Music is an important aspect of any game, much like it is with film, but I never thought I'd be seeing a mobile game like World of Tanks bragging about its soundtrack. I have been proven wrong, however, thanks to the latest press announcement from the premiere mobile tank-based wargame.
World of Tanks is happy to unveil the set list on new in-game music that will soon be taking the stage as well as celebrate the musical talents of its very own community. The heavy-metal band Sabaton and veteran musician Akira Yamaoka, all known to be avid tankers, have brought a special vehicle into the game alongside a new Tanks-themed music video and created an epic music score, respectively.
The World of Tanks Audio Team – which is a thing that exists?!?! – is constantly improving the in-game sounds and music to give players "the most authentic and immersive experience possible." The next big step in this mission will be an original soundtrack and sound effects for each map, provided by the team and in collaboration with musicians from around the world.
"Music is an important part of the gaming experience and these new soundtracks will inject a burst of life to World of Tanks," said Maxim Chuvalov, World of Tanks Marketing Director. "Working closely with talented musicians like Sabaton and Akira Yamaoka was an awesome experience for us. Yamaoka-san's track will be added to the OST as a gift to the World of Tanks community and fans will be able to check it out soon. Together with Sabaton, who are keen World of Tanks players, we're releasing a new, awesome music video, which will drop today. There's no doubt that a lot of talented people make up our community and we love inspiring them."
"We are just as thrilled as Wargaming to release a World of Tanks-style music video for one of our most famous songs—Primo Victoria," said Pär Sundström, bass player of Sabaton. "The shooting took place at Arsenalen Tank Museum in Sweden, and not far from Minsk. It was a true experience for us to ride real tanks and even crash one through a wall. Being involved in the creation of the music video and in-game content for the game is an honor for us. We put our heart and soul into it and are excited to present the results of our collaboration to the global community of tankers that we're a part of."
Today, the game is releasing a World of Tanks drive-style music video created in cooperation with Sabaton. Directed by famous German music video and commercial director Zoran Bihac, the video features the famous Sabaton song "Primo Victoria" and brings out heavy metal and the emotions felt in the heat of battle to create a new genre—Tank Metal. Yep, a whole metal subgenre dedicated to World of Tanks. I'm. Not sure how to take that.
Fans can expect more Tank Metal coming to World of Tanks. On August 17, the first ever music-inspired tank, the Strv 81 Primo Victoria, will be available in-game with some rocking camo and unique features like a Sabaton crew with a captain's VO.
If all that isn't enough to strike a chord, Wargaming will be bringing Sabaton and Akira Yamaoka to gamescom 2017. The guys will be hitting the Wargaming booth, with Sabaton treating fans to a live performance.
Sabaton's new music video is below.