The aerial combat genre is perhaps not the most well catered for in the history of gaming. There have always been options available for fans though, from modern jets to the Sopwith Camel which was used as early as the first World War. One particularly rich vein of source material for the genre is World War II.
Konami are tapping that vein with their latest announcement of a World War II aerial combat game called Birds of Steel for the PS3 and Xbox 360. Gaijin Entertainment are cramming in plenty of real historical missions (20) ranging from Guadalcanal and Midway to the attack on Pearl Harbour that drew the United States into the global conflict in earnest.
They’re promising over 100 ‘planes and the option to fight for the Allies, Axis or Japanese air forces. On top of that, there should be cooperative play and a range of control schemes to make sure that everyone from rookie pilots to veterans are catered for.
It’s looking very good indeed, hopefully we’ll hear more next month…