Rise of Flight is the most realistic WWI PC flight simulation ever created. Take to the skies of war torn Europe and experience daring air combat at the dawn of aviation. Re-enact famous air battles fought by legendary aces such as Manfred von Richtofen, James McCudden, Georges Guynemer and Eddie Rickenbacker.
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Release Date: Sep 5, 2013
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"Understand that this is not Ace Combat. This is "keeping your plane in the air," but if you really want that feel of flying an old biplane, this is it."
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December 18

Christmas Sale + ILYA Muromets release



Dear Pilots!

We've spent a week merging your Rise of Flight and ILYA Muromets accounts and now we're finally ready to park the plane in your virtual hangars. The Sikorsky S-22 is here to deliver some bomb loads where it's needed most. And if you purchased it on the ROF site then you'll get a nice addition of an Albatros D.III and a Russian Nieuport 17 with all field and weapons mods included. Both of these fighters and the S-22 bomber are featured in the included Eastern Front Campaign missions which you can play if you have the ILYA Muromets in your account. The Steam version of it will be released later, please stay in touch for news updates.

The earlier announced United Edition has also been released. This version upgrades the free-to-play edition adding one extra plane – the Nieuport 17 Dux along with making the Ukrainian map available to everyone.

Meanwhile we keep working on the new mouse control system and preparing for the updated Steam version and the winter holidays approach. That means that our traditional Christmas and New Year's sale is now upon us.

Have you been dreaming about a gift for yourself? Something mighty, with a cool engine sound, exquisite interior and made of ecology-safe materials? Well, we have literally tons of these machines that you can give yourselves. They come equipped with a 60% discount this Holiday Season! All planes (except ILYA Muromets), weapon and field modifications, maps and personalization packs are included into our Christmas offer, which lasts from Thursday, December 18th 10 AM Pacific till Friday, January 2nd 10AM Pacific. Enjoy the up-coming holidays with you family and friends, and don't forget to use this time wisely - the ROF Steam page offer lots of nice gift ideas.

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December 11

Service Maintenance: December 11th

Dear pilots!

We inform you that ROF official site, forum and the Master server are going to be shut down for 2 hours on December 11th from 10:00 till 12:00 UTC/GMT for maintenance.

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Reviews

“It's easily one of the best flying and best looking games on the market”
7.9 – http://www.ign.com/articles/2009/07/08/rise-of-flight-review

“Gorgeous graphics, sweet flight model, and superb AI”
82 – PC Gamer

“It is one of the great sims of its era and may well become the definitive WWI sim for the next half-century.”
http://www.simhq.com/_air14/air_520a.html

About This Game

Rise of Flight is the most realistic WWI PC flight simulation ever created. Take to the skies of war torn Europe and experience daring air combat at the dawn of aviation. Re-enact famous air battles fought by legendary aces such as Manfred von Richtofen, James McCudden, Georges Guynemer and Eddie Rickenbacker. Rise of Flight transports you to a time when courageous pilots fought each other for control of the sky high above the bloody trenches. In aircraft made of canvas and wood they battled to the death. While some survived to become legends, most met a fiery fate. Do you have the skills and the courage to become an Ace?

Rise of Flight: Channel Battles Edition includes all the features which made the original Rise of Flight an award winner including one of the Best 100 games of All Time from PC Gamer and the Platinum Award from PC Pilot magazine. You’ll experience a cutting edge flight-sim experience such as advanced flight-models, adjustable difficulty settings, a complex physics engine and an industry leading progressive damage model. And don’t forget the gorgeous graphics, awesome special effects, beautiful 3D models, detailed terrain and challenging artificial intelligence. Rise of Flight Channel Battles Edition has something for every flight-sim fan, from single player campaigns to multiplayer dogfights, but one thing is for certain, the aerial combat in intense and brutal!

Rise of Flight: Channel Battles Edition is just the beginning of your adventure. There are more than twenty new flyable aircraft available for purchase along with additional content from the Steam store in the form of Booster/Content Packs. The Booster/Content Packs include not only airplanes, but other helpful items such as Field Modifications and Weapon Modifications for your aircraft which can help you be a more effective combat pilot. The Rise of Flight universe continues to expand with new flyable aircraft and game updates added on a regular basis. The Rise of Flight sky knows no limit.

Modes of Gameplay


Quick Mission Builder – The Quick Mission Builder (QMB) allows you to create a combat encounter very quickly. Simply select the parameters of fight using our easy to use interface. You can select the location, planes, weapons, skins, altitudes, wind, clouds and weather. You can also select from three different types of engagements – Skirmish, Survival and Duel.

