World of Warplanes Adds Two Brand-New Modes

Take to the skies in the six-week Operation Westwall event, kicking off March 2. Following in the wake of the greatly successful relaunch of World of Warplanes late last year, players can take two innovative modes for a spin—Invasion and Attrition Warfare—for Tier IV and higher warplanes.

Players can expand their tactics and experience the battle like never before in the new Invasion mode, which pits a defending side against an attacking force. At the start of battle, the defending team owns several sectors and must defend them while the other team’s mission is to capture those sectors before time runs out. After capturing each sector, the attacking team accrues additional time to assault the remaining the sectors in search of victory. Both teams have a limited number of respawns, so communicating with your teammates and playing smart is key.

Attrition Warfare missions are centered around destroying enemy aircraft and controlling sectors. The more sectors a team controls, the more important the loss of each aircraft is for an opponent. Attrition Warfare has no respawn limit.

Playing these new modes and completing battle missions will give pilots a chance to earn two brand-new Tier VIII vehicles: the Dornier Do 335A-1 Pfeil and the Curtiss XF-15C. The Dornier Do 335A-1 Pfeil was Germany’s fastest piston-engine aircraft, armed with devastating bombs. The Curtiss XF-15C was one of the US Navy’s fastest fighters and shooters of its time; only 3 such aircraft were built.

These new modes also launch with new maps inspired by real locations—Lighthouse and Winter War, so get prepared to master new challenges and air spaces. Winter War sees players tackle multiple altitudes in the dead of night so pilots need to keep their heads on a swivel to combat low visibility. It’s key to be extra cautious near heated occupation points that provide advantages to every craft, too.

Lighthouse transports players to a map rife with cloud cover and lashing rain. Smart players will use cover wisely to get the drop on opponents or drift above the downpour for an advantage in all-out dogfights.


New Game Event: Operation Westwall

Running in parallel to the launch of our two new game modes, prepare for a brand new in-game event: Operation Westwall, launching on March 2. Take part in missions to win awesome prizes – watch out for the dedicated article for Operation Westwall coming soon!

New Warplanes

Take part in the Operation Westwall event to get your hands on the Luftwaffe’s newest and most terrible weapon, and the Fighter sent in by the Allies to stop it in its tracks:

Two New Maps

Shine a light in the darkness, and join a very cold war in the two newest maps being added to World of Warplanes with Update 2.0.4:

  • Lighthouse
  • Winter War

How to Play

It’s time to begin Operation Westwall. Fight as Allied or Axis forces across two campaigns and a total of 60 different missions, with the completion of all missions in the brand new ‘Invasion’ and ‘Attrition’ game modes rewarding players with the ultimate jackpot in the form of two new warplanes: Dornier Do 335 A-1 Pfeil and Curtiss XF15C.

As with our recent Skies of Albion event, the game will have peacetime and wartime states, with missions only being available during wartime. When the countdown to wartime in the hangar is up, it will lead to a confrontation in either Invasion or Attrition modes, depending on the time and date. In order to access these modes, in addition to fighting during the specified times, you will need to battle using an aircraft that is Tier IV or higher (Tier I-III aircraft will be matched in standard ‘Conquest Mode’ games).

Dedicated publications will be released closer to the event detailing the new Invasion and Attrition modes, so watch out for them!


Operation Westwall missions will only be available across six weekends. Log in during the following times to take part:

  • Invasion: March 2 at 18:00 CET (UTC+1) – March 5 at 02:00 CET (UTC+2)
  • Attrition: March 9 at 18:00 CET (UTC+1) – March 12 at 02:00 CET (UTC+2)
  • Invasion: March 16 at 18:00 CET (UTC+1) – March 19 at 02:00 CET (UTC+2)
  • Attrition: March 23 at 18:00 CET (UTC+1) – March 26 at 02:00 CET (UTC+2)
  • Invasion: March 30 at 18:00 CET (UTC+1) – April 2 at 02:00 CET (UTC+2)
  • Attrition: April 6 at 18:00 CET (UTC+1) – April 9 at 02:00 CET (UTC+2)


Complete all missions in our Operation Westwall event to be rewarded with weapons from both the Allied and Axis forces:

Dornier Do 335 A-1 Pfeil – Tier VIII German Heavy Fighter

Germany’s secret weapon: a high-speed heavy fighter-bomber. Primed for both devastating bomb attacks on ground targets and holding air supremacy over enemy warplanes, this heavyweight makes for a powerful addition to your Hangar.

Curtiss XF15C – Tier VIII American Fighter

The Allies’ ace in the hole. American air forces fighting in Europe have deployed this swift and dynamic Fighter, equipped with powerful guns and a furious engine, to stop Germany in their tracks. Add this American avenger to your Hangar by finishing the Operation Westwall missions!

Other Changes

In addition to the big news, we’re also making the following changes with Update 2.0.4:

  • Improvements to combat log
  • Improvements to in-game camera zoom
  • Addition of new camouflage
  • and even more!

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