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Report article RSS Feed Report 017: Cockpit & Release Date

The release date has been set! Also, the cockpit view that was many times requested was finally implemented!

Posted by timeSymmetry on May 14th, 2012


After a succession of requests from various users asking for the cockpit view, it was clear that this view would definitely had to be available immediately in the first release.
So this week was focused only towards the development of this view.

The three available views:


HUD VIEW


COCKPIT VIEW


3RD PERSON VIEW

For now, only the F-16 has cockpit view, but the other aircrafts and following additions will have their respective cockpits as quickly as possible.

There is also the possibility to add a fourth view, another cockpit view, but more distant to the panels thus having a more clear view of the soundings

It’s still possible to look around in the cockpit view:




The date has been set; it will be in June 20! 

The main reason of the release being delayed up this point, was to be able to offer a game that even in the first alpha release has already the main key elements implemented.
In the current version, it is possible to make/play campaigns from start to end as well as adding any kind of user made content.

This was to reduce the risk of the alpha supporters, a game fully playable without the supporters having to wait weeks or months for main gameplay elements to be implemented.

  • A solid game engine capable of recreating almost all the missions that other games of the genre have.
  • Campaign mode (including the ability to start a new campaign but keeping all weapons and aircrafts that were previously unlocked).
  • Free mission mode.
  • Battle scenario mode.
  • Multiple difficulty levels (defined per campaign).
  • Fully customizable game content. (campaigns, missions, units, weapons, menus and more)
  • 10~20 missions.
  • 20~30 flyable airplanes. (beware, many of them are variants, so this number can be misleading)
  • Efficient and adaptable AI, capable of automatically adjusting the behavior considering the characteristics of unit and weapon it uses.
  • Exclusive access to the Debug Mode with the ability to take over and control every unit in the field (only available while in alpha phase).
  • and more...

(Until the alpha is released more content and features may be added, so the official list will only be available in the day of the release)

  • Functionally over design (in the HUD and menus).
  • Few maps.
  • No vegetation (it is already possible to add, but it had to placed individually. Too time consuming, it will only be present when a more effect method is available).
  • The main campaigns are not yet in the game.
  • No collision between ground units.
  • Few story elements.
  • Possible some bugs.


Highest priority (things that likely be available in the next weeks after the alpha release):

  • Skirmish Mode.
  • Helicopter units.
  • Stealth.
  • Conversion pack.
  • Bay doors.

High priority:

  • In game cut-scene
  • Squad/group AI behavior
  • Squad management & control 
  • Vegetation

Medium priority:

  • Landing & takeoff.
  • Carrier unit (fully workable).
  • Submarine unit.
  • Arcade mode.
  • Visual novel like cut-scene.
  • Countermeasures.
  • Jamming.
  • Humanoid unit.
  • Allow to create missions for any type of unit.
  • In game editor.
  • Day & night cycle.
  • Multiple weapons for ground units.
  • Mission branching by in menu choices (i.e. in briefing).

Low Priority:

  • Laser weapons.
  • Munitions dispenser Weapons.
  • Standoff dispenser weapons.
  • Support units (Buff & debuff other units).
  • Menu Based travel system.
  • Weather influence.
  • Day light influence.
  • Temperature influence.
  • Challenge mode.
  • Destroyable projectiles.
  • Remote controllable projectiles.
  • In game photo shot mode.
  • Night vision.
  • Offensive/defensive upgrades for units.
  • Set different weapons for ground units.

(Note that small additions or improvements are not listed here, for example, redesigning de menu/huds)

The list above is what’s expected to be added in the game. It is not listed in order of implementation and lower priority elements may be added before the highest being completely cleared.
Also, most of this list is expected to be implemented in a year of deployment regardless how successful the alpha funding may turn out to be.

In case of a successful alpha funding, more production values will be added to the deployment allowing faster content & features development, with the possibility of expanding the game beyond what its listed here.

The goal, is to make this game as a reference for arcade flight sims on the PC, but there is a will to be more than that, another goal is to make a full warfare engine capable of delivering mods such as space battles of epic scale or fast paced robot action with little to no effort required from the mod makers.

  • Added cockpit view.
  • Improved Skins & Materials management.

  • Added F-16C Block30 Cockpit.

Stay tuned, more reports will follow

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EclipseStardestroyer
EclipseStardestroyer May 14 2012, 10:06pm says:

Alright a release! It's good to know what to expect to avoid criticism.

+4 votes     reply to comment
BlueSunsleader
BlueSunsleader May 14 2012, 10:21pm says:

Awesome i cant wait!!!

+3 votes     reply to comment
flames09
flames09 May 15 2012, 1:15am says:

Control of land, sea and air units would be amazing!

+2 votes     reply to comment
DEathgod65
DEathgod65 May 15 2012, 4:39am says:

How much will it cost? I'd be more than glad to pay to support this fantastic game! Also, what do you mean by Conversion Pack?

+5 votes     reply to comment
timeSymmetry
timeSymmetry May 15 2012, 5:39pm replied:

The price is still under advisement, but it will be less than 10€.

Conversion pack in a few words is a system to help modders make total conversions of the game, but it also help making multiple campaigns using the same custom data.

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dhannemon13
dhannemon13 May 15 2012, 5:33am says:

RELEASEEEE TIME OH YEEEAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

+1 vote     reply to comment
Bon.
Bon. May 15 2012, 7:17am says:

Woooooooooo, wonderful! so happy about cockpit view!

+1 vote     reply to comment
Wolf0x
Wolf0x May 15 2012, 9:36am says:

Awesome looking forward to this

+1 vote     reply to comment
Katana_
Katana_ May 15 2012, 10:58am says:

"Possibly some bugs" - come on now, people should expect bugs in an alpha. :)

+2 votes     reply to comment
Crystan
Crystan May 15 2012, 11:26am says:

I love cockpit views! Looks awesome!

+2 votes     reply to comment
AirborneSn1p3r
AirborneSn1p3r May 15 2012, 1:11pm says:

looking great, cant wait untill the 20th

+2 votes     reply to comment
roman9441
roman9441 May 15 2012, 7:01pm says:

Look good

+1 vote     reply to comment
Lupus_of_nox_noctis
Lupus_of_nox_noctis May 16 2012, 6:43am says:

Great! Might get around to making an Electrosphere campaign if i get the time ;)

+2 votes     reply to comment
GeorgeLOK
GeorgeLOK May 17 2012, 7:59am says:

beautiful!!

+1 vote     reply to comment
Rayman51
Rayman51 May 23 2012, 9:16am says:

I am commander sherperd, and this is one of the most interesting plane fighting simulator I had the luck to find on the citadel.

+1 vote     reply to comment
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