Air Combat News

Ground Force Expansion Rolls Out for War Thunder on PC

Posted by Donster on: 2014-05-16 15:09:50 in category: Air Combat News [ Print ]

Today, Gaijin Entertainment announced that they have unleashed a full-scale video game invasion with the launch of the Ground Forces Expansion in 1.41 update. The Ground Forces Expansion joins Gaijin Entertainment’s blockbuster military World War II MMO game War Thunder on PC, providing war hungry players the ability to unleash furious battles from either air or land, all within the same play experience.

“Our goal from the beginning with War Thunder was to create a game that allows players to safely experience the perils of a full scale world war. The rumble you hear in the distance, is the sound of many of our six million players launching their earth shaking attacks using heavily armored ground forces. Players who prefer aerial battles better keep one eye in the air and one eye on the ground because Ground Forces Expansion has launched!”, – said Anton Yudintsev, CEO of Gaijin Entertainment.

Ground Forces Expansion joins the ranks of War Thunder, allowing players to now create their own military force made up of aircrafts as well as tanks. With improved player progression, fans can build their arsenal to match their style of play, whether that be with lightning quick strike abilities or with earth rattling shock and awe! Players can now decide how best to build up and unleash their military might upon others in War Thunder’s ever-growing next generation experience.

Currently, players can access Soviet and German vehicles in Ground Forces with other nations rolling out later. There are dozens of light, medium and heavy tanks, as well as self-propelled artillery and anti-air guns. The latter will become useful in Combined Arms battles, available in Realistic and Simulation game modes where player-controlled ground vehicles are fighting alongside player-controlled planes (and AI-allies in some cases). Combined Arms will be enabled later once enough players reach high levels with their ground forces, but anyone can try this mode in Custom Battles already.

Gaijin Entertainment will add additional ground vehicles and new maps in future updates, but developers have not forgotten pilots and their needs. In update 1.41 all of the existing aerial game modes have stayed intact with some tweaks and improvements and 10 new aircrafts, including the powerful US Navy bomber PBJ-1H, armed with a mighty 75-mm cannon, have entered the fray. The Ground Forces Expansion release date on PS4 will be announced soon.

Watch the War Thunder: Ground Forces Launch trailer HERE. (Hosted by YouTube - 01:37)

Download War Thunder for free from the games official website.

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War Thunder Update 1.39 Goes Live

Posted by Donster on: 2014-04-17 12:57:52 in category: Air Combat News [ Print ]

Update 1.39 Also Includes Squadron Battles, New Maps/Missions and Even More New Planes

Gaijin Entertainment has announced that update 1.39 for their WWII MMO mega-hit War Thunder is live. This major update is a milestone for Gaijin Entertainment as they release several new features including support for user generated content, squadron battles, the addition of even more planes, and early access to Ground Forces Expansion.

War Thunder now supports user generated content and players have access to special downloadable tools. From now on users are able to create their own planes, from adding tiny details inside the cockpit to truly personalizing their plane's skin or creating a totally new model. A quick-check system ensures that newly created planes fit within the game's parameters before allowing players to use them on local PC's in custom missions or share them with the community.

Players can go one-step further in the creative process by using a stand-alone maps and missions editor. Players can ingeniously build upon existing maps, using them as a blueprint, or go off on an inspired tangent to devise their own brand of new maps. Players can share as well as test out user generated content via a special area housed within the War Thunder forum. Instructions for the creation of content can be found here.

1.39 also offers Squadron Battles – competitive events for player created factions complete with PvP-rating for squadrons, calculated by the Elo system. In addition, this latest update includes an additional 18 new aircraft, changes in the interface and improvements for player progression.

And last but not least, the update 1.39 will allow players who currently possess codes for the Ground Forces Expansion Closed beta to be the first to play as either a tank or an aircraft 24/7, but not from the very start. gaijin Entertainment will slowly implement Ground Forces Expansion into the update to ensure seamless gameplay.

The new mission called Battle of Kursk is based on the real life historic engagement that took place in July and August 1943 where the Soviets defeated the German strategic offensive, thereby turning the tide on the Eastern Front. In the game, Kursk will provide players with AI-tanks,field artillery and planes fighting alongside real players

For more information on the update click here.

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New Japanese War Machine in War Thunder - Video

Posted by Donster on: 2014-04-01 17:35:02 in category: Air Combat News [ Print ]

At the end of March 1945 the Burmese National Army engaged Japanese occupational forces in fierce combat, and with the support of the Allies, soon liberated their country from invading forces. The Japanese army was unable to turn the tide of battle despite deploying their experimental war machine Daikaidzu "Gaijilla" GD11a, which the natives called "giant monster".

Gaijin Entertainment announces that in honor of this historic encounter, War Thunder will soon be introducing a new experimental unit for Japan. Unlike most Japanese combat vehicles, the new model is slower to manoeuvre in battle, but with regard to its durability and ammunition, it has no rivals.

