Combat Flight Sim

ComancheCritical security breach reported. Loss of classified military documents confirmed: The Blueprints for the advanced reconnaissance and attack helicopter RAH-66 Comanche have been leaked. The activity of a whistleblower is most likely. As a reaction, SACEUR has authorized THQ Nordic and Nukklear to continue with the production of “Comanche” as fast as possible to counter any possible threat and to start an “Early Access” program in early 2020.

Watch the intelligence briefing HERE.

Wait … the Comanche program is back, although it has been canceled after the rise of modern UAVs? Yep, that’s the background story for the new take on Comanche, that THQ Nordic and developer Nukklear have announced today. After the Iran-US RQ170 incident from December 2011, in which a UAV was hacked and captured through cyberwarfare, the “RAH-66 Comanche” was brought back to life, and received a new role. Next to reconnaissance and air-to-ground combat, the new Comanche also acts as a carrier of a specialized, non-hackable short-range drone, that is designed to operate in high-risk environments. A new era of helicopter warfare is about to begin …

With this setting, the new game – simply called Comanche again and based on the legendary gaming franchise from Novalagic – is set to take off 2020. Comanche will begin its early access campaign and lift off as a modern, team-based online multiplayer helicopter shooter. But that’s not the only new twist. Besides your Comanche, you will also control a small, armed drone for close-quarters combat and special duties. Each Comanche/drone setup will have its own strengths and weaknesses and fulfill an important role in the objective-based team-vs-team encounters.

Early access will allow the developer to create a new, a modern Comanche experience in cooperation with the fans and the community, to ensure the best helicopter warfare game ever. Comanche is bound to release in Q1 2020 on Steam’s early access program. The game is powered by Unreal Engine 4.

About Comanche

Comanche is a team-based online multiplayer helicopter shooter set in the near future, in which you engage with your team of 4 pilots in intense helicopter dogfights and sneaky close-quarter drone combat to attack or defend high-value targets in areas of difficult access. Choose from an array of Comanche and drone configurations, and utilize their strengths to your tactical advantage. By combining the old strengths with a modern multiplayer online shooter gameplay, we bring this franchise into the 21st century.

Features

  • Two in one: Control a technically advanced version of the legendary RAH-66 Comanche helicopter in heated dogfights, and step into its accompanying drone for close-quarter combat.
  • Many strategic opportunities: Pick one of many Comanche/Drone combinations armed with varied weapons and unique gadgets that compliments your playing style.
  • Objective-based multiplayer: Every mission has its own goal – play as a team, to achieve victory.
  • Asymmetrical gameplay: Be either on the attacking or the defending side.
  • Breachable buildings: Use destructible elements in your environment to catch your opponents off-guard.
  • Early access for the players: Comanche will launch in early access to allow the community to participate in the game’s development with their feedback.
  • Constant content updates: To expand, modify and improve the game THQ Nordic and Nukklear will continuously provide new exciting content for Comanche
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ace-combat-7-skies-unknownSource: TheSixthAxis

The third DLC has arrived for Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown with this pack being led by the ADFX-01 Morgan jet. The jet comes equipped with the tactical laser system and multi-purpose burst missile system. You can see these weapons systems as well as the plane itself in action in this trailer. The trailer also reveals the two skins that are part of DLC pack 3, and those are the X-02S Mihaly skin and the Su-30SM Mihaly skin.

The ADFX-01 Morgan joins the ADF-11F Raven and ADF-01 Falken to round out the DLC planes. PS4 players can get the latest DLC pack from here, Xbox One players will need to click here, and PC players will need to go here. Alternatively, you can get the season pass to access all the DLC content.

ace-combat-7-skies-unknownAce Combat fans, your mission parameters have been updated and you are requested to rendezvous at the PlayStation™ Store, Microsoft® Store or on STEAM® to download a new addition to your aircraft fleet in the form of the ADF-01 FALKEN aircraft (which can utilize TLS, 4AAM and FAEB special weapons), Su-30M2 Sol skin and four new emblems including the Wardog emblem, Aces of Razgriz emblem, Ghosts of Razgriz emblem and the Scarface emblem. The Ace Combat franchise has always presented cutting-edge aircraft and weaponry, and Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown continues this tradition with today’s DLC #2 package.

Adjust your heading to this YouTube link to see the contents of DLC #2 in action.

More Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown DLC will be deploying in the near future; we’ll keep you apprised of the latest intel around their arrival.

To find out more about Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, head over to the games official website.

fighter-royale-last-ace-flyingSource: Blue’s News

Steam now offers the release of Fighter Royale – Last Ace Flying, a flying combat action battle royale game from Axion Ventures that challenges players to be the last pilot standing. Or, you know, flying. This free-to-play game is set in the south pacific, and puts you behind the yoke of World War II era aircraft in battle for air superiority in an ever-shrinking airspace. This teaser showing off gameplay is over a year old, and their is a series of short clips on various aspects of the game on their YouTube Channel, but they are all from about 10 months ago. Here’s word on the game, including an unexpected Earth, Wind, & Fire pun:

FIGHTER ROYALE – LAST ACE FLYING is an arena style, air combat game of WWII dogfighting. You and up to 100 other players compete for supremacy in an expansive, 50 km world filled with opportunities to upgrade your plane and weapons, and tangle with other pilots. As the game progresses, the air combat space slowly shrinks, forcing players into close proximity and resulting in wild and unpredictable dogfights until eventually only one pilot remains: The Last Ace Flying!

