When he finally stopped gibbering about Star Wars Galaxies long enough to draw breath, Richie's second order of business on returning from E3 was to tell us about this great-looking futuristic flight sim. Going by the working title Yager, details on gameplay are still a bit scarce, but we do know that the game puts you in the cockpit of a bunch of science fictional fighter craft and sends you on missions varying from escorting supply ships to all-out dogfighting. The most appealing part of the game is the design of the aircraft, which in motion looks very cool, as does the arsenal of futuristic weaponry. The team at Yager Development in Berlin has put together a capable engine, as the level of detail in both the aircraft and environments is rather impressive, as are the frame-rates and draw distances shown during the high-speed combat and pursuit The setting is a typically bleak industrial future filled with toxic waste and wrecked installations, populated by aggressive and unpredictable robots left over from a forgotten military conflict.
The single-player campaign will be strongly narrative-driven, interweaving a complex story through the mission-based structure, while multiplayer modes include deathmatch-style dogfighting as well as various tactical team-based modes. Yager doesn't appear to be breaking into any daring new territory, but the pure level of fun and exhilaration involved look set to make it an extremely tantalising title.
Imagine Ace Combat 04 (or Air Force Delta Storm, if you will), only set in the future and with more of an emphasis on story and ground-level combat. Throw in mission objectives that change dynamically depending on your play style and some really pretty visuals, and the result is a title that should have fans of aerial-combat games clenching their flight sticks in anticipation.