To test this new prototype, players have to install dev-version of the game by using special launcher http://launcher.warthunder.com/wt_dev_launcher.exe. (Direct Link)

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'War Thunder' Begins Third Wave Ground Forces Closed Beta

Posted by Donster on: 2014-02-25 17:03:16 in category: Air Combat News [ Print ]

Announces Massive Spring Content Update with New Aircraft, User Generated Content and More

The third wave of Closed Beta for Ground Forces has begun, opening up the newest portion of popular hit franchise and military MMO game War Thunder to more players, including those that have completed the November challenges and have purchased the War Thunder starter packs. Starter packs provide players with a variety of rare tanks and a head start in the Open Beta which will begin after the third wave. Through the third wave, players can test all models of tanks that will be accessible in open beta. For more information and to purchase starter packs to enter the final phase of Ground Forces closed beta, please visit: http://warthunder.com/store/

In addition to the final wave of Ground Forces closed beta, Gaijin Entertainment have also announced the biggest game update yet, that will go live this Spring (Update 1.39).

Features will include*:


  • User Generated Content - The release of tools for creating user-generated content. Players will be able to create their own planes, locations and missions, as well as their own unique camouflage patterns for their planes.
  • New Aircraft - The update will introduce 18 new planes in the world of War Thunder, that were in service in Germany and Japan during the Korean War era and later, these include MiG-15, North American F-82 Twin Mustang and F-086 F-30 of the Japanese SDF.
  • Squadrons - New features for Squadrons including special events and Squadron Vs Squadron battles.
  • Interface - Faster statistics and map, improved crew and control settings interface.
  • Ground Forces - As the closed beta test is at full swing, the team hope to introduce player controlled units.
  • Flight Model - Introducing the ability for planes to overheat and control heaviness to all aircraft.

*All features are currently in development, but Gaijin cannot guarantee that all will be included in the Spring update

To download War Thunder for free from the official website and join in a heated battle to dominate the skies: http://warthunder.com

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Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Ditches GFWL in Favour of Steamworks

Posted by Donster on: 2014-02-25 16:50:51 in category: Air Combat News [ Print ]

By Sherif Saed @ VG247

Namco Bandai has announced that it will be patching Ace Combat: Assault Horizon on PC to switch the game from GFWL to Steamworks, ahead of the imminent closure of the Games for Windows Live service.

The publisher confirmed the move in an email sent to VG247, and added that the patch will be available today allowing you to keep your achievements and saves in the transition. Starting April 1, the new Steamworks version will be the default version of the game, and you will not be able to keep your saves from the old version after that date.

The publisher has also posted a handy guide over on the Steam forums, explaining what you’ll need to do to patch the game and keep your saves. The guide also covers the different ways you could’ve acquired the game through.

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Virtual Top Gun Now Free Online!

Posted by Donster on: 2014-02-20 17:03:03 in category: Air Combat News [ Print ]

The complete version of the Virtual Top Gun air combat training book,including an interactive 3D ACM viewer, is now available at the official Virtual Top Gun Website for everyone to freely enjoy!

Virtual Top Gun is a FREE online guide that will help you achieve more success and have more fun as a PC combat flight simulation pilot. You've seen the other books and sim manuals - full of gaps big enough to fly an AC-130 through, using the same old confusing diagrams, and apparently more about letting the author show off than about explaining the art of air combat... This one is different! Virtual Top Gun is a self-guided training tool, designed to fill in those gaps and make you a better pilot. A complete combat school for everyone ready to go Mach 2 indoors.

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War Thunder: Second Wave of Ground Forces Closed Beta and Holidays Festivities

Posted by Donster on: 2014-01-04 14:12:26 in category: Air Combat News [ Print ]

Gaijin Entertainment is pleased to announce that the second wave of Closed Beta program for the Ground Forces Expansion for the military MMO game War Thunder, has started today. Selected players, who participated in various daily in-game challenges during November, will continue to receive invites to Closed Beta during second wave.

For users that want exclusive content that will become collector’s items once the Open Beta for Ground Forces starts, there is an option to purchase one of the advanced packs at http://online.gaijinent.com. All of these packs also grant access to the Closed Beta, and they’ll remain available for purchase until Open Beta starts.

For everyone interested in Ground Forces development, Gaijin Entertainment published a series of Closed Beta diaries:


As a part of “Winter Magic” festivities, that will take place until January, 12th all players can complete special tasks and get one or both unique premium aircraft: heavy Soviet bomber TB-3 and Grumman XF5F! Also, completing all tasks on 1-10th of January will grant an extra-bonus – one week of Premium account for free!

Every day users can vote at the War Thunder official forums for the discounts they want the next day, and War Thunder team will also be giving away additional special gifts on daily basis!

Download War Thunder for free from the official website and join in a heated battle to dominate the skies.

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Wings over Flanders Fields Released

Posted by Donster on: 2013-12-26 15:07:08 in category: Air Combat News [ Print ]

Source: Blue's News

Wings over Flanders Fields is now available, announces the official website for this World War I combat flight simulation built upon Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 3, which is required to play. It also bears noting that while CFS3 can run on 32-bit systems, WOFF only supports 64-bit Windows 7 or Windows 8. In addition to the game, they are also selling the soundtrack and a skin pack to support further development (thanks ReadyMan). Here's word:

A new vastly improved and unique WWI Flight Simulation - WOFF has been redesigned more than ever to put you in the seat in an open cockpit over "The Front" in World War I. Fall deeper into WWI and totally immerse yourself! Many new features have been written from the ground up.