Missions – These are custom stand-alone single missions you can fly to hone your combat skills. You can choose from Free Flight and Scenarios. The available missions are connected to the planes available for you to fly. Missions for the SPAD 13, Nieuport 17, Nieuport 28, Albatros D.Va, Fokker D.VII, Fokker DR.1, Pfalz D.XII, Sopwith Camel, S.E.5a and Felixstowe F.2a.are included.

Campaign – These are scripted campaigns designed to tell an immersive story. There are three campaigns available- Hat in the Ring, Du Doch Nicht and Training. Flying the campaigns is a good way to practice your combat skills before you venture into a pilot career.

Pilot Career – A pilot career allows you to choose from many different squadrons and fly historically based mission types throughout the war. You can choose what squadron you fly for and the date you start. You can also choose a biography for the pilot and starting rank. As you progress through the career, you will earn promotions in rank and earn medals for your bravery and skill. The career mode includes dynamic elements and no two missions are exactly the same. You’ll face historically accurate enemy squadrons and occasionally encounter deadly enemy aces in combat. If you survive long enough, you can become the squadron leader and take charge of daily pilot assignments and mission planning.

Multiplayer – ROF has a robust MP environment with a built in server browser. You can join MP matches easily or you can join simply to be a spectator. There are several types of multiplayer matches including Cooperative (CO-OP), Dogfight (TDM) and Objective Based (CTF). Each type of server has different goals and rules. The server locator screen can help you determine which match is best for you. It lists the server’s description, mission rotation, players, ping, location and difficulty settings. Once you join a match you can fly a single seat fighter or bomber. You can also fly as a machine gunner on a multi-crew aircraft such a bomber or recon plane. The choice is yours.

Key Features


  • Fly the SPAD 13, Nieuport 17, Nieuport 28, Albatros D.Va, Fokker D.VII, Fokker DR.1, Pfalz D.XII, Sopwith Camel, S.E.5a and the legendary Felixstowe F.2a.
  • Patrol over the Channel Map which includes Northern France, Southern England and the Flanders area of Belgium with realistic coastlines, villages and ports.
  • New Pilot Career over the Channel Map and Special “Channel Battles” mission-set are included featuring the gigantic Felixstowe F.2a flying boat.
  • Advanced graphics featuring High Dynamic Range (HDR) lighting, blinding sun glare, beautiful sunrises and sunsets, dark moonlit nights with stars and realistic looking raindrops and oil splatter on pilot goggles.
  • G-effects with blackout, red out and wounded pilot effects featuring blood splatter, ringing ears and control difficulty.
  • Practice teamwork with by manning additional Gunner Positions. You get unlimited access to multi-crew airplanes in Multiplayer matches. Protect your plane’s six o’clock!
  • Fly in Online Multiplayer servers. MP modes include Dogfight and CO-OP. Search for multiplayer servers with a built-in server browser.
  • New Leaderboards - Every Rise of Flight user has a unique user account and our system can track your multiplayer combat statistics if you choose to fly on special servers. On the Rise of Flight website there is a Leaderboard that lists the best ROF pilots throughout the world. The leaderboard displays many interesting statistics about your deadliest enemies. And you can see how you performed in your MP matches. If your stats aren’t impressive it’s ok. Just keep practicing!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Win XP SP3, Vista, 7 and 8 (32 or 64 bit)
    • Processor: Win XP: Intel® Core 2™ Duo 2.4 GHz or comparable AMD chip
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB video memory / GeForce 8800GT / Radeon HD3500
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c Compatible
    • Additional Notes: Initial activation requires internet connection for User Account creation inside game interface. Internet connection required for use of some game modes. 256kbs Internet connection or faster required for internet play. An offline mode is also available for certain game modes. Software installations required (included with the game) include Steam Client, DirectX 9c, Microsoft .NET 3.5 Framework, Visual C++ Redistributable 2005. Controller: DirectX Compatible joystick or other controller recommended.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Win XP SP3, Vista, 7, 8 (32 or 64 bit)
    • Processor: Intel® Core® i5 / i7 2.6 GHz or comparable AMD chip
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024MB video memory or higher / GeForce GTX 260 / Radeon HD5850
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 10 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c Compatible
    • Additional Notes: Initial activation requires internet connection for User Account creation inside game interface. Internet connection required for use of some game modes. 256kbs Internet connection or faster required for internet play. An offline mode is also available for certain game modes. Software installations required (included with the game) include Steam Client, DirectX 9c, Microsoft .NET 3.5 Framework, Visual C++ Redistributable 2005. Controller: DirectX Compatible joystick or other controller recommended.
Helpful customer reviews
16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
60.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
One could argue that's the best flight simulator of combat ever coded.

