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Wednesday, August 14, 2002
X-Plane Combat Announced
6:00 AM | Tim Morgan | Comment on this story

Laminar Research, creator of the extensive flight sim X-Plane, has announced its new sister product, X-Plane Combat. As the name implies, X-Plane Combat will add weapons systems to what was formerly a docile general-aviation sim.

In the grand tradition of X-Plane sims, X-Plane Combat will not be a mission-oriented game, but more of a weapons-research platform. Players will be able to design weapons and launch them on their aircraft. Like X-Plane, X-Plane Combat will have no qualms with such unusual combinations as mounting an AIM-9 Sidewinder on a Cessna or dropping a nuclear bomb from the Space Shuttle.

X-Plane Combat will continue X-Plane's legacy of realism by fully simulating missile, bomb, and bullet aerodynamics and physics. Because it is not a mission or storyline-oriented game, the only way one can actually engage in meaningful combat will be to stage online battles. In a move that borrows more from MechWarrior than Falcon 4, players will be able to design their own combat aircraft and battle them in tournaments.

X-Plane Combat is scheduled to be released before Thanksgiving, 2002. It will have the same price as X-Plane. Currently available for free download is an updated version of Plane-Maker allowing designers to prepare their aircraft for X-Plane Combat.

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