With brand new AI and new outcomes data you can really watch your fellow pilots rise and fall. Can you get your victory list to climb? Can you stay alive and keep your squad alive through the mayhem? Fail and see the results affect your Squadron, Jasta or Escadrille.

See the brand new AI fight or escape in true WW1 maneuvers and behavior! From visuals to game play, just about every feature has been designed for more immersion.

Most who enjoy WW1 flight sims enjoy the history too, but we all enjoy a good dogfight! WOFF has all this with great historical detail, great graphics, and superb AI pilots. WOFF craft are easy to fly, hard to master. Not arcade, but a WW1 Air War simulator - really immerse yourself in the emotions and history and breathtaking aerial fights of WW1!


Click here to visit the official Wings over Flanders Fields website.

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Rise of Flight: Channel Battles Edition Takes to the Skies

Posted by Donster on: 2013-12-20 14:31:10 in category: Air Combat News [ Print ]

Game and tech distributor CompuExpert, a division of Digital Interactive Systems Corp., announced today that 777 Studios' latest edition of their realistic WWI PC flight simulation, Rise of Flight: Channel Battles Edition, is now available for purchase in physical disc format at various online retailers.

Rise of Flight: Channel Battles Edition is the most comprehensive edition of Rise of Flight ever offered. Among the new features is the hefty Channel Battles mission set, in which the player takes helm of the gigantic Felixstowe F.2a flying boat to sink warships, merchant ships, U-boats, and other nautical targets. A highly-detailed Channel Battle Map is also included in-game, which accurately depicts the coastlines and villages of Northern France, the Southern English coast, and the Flanders area of Belgium as they were at the dawn of aviation. Furthermore, the boxed package includes two double-sided Rise of Flight posters which feature detailed artwork from 777 Studios.

The most realistic WWI flight simulator in existence, players will take to the war-torn skies of Europe and experience cutting-edge flight simulations in which no two dogfights are the same. The Channel Battles Edition improves and expands on all the features and content that made the original Rise of Flight an award winner, such as advanced flight-models, a complex physics engine, an industry-leading progressive damage model, and beautifully detailed 3D models and environments for an authentic WWI aviation experience.

And the packaged experience of Channel Battles Edition is just the tip of the iceberg. The Rise of Flight universe continues to expand with new aircraft and game updates on a regular basis, and includes the option for Online Multiplayer servers featuring Dogfight and Co-Op scenarios. Rise of Flight fully supports user-created mods and custom skins, and thousands of historically accurate paint jobs are available for download on the Rise of Flight website. The sky is the limit, so take flight, and join the fight above the trenches!

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War Thunder Update 1.37 Announced - Trailer

Posted by Donster on: 2013-12-20 14:24:31 in category: Air Combat News [ Print ]

New Progression System Unveiled, More Than 300 New Planes Available

Gaijin Entertainment is pleased to announce the release of update 1.37 for its military MMO game War Thunder. The update introduces a new progression system, numerous new planes and combat maps, DirectX 11 support and many other improvements.

This major update introduces more than 20 new aircraft, including the long-awaited Ki-84 Japanese fighter and German attack plane Hs.129B-3, featuring the enormous 75-mm cannon. With the release of update 1.37, more than 300 historically accurate aircraft are now available in War Thunder!

8 new maps provide diverse combat scenarios, and all of the game locations got a serious visual overhaul thanks to updated render with DirectX 11 support.

With the new progression system War Thunder pilots can chose the aircraft they want to unlock next, and every battle on any plane of this nation will bring this moment closer. This allows players to progress more quickly through the branch of the research tree they prefer. At the same time, both new and existing players will keep their achievements, earned modifications and previously purchased planes.

And, with the upcoming addition of Ground Forces Expansion, every player will be researching tanks and other vehicles from the beginning, regardless of previous experience with War Thunder. To read the official developers diary in full on the new system click here.

The full list of changes and improvements can be found in the patch notes at here.

Download War Thunder for free from the official website and join in a heated battle to dominate the skies!

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War Thunder: from Zero to 5 Million Players in One Year

Posted by Donster on: 2013-11-04 16:13:11 in category: Air Combat News [ Print ]

Gaijin Entertainment is pleased to announce that their next-gen MMO combat game War Thunder, that recently won Gamescom’s Best Simulation Game award, is celebrating two monumentous milestones. It’s been one year since the Open Beta for War Thunder has been cleared for takeoff in Russia, with the international launch following in January, and in 12 months over 5 million players joined the universe to mix it up in aerial dogfights piloting the most deadly WWII planes in history.

Over the course of one year almost a hundred new planes were added to the game alongside with new, exciting modes and improvements. War Thunder was released in Steam and became the first Russian game announced for PlayStation 4 and the next generation of consoles.

