Mark I tank to appear 'virtually'
in Southport honor of 100 Years of Tanks
EXACTLY 100 years on from the 1st
tank attack in history, people in Southport will be able to take a step back in
time to locate and view a Mark I tank, externally and internally; and even
place one in a location of their choice; thanks to a free app launched in
association with The Tank Museum to honour the memory of pioneering British tank
The virtual tank will be positioned in Southport's Victoria Park on 15
September, marking 100 years since the first tank entered the WWI battlefield.
In honour of this anniversary, the free Tank 100 mobile app, from the World of
Tanks publisher and game developer Wargaming, is available for iOS and Android;
also allowing the user to place a tank in a location of their choice, and even
take pictures of it featuring themselves, family or friends.
Virtual reality has gripped the nation this year with the popular Pokémon Go
game, and 'Tank 100' works in the same way. Through the app, users can
experience life size augmented reality Mark I tanks at prime locations in Towns
and Cities across the UK, as well as view stunning 360 virtual reality films of
tanks in action.
Wargaming has partnered with The Tank Museum in Bovington to deliver the
fascinating history behind the development of the first tanks during WW1, and
the app was developed by Ballista Digital; a leading producer of history based
apps for museums.
Markus Schill, General Manager Europe Wargaming, said:- "History is part
of Wargaming's DNA. We wanted to use all that technology has to offer to give
everyone a new way to rediscover history, tanks and facts of WWI. The Tank 100
App will allow you to virtually see the first tank on the battlefield or see a
life size model of the Mark I - or view a smaller version pop up on a desk top."
CEO of Ballista Digital, Tom Clifford, added:- "We are very excited about
working with Wargaming to create this opportunity for tank enthusiasts to
'virtually' experience the Mark I tank. The app will help bring the story of the
development of the tank to life, and is the start of an ongoing AR & VR App
experience that will track the history of the tank through the 20th Century."
The Tank 100 app will continue to grow over the coming months. Future versions
will have additional WW1 and later 20th Century tanks to coincide with key
anniversaries. The augmented reality 3D model tanks will also be enhanced to
allow users to interact and take control of the tanks themselves.
Wargaming is celebrating 100 Years of Tanks with a host of online and offline
events in remembrance of the Mark I, the first tank to hit the battlefield. In
addition to Tanks 100, there are numerous in game events featuring the Mark I
across World of Tanks PC, PS4 and Xbox from September 15, as well as World of
Tanks Blitz from 19 September 2016. The main celebration is organised in partnership
with The Tank Museum, Bovington, and will take place 15 September 2016, in London.
During the event, a Mark IV replica (created for Steven Spielberg's movie
"War Horse") will be showcased in Trafalgar Square, just as it was 100 years ago
with the Mark I.
To download the app, for