World of Tanks hosts limited Mars event where you fire lasers while battling beneath UFOs

World of Tanks Mars

Wargaming’s April Fools joke is upon us, except it’s not really a joke at your expense – instead it’s an actual new mode in World of Tanks that you can only play for a limited time. Last time Wargaming took us to the moon, but this time they’re riffing off Elon Musk’s vision of the future: we’re going to Mars, baby.

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In the new mode, you’ll zip across red rocks in your chosen tank, firing lasers under hovering UFOs. The red planet also simulates low gravity, taking advantage of the game’s recently improved physics implementations. It sounds pretty fun. It looks fun, too, as you can see in the video above.

If you play the mode, you’ll get a ‘Life on Mars’ medal. You have between now and April 3 at 8am BST to get playing, so fire up the engine on your M24 Lunar Chaffee and get with the pew pew.

Wargaming also revealed some tips, which you can read below:

  • Use ramps to launch the Lunar Chaffee to skip valleys and reach health power-ups.
  • Use target lock while on the move to increase firing accuracy.
  • Drive into the light (yes, we mean it) to see what comes next.