“To those who have served, and to those who continue to step up to answer the call of duty in War Thunder – we salute you! In your honor Gaijin Entertainment is organizing Golden Battles on November 3rd and 10th – this is a good chance for all players to improve their balance and get a unique decal to decorate their planes!” said Anton Yudintsev, CEO of Gaijin Entertainment.

Over five million players already know the enjoyment of raining down aerial destruction via the PC-version of War Thunder and this fan base continues exponential growth. War Thunder is currently in Open Beta on PC, in development for Mac OS and Oculus Rift and will be a PlayStation4 launch title. Download War Thunder for free from the official website and join in a heated battle to dominate the skies at: http://warthunder.com

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IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad - EARLY ACCESS in November

Posted by Donster on: 2013-10-21 16:25:49 in category: Air Combat News [ Print ]

1C Game Studios is excited to announce the IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad early access date for everyone who purchased the Premium Edition of the game. Premium Edition owners will be able to take off into the Stalingrad skies and become part of one of the most important battles of WWII starting November 12, 2013. Standard Edition purchasers will gain early access in December 2013. The exact date is to be announced.

The opening of early access will mean a discontinuation of the current pre-order options with the Standard and Premium Editions becoming unavailable at their current prices ($49.99 USD & $89.99 USD respectively). However, anyone who missed the initial pre-order opportunity will still be able to try their hand at virtual aerial combat and participate in the early access program by ordering the Premium Edition for $94.99 USD.

IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad is a combat flight simulation dedicated to the Battle of Stalingrad, one of the most decisive and fierce battles on the Eastern Front in WWII. This new project from 1С Game Studios represents the next generation of combat flight simulations with the latest development technologies – from a new higher level of physics modeling, damage modeling and aerodynamics to modern modes of gameplay with detailed, immersive environments.

The price of the digital version of IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad, scheduled for Spring 2014, will be $59.99 USD for the Standard Edition and $99.99 USD for the Premium Edition.

Please visit the official IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad Website to pre-order and learn much more about the game.

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The Art of Warfare Announce Major Recruiting Drive

Posted by Donster on: 2013-10-02 16:26:28 in category: Air Combat News [ Print ]

Following the completion of a major expansion and revamp of its already extensive training program, TAW DCS is pleased to announce the launch of a new recruiting campaign aimed primarily at rookie and novice flight simulation enthusiasts. TAW DCS’ virtual flight simulator organization is part of the Horizon Division of The Art of Warfare (TAW).

“Although we currently are comprised mostly of veterans, we are putting a strong focus on recruiting novice pilots—we created our entire training program to developing the recruits’ skills and experience with DCS’ airplanes and helicopters,” said the Division’s Executive Officer. “One of our key objectives is an organization that is rich in diversity and committed to growth and camaraderie. It doesn’t matter if you’ve ever stepped into a virtual cockpit, we welcome you.”

TAW DCS flies three nights a week—in practice flights and real-time missions. In addition to the increasing rookie ranks, the group has a solid core of veterans with skills unparalleled in the combat flight community. The veterans’ cadre has experienced a major growth surge in its ranks. TAW DCS is committed to growth, continuous improvement and everyone having a great time.

“Regardless of your skill level, the TAW DCS Division of The Art of Warfare (TAW), invites all pilots—from rookies to aces—to join us,” the spokesman said. “We especially welcome rookies with minimal or zero experience. The flight sim gurus consistently agree that joining an online virtual squadron is the latest, most thorough means of going from Rookie to Ace in Digital Combat Simulator aircraft—the most complicated, in-depth and realistic sims in the virtual flying universe.”

Founded in 2001, TAW remains one of the world’s fastest growing yet most stable virtual communities online today. The people-oriented community has seen significant growth in numbers, quality and experience. TAW DCS flies all of Digital Combat Simulators aircraft except P-51D. Two veteran sim pilots, Insignia and Blackasaurus, founded the Division on May 1, 2013.

For more information on The Art of Warfare, please visit the official website.

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DCS WWII: Europe 1944 Kickstarter Campaign Underway

Posted by Donster on: 2013-09-06 15:23:47 in category: Air Combat News [ Print ]

Source: Blue's News

A new Kickstarter from flight simulation designers Oleg Maddox, Ilya Shevchenko, and Igor Tishin seeks funding for DCS WWII: Europe 1944, "an exciting new flight simulation series." Here's the explanation of why they need $100,000 for this:

Legendary flight simulation designers Oleg Maddox, Ilya Shevchenko, and Igor Tishin, are excited to bring you a new WWII flight simulation for the PC. Built by industry veterans with the same approach that made the famous flight sims of the past great, and in partnership with the experts at the Fighter Collection and Eagle Dynamics, the simulation aims to satisfy seasoned aces as well as attract new pilots to the genre.

With unparalleled attention to detail, our developers have decades of experience with aerial combat simulations. We are famous for our ability to make our games fun while maintaining unwavering dedication to historical realism. We can do it because relatively simple WWII-era aircraft do not require extensive training, and nimble controls and simple weapons naturally lead to fast-paced close-quarters battles.

