Speaking today at PAX Aus on the GameSpot Theater stage, War gaming regional publishing director Alex DE Giorgione was asked directly if World of Tanks 2 was in the cards. “World of Tanks 2? No,” DE Giorgione said.
He added that War gaming sees World of Tanks as a games-as-a-service title, one that the studio continually updates and expands upon. That being the case, there won’t be a sequel coming out anytime soon, if it ever happens at all.
“It’s this constant evolution; that’s been the hallmark of the game,” DE Giorgione explained, adding that a sequel to World of Tanks “doesn’t really make sense to us.”
War gaming’s stance matches pretty closely with what Psyonix has said about Rocket League and what Brendan Greene said of his uber-popular game PUBG. In each case, the developers said they will continue to update and evolve their games with regular content instead of putting out a sequel right away.
The games-as-a-service model is an approach that that many developers use. Continuing to support a title gives players a reason to stay in the game and spend money. For a game like World of Tanks, which is free-to-play, in-game microtransactions are critical. Some developers argue that the free-to-play is democratic and good for games it forces developers to create compelling content. If they don’t, people might walk away.
In other World of Tanks news, War gaming is launching a local server for the game in Australia and New Zealand on November 1. For more on PAX Aus, check out all of GameSpot’s coverage from the show here in our hub.