Watch it now: Battle of Kursk AR Experience in Gamescom

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Kursk, World of Tanks has partnered with HISTORY to recreate portions of one of the greatest tank battles in history using augmented reality.

Richard Cutland, Wargaming’s Head of Military Relations, will narrate the “The Tanks of Kursk” in a series of videos where viewers can watch German and Soviet tanks refight the battle in tabletop volumetric augmented reality, using the World of Tanks game engine.

"We are delighted to work with World of Tanks on this exciting project. The HISTORY brand is always looking for new and innovative ways to engage our audiences. Augmented reality like this allows viewers to experience The Battle of Kursk in a way never before possible." — Nestor Nieves, Director of Products, A+E Networks

In the summer of 1943, the German army launched a double envelopment attack near the Russian city of Kursk to shorten their lines and regain the strategic initiative after the defeat at Stalingrad. The German defeat paved the way for the great Soviet victories of 1944 and 1945.

"Wargaming has, over the past few years, designed and deployed a number of Virtual and Augmented Reality projects with various museums and media partners. World of Tanks AR Spectate – which allows viewers to watch the battle unfold on a table in front of them – represents a significant leap forward in presentation technology." — Tracy Spaight, Director of Special Projects

World of Tanks AR Spectate is a new experimental platform that uses cutting-edge augmented reality technology to show World of Tanks game battles on any surface, with tanks battling it out in front of the viewer in miniature.

Using proprietary local streaming technology to achieve World of Tanks highest-end PC graphics on an iPad, World of Tanks AR Spectate utilises Apple's ARKit to keep the AR 3D content rock-solid, stable and believable - as if the volumetric in-game objects are really there.

At this stage of development, the AR experience embraces pre-recorded replays from World of Tanks only, and is not a playable game. 

"World of Tanks AR Spectate is the stuff of science fiction. We are excited about the educational possibilities for this platform and are delighted to work with the HISTORY brand to share it with new audiences." — Tracy Spaight, Director of Special Projects

The AR Spectate Experience was available for visitors attending Gamescom in Cologne, Germany to resounding success. Watch the video linked below to find out more:

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