We want to open a new page in WWII combat simulations. We also strive to recapture everything that made famous flight simulations of the past great, starting with a thick spiral-bound manual and comprehensive training, and ending with great free-for-all multiplayer. But we cannot do it without your help!


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War Thunder is Now Available on Steam

Posted by Donster on: 2013-08-16 16:00:50 in category: Air Combat News [ Print ]

The War Thunder Brand Continues Its Growth On Platforms That Include PC, Oculus Rift, PlayStation 4 and Now Steam.

Gaijin Entertainment, developer and publisher of multi-platform video games and winner of numerous industry awards, announced that their military MMO War Thunder is now available on Steam.

“Earlier this year, the amazing community on Steam was gracious enough to support War Thunder and help get us approved. Even though War Thunder currently has more than 3 million players in Open Beta, the best way to achieve success in the PC gaming industry is to have the support of the Steam community and we are glad to be a part of it. We look forward to growing the War Thunder brand and Steam is the next important step in this process,” said Anton Yudintsev, CEO, Gaijin Entertainment.

In addition to War Thunder being available on Steam for free, Gaijin Entertainment released a very special content pack exclusively for Steam called the War Thunder Steam Pack.

More information is available at the official War Thunder Website.

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War Thunder Receives New Modification System with Update 1.33

Posted by Donster on: 2013-08-12 15:38:00 in category: Air Combat News [ Print ]

Award-winning developer and publisher of the F2P military MMO game War Thunder, Gaijin Entertainment announced War Thunder’s 1.33 update which includes a number of important and qualitative improvements. The 1.33 update provides players with even more freedom to choose how to improve and tune their aircraft, enhanced offensive and defensive upgrades and new aircraft.

Today’s update combines a number of innovative changes to the gameplay that will give players more autonomy to customize their fighting machines and prepare them for a wide range of combat missions, trading speed for firepower, for example. Pilots will now be able to change a lot more of airplane modules to help it achieve peak performance and efficiency.

War Thunder’s 1.33 update also introduces new offensive and defensive measure. Players will have new weapons and ammunition packages, as well as the defensive options to upgrade an aircraft’s ability to survive in combat via improved armor for the body of the aircraft and for the crew. All previously installed aircraft modifications will automatically be purchased and installed in version 1.33. The detailed explanation of the new system can be found in latest developer’s diary.

As usual, major update adds many new planes to the game. Among them are US F9F-5 Panther, BTD-1 Destroyer, F-80C Shooting Star, F8F-1 Bearcat, P-47D-28 Thunderbolt and Royal Air Force DH.100 Vampire FB.Mk.V.

A complete list of the changes, additions, and improvements introduced in version 1.33 can be viewed on the official website.

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IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad Preorders Announced - Pre-Order Trailer

Posted by Donster on: 2013-07-29 16:07:33 in category: Air Combat News [ Print ]

1C Game Studios, a leader in air combat simulations, is thrilled to announce the pre-order for IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad. This brand new title is the continuation of the legendary IL-2 Sturmovik series that has set the standard for combat flight games for more than 10 years. This new entry into the series will offer virtual pilots an even more accurate simulation of the legendary air battles of World War II. A new higher level of physics modeling, damage modeling and aerodynamics has been achieved which allows for far greater realism than in any other title.

"Flight-simulation games are a product of the love and dedication of their development team, often it takes a lot more of both than people realize," said Jason Williams, executive producer of 1C Game Studios.

"There is always more that can be done from new planes to better ground details. We want to be able to add that extra care while also allowing our closest fans to become part of the beta team this summer, simply by placing a pre-order. Our fans get to help us craft the game they truly want and it allows us to reward people by beginning work sooner on additional features. In the end, giving back when people show their faith in us just seems like the right thing to do."

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Please visit http://www.il2sturmovik.com to pre-order and learn much more about the game, join the community and feel free to ask the developers any questions about the game.

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Digital Combat Simulator: World Adding F-35 Aircraft

Posted by Donster on: 2013-06-28 16:10:25 in category: Air Combat News [ Print ]

The Fighter Collection, Eagle Dynamics and Digital Combat Simulator have announced they are joining forces with Kinney Interactive and will be building all three models of the F-35 for integration into the DCS World, starting with the F-35A Lighting II. The family of F-35 aircraft will include complete standalone campaigns, training missions, and a variety of instant action missions. In addition, Kinney Interactive will be developing and integrating full carrier operations, including the CVN 78 and LHA-6 for the C & B versions. Pilots interested in getting involved with preorder incentives, access to Operational Evaluation, Beta, squadron affiliation, Kinney Interactive high seed server access, and exclusive interaction with the Kinney Interactive during the development period of the F-35 aircraft should go to Kickstarter and sign up as a founder and or Test Team Member today.

DCS: World is a new, free, combat simulation. DCS: World provides a free-to-play Su-25T ground attack aircraft with unlimited online restrictions. Online DCS: World includes friendly and enemy forces that can be controlled by other players or AI air and ground units. The purchase of additional DCS modules allows the player to have careers as pilots of the A-10C Warthog, KA-50 Black Shark attack helicopter, P-51D Mustang, or armor vehicle commander. You may read more about DCS: World and its modules at http://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/.

