World of Tanks, the extremely popular game about driving tanks and shooting at other tanks, has just hit Steam after nearly 11 years. If you’ve never played the game before there’s no reason not to dive in: it’s reportedly very good if you’re a fan of the history of warfare in general, but it’s also reportedly very good if you just like driving tanks and shooting at other tanks.
Despite its age and popularity though, the new Steam version is currently sitting on a “mostly negative” rating, with 795 total reviews. Why? The main complaint is that the Steam version doesn’t let players carry over their accounts from the old (and still functional) Wargaming.net client. Given it’s a free-to-play game and progress is hard-earned, this is proving quite the annoyance for players who wanted to start launching the game from Steam.
Wargaming has already outlined its reason for this in its FAQ. “Unfortunately, you will not be able to use your existing account to log into World of Tanks via Steam,” it reads. “Initially, we never assumed that access to our game could be multi-platform and, to our great regret, we will not be able to provide access to existing accounts via Steam. At the same time, we tried to make the login process for our new players from Steam as simple as possible: logging into WoT will require a minimum number of additional actions from them.
“Thus, if you log into the game via Steam, and you have not previously played WoT, a new account will automatically be created for you and linked to your Steam account.”
Players have pointed out that this Steam version also requires the Wargaming.net Game Center, meaning launching the game in Steam will also launch Wargaming’s own launcher. That’s not uncommon for free-to-play and live service games on Steam, but it’s contributing to the general sense of consternation among veteran players who want to start using Steam.
I’ve reached out to a Wargaming representative for more clarification, but in the meantime, if you’re keen to jump in, the Steam version is offering a bunch of perks to newcomers, including XP multipliers and various special mission rewards. You can read all about that here.
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