Get behind the cockpits of the best helicopters in the world – from the classic machines of the 1950s to the modern gunships of the 21st century. Play missions with your friends and compete with players from all around the world in various multiplayer modes!
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Release Date: Feb 15, 2016

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“This is our first project as a studio, and while that statement might bring some cause for concern, JetCatGames is committed to developing Heliborne alongside our community. With an open and transparent philosophy on design and communication, we believe Early Access is the best platform to achieve our goals on.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We are anticipating that Heliborne will be in Early Access phase for at least a year. As the project progresses and we receive feedback from our community, we may re-evaluate the project staying in, or releasing from Early Access.”

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

“The full version is planned to offer the following,

  • 60 Helicopters up from the Current Roster of 30 [44 helicopters done]
  • Sinlge player and cooperative missions [45% done]
  • Historical campaign [in progress]
  • Additional maps [done]
  • Additional game-modes (such as "Frontlines" mode) [75% done]
  • The transition from Unity 4 to Unity 5 and with it better performance and graphical fidelity [done]
  • A progression and tech-tree system [done, not introduced]
  • A squadron building system [done]
  • Helicopter customization [in progress]
  • Additional deployable troops, such as Mortar Teams [done]
  • Additional Flight Model Updates and a possible "realistic" flight model mode [in progress]
And more!”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Heliborne currently gives players access to 40+ helicopters, 5 maps (plus big training polygon), one PvE and two PvP game modes, including "Frontline". This adversarial game mode also gives players a chance to see the first stages of the "Dynamic Battlefield" system. This system allows players to interact with and support ground units in the field that are pivotal to gameplay.”

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

“We do plan to change the price upon release from Early Access.”

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

“We plan to involve our community in every step of the development process. This includes all of our social media, interaction with media personalities, our forums, trello board, and more. We intend to share as much with our community as possible to facilitate open lines of communication and to give as many options to feedback as possible.”
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August 10

Good Morning, Vietnam: give your voice to Heliborne

Pilots, after several months of work Heliborne Single-player Historical Campaign is almost ready. One important thing it still lacks is voice-over for radio messages.

We could have tried to record everything by ourselves. But since Heliborne has an awesome community of talented people around it, we decided to address to you, pilots. Meet the "Good Morning, Vietnam!" event!



WHAT WE NEED
One part of the upcoming single-player is a Vietnam historical campaign with roughly 300 radio messages. We need to voice-over them and are looking for people willing to do it.

HOW CAN YOU HELP
If you want to give your voice to a Heliborne character:
  • record following test messages (you can do that with any tools you have, including your smartphones):
    — Papa Bear, this is Alpha-2, requesting reinforcements and resupply, how copy?
    — Papa Bear, this is Foxtrot-3, we are under attack. Lots of tanks. Bridge is being overrun, I repeat, bridge is overrun. Heavy casualties. We are holding position south of the bridge. Do you copy?
    — This is Badger. We got hit, left wing is on fire! Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!
  • send the audio to good.morning.vietnam@jetcatgames.com not later than August, 15;
  • in your email please specify how many radio messages you would like to record (just several/one-two dozens/as many as needed).

After August, 15th we will send lines for a voice-over with instructions to selected participants.

REWARDS
Although we hope that for most of participants this opportunity itself will be satisfying enough, we will give following rewards to every Heliborne voice actor:
  • one copy of Heliborne,
  • special cosmetic item,
  • mention in titles,
  • access to closed tests.

Looking forward to your test recordings!
Team JetCat
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August 4

Operation Insignia Trophy



Greetings, Pilots!

Many of you liked previous Double Drop Rate Weekend so much, that we decided to make another event like this, but better. So here we are, starting the Operation Insignia Trophy. What are the rules, you would ask?

We added a collection of 3 patches with real helicopter insignias. Those of you who collect all of them can get one of two rare helmets.

HOW TO COLLECT:

First of all, we DOUBLED drop rate again for the weekend. It means that you will earn twice more Steam Items than usual. Drop chance of collectibles is 33% (67% — other Steam Items).
The weekend will be divided into 3 periods, corresponding to each of the three collectibles. One period — one collectible item available:
  1. Afghan Three-headed Dragon Insignia:
    from now on until Saturday 12:00GMT

  2. Chinook Guns-A-Go-Go Insignia:
    Saturday 12:00GMT until Sunday 12:00GMT

  3. Afghan Dragon of Spades Insignia:
    Sunday 12:00GMT until Monday 12:00GMT
Collectible items are non-marketable and non-tradable until the end of the event.

HOW TO GET A RARE HELMET:
  1. When you are done with the whole collection, fill in this Google Form not later than WEDNESDAY 12:00GMT.
  2. Wait for your reward!
EXTRA OPTION: You missed one of the patches, but still want to get a helmet? Make a repost of the event announcement in Facebook and include the link into the Google Form.

UPDATE [Aug 5]:
We've added a slight drop chance of other collectibles during the period of a "main" one. E.g. if you missed the first insignia, you'll still be able to get it until the end of the Operation.

Team JetCat wishes you a good luck, pilots!
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About This Game

Get behind the cockpits of the best helicopters in the world – from the classic machines of the 1950s to the modern gunships of the 21st century. Play missions with your friends and compete with players from all around the world in various multiplayer modes! You will be able to take part in a dynamic battlefield where you'll support the movement of ground forces that fortify positions and create supply lines.

THE RETURN OF HELICOPTER COMBAT GAMES

Heliborne marks the great return of a nearly forgotten genre - helicopter action games! Here you'll get to dive into historical conflicts, explore maps inspired by real-world locations and engage in ruthless air-to-air and air-to-ground combat.




By flying over 40 helicopters distributed over 3 different classes you'll fight other pilots as well as tanks, troops, and anti-aircraft artillery. You will test your skill in multiplayer modes, such as Skirmish (King-of-the-Hill style mode) or Frontline (as bases are captured by players, ground vehicles spawn in convoys and move across the map to fortify bases and positions), or play alone the new single player missions.



In Heliborne we wanted to to faithfully recreate the realities of armed conflicts and produce a gameplay model that is both dynamic and realistic. You will also get the chance to learn more about the development of rotary-wing aircraft. The game shows different historical periods, focusing on the technological innovation which changed helicopter combat over the years. For example, the load-outs for each helicopter are based entirely on weapons systems that ware or would have been employed in active combat theaters and operations. You won't see a weapons load-out on our helicopters that is not historically accurate!

PLAY HELIBORNE TO:
  • NEW! Battle the AI in the new single-player mode!
  • lose yourself in a dynamic combat flying game
  • fly over 40 legendary helicopters, including models from 1955 to 2000's
  • use over 100 possible payload variants
  • wide open maps, including The Gulf of Tonkin (Vietnam), Operation Nguyen Hue (Vietnam), Badakhshan Province (Afghanistan), Khost Region (Afghanistan), and Kosovo
  • test your skills in single player, co-op, and competitive multiplayer for up to 16 players
  • play your way: fully supports gamepads, flight sticks, and keyboard & mouse!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2.3 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3.0 Compatible GPU, 986 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • Processor: 3 Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1536 MB VRAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 2.3 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3.0 Compatible GPU, 986 MB VRAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1536 MB VRAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 2.3 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3.0 Compatible GPU, 986 MB VRAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1536 MB VRAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection

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