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War Thunder - First Screenshots for the Upcoming In-game Tanks

Posted by Donster on: 2013-05-30 14:33:17 in category: Air Combat News [ Print ]

Gaijin Entertainment, developer and publisher of the military MMO simulation World of Planes, has released the first screenshots for War Thunder, showcasing the games first in-game tanks. In War Thunder, detailed and huge locations are reproducing the real state of the countries participated in World War II. Satellite imagery has been used as well as maps of 1930th-1940th years to adjust them to the historical authentic state.

Click Here to view the new screenshots via the official War Thunder Website.

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Lock On: Flaming Cliffs 3 Released - Launch Trailer

Posted by Donster on: 2013-05-10 13:34:48 in category: Air Combat News [ Print ]

The Fighter Collection and Eagle Dynamics have released Lock On: Flaming Cliffs 3 for Windows PC. Lock On: Flaming Cliffs 3 (FC3) is the next evolution of the Flaming Cliffs series. FC3 features the F-15C, A-10A, Su-27, Su-33, MiG-29A, MiG-29S, Su-25T, and Su-25. FC3 aircraft provide an easy learning curve for new players and focuses on a broad range of aircraft including air-to-air fighters and ground pounding attack aircraft. FC3 adds a wealth of new features and improvements to previous versions of the Flaming Cliffs series. FC3 is a module of DCS: World, which makes it compatible with all other DCS: World titles like A-10C, Black Shark 2, P-51D, and Combined Arms.

Purchase Lock On: Flaming Cliffs 3 at the Digital Combat Simulator Shop.

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War Thunder 1.29 Update Launched and Trailer

Posted by Donster on: 2013-03-22 15:57:05 in category: Air Combat News [ Print ]

Gaijin Entertainment, developer and publisher of the military MMO game War Thunder, is announcing that the game has been updated to version 1.29, receiving a number of important and qualitative improvements. Starting in Russia on November 1, 2012, the War Thunder open beta has attracted more than one million gamers—newcomers to the fascinating world of MMOs as well as experienced players and flight simulation fans. Today’s update will serve as a pleasant surprise for all of these War Thunder pilots, providing not only welcome gameplay innovations but also a multiple enhancements, new features, and a more convenient and stylish user interface.

An important element of this update is the addition of "top" bombers for each country. Improvements have also extended to the game’s graphics and sound effects, with improved air brake animations, the addition of shells ricochetting from the ground, and more realistic camera effects when shooting. In addition to gameplay has also undergone many improvements as well. The project now fully supports headset-tracker Gametrix vTrack MKI, the client size has been reduced, and load times have been optimized. A complete list of the changes, additions, and improvements introduced in version 1.29 can be viewed on the official website.

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Mad Catz Announces the Launch of Saitek Combat Pilot

Posted by Donster on: 2012-12-21 13:58:35 in category: Air Combat News [ Print ]

Mad Catz Interactive, Inc., has announced the launch of Saitek Combat Pilot, a unique, flight-based MMO (massively multiplayer online) experience which allows simulation enthusiasts from around the world to gather, interact and fly with each other as they engage in simulated air combat.

Published by Mad Catz and developed by the Company's internal ThunderHawk Studios, Saitek Combat Pilot represents the first truly interactive, multiplayer air combat simulation built around Flight Simulator X from Microsoft (sold separately).

"Saitek Combat Pilot offers members the chance to train for and participate in combat flight operations under the most realistic conditions possible. Flight simulation enthusiasts are among the most passionate and discerning consumers in the world and we believe they will embrace Combat Pilot as the ultimate multiplayer flight combat experience," said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz. "Our Saitek brand is synonymous with flight simulation and we will continue to support the flight simulation community with hardware and software offerings that simulate reality."

A true multiplayer experience, those entering the world of Saitek Combat Pilot can create, join and fly in virtual squadrons with friends and wingmen, perform check rides and training, take part in weapons training, participate in dog fights and fully engage in combat operations and much more.

For more information or to download Saitek Combat Pilot go to http://www.combatpilotseries.com.

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IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad Announced

Posted by Donster on: 2012-12-11 15:43:51 in category: Air Combat News [ Print ]

Leading Eastern and Central European publisher, 1C Company, is proud to announce that it has partnered with award winning developer 777 Studios to form a joint venture and new studio named 1C Game Studios. This new studio is set to create IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad, a new sequel to the award-winning WWII combat flight simulator IL-2 Sturmovik. 1C is the owner of the best-selling IL-2 Sturmovik franchise of combat flight simulators and 777 Studios is the developer of the popular and technologically advanced WWI flight simulator Rise of Flight: The First Great Air war.

This venture brings two of the world’s leading combat flight-simulation franchises and development teams together under one banner to form a new, dynamic team led by 777 Studios management. Giving respect to the roots of the IL-2 Sturmovik series, the partnership will start with the development of Battle of Stalingrad which focuses on the Eastern Front air war during the titanic struggle over the industrial city of Stalingrad in 1942-43. The battle of Stalingrad was an important turning point for both the Soviet and German armies in WWII, with the air war playing an important role in the outcome.

