford to splash out on frivolous promotion.

Okay, I suddenly have an intense urge to play Red Alert.

As always, "registered players" is a bit of a misleading figure, in so much as it's a very different metric to "active players". While that exact number is unknown, back in December last year, when the game was at 45 million registered users, an infographic revealed a concurrent peak of 617,000.

We'll likely be hearing more from Wargaming over E3, where they've secured a 10,000 square foot booth in which to provide more details on World of Tanks, along with the upcoming World of Warplanes and World of Warships.

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.