While Ace Combat 7 is coming out later this year, one flight combat game might not be enough. Enter Project Wingman, an Aussie-developed game that is looking fantastic.
As someone with a brother who bought multiple copies of Hind, Falcon 3.0 and Apache Longbow just to play co-op on LAN, I'm all for firing a flurry of Sidewinder and Hellfire missiles on unsuspecting targets. And that's pretty much what Project Wingman, a flight combat game designed by a developer in Perth, lets you do.
Project Wingman has already surpassed its Kickstarter goal, but there's also a 1.7GB demo you can download on itch.io. It's got a few wave missions and a prototype conquest mode, the latter of which was unveiled today. It looks cool as hell:
Every LAN I ever attended would have gone bonkers for something like this.
"Project Wingman is an independently developed combat flight action game to be released on PC with an emphasis on fun and refined gameplay, true-to-its-roots inspirations, and an engaging single player experience," the developer, Abi Rahmani, wrote.
In a video interview with Aussie podcasters Pixel Sift, Rahmani explained that Project Wingman started out as a "portfolio piece". Rahmani confirmed that some volunteers have contributed to the project, offering voice acting and scriptwriting so far. The game become a full-time project for Rahmani after securing a grant from Epic Games, whose engine Project Wingman uses.
Rahmani, like many other devs, explained that Project Wingman started as a portfolio piece. "This was actually my base to start working on, see how far I could take an actual game, but it just kept going."
To see the full interview with Rahmani, you can watch the video embedded below. If you want to try the demo yourself, you can download that here. More info can be found on the Kickstarter page as well, which has raised almost $100,000 — almost triple the original funding goal of $35,000.