World of Warships (#WoW) has been around for 3 years now and provides an exciting, multi-player warship simulation environment. I’ve been playing it with my son since it was launched (he lives a few states away). Recently, they’ve been making some significant changes to the way aircraft carriers will work. In the past, they were more of a strategic element to the game, allowing you to send groups of planes out on missions to gather intelligence or attack shipping. Some people liked this model, but most did not based on the number of people who were carrier drivers above level 6 or so.
The new beta is focused on making the player experience more interactive and less of a real-time strategy experience. My opinion is that they definitely have done that. You can no longer send multiple flights out at the same time, but must fly the lead plane, while positioning your ship for effect.
You have multiple types of planes you can fly (bomber, torpedo, missile) but you only have one flight in the air at a time (at least during the beta). Having said that, it still makes for a fairly exciting experience. In the GIF above, I have a flight of dive bombers that are a attacking a battleship and then a cruiser.
I am sure there will be some people who hate the new version, but once I got used to the concept of no longer being able to think all that strategically about driving the carrier, it’s quite exciting.