HMS Belfast is a World War II Royal Navy warship, first launched in 1938 and with a history that includes Arctic convoys, D-Day, Cold War, Korean War and more. It was closed in 1963 before being salvaged and preserved as a museum ship, and is now permanently moored on the River Thames between London Bridge and Tower Bridge.
The interior of the ship attracts visitors on the nine decks and various exhibits that tell the story of the ship and the life of its 950-man crew. Having closed in March 2020 due to the pandemic, it has undergone some changes as it prepares to reopen on July 8 and has announced a new collaboration with World of Warships developer Wargaming.
Basically, the "World of Warships Command Center" is a room full of PCs and consoles, where you can play World of Warships (which to be fair includes HMS Belfast among its many historically accurate ships). If you are wondering why this collaboration ever took place, the fact that HMS Belfast is preserved and managed by a private trust instead of the British government is probably the reason why: funding this old girl, especially during these times , must be a hellish struggle. .
And Wargaming deserves a lot of credit for that. It would be too easy to be a little mocking about this, but the fact that a successful developer (more than 50 million players from his World of Warships games) is being done to help fund real-world museums that preserve history in what their games are based on … you can't defeat them.
Come on, guys: where are the masks? Tsk Tsk.
“Over the last year we have had the privilege of working with naval museums around the world and supporting them at an immensely difficult time,” says Victor Kislyi, CEO of Wargaming. "We are delighted to be able to add a new dimension to the already incredible offering aboard HMS Belfast and we can't wait to see this historic warship delight and educate visitors once again!"
HMS Belfast will be open to the public again from 8 July.