World of Warships is a naval action-themed massively multiplayer online game produced by international game developer and publisher Wargaming headquartered in Nicosia, Cyprus. The game features aspects similar to World of Tanks and World of Warplanes, having several types of military ships fulfilling different roles within teamed player versus player battles. It was released for Microsoft Windows on September 17, 2015.
The gameplay is team-based. There are four different classes of vessels, namely destroyers, cruisers, battleships, and aircraft carriers; these vessels span across ten tiers within the technology trees of several nations, including the United States Navy, the Imperial Japanese Navy, Kriegsmarine, Royal Navy, and the Soviet Navy. It is anticipated that the Marine nationale and the Regia Marina may also be featured at a later date. Players earn experience points and in-game currency by participating in battles, for the purpose of purchasing vessel upgrades and higher-tier vessels. Available ships include both historical and blueprint prototype vessels. Submarines and torpedo boats will not be present in World of Warships.
Players are randomly assigned to teams, and generally play with and against similar-tier vessels. The game’s co-operative mode involves teams of players battling against computer-controlled opponents, while the random battle mode features teams of human players battling against one another. Battles take place on a limited number of specific maps, each map depicting a specific location with different geographical layouts. Criteria for victory in a given scenario are outlined at the start of play, and typically requires occupying one or more specific locations on a map for a given period of time, or destroying all enemy players. Each vessel has unique strengths and weaknesses, and the likelihood of victory in a given scenario relates directly to the willingness of players to work cooperatively.