Source: Blue’s News
A new Unreal Engine version of WarBirds titled WarBirds 2020 for Windows and macOS is in the works for release this fall. This World War II aerial combat series has been flying high since it first took off in 1995, but if it wasn’t on your radar, you’d be forgiven for thinking this was grounded long ago. The latest version, WarBirds – World War II Combat Aviation – 2018 is available for Windows and macOS on Steam since it was released a few years ago as WarBirds 2016. Now this announcement reveals plans for a new version of the game to be published by MicroProse, which is odd in light of the company’s closure over 15 years ago. The circumstances surrounding the revival of MicroProse go unexplained in the announcement, but the brand was last owned by Atari, and it was snapped up in one of the Atari fire sales in 2007. Here’s WarBirds 2020 announcement:
iEntertainment Network Inc. and MicroProse announce agreement for Development and Co-Publishing of the new WarBirds 2020 World War II flight simulation that has been successfully entertaining millions on virtual online pilots since 1995.
CEO David Lagettie of MicroProse says, “I am excited to work with iEntertainment Network CEO and Co-Founder of MicroProse, ‘Wild Bill’ Stealey, to produce the next generation of WarBirds 2020 WW II combat flight simulation using new modern technology and promoting worldwide.”
Wild Bill Stealey says, “It will be fun to be working with MicroProse again to do great simulation games! We are very excited to be partnering with David and his team to update our very successful WarBirds 2020 product for WW II combat simulation fans around the world.”
WarBirds 2020 FEATURES:
- Launching for PC/Mac computers fall 2019.
- Mobile and game system versions to launch in 2020.
- Brand new graphics system using the Unreal 4 engine.
- High Detail Cockpits and Aircraft.
- New technology to map actual physical locations for more realistic simulation.
- Regular Historical Events are held monthly over large geographical areas like Europe, Japan, and not the small area skirmishes of many other sim games.