Liftoff is a game that translates the rush of first-person view drone racing to the digital world, developed by the game developer LuGus Studios and drone manufacturers ImmersionRC and FatShark.
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Mostly Positive (15 reviews) - 73% of the 15 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (218 reviews) - 83% of the 218 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 9, 2015

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“As gamers we are big fans of an open approach to game development. To create the best game possible we want to let the gaming community participate in the decision-making. We plan to actively engage with the players and are open to feedback and suggestions.

The Early Access program allows us to collect all the information we need to improve and expand the current version of Liftoff.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“If everything goes as planned, we hope to release the final version in 2016.”

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

“The player is central in our plans. We feel we have a solid basis with our Early Access version. Feedback from the community will help us decide what the future of Liftoff will look like!
Currently, we are mainly focussing on some key aspects of the simulation before we add more complex layers to the game. Future updates will consist of both new features and content: more drone parts, environments, race functionality, track building, extra games modes, and a compelling multiplayer mode.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“We consider the current version of Liftoff a solid base for an exciting platform to come. The current version is playable and focuses on basic functionality and realistic flight simulation, a key component to test before adding extra layers to the experience.

Depending on the feedback we get from the gaming community we might decide to expand the scope of the game.”

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

“Everyone brave enough to try out an unfinished product, and share feedback with the developers deserves a discount in our opinion. You'll get the Early Access version at a nice discount price. We plan to raise the price once the game is feature complete.”

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

“We feel the player has a central role in helping us create our game. Not only do we hope to improve the current version of the game, but we are also interested in suggestions on how to improve and expand the game with more content and features.

The current version of the game includes a simple-to-use feedback tool, so involvement is easy and quick.”
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July 29

UPDATE 0.6.1 RELEASED




When you release something as complex as multiplayer, as a developer you are prepared to pull all-nighters, not to play games, but to fix any of the hundreds of new systems that have to work flawlessly together to keep things working. Turns out our emergency plan and our coffee stockpile were left unused. Things seem to have worked out great! :D

This first small multiplayer update further streamlines the experience. More updates to come!

Changelist

  • Chatting is now possible in spectator mode
  • Option "allow god mode" in room creation.
  • Redesigned the room creation menu a bit.
  • Host name is shown in the lobby.
  • Host status is now highlighted in color in chat window.
  • Automatic kicking of room hosts who have been inactive for 5 minutes in public rooms.
  • Fixed scroll not showing up in the lobby with more than 5 rooms (Yes, this was a bug.)
  • HUD disappears in spectator mode.
  • Checkpoints disappear in spectator mode.
  • Spectator mode now uses correct camera angle (from player you spectate)
  • Result screen should now show up a bit longer (based on amount of results shown).
  • Minor bug fixes.

Intelligent Design

When creating a room, you now have the option to turn off the "allow god mode" option. This way it's possible to have rooms where everyone adheres to drone destruction mayhem. Keeping the option on will still allow you to turn god mode off as a personal preference, while other players can decide to keep god mode on.

Liftoff Arena has been on a Trip

By now, everyone who played the Liftoff multiplayer is well aware of the now famous Liftoff Arena room that won't die. It's kept alive by a brave, silent but most of all resilient host who has been defending his throne since the release of the multiplayer. With this update his reign has ended as our team embarked on a mission to take his throne and once again become ruler of our Game of Drones.

Hosts who are inactive in a public room for 5 minutes get kicked out of the room. This rule does not apply to private rooms.

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July 27

Multiplayer released!



In our previous blogpost we did a brave thing: make a prediction about the multiplayer release. We made it!
Milestone 0.6.0 adds an early version of the long awaited multiplayer component to Liftoff.

Changelist
  • Added multiplayer Race mode:
    - Multiplayer room system: creating and joining
    - Lobby and scoreboard
    - Spectator mode
    - Chat system
    - Steam profile integration
  • Fixed the annoying bounce bug introduced in 0.5.2
  • Minor bugfixes

Alright, so, Liftoff multiplayer.
In the current state of multiplayer, you are able to host races in the familiar built-in tracks.
You can host public or private rooms. A public room is one that will appear in the room list in the lobby. Everyone can join in the fun. A private room is for those who want to organize an event that isn’t available for just everyone. A private room will require the host to enter a name for the room and pass it along to to those he wishes to join.

If you don’t want to host, you can simply pick a room from the list and join a game. Obviously, a multiplayer session cannot be paused, so the pause menu will not be available for you during a race. Instead, if you crash before the end of the race or choose to reset, you will go into Spectator mode. In Spectator mode, you can look through other pilots' FPV cameras and observe their flying. You can cycle through the various (active) pilots with the left and right mouse buttons.


