CDF Starfighter is an exciting, fun, and beautifully detailed single player VR space combat simulator immersing players into the experience of a star fighter pilot in the Colonial Defence Force Universe. Inspired by games such as Freespace, Wing Commander and Star Wars, CDF Starfighter focuses purely on space combat with pick up and play...
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Mixed (58 reviews) - 67% of the 58 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 5, 2016

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Why Early Access?

“CDF Starfighter is for space combat fans who loved the 90`s sims and want to embark on a single player VR space fighter pilot adventure. Steam Early Access will allow sci-fi space combat gamer`s to have a unique opportunity to help shape and build one of the best space combat simulator games available for VR and build on the current potential of CDF Starfighter VR. There are lots of multiplayer, procedural generated, rogue-like, trading and exploration type games. There are dog-fighting sims like Eve : Valkyrie but CDF Starfighter goes back to the roots and is more than just taking out some fighters. Expect space battles, capital ships, transports and much more as the more you play, the more you will uncover!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We are looking for a full release with the campaign Mid 2017. Later in 2017 we will look an native versions in other languages such as Chinese, Spanish, Russian and more! In VR, everything has to be native, to keep the immersion!”

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

“Our early access version is focused on game-play mechanics and the free-flight and scramble mode. Scramble mode has over 30 different missions which are different in many ways with each play-through. With total freedom, you can do what you want, help wing-men, get kills or strive to get medals and higher ranks! Free-flight lets you explore the CDF Universe at your leisure with no enemies or objectives! its great for getting used to the 6 very different playable ships!”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current version (Beta 1.0) has all content aside form the campaign mode. The game is mostly bug free and is designed for VR from the ground up with game-pad, hotas or keyboard and mouse! With over 20 hours unique game-play! get ready for the campaign in Q1 2017!”

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

“The Early access version will be priced 33% less than full release price.”

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

“We have already taken a game through Early Access and for CDF Starfighter a big part of our Early Access pipeline is to incorporate ideas and feedback from the community! As a solo developer with the potential for a near AAA quality game, I would love to hear your ideas and feedback to help shape this game into something truly amazing.

With a new emerging technology and VR community and supporting every VR headset, Hotas and gamepad, I we can work together to resolve any issues anyone may encounter, so everyone no matter the headset can have the same awesome experience. We are zero funded so every one who gets this game in early access will play a huge part in its final outcome! Thanks Pilots!”
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January 26

Beta 1.2 released!

Hi Pilots, A new update is available which offers many fixes, improved AI, simulations and challenges and a huge CDF Database update.

Changlog Beta 1.1 to beta 1.2 (488mb)

*Fixed No English Obj in Astroid training
*Fixed First run black screen problems
*Rebalanced all enemies and friendly fighters
*Fixed Enemy fire not giving player damage
*Improved all fighter AI
*Fixed up Heavy Gunship Misc. problems
*Rebalanced Light Gunship
*Rebalanced all hit points
*Added Comms Screen to all ships (Fully working except Scramble mode)
*Huge CDF Database Update
*Polished up all simulations and challenges
*New Intro Sequence
*Misc improvements and enhancements

Have fun with the new update pilots, and let us know if you have any problems.

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January 12

Beta 1.1 released!

Hi Pilots, A new update is now available which has many improvements and fixes and introduces Chinese. Chinese Voice acting will be available this summer along with the campaign!

Changelog from beta 1.0 to 1.1 (266mb)

*Fixed target area UI appearing in 1 eye (getting started sim)
*Improved CDF Training Drones
*Improved misc. collision issues
*Fixed Steam Achievements
*Improved Starfighter Type-Y Ion Cannons
*Improved enemy Fighter AI
*Improved enemy Capital Class AI
*Added full Chinese Menu, Interface and HUD (Voice overs coming this summer!)
*Improved lock-on Missile Speed and soundFX and damage
*Added new enemy : Drii Spector
*Added New enemy : Pirate Gunship
*All New and improved Pirate Phantom with secondary weapons
*Enlarged some HUD elements.
*Smoothed Enemy AI
*Added More Voice Acting
*Added more SoundFX
*Added Language Option to Game options
*Rebalnaced All AI - Fighters, Frigates, Friendly and Enemy
*Improved turrets
*Improved particle Effects
*Rebalanced and improved light gunship
*Improved volatile asteroids
*Fixed Sealth Mode not working in Heavy Starfigher
*Improved all challenges and simulations
*Fixed mine no-damage bug
*New Splash Screen
*Improved all freeflight maps
*Added Objectives to Free fight
*Improved Pirate AI and weapons
*Misc Bug Fixes

Have fun pilots and dont forget that medals earned in scramble mode will have perks for campiagn mode when it arrives this summer!

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“Another difference is the incredible level of detailing within the game. Every aspect has been looked at to create a realistic journey in space from the outside of a space vehicle to people walking around on the ships’ bridge.”
4/5 – Reality Sandwich

“The more I play CDF Starfighter VR the more I love it. There is just so much to see and more enviroments and worlds keep getting added. If you love your space games this is a must.”
Recommended – Virtual-Reality Shop

“While still in development, the game plays very nice. Scale, headtracking, graphics, and combat are all top notch.”
Recommended – VR Related

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CDF Starfighter is designed for ease of use and designed for full controller support, HOTAS and now keyboard and mouse is fully supported.

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About This Game


350 years in the future, we must unite and prepare to defeat a darkness which is about to consume our Galaxy. The extinction of the entire human race is almost upon us. We will depend on brave and skilled fighter pilots who have what it takes to join our elite forces and become a CDF Starfighter.


CDF Starfighter is an exciting, fun, and beautifully detailed VR space combat simulator immersing players into the experience of a star fighter pilot. Inspired by games such as Freespace, wing commander and star wars, CDF Starfighter focuses purely on space combat with a pick up and play control system. Concentrating on space combat sims as they used to be, expect not only dog-fighting, but capital ships and a variety of diverse and fun missions.

Key BETA Features :

  • Six degrees of freedom with a unique pick up and play control system.
  • Dog-fighting, space battles and much more single player challenges and simulations
  • 20 + Hours single player content.
  • 4 Single player game modes (3 fully playable in Beta 1) Campaign Coming Q3 2017.
  • Designed for VR from the ground up for comfort, fun and an immersive experience.
  • 6 Different unique role-specific playable Ships.
  • Full HOTAS Support!
  • Vast and beautiful locations from the CDF Universe.
  • Free flight mode for VR explorers.
  • Prove your worth with player rankings, stats, medals and more in scramble mode.

CDF Starfighter gives you the opportunity to become an elite starfighter pilot on an epic single player adventure in a non-linear story line. Designed from the ground up for VR and boasting a pick up and play control system CDF Starfighter puts you in the role of a space fighter pilot.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 - 10
    • Processor: i5/ i7 or similar AMD (4th gen)
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 4gb GTX970
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 11 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Virtual Reality ONLY! See description for supported headsets! Controller required!
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: i7 Haswell or skylake
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 10 series (1080 rocks!!)
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Storage: 11 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Up screen boost in options menu depending on spec!
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