Developer HiTech Creations has released the new expansion to ACES HIGH II, titled COMBAT TOUR. The expansion breaks new ground in online gaming by combining intense air combat simulation and military role-playing in a completely mission-based team format. COMBAT TOUR is in closed testing and release is planned for the first half of 2006.
Virtual pilots from more than 30 countries around the world will log on to COMBAT TOUR to experience a portrayal of air combat like never before. Players guide their character through the perilous journey of a WWII combat pilot taking part in the greatest air battles from either the Axis or Allied side. New pilots must first complete basic flight instruction before being posted to their unit. Each player can then choose to go on regularly scheduled missions containing a variety of different objectives with and against other players and AI units.
In many other multiplayer games, player interaction is sparse resulting in an ally simply being someone that you avoid shooting. Because it takes group success to achieve individual success, players are dependent on teamwork and cooperation. As the player contributes to his side's success, he also contributes to his own success. His character will earn promotions and additional benefits, such as improved pilot physiology and better maintenance crews. The player will be able to customize his character's development to best fit his own playing style.
"One of our goals is to have players feel what it was like to be part of a thousand plane raid," states Dale Addink, ceo of HiTech Creations. "Players will get an adrenaline rush jumping into one of these epic battles while trying to preserve their life and the lives of their wingmen. With career development in a historical setting, there's an element of risk that along with the huge scale of the battles creates an intense experience that you won't find in any other flight-sim."
For more information, visit the official ACES HIGH website at www.flyaceshigh.com.