Last week we heard that 777 Studios would be the North American publisher for Rise of Flight (RoF), and just today it was officially announced that CompuExpert will be the North American distributor. It was also revealed that the release date has been pushed back to June 17, 2009.
Rise of Flight has been available for pre-order since last week on GoGamer.com, and until today it was unclear if it would be available anywhere else. According the press release (below) it will be available at "traditional retail outlets as well as major online game retailers including GoGamer.com and Amazon."
CompuExpert will also have a booth at this year's E3, which runs next week from June 2-4, 2009 in Los Angeles. For anyone attending, be sure to check them out in South Hall, Booth #2737.
Here's the full press release from CompuExpert:
May 28, 2009 - (Lake Forest, CA) - CompuExpert announced today that it will be the exclusive North American distributor for the PC flight-simulation Rise of Flight: The First Great Air War, developed by Russian developer neoqb and published by 777 Studios. Rise of Flight will be released on June 17, 2009, and will be available at traditional retail outlets as well as major online game retailers including GoGamer.com and Amazon.
Rise of Flight is the eagerly anticipated World War I PC flight-simulation title from Moscow-based developer neoqb. The flight simulator, set in the Western Front in 1917, was built on the newly developed Digital Nature engine. More than 125,000 square kilometers of the territory have been redrawn from 20th Century maps.Rise of Flight allows virtual pilots to fly the famous Spad XIII and deadly Fokker D.VII biplanes in exciting dogfight battles. Featuring advanced physics, flight and damage models, Rise of Flight promises a realistic, challenging and fun experience for simulation fans of all stripes and skill levels. Rise of Flight also implements full 6 DOF TrackIR support and is compatible with the TripleHead2Go multi-monitor system from Matrox.
Rise of Flight includes a Training Campaign and Single Player missions so players can hone their aerial combat skills. Once they are ready, flyers can embark on a Pilot Career that includes six stages from lieutenant to colonel, and begin one of several campaigns with squadrons for the French, British, German or American air forces. Throughout their careers, players can win awards, commendations and promotions for successfully completing their missions.
Mission types in Rise of Flight include fighter sweeps, bomber escort, bomber interception, balloon attack and ground attack. If they wish, players can use the powerful Mission Builder to create custom scenarios of their own and share them with their friends.
Flight-sim enthusiasts can also play with their friends over the Internet and wage their own virtual air wars against rival online squadrons. Even the greatest of Aces in World War I had a wingman, and Rise of Flight multiplayer action focuses on cooperative teamwork and completion of mission goals. Whichever way you choose to play Rise of Flight, it will surely thrill and excite any simulation fan.
Planned additions to the Rise of Flight experience in the coming months include more flyable aircraft, scenery, objects and features. Hurry! Grab your goggles, leather helmet and silk scarf. Enemy planes are approaching!