Testing!
As with every aspect of our Early Access release, the multiplayer is to be considered work in progress and does not represent the final product.

To further improve the feature, we would like you to give us complete, honest and constructive feedback. Feedback is not only about reporting bugs, but also about the experience as a whole. We want to hear about your experience, we want to see videos, and we want to know what your user experience was like (both positive and negative).

With your help, we can make Liftoff multiplayer the ultimate online drone racing experience. Have fun racing, and let us know what you find!


Future goals for multiplayer
We have many plans to expand the multiplayer in future updates, as the 0.6.0 version is just the first iteration of the feature. Multiplayer free flight is still under construction, and will be a big focus for future updates. We are also looking to expand the choice of races and tracks to those available through the Steam Workshop. For now, we limited our scope to tracks and races we know everyone has, but in the future all tracks should be playable in Multiplayer. We also want players to easily recognise each other while flying in multiplayer, so we are hoping to add options to pick your trail color and other visual customisation options.

Player progression is another game aspect that interests us. We want to reward players for competing in multiplayer and want to show your experience as a pilot to others. A levelling system and leaderboards are some of the things we want to explore to provide a progression system to our community.

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Reviews

“Having spent about 15 minutes messing about in the skies myself, I couldn’t help but be reminded of early Wipeout games – solely down to the fact that Liftoff feels like unadulterated fun.”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

“The level of detail that’s put into the game shows that they’ve really considered the real experience of flying FPV miniquads and translated it into their simulator.”
Propwashed

“Something that I’ve found very impressive has been just how open with their community the development team have been.”
Steamified

About This Game

Liftoff is the gateway to the quadcopter racing scene, a platform both for pilots with real-life experience and for gamers who are still unfamiliar with the new sport. Veterans can explore new environments or race one another, while newcomers can hone their flying skills before taking to the field.




DRONE LOVE FOR EVERYONE
We want to open up the FPV racing experience to everyone. Liftoff is a game for everyone, from FPV racing veterans to gamers who want take their first digital steps in the drone racing scene.

SIMULITIOUS!
Liftoff features realistic drone physics, recommended by top drone pilots in the world. Flying a drone in the game feels so real, you’ll forget it isn’t.

CUSTOMIZATION
The drone community is a full of creative minds and technological tinkerers. Accordingly, Liftoff has tools to customize your drones and to create custom race tracks.

EXPANDING PLATFORM
We’ll continuously develop the game and keep adding more content and features as long as the community supports them. We are always interested to hear your ideas!

HARDWARE SUPPORT
Liftoff supports the use of FPV goggles and a wide range of remotes to further blur the line between the game experience and the real world.

IMPORTANT NOTES
A gamepad or dedicated R/C controller are required to play Liftoff!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo 2.4Ghz or Higher / AMD 3Ghz or Higher
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce GTX 960M / Radeon HD 7750 or higher, 1GB video card memory
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Only playable with a game controller or remote. Specs are subject to change.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 8
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 2GB video card memory
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 7 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Only playable with a game controller or remote. Specs are subject to change.
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.9
    • Processor: 1,6 GHz Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1 GB video card memory
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Only playable with a game controller or remote. Futaba does not work for Mac. Specs are subject to change.
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X 10.9
    • Processor: 2,3 GHz Intel Core i7
    • Memory: 8 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 2 GB video card memory
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 7 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Only playable with a game controller or remote. Specs are subject to change.
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 1,6 GHz Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 4 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 1 GB video card memory
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 4 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Only playable with a game controller or remote. Specs are subject to change.
    Recommended:
    • Processor: 2,3 GHz Intel Core i7
    • Memory: 8 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 2 GB video card memory
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 7 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Only playable with a game controller or remote. Specs are subject to change.
Customer reviews
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Recent:
Mostly Positive (15 reviews)
Overall:
Very Positive (218 reviews)
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dstryR
( 49.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 29
Best FPV sim ever! I've been following Liftoff for quite some time now-- each release just gets better and better.

Now that multiplayer is in the game, races bring on a whole new adrenaline rush! Definitely check it out if you are into FPV/Drone racing. I promise you won't be disappointed... :)
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DIY
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 29
Not even closely simulate real quad behaviour, therefore useless for training. Tried to change PIDs, rates, expos, but this doesn't help.
We need accurate simulation of modern quad with active braking, airmode, superexpo rates and everything related to flight characteristics.
We don't need product placement in commercial simulator. We don't need an option to change motors, that doesn't affect anything.
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Desolater IV
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 26
Product received for free
A Drone Flying and Racing SImulator
https://youtu.be/GHFDSCHE1ZQ
+ A Fantastic tool for beginner or expert drone flying to learn how to fly, and to also have a practice environment to avoid wrecking their expensive drone in person. (which tends to happen very often with unexperienced drone flyers)
+ The gameplay feels pretty realistic, and also comes with a bit of a learning curve which makes flying both challenging yet rewarding.
+ The various obstacle courses / races are great challenges to test your skill.
+ Workshop support for custom created tracks
+ You can custimize your drone with various parts
+ Great soundtrack (Allows you import your own custom playlist as well!)

