FLYING TIGERS: SHADOWS OVER CHINA is an air-combat action game based on the historical events of America’s secret volunteer squadrons that defended China against Japan in the China-Burma-India theatre of World War 2.
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May 29, 2017

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July 4


“It was an apt co-incidence that the Chinese government's contract with the Flying Tigers had to be terminated on the 4th of July in 1942. After all, the tigers had been flying high and low -- independently -- against the Japanese for seven months straight. Not only for money, but so that China could remain free and unopressed.”

Put your hand on your heart and raise your flag as we present you with the 4th of July “Termination” Gameplay Trailer. Enjoy the ride!

Oh, almost forgot. Here's a good chunk of bullet points with historical trivia to celebrate the occasion -- for those of you interested in knowing more about the background of the Flying Tigers:

  • Officially called the 1st American Volunteer Group (the “AVG”), the Flying Tigers were flying mercenaries contracted by the Chinese government under President Roosevelt's “Secret Executive Order”.

  • Assuming fake identities, AVG recruits had to travel by ship half-way around the world to get to Rangoon, Burma. One pilot made the trip undercover with a specially-made passport indicating he was a missionary. Others posed as plantation managers, cowboys and even circus performers!

  • China paid AVG fighter pilots a $500 bounty for each Japanese aircraft shot down. In addition, the monthly renumeration was $675 for flight leaders, $600 for pilot officers, and about $250 for ground-crew staff (at the time, about $600 bought a factory-new Ford V-8).

  • The Flying Tigers insignia patch was designed by two Disney artists -- Roy Williams and Henry Porter -- together they worked up a painting of a Bengal cat leaping out of a V-for-victory sign.

  • The AVG and the Chinese were financed and organised by White House lobbyists and advisors using shadow companies and laundered money to shield the Roosevelt Adminstration from violating any neutrality acts.

  • As per Roosevelt’s “Secret Executive Order”, all Flying Tigers “volunteers” had to resign from the military and become civilians. If captured, they risked being executed as spies by the Japanese.

  • A total of 311 “volunteers” formed the AVG. Some fought as pilots while others served in ground support roles such as mechanics, doctors, clerks and nurses.

  • Starting out with only 99 P-40 fighters, the Flying Tigers racked up an amazing combat record in just about seven months. Their tenure collectively destroyed 297 enemy aircraft in Burma, Thailand and China.

  • Rugged construction allowed the P-40s to withstand steep dives as the Tigers swooped down on the Japanese from high above using “hit and run” tactics invented by their daring flight instructor, Claire Lee Chennault. This caused Japanese fighter pilots to view the Flying Tigers with bittersweet respect. They thought the Tigers didn't fight fair.

  • On the 4th of July 1942, the American Volunteer Group aka the Flying Tigers were disbanded as the Chinese contract expired and the onslaught of World War 2 made further non-official (covert) operations politically difficult.

  • After July 4, the U.S. Army 23rd Fighter Group took over the AVG P-40s but only five tiger pilots accepted induction. For morale and propaganda, the Flying Tigers name was retained for the 23rd pilots.

  • After the AVG were disbanded, the U.S. refused to recognize the Flying Tigers. That position remained unchanged until 1991 when the "honorably discharged" Tigers officially became WW2 veterans.

In freedom,

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May 29


Finally, Flying Tigers: Shadows Over China leaves Early Access -- the full release is dubbed "Sharkbite" (1.00) and is available now worldwide. We would like to thank you all for your support during the game's time in development, it was quite a ride!

We'll continue updating FTSOC post-release. Meanwhile, enjoy the flight!

In freedom,


Watch the FTSOC Launch Teaser on YouTube:
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Digital Deluxe Edition

The Digital Deluxe Edition adds the PARADISE ISLAND DLC which includes the lush Phi Phi Island map, an additional sunset weather, and two amphibious fighter aircraft -- the Japanese A6M2-N "Rufe" and the US Navy “Seahawk” SC-1, both with cockpits.

Moreover, the Digital Deluxe Edition also gets you the FLYING TIGERS: SHADOWS OVER CHINA OFFICIAL SOUNDTRACK featuring main-themes "HOPE IS VICTORY" and "FOR THE REPUBLIC", and Norman Wayne's popular country-rock single/EP "THESE GUNS".

Soundtrack also available on major music services including Bandcamp, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, and Xbox/Microsoft Groove Music. ℗ & © 2017 Imperial North Music Agency.

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!”

FTSOC, short for FLYING TIGERS: SHADOWS OVER CHINA, is an air-combat action game based on the true events of America’s secret volunteer squadrons that defended China against Japan in the China-Burma-India theatre of World War 2.

Experience rarely depicted air-battles as you take on the role of headstrong fighter pilots, self-sacrificing transport navigators, and daring bomber crews and gunners of the AVG, the RAF, and the USAAF to repel the onslaught of the Japanese war machine. Dogfight skilled enemy aces using “hit and run” tactics, carry out breakaway air-strikes behind enemy lines, and take part in the defense of China’s critical supply-routes, from Rangoon up the Burma road, and across the deadly Himalayan "Hump".

FLYING TIGERS: SHADOWS OVER CHINA recreates some of the most legendary events of the China-Burma-India theatre. A decent collection of historical missions are included, such as the Japanese Christmas-raids on Rangoon, the AVG’s first combat over Kunming, the Battle of the Salween Gorge, “Hump” transport missions over the Himalayas, flight-training at Kyedaw in Toungoo, the surprise Invasion of Malaya, and many more.

    Action-packed campaign recreates the clandestine operations of the American Volunteer Group in fighter, bomber, gunner, reconnaissance, torpedo, and night missions.
    Features TrazerTime™ slow-motion precision firing, arcade-like combat maneuvers, sim-style pitch & roll controls, moody weathers (including thunderous monsoons, beautiful sunsets and misty dawns), 20+ Allied and Japanese planes, adjustable mouse & keyboard, gamepad, and flightstick controls, and more!
    Steam leaderboards eternalize players’ online rankings across five battle modes! Coordinate devastating air-attacks in TEAM DOGFIGHT while providing cover for your comrades, outdo all enemies using powerful rocket weaponry in ROCKET BATTLE VS, or take to the skies to “Capture the Flag” in the FLAGBUSTERS mode.
    No micro-transactions or F2P-elements -- for a single purchase, you’ll get the full, stand-alone experience -- with unrestricted multiplayer!
    Soar through the skies of Southeast Asia in third-person or cockpit view in a variety of American, British, Russian/Chinese, and Japanese aircraft.
    Faithful environments, beautiful graphics, booming sound effects and an epic-orchestral soundtrack create a lasting impression of the China-Burma-India theatre.

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: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Direct X11 compatible NVIDIA, ATI/AMD or Intel (dedicated or integrated) graphics 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 the game in 720p resolution [1280×720] with a steady framerate of around 30 FPS, we recommend the FLAT preset 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 the game in 1080p [1980×1080] or 1440p [2560×1440] resolution with a steady framerate of around 60 FPS, we recommend the CINEMATIC preset and a GeForce GTX 760 or Radeon HD 7870 graphics card (or above).
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