Imagine a world where the villages of humans were scattered along mountaintops, and the world below was completely blocked off by an impassible wall of clouds. In a world like that, advancements in air travel would precede both land and sea. This is the kind of world that Aero Empire is set in.

In this world, the player can rise through the ranks, from a lowly gunner manning a turret aboard an airship to the commander of several airships, ordering the crew of your own airship and the captains of the airships in your squad.

Aero Empire is a cross-genre game, incorporating elements of role-playing games, shooters, flight simulators, and squad combat. Production on the game started November 25th, 2008, and is scheduled to release by the end of 2010, and a potential sequel focusing on nation management may come later. The single player version will be free to download and play, with no restrictions.

If you have any questions about the project, feel free to contact me, or stop by our IRC channel at #AeroEmpire@irc.dal.net.
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Hey Everyone! I've been quiet for a while, making smaller flash game projects and experimenting with ideas after Aero Empire fell apart, but I have recently started three things that I would like to share with everyone.

Fancy Fish Games - Following the recent success of some of my small flash game projects, I have decided to start a small, indie game studio called Fancy Fish Games. In the studio, I plan to catch some fancy ideas and make some interesting game projects. We already have a few projects planned, and two in the works, and I look forward to presenting them to the community soon.
VIDE - VIDE stands for the Vectorized Image Deformation Engine, and is a new tool I'm working on for future game projects at Fancy Fish Games. Like the name suggests, it's an animation program that can take an image and deform/animate it. The early results look nice, and it is written entirely in HAXE/NME.
The Legend of GameDev - My new indie game dev blog, which you can read here: Davidmaletz.blogspot.com. I have already written two posts detailing how VIDE works, and plan to talk more about my future game projects and Fancy Fish Games.

I also have plans and a new design document for a revival of Aero Empire, but I don't want to get anyone's hopes up while I still haven't solidified it or started working on it. Feel free to follow my blog for updates on that, as well as the current technology and games of Fancy Fish Games!

Project on Indefinite Hold

Project on Indefinite Hold

News 10 comments

Results from the writing contest are in, however, we have some bad news to go along with it.

Planetary Rings

Planetary Rings

News 4 comments

All graphical features have been successfully ported to Irrlicht, including some new effects like Planetary Rings.

The Aero Empire Writing Contest!

The Aero Empire Writing Contest!

News 12 comments

We're looking for a Lead Writer to join our team, and we're holding a writing contest to find one! Do you have what it takes?

Project Revitalization

Project Revitalization

News 22 comments

Major changes and lots of progress going on at Aero Empire.

Menu / AE Test

Menu / AE Test

Other 6 comments

The Menu / AE Test allows you to download and run Aero Empire's current engine, with options to enable and disable effects, and tweak the environment...

Model Viewer

Model Viewer

Graphics Tool 1 comment

The Model Viewer tool allows entire scenes to be viewed using Aero Empire's rendering engine.

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nimrod123
nimrod123

was the da vinci of the gyros intentional?
Looks kind of like his proposed man powered helicopter abitale on its side.

Really like the look of the game, and the concepets and gyro video looks awsome good luck on getting it finished!

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Timmon26 Creator
Timmon26

Definitely. The gyro is a combination of his airscrew and glider designs, plus the steam engine for power, the Wright Flyer control surface configuration for maneuvering, and a few personal tweaks of course.

From the get-go I wanted to take steampunk in a new direction. I love the steampunk style, but it's fairly mainstream and tends to get overused.
Most of Leanardo's machines make for plausible sci fi on their own, just lacking a believable power source. Combine their principles with basic steam tech and you get a brand new style.

Big Huge tried something similar with their Vinci faction for Rise of Legends, but they took the steam and steel a little too far; the Da Vinci influence was just barely apparent.

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nimrod123
nimrod123

Well good luck, seen some really orginal and enjoyable ideas.

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aloha2436
aloha2436

Wow, this update is by far the best one yet. The atmosphere is incredible, and the gyro is nothing short of stunning. A quick question though, will the most powerful unit in the game be a battleship or a carrier?

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terra0nova Creator
terra0nova

The more powerful ships have more responsibilities than the weaker ships. Since they are so big and costly, it doesn't make sense to make a pure carrier or pure gunship. So I guess the answer to that question is that the most powerful ship is both carrier and battleship. Specifically, there are two kinds of large airships, one Carrier type which has the responsibilities of a carrier, gunship and turret ship, and one Artillery type which has the responsibilities of an artillery ship, gunship and turret ship. Both ships have equal strength in close range combat, but the carrier can launch Gyros to attack from afar, and the artillery ship can launch torpedoes to attack from afar, which both have their strengths and minuses. Additionally, there is one ship rumored to be larger than these large airships, incorporating all 4 airship classes. This flagship or aerial fortress will be very powerful, and will probably not exist in the first version of the game (but definitely the sequel).

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aloha2436
aloha2436

Thanks!

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GamerWolfOps
GamerWolfOps

Looks very interesting i am looking forward to your completed game :)

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assault911
assault911

Holy crap! you've masted concept to game look! not many people
or game developers have managed to get that running!

Simply amazing!

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terra0nova Creator
terra0nova

Thanks a lot! It's comments like this that really keep us motivated and let us know we're on the right track :) .

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Transhift
Transhift

I really am looking forward to this game. Can't wait to see how it turms up.

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Deodus
Deodus

Definately worth all my attention. You're doing a good work. Keep up with this piece of art !

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RedOwl Creator
RedOwl

Thanks for the kind comment! I, too see Aero Empire as a piece of art more than anything. :)

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