There are mods.
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
777 Studios always makes their AI pilots superhuman headshot machines who fly their planes at the edge of the envelope 100% of the time, but you are not. You will need to learn WWI aerobatic combat maneuvers to have any chance of defeating them, but there are training vids on Youtube to teach you. You need a joystick and TrackIR setup would help alot. Use the Smoothing feature for your joystick axii or your ride will be very bumpy. Biplanes are actually a lot less finicky than they are in this game, but the flight model is okay. Just if you have ever flown in a 1920's biplane you will be wondering what's wrong with the plane.

Once you get beyond all that RoF is a great game. The graphics are ultra-realistic and the planes beautifully re-created. I bought my Steam version when it was on sale last Xmas and the deals were pretty good. Cheaper than updating my original release DVD version. Kind of pricey at full price.
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Great simulation of early warplanes.
Graphics and sounds are good.
Flight model and aircraft simulation are very accurate and detailed.
There is plenty of variation and things to do and there are multiple customization options for planes.

Multiplayer especially has very cool features such as sharing same aircraft: a friend can be the gunner while you are flying the plane. Especially with the Felixstowe "flying boat" you take off from water, have buddies as gunners while going on a bombing missions: there really are very few simulation supporting that kind of interaction.

Keep in mind that these planes are not easy to fly, especially not in combat.
The engines are not powerful and amount of lift from the rudimentary wings is not a lot.
Simulation is accurate representation of the early era of flight and for people interesting in flying biplanes this definitely is worth it to buy.

So keep above points in mind when deciding if this is for you.
Recommended for fans of WWI planes and flight sim fans in general.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
46.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
For those who loved the Red Baron series in the 90's this is an excellent game. Fiendishly difficult if the realism is cranked to the fullest. You can fine tune your realism settings to your liking, but still a decent flightstick is a must. I haven't tried the multiplayer at all. I mostly fly the career mode which is randomly generated and very nicely done. If you're into flight sims and particulary this era, this is a must buy. Yes, there is a lot of money to be spent here, most of the planes are not included in the base game. But like in DCS the quality of the individual planes and the differences in flightmodels and handling are distinct. In my opinion, when something is made with this kind of dedication, it's worth a few euros.

In short: It's a great simulation! You never forget your first air to air victory (because it's hard at first).
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
218.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
Awesome game. Reminiscent of Red Baron II/3d - needs a bit of aeronautical knowledge to avoid spinning into the ground
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45 of 74 people (61%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
For fans of WWI dog fighters this is a solid game engine, but frankly the servers it runs on are slow and buggy, career mode has been unavailable to me 3 times now and I just got the game, moreover at 50$ you get what is little more than a demo version asking you to pay 200$ for DLC to unlock all available content, It does start you with an old favorite of any Red Barron player the Sopwith Camel but most aerodromes and start dates are unavailable until you fork over more cash. The game lacks some degree of immersion I would want at the price of 50$ and the DLC is shameless. I will say the game plays well but in terms of bang for your buck it falls far short of IL-2(10$ on steam) and the massive amount of free mods available. For a hardcore dogfight fan you may be happy, but for me personally the price tag is just way to far from the benchmark.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
85.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
I find this a really interesting and very cool game, the game it self just being based in WWI is a very rare find as WWII hogs the show for the most part. The pros of this game would be fantastic graphics stunning physics and the AI will have you clinching your "ehhem" buttocks everytime an enemy flier gets on you. Cons being DLC is on the high end, but hey if you want such high quality stuff you gotta pay premium and the fact that this game is bought almost exlusivly by hardcore simmers makes a difference in the price.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
I have been playing this game for a few yrs. now off of Steam and decided to purchase the Steam Version in order to take advantage of the DLC packs. It is very much a simulator so if you are looking for an easy game this is not it but if you want to get a feel of flying WWI planes then there is none better than this.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
24.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Well once i figured out a good happy median between realism and arcade-ish-ness I started to really flipping enjoy this game... I only use a simple logitech joystick i got at best buy but i bet if i had a force feedback stick with rudder peddals i could fly on higher realism but as it is I would just constantly go into a spin and crash into the ground (Not fun)

I swear i must have been a pilot in some other life because I like this game more than I should.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
20.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
The best flying sim out there in my view, unlike the new flight sims and for that matter new planes you actually have to fly and land these things YOURSELF.

