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
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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: 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

5 years ago 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

5 years ago 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!

5 years ago 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

5 years ago News 22 comments

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

Menu / AE Test

Menu / AE Test

5 years ago 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

6 years ago Graphics Tool 1 comment

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

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SinKing Jun 26 2009 says:

I'm wondering if you'll incorporate some kind of radar, or spotting system. Regarding the distance and height between airships it seems difficult to know if you're dealing with enemy or friend, unless you come up close enough.
I personally think a couple of birds on board of the ship would be perfect spotters. you could just send them to a ship and when they land on it they'll tell you its "color". If it's one of yours they would just return to your ship. Otherwise they would return (respawn), after giving a cunning enemy captain a chance to tell his ship has been spotted by an enemy - because the birds are piling up :)
It could also be imagined to have "upgradable" birds with offensive capabilities, which can overwin enemy spotters in their own type of ai-duel.
Of course I am only going crazy again with total disrespect for the amount of coding involved, but since this is an airborne game, I believe AI creatures would add a nice touch and it seems logical they play an important role in the kingdom. I still love your project very much!

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terra0nova Creator
terra0nova Jun 26 2009 replied:

We will definitely have birds in the game, and they could easily be the means for communication and determining whether a ship is friendly or not (as there is no radar). It wont be impossible to tell friend from foe just from sight, as ships from different nations will have a different "base coat" of paint to distinguish between them. But for far distances, scouting and searching clouds (as you can hide in clouds), trained birds could add an interesting aspect to gameplay - I'll have to think about that. However, having upgradeable birds and battles between birds is going a little too far - maybe in an expansion.

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Hamtaro Oct 24 2009 replied:

How about bigger flying non-player-animals, like sky-whales or something?
Reminds me of the world in the movie "Battle for Terra" (or later know just as "Terra") with wooden flying machines and so on.

Anyway, looks really nice and interesting, I'm tracking this one.

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Darthlex Jun 21 2009 says:

I was just sitting in my dark cookie-less corner over here, and began wondering ... Will you guys release modding tools? What springs in mind to me, the second i see this, is Final Fantasy (as in, the airships) then there's other things, such as Avatar: TLA (God, i love that!) .. Ok, I am slowly derailing here.

So, anyhow, that got me wondering, will it be possible to modify the lovely little engine you made there, Terra? Or is that one of the almost already non-existent strings you are setting on your generosity?

And thank you, for sparkling up my hopes about the writing, I'll gather some of my work and throw it at you the second you ask .. Or before you ask perhaps, and then just throw it harder!

- Still, Kudos to the whole team for their damn fine work.

~ Alex.

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RedOwl Creator
RedOwl Jun 22 2009 replied:

thanks for the kudos Darthlex. Here, have a cookie. ;)

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terra0nova Creator
terra0nova Jun 21 2009 replied:

I'll definitely be releasing modding tools for the game. I definitely want to support modders for the game - as modders can add a lot of new intrigue and content that weren't added or weren't thought of in the original game. Right now, I have planned a large revamp for the model viewer that will turn it into basically a map/model editor and converter of models into the game, and I will also release more tools as the game gets closer to completion.

Also - if you know C++, I will eventually release the game's engine (see the Cumulonimbus Engine page), giving modders the ability to program new content into the game, and game makers the ability to make new games using the engine.

I'll keep you posted on that, but first the game has to be further along in development :) .

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Kage.Ookami Jun 20 2009 says:

can we do MP LANs?

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terra0nova Creator
terra0nova Jun 20 2009 replied:

A multiplayer version (both over internet and LAN) is planned as an expansion, however will not be a part of the original free single player version. The multiplayer version will be similar to the single player version, except that many people over LAN or Internet can join the same world and work together or against each other. The limit for number of players in one world will be a lot higher than 8, but unlike an MMO, the world will not be persistent (can be saved loaded, but doesn't continue when the host is away), and everyone joins at the same time.

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Sputmint Jun 17 2009 says:

Wow, this'll be a eye-smacking game when it comes out!

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RedOwl Creator
RedOwl Jun 22 2009 replied:

Thanks very much, Vuletrox. I'm very excited for the release myself. :)

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Darthlex Jun 17 2009 says:

You just got your watcher #200 there - so do i get a free cookie? Or some alpha testing? No ..? Damn it.

Incredible job guys, still looking better and better with each update! It's highly detailed, it's original and it's professional on most levels, so i am quite surprised you are giving us this little pearl for free. So for that, and all your hard work put into this, Kudos to the whole team.

Terra, it's impressing how in the short developement time you guys have used so far, you have made something as capturing and intriguing as this, best of luck, and call me up if you ever need a writer =)

~ Alex

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cobalt01 Creator
cobalt01 Jun 19 2009 replied:

Hey Darthlex; I don't have cookies either :P. However, I can tell you that we will be accepted a few supporting writers in the future -- if not by the end of the summer, then almost certainly by the end of the year. We'll mostly be looking for scriptwork, and applicants will be judged by their skill at writing convincing dialogue, with other considerations going to crafting convincing sidequests/subplots and writing good documents in the "world-building" mold (ie, describing different aspects of an area, a tribe, a major character, etc.) However, before all that happens, I'm working alone to build the major backstory and the game's main plot, as well as getting characters and other major systems in place; depending on how fast (slow) I work, there's no telling when we'll open up a call for writers. However, I'll make sure everyone knows its time to send in their material, as well as a having a detailed outline of expectations and requirements ready.

This sort of turned into a mini-news post :P. Thank you for the kind words Darth, and I can't believe we're giving it away for free either O_o. We just love everyone that much.

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terra0nova Creator
terra0nova Jun 17 2009 replied:

Thanks for the watch. As for a cookie, you most likely got a cookie from Moddb from clicking the watch link - although that's a different kind of cookie ;) .

Thanks for the compliments, and if our writer, Cobalt, needs any help, he'll keep your name around.

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