World of Warships can now be played aboard a real vessel

HMS Belfast is a Royal Navy vessel from World War II that was first launched in 1938 and has served in the Arctic Convoys, D-Day, the Cold War, the Korean War, and other campaigns. It was decommissioned in 1963 before being saved and maintained as a museum ship. It is presently permanently moored between London Bridge and Tower Bridge on the River Thames.


World of Warships can now be played aboard a real vessel


The inside of the ship takes visitors through nine decks and different exhibits that illustrate the tale of the ship and its 950-strong crew. After closing due to the pandemic in March 2020, it has undergone several improvements in preparation for its reopening on July 8, and has announced a new relationship with Wargaming, the developer of World of Warships.


The 'World of Warships Command Centre,' as the name suggests, is a room filled with PCs and consoles where you can play World of Warships (which to be fair does include HMS Belfast among its many historically accurate ships). If you're wondering why this partnership happened in the first place, it's probably because HMS Belfast is preserved and controlled by a private trust rather than the British government: financing this old lady, especially in these times, must be difficult.


And for that, Wargaming deserves a lot of credit. It'd be easy to be cynical about this, but the fact that a hugely successful developer (with over 50 million players across its World of Warships titles) is going out of its way to assist support real-world museums that preserve the history that its games are based on... you can't say no.


"Over the past year, we've had the honor of working with naval museums all over the world and assisting them at a particularly trying time," says Victor Kislyi, CEO of Wargaming. "We're ecstatic to be able to add a new dimension to HMS Belfast's already amazing offering, and we can't wait to see this historic vessel delight and educate visitors once more!"


From July 8, HMS Belfast will be open to the public again.

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