FLYING TIGERS: SHADOWS OVER CHINA is an air-combat action game based on the historical events of America’s secret volunteer squadrons that flew against Japan in the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theatre of World War 2.
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Release Date: Aug 18, 2015

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Why Early Access?

“Our vision is to make FLYING TIGERS: SHADOWS OVER THE CHINA the best air-combat action game it can possibly be! With feedback from Early Access players on an ongoing basis, we can explore and adjust the game’s difficulty levels and controls as necessary while also considering additional features, content, and ideas from the Steam community.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We plan for FLYING TIGERS: SHADOWS OVER CHINA to remain in Early Access until Q4 2016 (we're approaching release, and the translations to Chinese, Japanese, Russian, German etc will take some time even though the base game is more or less completed).”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The Early Access release of FLYING TIGERS: SHADOWS OVER CHINA comes with a highly polished subset of content and features for both single- and multiplayer modes. 90% of all maps and aircraft and 100% of the single player campaign is available in the current version 0.9.8.x.

The final version will include the full single player campaign, finalised multiplayer, more languages such as German, Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Polish, Japanese and French, appropriately balanced gameplay as/if deemed necessary, and last but not least, numerous bug fixes and tweaks. We are also going to add more aircraft, maps and play mechanics.

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

FLYING TIGERS: SHADOWS OVER CHINA is stable, and both single- and multiplayer modes are playable. The performance of SkyLight3D (that’s our custom aerial warfare and landscape engine) is snappy and solid.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“We may increase the price throughout the Early Access program, and again after Early Access ends to reflect the state of the game, scaling with the amount of content and features available.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“There are loads of ways you can help! Buying FLYING TIGERS: SHADOWS OVER CHINA while it’s in Early Access reinforces our belief that we’re making a game people actually want to play. Having an active user base (hopefully) enjoying the game early on lets us collect useful data about the kinds of ways it's being played.

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If you find a bug or something that’s not quite right, we would appreciate if you give us as much information about it as you can, and if you have an idea about how we can make the game better, we’d love to hear it.

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It's a good Wednesday! The "Touchdown" Steam Update is live. In short; the single player campaign has been completed and full voice over has been implemented to all 12 missions, new cockpits added, an option is there to allow aspiring multiplayer pilots restrict/set the control-style for online matches, and, we've improved rendering once again!

  • Single player campaign mode. Completed, full with 12 voiced missions!

  • Rendering improved once again. Now aircraft, landscape and weather look richer and more vividly lit, especially if you’re running the game on the CINEMATIC graphics setting.

  • A new multiplayer setting lets hosts restrict control-style for matches. If you want to go head to head in an online game with players flying EXCLUSIVELY with the more advanced PITCH & ROLL setting, or with ARCADE only, grab this update, get airborne and knock yourself out!

  • Match modes have been renamed for clarification. For example, the MASTER OF THE SKIES multiplayer mode is now called DOGFIGHT VERSUS, and we’ve got ROCKET MATCH VERSUS and TEAM ROCKET MATCH, and so on.

  • Cockpits added for Japanese A6M2 Zero and the P-51D Mustang.

And hey, remember -- keep your pistol holstered at all times!

Ace Maddox

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Happy to let you all know the latest FTSOC Steam update has finally gone live! New features include ROCKET MATCH, a fresh multiplayer mode that lets 2-16 players go head-to-head over the Chinese-Mongolian Gobi desert in a variety of fighter-jets, including the American P-80A "Shooting Star" and the Japanese Ki-201 "Fire Dragon" (Me-262a).

  • ROCKET MATCH multiplayer mode. This new mode lets 2-16 players fly head-to-head in rocket-equipped fighter planes. Aircraft include the P-80A "Shooting Star", the P-38L Lightning, the Ki-201 "Fire Dragon", the Mizuno II "Divine Dragon", the I-16 Polikarpov and the P-51D Mustang.

  • Campaign VO. Recorded and implemented complete American & British voice over dialogue for East of Martaban campaign mission.

  • New fighter-jets (with cockpits). Added the USAAF P-80A "Shooting Star" with cockpit and four skins. Japanese Ki-201 "Fire Dragon" with cockpit (and four skins) also implemented. Finally, Japan's unusual/experimental Mizuno Shinryu II "Divine Dragon" made available too, also with four skins.

  • Retrofitted Vildebeest cockpit. The RAF bi-plane torpedo fighter Vickers Vildebeest Mk. III finally has a (semi-open) cockpit view.

  • Field of View. Added and adjusted FoV (Field of View) for gameplay and cockpit cameras for improved visibility. Use (default) C / V keys to cycle back and forth to set/try the improved WIDE cameras.

  • New BRIGHTNESS option. Not entirely unlike GAMMA control, the new brightness option lets you adjust screen visibility (via DISPLAY SETTINGS).

