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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June 24

Trading Cards and Version 0.51.1!



Trading Cards
They're live and published! We've added a total of 6 cards for now. There's a total of eight backgrounds, and several emoticons as well.


Version 0.51.1
  • Several logic problems and bugs have been fixed in single player and coop sandbox missions. The hold LZ and stop attack mission will fail if you lose LZ to enemy control before timer expires. The support convoy mission is failed as soon as you lose all vehicles you were supposed to support. The stop convoy mission is failed if the convoy reaches its destination. We are continuing to work on new tasks, new scenarios and missions and more maps.

  • AH-64A, Mi-28, Mi-28N all have been given 1 additional armament option. We are working on several new armament options for different helicopters, these options will be rolled out over the coming weeks.

  • A lot of price changes for helicopters in Generation 1. These changes probably will not affect your Generation 1 squadrons, but could very much affect your mixed Gen1-2 squadrons

  • There have been slight price changes for several helicopters, (mainly those armament options which were just added)notable changes: AH-1G 2nd and 3rd armament price has been raised slightly. The Mi-8T-TV price for 3 and 4th armament has been slightly lowered.

  • Slight polishing of flight parameters for several helicopters - most notable is HH-53 which will not be as fast as before, (still will be pretty fast, but on par with other transports), HH-53 flight acceleration is more reliant on controlling nose pitch.

  • Falanga ATGM rotation amplitude and frequency decreased to make it more useful and accurate.

  • TOW-2 ATGM added for AH-1S 2nd and 3rd armaments (AH-1F version) and MD-500

  • We’ve made several price changes to helicopters in generation 1. This change will most likely not affect the setup of most gen 1 squadrons, but may affect mixed gen 1 and 2 squadrons.






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June 22

Steam Summer Sale and an update! Heliborne version 0.51

New Trailer!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlSMeCNKhgQ

Steam Summer Sale and Patch!
We've got news pilots! Not only are we pushing out a new patch for Heliborne that is adding new features to SP/COOP, fixes and updates, we're also joining in the steam summer sale fun!

What does this mean? Well, put simply, it means that Heliborne will be 35% off during the sale!

Heliborne Version 0.51 Patch Notes
  • Singleplayer sandbox difficulty settings have been updated slightly. A new “Very Hard” mode has been added.
  • Sandbox settings - amount of concurrent objectives can be set, from 1 up to 6.
  • Sandbox settings - amount of total objectives to win can be set, from 5 till full battle win.
  • Sandbox settings - hardcore mode has been added. In this mode there are much fewer visual assists and aides. You are unable to see where enemy units are or where your troops are. Several HUD components are reduced or disabled outright.
  • Sandbox missions have had several improvements in task logic, we will continue to work on more types of tasks and sandbox scenarios and will be adding them in next several weeks.
  • Sandbox enemy infantry is updated.
  • Sandbox task UI improved.
  • 5 new language translations have been added - polish, german, french, portuguese (fully translated, not like before) and danish (will be updated)
  • ACH-47 door gunners all have .50 cals now.
  • HH-53 landing triggers slightly adjusted to further prevent crash on landing.
  • Aerodrome map visual changes - rotating radar, skidmarks, detail quality to prevent micro-freezes.
  • AH-1G, OH-6, Scout AH Mk 1 and UH-1D visual update to rocket launcher blocks.
  • Mi-24A new armament variant called Mi-24B with YakB-12.7 gun.
  • AH-1G new armament variant with 4 rocket launchers.
  • Fixed problem with team points in multiplayer frontline mode.
  • Frontline experimental mode has been removed, several parts of that mode have been rolled into the regular frontline mode.
  • We are adding additional armament for several helicopters, in this patch the Ka-50 and Ka-52 have been given additional armament types.


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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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