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The UFO:AI development team is proud to announce that we made the first steps towards a new improved air combat system.

Posted by Crystan on Jun 13th, 2012

Our Team Member "Destructavator" is developing a new system for air combat / interception featuring its own 3D environment.

Improved Air Combat

Unlike the battlescape all aircraft and things will move and fight all at the same time, although the speed and pause controls from the geoscape will still be available. If the combat starts with the player's aircraft chasing the UFO, the UFO will start in the center of the map, with the Phalanx aircraft at an edge, approaching the UFO. If the UFO is coming after a dropship or player craft, this is switched, and if both are coming at each other, all opposing forces start at opposite edges of the map. Any aircraft that pass beyond the border of the generated map would be considered to have escaped combat (for the moment).

Improved Air Combat

The "Aircraftscape" can generate different types of terrain for various areas on the map, so arctic terrain would be made over Antarctica, mountain terrain over a mountain region, etc. It could also make lunar or alien-world terrain. If a UFO is shot down the game will know if it fell in a lake, on some trees, on a mountainside, etc. This information would then be passed to the battlescape, so a ground battle in a matching map would occur. Its also planned to extend this to generate buildings, cities, trees, etc. and place them on the terrain.

Improved Air Combat
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Nathanius Jun 14 2012 says:

That's pretty nifty! :D

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myxale Jun 14 2012 says:

Wow, kinda unexpected.
Never found any fault with the old system, but this one promises more UFO awesomeness.

This little UFO gem is getting shinier each release!

Kudos mates!

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Kyle_K_ski Jun 14 2012 says:

What a nice surprise! I'll take it!

The description makes it sound so simple, but I have no doubts that a lot of hours of hard work went into making this new system possible.

Thanks again for the previews!

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Leonhart- Jun 14 2012 says:

You guys are making an awesome job on this game.

Keep it up ! :)

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█Black/Brunez█ Jun 14 2012 says:

Man, this is indeed a really nice improvement for the gameplay!

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odd.mean Oct 22 2012 says:

Thank you guys! I'm a real fan of UFOAI since 2010 & it's pretty nice to see that you keep on improving it!

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