Battle of Stalingrad will include both single-player and multi-player scenarios for virtual pilots to enjoy as well as brand new gameplay modes. Initial client release is slated for early 2014 with add-on content and additional features and theatres to follow.

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IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover Patch 1.11.20362 Released

Posted by Donster on: 2012-10-19 15:37:02 in category: Air Combat News [ Print ]

Source: Blue's News

The 1C Company forum has word that a new patch for IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover is now automatically available via Steam. The patch notes say: "We are hoping that this patch finally makes this game worthy of the Il-2 Sturmovik name and that simulation fans will give our game another look and a new chance." This sentiment is echoed in the forum post, which says: "We really hope that the new steam version that includes many great new additions will finally be something the community is excited about. The free release Su-26 aerobatics plane is a very small token of our appreciation of your support." They also note they have plans for the future of this combat flight simulator, but they are not disclosing them just yet: "I know all of you are anxious to know about what happens now. Unfortunately we’re not ready to post that just yet. We will post announcements and a more detailed roadmap in a very near future." NOTE: This patch is incompatible with previous game versions when playing online.

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DCS: P-51D Mustang Now Available

Posted by Donster on: 2012-10-09 16:25:14 in category: Air Combat News [ Print ]

The Fighter Collection and Eagle Dynamics have released DCS: P-51D Mustang as a digital download for $39.99. The Mustang was among the best and most well-known fighters of World War II. Possessing excellent range and maneuverability, the P-51 operated primarily as a long-range escort fighter and ground attack fighter-bomber with bombs, rockets, and machine guns. The Mustang served in nearly every combat zone during WWII and proved to be what many consider the most successful fighter in history.

The DCS: P-51D Mustang offers both highly-detailed simulation and easy-to-play "game" mode options for both hardcore and casual gamers. When in simulation mode, this is the most authentic simulation of the P-51D Mustang that has ever been created for the PC. Enjoy both the thrill of flying this legendary warbird and operating its various weapons against a variety of ground and airborne targets.

An interactive training system puts you in the cockpit with an instructor that gives you step-by-step training instruction to fly the Mustang.

A powerful yet easy-to-use mission editor allows you to create your own missions and campaigns. A one-click Mission Generator also allows you to instantly create battles as small or large as you wish.

Fly online with built-in server browser that supports up to 32 players in both head-to-head and cooperative gameplay. Fly online with other DCS aircraft like the Black Shark and the A-10C Warthog.

For more game information please visit the official DCS: P-51D Mustang Webpage.

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Damage Inc. Pacific Squadron Of WWII Now Available

Posted by Donster on: 2012-08-30 16:59:56 in category: Air Combat News [ Print ]

Source: Gaming Blend

Mad Catz Interactive announced today that their flight simulator for home consoles and PC has officially launched. The game comes in two versions and even has an authentic AV8R FlightStick available for those of you who really want to exercise those immersion factors and go cockpit deep into the game.

Damage Inc. is all about flying planes, shooting stuff down, blasting stuff out of the sky and generally being an aerial honey badger. There are 30 different, accurately modeled planes to choose from, co-op, competitive modes to participate in and a special Flat-Top four-player mode where players can work together to complete specific objectives.

The game already has some day-one DLC available, basically just a fighter plane. You can pick up a copy of Damage Inc. for $49.99 or get the special edition with the new flight stick for $99.99.

You can learn more about Damage Inc. Pacific Squadron of WWII by visiting the Official Website.

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Mad Catz Announces ‘Combat Pilot' - A New MP Combat Flight Experience For PC

Posted by Donster on: 2012-07-24 16:14:02 in category: Air Combat News [ Print ]

New MMO Experience Allows Flight Sim Enthusiasts to Train and Fly as Military Pilots

Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. announced today that it will launch a new flight simulation experience entitled Combat Pilot in the summer of 2012. Combat Pilot introduces multiplayer, military aviation and combat operations to the realistic world of flight simulation, where simulation enthusiasts from around the world can train, fly, fight and interact together.

Combat Pilot was developed by Mad Catz’ internal ThunderHawk Studios™ and represents the first ever interactive, multiplayer combat simulation built around Flight Simulator X™ from Microsoft® (sold separately).

Those entering the Combat Pilot universe must qualify to earn their wings in order to fly with others in the community. The proprietary, multiplayer engine, as well as the regulated military environment, sets Combat Pilot apart from any other flight simulation experience.

“We believe that Combat Pilot will prove to be an important destination for the flight simulation community to gather, interact, and share experiences,” said Darren Richardson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. “Mad Catz’ Saitek™ brand and flight simulation is an important part of our company’s culture and Combat Pilot will allow the flight simulation community to come together and interact as never before.”

To learn more and to reserve your unique call-sign, visit www.combatpilotseries.com.

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Heroes in the Sky Fights an Occupational War

Posted by Donster on: 2012-05-31 17:16:56 in category: Air Combat News [ Print ]

Europe Competes Against The U.S.A. In The Biggest Battle Yet!