The stage for this bogie wonderland is a South Pacific themed island chain, filled with volcanoes, narrow canyons, steep cliffs, military installations and an armada at sea gunning for you is designed to increase the intensity of the dogfights. Take out a bomber sortie or torpedoing an enemy battleship- the game world is full of juicy air, ground and sea targets- but the real challenge will be the other player pilots, and the innovative shrinking combat space ensures that players can’t simply avoid conflict- as the combat zone gets smaller you must engage the enemy to survive.

This isn’t just a dogfight… this is Fighter Royale!

More game info is available at the Fighter Royale – Last Ace Flying website.

Thrustmaster T.Flight HOTAS 4 joystick-throttle reviewCOMBATSIM.COM enters the 21st century with its first video review.

The subject of this review is Thrustmaster’s T.Flight HOTAS 4, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown Edition.

Check it out on our new Combatsim YouTube channel.

Review Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMVWY3D-4ow

dcs-f-14-tomcatSource: Blue’s News

Heatblur’s DCS F-14 Tomcat DLC for DCS World has launched. This can be picked up on Steam for the DCS World Steam Edition and from the DCS E-Shop and the Heatblur Store for the non-Steam version of the virtual battlefield. There’s a post in the DCS forums also mentioning where to buy this in Russia and South Korea, and warning that keys picked up from sketchy sellers will not work, saying, “Any DCS World keys purchased from other sources are invalid and are simply trying to re-sell keys that are bound to other users or purchased through fraud. Such sites include Kinguin, CDExpress and G2A.” Ride into the danger zone in this launch trailer and read on for the full flight plan:

The F-14 Tomcat was a two-crew, variable geometry, maritime air superiority fighter that served with the US Navy for 32 years and continues to serve with the IRIAF in Iran. The F-14 was the US Navy’s frontline fighter from the 1970s until the mid 2000s. Over the course of its long service life it also became the US Navy’s premier precision ground-attack platform and lone airborne reconnaissance asset.

Outstanding features of the aircraft are the swing-wing configuration, crew of two, and the powerful AN/AWG-9 Weapons Control System (WCS) and radar. The AWG-9 allows employment of the powerful AIM-54 Phoenix air to air missile while the LANTIRN pod allows the ability to carry out precision ground strikes using laser guided bombs. The F-14 Tomcat was present during many pivotal historic moments such as the two Gulf of Sidra incidents, Operation Desert storm in Iraq, the conflict in Yugoslavia, Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom. It was also immortalized in the iconic motion picture, Top Gun, and starred in several other feature films including The Final Countdown, Executive Decision, and others.

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dcs-f-14-tomcatHeatblur was founded with the goal to be an absolute leader in the flight simulation space and the F-14 represents another step on our journey to achieve that goal. Over the past few years, we’ve assembled an immensely talented and dedicated team of engineers, physicists and artists to bring our chosen airframes to life. The F-14 represents a generational step forward for Heatblur, one where we not only try to push the bar in an aircraft’s flight modeling, systems or visual representation – but one where we introduce new, novel features into the sim and create entirely new pieces of modular technology that we can leverage in the future.

We’re immensely proud of what we’ve achieved so far. With a flight and systems model that has been engineered over the course of several years and carefully vetted through hundreds of combined flight hours by F-14 legends, we lay the foundation for an F-14 simulation that hopes to acknowledge and honor the men and women of the Tomcat community and all of their hard work. Throughout this journey, we’ve been blessed to work with many fantastic people and subject matter experts who have been absolutely invaluable in bringing the aircraft to life. Thanks to all of you!

This will be the beginning of our Tomcat journey. Our sole focus will now become the absolute perfection of our Viggen and Tomcat products through their Early Access periods, as we continue towards release versions of both modules and add new, exciting AI content into the skies of DCS World.

Thank you all for your support over these past years. We can’t wait for this amazing community to finally join us on our Tomcat journey.

See you in the skies on March 13th!

Watch the announcement trailer HERE.

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dcs-mig-19p-farmerThe MiG-19P Farmer was designed by the legendary Mikoyan Design Bureau in the Early 1950’s and was the Soviet Union’s first true supersonic interceptor that could exceed Mach 1 in level flight.

Designed to take on enemy fighters and bombers at any time of day or night and in any weather condition, the Farmer was equipped with the RP-5 lzumrud radar in the nose and armed with two NR-30 30mm cannons in the wing roots. The Farmer is also able to carry an array of ground attack weapons that include S-5M rockets and various general-purpose bombs. It is a lethal interceptor with conventional ground attack capabilities.

We are proud to bring you this exciting addition to DCS World. The Farmer is highly-optimized to work within DCS World and takes advantage of its unrivaled combat environment that only Eagle Dynamics can offer.

Watch the launch trailer HERE.

Note: Requires DCS World version 2.5.4 or above!

For more info and to purchase DCS: MiG-19P Farmer, please visit the DCS E-Shop HERE.

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warbirds-2020Source: 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.
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ace-combat-7-skies-unknownBy Rick Lane @ Bit-Tech

There’s something refreshingly straightforward about Ace Combat 7. At a time when almost every AAA game needs to be a an open, shared, hybrid single and multiplayer world that’s competitive but also team-based with persistently evolving gameplay, a compelling endgame and a drone that serves you drinks while you play, Ace Combat 7 is about Flying a Cool Plane and Blowing Stuff Up.

Read on…