  • New ENEMY CROSSHAIR option. Let's you adjust the size of the red sub-crosshair to improve enemy target visibility (via HUD settings).

Many thanks for your continued support, beloved Early Access customers!

And hey -- don't forget to pull out your landing gear on your way down.

Ace Maddox

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“A major contender for best flight action combat this year”
4.5/5 – Game Chronicles

“...the quick action of dogfights presents a tremendously enjoyable challenge.”
4/5 – World War II Magazine

“A game that originally tricked you into thinking it was a Blazing Angels for PC, but through the power of awesome developers actually became Blazing Angels for PC. Buy it. Love it.”
5/5 – Steam User Review

Digital Deluxe Edition

The Digital Deluxe Edition includes the FLYING TIGERS: SHADOWS OVER CHINA OFFICIAL SOUNDTRACK as well as the PARADISE ISLAND DLC that introduces exclusive map Phi Phi Island (based on the popular tourist resort located on the Thailand coast), plus two amphibious fighter aircraft: the Japanese A6M2-N "Rufe" and the U.S. Navy Seahawk SC-1.

Steam Greenlight

After lurking in the unchartered clouds of Steam Greenlight for a mere thirteen days, on April 13th 2015 FLYING TIGERS: SHADOWS OVER CHINA got Greenlit! Thanks to y’all, appreciate the support. Especially all ‘em upvotes!

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About This Game

“The sky was a maelstrom of exploding bombers, twisting tracers, flaming parachutes, and Robert’s own burning fighter... then his engine quit!”

FLYING TIGERS: SHADOWS OVER CHINA is an air-combat action game based on the historical events of America’s secret volunteer squadrons that flew against Japan in the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theatre of WW2.

Get ready to swoop the skies of Asia as FLYING TIGERS: SHADOWS OVER CHINA reawakens a diverse set of historical WW2 air-battles, including the Japanese Christmas-raids on Rangoon in 1941, the Flying Tigers’ first combat over Kunming in China, the Battle of the Salween Gorge, “Hump” escort missions over the Himalayas, the Invasion of Malaya, and the Japanese conquest of Burma, to name a few.

FLYING TIGERS: SHADOWS OVER CHINA offers a fresh take on air-combat action gaming with TrazerTime™ slow-motion precision firing, a full-blown single-player campaign, unrestricted multiplayer, a variety of arcade-style combat maneuvers, and more!

  • Based on historical events. Recreates the clandestine operations of the American Volunteer Group, aka the Flying Tigers, in fighter, bomber, gunner, reconnaissance, torpedo and night missions.

  • A fresh variant of WW2 air-combat gaming. Introduces TrazerTime™ slow-motion precision firing while offering a diverse mix of arcade-style combat maneuvers, photo-realistic graphics, a full single-player campaign, action-packed multiplayer modes, eventful weather effects, and much more!

  • Multiplayer for up to 16 players. Coordinate devastating air-attacks in TEAM DOGFIGHT while providing cover for one another, outdo all enemies in MASTER OF THE SKIES, or go aerial base hunting in CAPTURE THE FLAG.

  • Pay once and play! Get the full experience, multiplayer included, for a single payment. No micro-transactions or any F2P-elements. A limited number of DLC expansions may be released with new content not directly related to the historical events the Flying Tigers.

  • Memorable third-person aerial action. Soar the skies of southeastern Asia in the CBI (China-Burma-India) Theatre of WW2 in American, British and Japanese aircraft.

  • Exotic lands of the Far East. Locations include Burma, the Himalayas, Thailand, China, the Indian Ocean, Malaya, and more!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10
    • Processor: AMD or Intel Dual-Core processor running at ~1.8 GHz (minimum AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ or Intel Pentium Core 2 Duo E6300).
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Direct X11 compatible NVIDIA, ATI/AMD or Intel (dedicated or integrated) graphic card with 512MB of dedicated VRAM (and Shader Model 4.0 support).
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 3000 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 11 compliant.
    • Additional Notes: To play in HD resolution [1280x720] with an average performance of 30 FPS, we recommend the FLAT setting and a Radeon HD 5750, NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 or Intel HD 4000 graphics card (or above).
    • OS: Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10
    • Processor: AMD Quad-Core running at ~2.7 GHz or Intel Dual-Core with HT processor running at ~3.3 GHz (Intel Core i3 2nd generation or AMD APU A6 3670K and newer architectures are recommended).
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 11 compatible NVIDIA or ATI/AMD graphics card with ~3GB of dedicated VRAM (and Shader Model 5.0 support).
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 3000 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 11 compliant.
    • Additional Notes: To play on CINEMATIC setting at 60 FPS with VSync enabled in full HD resolution [1920x1080], we recommend a GeForce GTX 760 or Radeon HD 7870 graphics card (or above).
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