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War Thunder 1.99 "Starfighters" now available with new planes, Japanese helicopters, Italian ships, and more

War Thunder 1.99 "Starfighters" now live with new jets, Japanese helicopters, Italian ships, and more
War Thunder 1.99 "Starfighters" now live
Although its name should be "Regia Marina" due to the introduction of the Italian Fleet tech tree — only for those who buy preorder early access packs at this stage or complete various missions, as usual — War Thunder 1.99 comes as "Starfighters" thanks to the F-104 jets that have been added to the game as well. Obviously, there is much more to it than just the above.
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More than two months since the last major update, War Thunder has finally received a brand-new pack of goodies. Although "Starfighter" sounds great and also reveals that quite a few F-104 jets have been added to the game, this update also comes with a generous amount of content for the fans of Italian military hardware — to be more specific, its ships.

In addition to the Italian Fleet tech tree — which is only available to fully research for those who buy one of the two early access packs, priced at 19.99 and 39.99 USD/EUR — War Thunder 1.99 "Starfighters" includes over a dozen of new aircraft. In addition to the F-104 family, jet fans can finally enjoy flying the Mach 2-capable Mirage IIIC, as well as the subsonic yet extremely versatile F3H-2 Demon and Scimitar F.1.

The (only four) Japanese helicopters that have been added to the game are historically accurate, so they are nothing more than copy-pasted variants of some US machines with different names, cosmetic options, and weapon choices.

The fans of ground vehicles get quite a few interesting military machines with War Thunder 1.99, such as the American HSTV-L light tank, the Russian 9P157-2 Khrizantema tank destroyer based on a BMP-3 chassis that features a radar, thermal imaging, and the ability to simultaneously fire two ATGM's at different targets.

In addition to all the above, there are multiple tweaks and fixes, as usual. I can only hope that Gaijin managed to keep the number of new bugs as low as possible, because in the few minutes that I actually spent playing the game after this update, I noticed severe connectivity issues. Feel free to drop a comment if you bumped into the same issues — or not, of course.

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In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2020-05-26 (Update: 2020-05-26)