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World of Warships announces open beta with ridiculous new trailer

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I will readily admit that the thing that excites me most about today's launch of the World of Warships open beta is this World of Warships open beta trailer. That's not to say that the game itself won't be cool—I haven't played it, but I also haven't seen any "Wargaming, please sink World Of Warships" petitions on Change.org, so I assume things are going reasonably well—but any video that can make plodding, impersonal naval combat seem like the most exciting and action-packed thing you'll do this month is okay by me.

It's wildly inaccurate, of course—if your aircraft carrier is basically sharing a parking lot with an enemy battleship, you've got more problems than I can help you with—but that's half the fun. At the end, I was literally leaning forward in my seat, eyes wide, thinking, "You're not going to make it! You're not going to make it!" I won't spoil the outcome, but it was an unexpectedly intense moment. (And I was right. Sorry, SPOILER WARNING.)

Anyway, after a few "beta weekends" and a further closed beta period that began in March, Wargaming.net has flung the World of Warships doors open to the world. The open beta features more than 80 American and Japanese warships along with vessels from the newly-added UK and Soviet Union, and a "robust signal flag customization system" that will "display a player's prowess on the water while providing buffs and advantages."

The World of Warships open beta is live now. Get the details and the client (it's free to play) at worldofwarships.com.

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.