This game is in Early Access so these are subject to change
- Needs a slightly improved tutorial to explain some of the additional controls which solved a lot of issues I had with the game in the video shown above.

You can remove the camera noise by pressing "C", theres more cool options "A" will give you ACRO mode, and "V" will give you 3rd person camera. You can also change your camera angle in the workbench and last but not least, you can upload your own music in the game.

Here is a follow up video which shows what I missed previously:
https://youtu.be/ilb-dA0tkBM
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jim
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 24
i payed 19 swiss francs for this and it didnt work i do not recomend this game at all
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capnfritz
( 21.9 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 10
As a trainer this is a little simplistic. Would like to see grafics like in MS Flight (Hawaii)
Actualy cant see a reason we couldnt fly around in Skyrim and practice.
Mechanics seem right and thats a positive for sure.
Thanks for trying, Looking forward to some real scenery to fly in this winter when the snow
and cold hit.
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Awoken
( 11.8 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 8
The game is pretty close to real life physics and it's fun to play and learn new tricks. The only downside that I find in the game is that the quadcopter feels way underpowered compared to the powertrains most of us fly in real life.
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LavaJava
( 22.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 7
Devs, hopefully i am missing something - I cant find any time trial leaderboards, no lap info, best times etc. I can not for the life of me understand why that simple coding would take so long. It seems there is an API for that, do you guys need a developer to add times, database etc?

3 stars

4 stars when time feature is added.

5 stars when multi-player is added.
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bint*
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 7
The game had pretty good reviews so i thought i'll give it a try. I own Aerofly 7 and this works great with my Spektrum DX8, Logitech F710, Keyboard & Mouse... however Lift-off fails on this simple and yet essential feature..
it doesn't support ANY of those input devices... sure, there are ppl with a Tranis, XBox controller or some might have luck with their keyboard and mouse.. however for my part it doesn't work at all. Assigning keys didn't work for me, calibrating a gamepad neither....
I managed to start a Quadcopter with the F710 gamepad finally and was able to maneuvere a bit... but then again controlls were not right and i didn't find a way to calibrate em in a corret matter...

If the game itself works for you it might be fun - i had only trouble...
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1000101
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 6
i will not recommend this game to anyone!
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Samsta
( 13.0 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 3
Brilliant simulator. Developers are great and responsive, I love it!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 30
This is a great game. It will let you perfect your flying without breaking anything. Well worth $20!
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 26
Product received for free
A Drone Flying and Racing SImulator
https://youtu.be/GHFDSCHE1ZQ
+ A Fantastic tool for beginner or expert drone flying to learn how to fly, and to also have a practice environment to avoid wrecking their expensive drone in person. (which tends to happen very often with unexperienced drone flyers)
+ The gameplay feels pretty realistic, and also comes with a bit of a learning curve which makes flying both challenging yet rewarding.
+ The various obstacle courses / races are great challenges to test your skill.
+ Workshop support for custom created tracks
+ You can custimize your drone with various parts
+ Great soundtrack (Allows you import your own custom playlist as well!)

This game is in Early Access so these are subject to change
- Needs a slightly improved tutorial to explain some of the additional controls which solved a lot of issues I had with the game in the video shown above.

You can remove the camera noise by pressing "C", theres more cool options "A" will give you ACRO mode, and "V" will give you 3rd person camera. You can also change your camera angle in the workbench and last but not least, you can upload your own music in the game.

Here is a follow up video which shows what I missed previously:
https://youtu.be/ilb-dA0tkBM
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 3
Brilliant simulator. Developers are great and responsive, I love it!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 7
Devs, hopefully i am missing something - I cant find any time trial leaderboards, no lap info, best times etc. I can not for the life of me understand why that simple coding would take so long. It seems there is an API for that, do you guys need a developer to add times, database etc?

3 stars

4 stars when time feature is added.

5 stars when multi-player is added.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 8
The game is pretty close to real life physics and it's fun to play and learn new tricks. The only downside that I find in the game is that the quadcopter feels way underpowered compared to the powertrains most of us fly in real life.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
27 of 28 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
47.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 14
This is coming from a hardcore gamer, looking to get into FPV drones because they look like fun,

I am enjoying the sim, it seems like a great way to learn how to fly before destroying an actual drone, and I could see it being a fantastic skill improving tool even when flying actual drones regularly.