Fantastic game with a strong following makes this a good purchase at anytime and I found it to be in the spirit of the old Amiga game WINGS which was until this pearl was released the most enjoyable flying game I had played.

Jacko Rating
8/10
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
101.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Amazing flight model, great graphics for a study sim, and set in the age of the Red Baron. What's not to love? Stick or hotas required if you wish to turn off any flight assists. The planes are curmudgeonly and barely hang in the air as it is, so require lots of finesse and tweaking to keep them aloft. Challenging close quarters dogfights are great fun. TrackIR. Highly recommended.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Great game but far to expensive for new planes IMO. You get a small number of planes to start with and then they sell several plane packs, some of them are like £20.00 for about 3 planes!! There is no option to unlock more planes through progress, only payment. You might want to consider Warthunder for free at least you can easly unlock pretty much all teir 1 and 2 planes without too much grinding and you have the option to spend money on stuff if you want.
If you must have WW1 planes and don't mind spending upwards of £30.00 to get started up with a few to try, then stick with Rise of Flight, it is a really unique flying experience although you will need a joystick to play the game. The dogfights can be a lot of fun especially in multiplayer and it is a joy to take off and fight then bring back a partially damaged flying boat. I hear that most players benefit from TrackIR or Freetrack so they can get better viewing angles like over the side of the cockpit. You can even hop into some of the bigger planes in a gunners position in multiplayer which is damn awesome, especially with yr buddies on comms.
If you are on the wall about buying the game then check out some Youtube videos, there are some pretty awesome battles too see.
If you have a good flight stick and TrackIR/FreeTrack and enjoy attention to detail and good flight models then it's a no brainer, just get the game already.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Enjoyed it due to the fact that it is completely different than most other flight simulators, however the fact that you have to spend money to get new planes/paint schemes versus unlockables sucks.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
I have been playing RoF since its release in 2009, and it has improved so much since `09, i love this game.

Most people who have written give it a bad review because of the DLC, and yeah i can understand that, but what they don`t realize is that when you purchased the base game in `09 it came with +- 6-8 planes, 1 map, no single player campaign, etc etc.

Then after 2-3 months the first 2 plane dlc would come out, and all the Rof folks would jump on it, because it adds to the game.

Now if you start new.. then yeah you have a big amount of planes to buy, but its not a reason to give the game a bad review.

For the game, I think it has the best damage engine in a flight sim to date, just taking off and diving back into the ground with time set to -10 is enough enjoyment to keep you busy for hours.

I love the single player campaign, as it puts you as a rookie pilot in the middle of the war, and it lets you choose which period of the war, which side, which plane etc etc.

Only thing i dislike is that you will not fly with the famous WW1 aces, you can encounter them in the air, but no matter how many times you fly with Jasta 11 you will not see Voss, Richthofen, or Udet..something that the game really needs.

Also a issue for me is that when you switch squadrons the kill tally list is empty for the AI flyers..as if the war did not exist for them till you joined.

But that's where for me the negative ends for this game.

I will give this game AAA+ and recommend it to anyone that loves the period and flightsims, and i would advice getting the Base game and the Acepack to start with (i own the non steam game and steam game, but on steam i only have those 2 pieces of the package).

If you wish to see me kicking a guy`s ♥♥♥♥ in Multiplay check the video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHqXHtTT-qo&list=UUt5o_dtQYQwqU_LpG6gBzLQ
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
Challenging WW1 flight sim. Lacks polish but has a lot of charm. Great realism and GFX not dated too much. Add-on aircraft packs too expensive though.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
A very realistic and fun flight simulator set in WW1, the only bad thing about this game is the price of the addons. BE WARNED THIS DOES NOT RUN WELL ON WEAK COMPUTERS
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
46.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
IF YA LIKE FLYING PLANE THAN THIS GAME WILL REALLY GET YOUR GOAT........ IN A GOOD WAY!
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
This game is stupidly hard to get your password back but it's nice you have to keep track of your password at all times tho and make sure you don't lose it.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
23.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
Hardcore simulator ! Only for real mens :D Play and be a flying knight or Red Baron ... 9/10
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
I have played Cliffs of Dover, DCS wrold and several other cobat flight sims though this has to be my faveroute. Stunning graphics, great detail and a brilliant selection of planes. Has to be the best on the market!
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