War Thunder players have discovered that the game’s developer, Gaijin Entertainment, may have started removing references to the game’s Steam page following the recent bout of review bombing. As one of the most prolific and long-lasting free-to-play games on the market, War Thunder enjoys a substantial player base spread across numerous platforms, but it’s been in trouble as of late.

Specifically, War Thunder is being review bombed on Steam by its community, with players posting tens of thousands of negative reviews after Gaijin Entertainment pushed out a series of economy tweaks on May 17. Players had been unhappy with the game’s monetization scheme for some time at that point, and the latest batch of economy updates tipped the scales a bit too far for the community’s liking.

As a result of its review bombing, War Thunder quickly dropped down to a “Mixed” review rating on Steam, and it looks like Gaijin Entertainment isn’t all too happy about this shift in perception. War Thunder players have discovered that Gaijin appears to have removed references to Steam from the game’s official website in what may or may not be an attempt to distance itself from the negativity. Whereas the War Thunder website previously marketed the fact that the game was on Steam, most mentions of the platform have now seemingly been purged.

Review bombing has been a problem for the gaming industry in the past, but it’s hard to deny its occasional effectiveness. It’s highly unlikely that Gaijin Entertainment would admit that it’s removing references to Steam in an attempt to hide War Thunder’s plummeting review rating. Still, the player base has clearly shown how unhappy it is with the current state of the game. The only thing that remains to be seen is whether the devs will take this feedback to heart or if they may end up doubling down on their decisions instead.

War Thunder played host to military document leaks after some players got their hands on classified specification sheets and used them to explain how some of the game’s virtual vehicles were less potent than their real-world counterparts. This happened more than once, which helps explain just how dedicated and detail-oriented War Thunder’s community really is.

Keeping the above in mind, it’s not hard to see why War Thunder’s community would finally reach a breaking point with what it considers to be excessive monetization. Problems like these, of course, cannot be resolved through War Thunder’s impressive client-side mods due to the game’s centralized network infrastructure, causing the community to show its displeasure by review bombing the product.

War Thunder is available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

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