I just have a few things that need mentioning if this game is to be the "gateway drug" for gamers becoming FPV pilots, and surely that thought has crossed the devs minds.

Firstly, that tutorial is brutal. Maybe coming from a RC background it would be easier, but having never flown a quad-copter before, being put in a box with one window to exit from is the equivalent of learning to pick locks by handcuffing yourself underwater. A typical gamer will need at least half hour in a large open space, preferably with a guide and controller indications explaining how the drone works by performing simple maneuvers ie "Take off, hover at same altitude for 10 seconds" "Now fly forwards and backwards maintaining altitude" etc until the basics are natural.

Next up, there really needs to be some sort of pre-made drones that handle differently for different levels of skill. Begin with a slow and sluggish drone that is forgiving and easy to fly, then work your way up as your skills improve. I know there is a workshop where I can edit my drone, and options to set motor speeds etc. but these should really be options I fiddle with after I have learned what is what, not while I am struggling to stay horizontal as I smash into another hay bale.

Speaking of hay bales. The maps. Seriously, I could be flying anywhere in the world, but here I am in some unbelievably dull locations. I am sure more maps are on the way, but even for RC enthusiasts this can't make much sense. Here are a few map ideas I would be excited to see in the final release:
Boat (sinking titanic?)
Music festival (maybe Woodstock?)
Theme Park
Hot Air balloon Show. (Take off from one balloon, and there are 30 others just floating about)
Construction tower.
Literally ANYWHERE! I understand that this is trying to be realistic, but a game like this also gives you the ability to do things you wouldn't usually be able to do, like fly in public areas full of people, or dangerous locations, and the lines required the fly for racing could be a lot more interesting than markers on the ground, like ducking behind a waterfall to emerge near a roller coaster track, which you must follow for while before shooting into a ghost train tunnel. Gimmicky? Yes, but if just a couple of unrealistic tracks were included, it would be a lot of fun.

TL;DR I am enjoying the game, and hope to see it become more approachable, without losing it's realistic simulation edge. I recommend for anyone interested in FPV drone racing.
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: November 9, 2015
No issues downloading and installing from Steam the afternoon it was released. Try all the menus and options. No issues at this point. Got a little sim time, and I am no expert in flying. The options of FPV noise is nice. The graphics are awesome. No major issues. Looking to hook up Spektrum controller later. Used xBox controller with no issues. Nice Early Access - I will provide more details as I play more. #crashatnoexpense

Edit 11/12
Got over three hours in the game, and I love it. I was able to hook up my Dx7s with the helpful discussion post. I have gained a bit more confidence and even toyed with Acro mode. The first update was a big difference. This game is showing great potential and look forward it!
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33 of 53 people (62%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: December 23, 2015
Video comments are here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fk2L5Mxe13I

The physics in this game are just not right. The copter is way too floaty. It feels like gravity has been dialed down to 80% or something. Even with the props idle, the copter takes way too long to fall to earth. Doing sharp turns around flags, the copter slides as if it was weightless.

The collision model encourages bad habits. You can't just fly through a tree canopy in real life and keep going. Props do not take damage and then "heal up". They either break, and you crash, or they don't break.

This is an okay video game, but it is a bad simulator. I can't recommend this game at this time (0.2.2) for learning to fly. It will not teach you what it actually feels like to pilot a quadcopter.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: December 27, 2015
Still very much an Early Access experience, but it's shaping up nicely. It's already a ton of fun to play and good practice for the real thing. The graphics are locations are especially impressive, and the workbench aspect adds a lot to the experience.

The things I would like to see prioritized moving forward are continuing to tweak the physics and adding at least a simple lap timer (ala freerider) so that it is more useful for training, even before the racing aspect is available.

Overall, a great sim with lots of potential that is definitely recommended at this price.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
70.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 24
I have flown in a few different multi-rotor sims and this one is, by far, my favorite. It's not 100% like the real thing, but it's certainly close enough to bring my skills up and make me way more confident on the controls. Learning with a sim is like learning to ride a bike with training wheels. Until you get out there and fly on the real sticks you can't hope to compete. However, this is a great tool to get your confidence up and make you more comfortable for when you do get your hands on the sticks.

I've been using this sim for a while now and I'm certainly learning more and more. Each time I fly my quad I'm more and more confident and that's come way faster than just flying once a week for a few packs thanks to this sim.

There's never a substitute for the real thing, but this is certainly something to help get your there and even help sharpen your skills when you get there.
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