Leading online game publisher, GamesCampus.com, announced today the newest battleground for their Massively Multiplayer Online Third Person Shooter (MMOTPS) Heroes in the Sky, Occupational War! Combining together a high intensity PVE story with fast paced PVP, Heroes in the Sky challenges players to become top Ace in a World War II setting. Pilots should fly straight over and register for their account at http://his.gamescampus.com/.

Occupational War is the biggest battlefield that Heroes in the Sky offers to players. Pitting Allies against Axis, players can compete and acquire territories within the map, and then must defend them against the hordes of the enemy. GamesCampus will be presenting a global twist to the map during the Occupational War Event, which pits the world’s best against each other regardless of faction, but by region!

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War Thunder Closed Beta Test Has Begun - War Thunder Beta Launch Trailer

Posted by Donster on: 2012-03-30 16:50:03 in category: Air Combat News [ Print ]

Gaijin Entertainment, developer and publisher of War Thunder, is pleased to announce the start of the closed beta test for their upcoming combat MMO game.

The multi-staged beta test will allow tens of thousands of players to become better acquainted with the War Thunder universe, giving fans of the project a chance to contribute to the game’s development. Closed beta test servers will be open 24 hours a day, meaning that players who have been invited can join the game at any time. To start, participants will have access to more than 100 aircraft models and several different locations, with new content added continuously throughout the test period.

A new section of the game's official has opened today as well. This "Features" section offers a colorful and comprehensive presentation of War Thunder’s key features. (http://warthunder.com/en/game/features)

Finally, Gaijin has shared their plans to include Royal Air Force combat aircraft in War Thunder: World of Planes. Therefore, the official website’s "Release Tree" section now features a corresponding table with the British aircraft models that will be included in the game by the time it’s released.

WATCH WAR THUNDER - BETA LAUNCH TRAILER (Hosted by YouTube - 02:06)

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Strike Fighters 2 March 2012 Update

Posted by Donster on: 2012-03-13 17:13:32 in category: Air Combat News [ Print ]

Source: Gamer's Hell

Third Wire Productions has issued a new patch for Strike Fighters 2, an updated version of Wings Over Europe. This update is for May 2011 or later versions of Strike Fighters 2. If you have earlier version, you must update the game to May 2011 Strike Fighters 2 first before applying this update.

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First Tree of Playable Aircraft in War Thunder: World of Planes Released

Posted by Donster on: 2012-03-07 16:37:37 in category: Air Combat News [ Print ]

Listing of Soviet aircraft to be included in combat MMO has just been revealed by the developer

Award-winning game developer and publisher Gaijin Entertainment is proud to reveal the release tree of USSR aircraft to be included in their upcoming combat MMO, War Thunder: World of Planes.

As the closed beta test gets underway, allowing thousands of players to test themselves in the unfriendly skies of WWII, the development team continues to work hard to create even more game content. Judging by the increased number of available planes, they haven’t been wasting their time, as the release list includes significantly more aircraft than the closed beta list available at the official website.

Two separate branches, one for fighters and one that groups together several categories of attackers and bombers, make up an impressive 80 playable airplane models, including modifications.

Learn about all of them at www.worldofplanesgame.com.

And in an exclusive teaser for what is yet to come, a special screenshot pack of USSR planes has just been revealed by Gaijin Entertainment. Featuring new models of Soviet aircraft never before shown in their mightiness and grace, the screenshot pack is now available HERE. (Official Website Screen Page)

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Third Wire Productions Reveal Details of Strike Fighters 2: North Atlantic

Posted by Donster on: 2012-02-29 16:17:36 in category: Air Combat News [ Print ]

Strike Fighters 2: North Atlantic is a jet air-combat game set in hypothetical Cold War Soviet invasion of Iceland. The player flyable aircraft include F-14 Tomcat and A-7 Corsair II.

The campaign is set in 1979 hypothetical "Cold War gone Hot" scenario - what if the Soviet Union had decided to invade West Germany in 1979? The key to Soviet victory in Europe rests in the capture of Iceland and its vital strategic US base located there. With the Soviet in control of Iceland, the NATO forces would not be able to contain the Soviet Northern Fleet, and the American reinforcement fleets would not be able to reach Europe.

Join the US Navy and USS Nimitz Carrier Battle Group sent to reinforce the Iceland defense, protect the carrier from Soviet long-range bombers, and strike the Kiev battle group of the Soviet Northern Fleet!

The game is designed for Windows 7/Vista and DX10 capable video card. It can be merged with other games in the series (Strike Fighters 2, Strike Fighters 2 Vietnam, Strike Fighters 2 Europe, and Strike Fighters 2 Israel) for additional aircraft, maps, missions, and campaigns.

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Jane’s Advanced Strike Fighters: Four New Aircraft Revealed

Posted by Donster on: 2012-02-29 15:35:20 in category: Air Combat News [ Print ]

Koch Media releases new assets leading up to 9th March release of action flight sim

Koch Media today revealed four more aircraft of the upcoming

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