Heliborne seeks to introduce players to rotary wing aviation and combat. Players will have the ability to fly a number of helicopters from the 60's forward in to the year 2000 across a wide range of maps and in a wide range of mission scenarios.
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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
  • Additional maps
  • Additional game-modes such as "Frontlines" mode in which one team is the attacker while the other is the defender.
  • The transition from Unity 4 to Unity 5 and with it better performance and graphical fidelity.
  • A progression and tech-tree system
  • A squadron building system
  • Helicopter customization
  • Additional deployable troops, such as Mortar Teams
  • Additional Flight Model Updates and a possible "realistic" flight model mode.
And more!”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Heliborne currently gives players access to 34 helicopters, 4 maps, and one flagship game mode. 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 15

Heliborne 0.44.5



Greetings Pilots! Time for another patch!

- New helicopter - UH-1Y

- Battle timers added - 60 minutes maximum
- On Kosovo and Nguyen maps Landing Zones now produce attacking armored convoy every 3 minutes, you'll see progress bar on LZ UI icon notifiying you how ready this LZ is to produce attacking convoy. Attacking convoys move towards neutral and enemy points and try to capture them. Only fully captured LZ's (soldiers + vehicles) can produce attacking convoys
- Kosovo and Nguyen maps are updated, visual changes and camera changes as well as performance changes and notification when close to map border.
- ATGM view range increased by 500 meters. This allows you to see enemy markings from an additional 500 meters as well.
- All air-to-air missiles now have smaller turn rate
- All air-to-air missiles now have bigger explosion damage
- Amount of flares on helicopters now close to real values (considering amount of flares dropped with each launch)
- Flares now "blind" heat seeker lock-on for 5 seconds
- A new F1 help menu has been added.
- Mission objectives during loading screen have been added. Loading screen changed.
- Small flight parameter changes on several helicopters (mainly on AH-64D)
- Rocket damage has been slightly increased

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August 15

Dev Blog 1 is live.



It's been a long time coming, but better late than never! Welcome to the first dev blog/dev dairy for Heliborne. We thought we'd go ahead and celebrate the first 6 months on Early Access. More of these videos are coming over the coming weeks and months, so stay tubed to our YouTube Channel.
-Rayne

https://youtu.be/HqppwF2NE7w

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About This Game

Heliborne seeks to introduce players to rotary-wing aviation and combat. Players will have the ability to fly a number of helicopters from the 60's forward in to the year 2000 across a wide range of maps and in a wide range of mission scenarios. Players will be able to take part in a dynamic battlefield where they support the movement of ground forces that fortify positions and create supply-lines.

Heliborne offers a new type of "Zone" Capture as one of it's core game-play concepts. Troops carried by certain helicopters must be landed at, and deployed to a landing zone. These troops fortify the zone, and in some game modes, defend a base until ground re-enforcements arrive.

Current Features

  • Updated simul-lite/arcade hybrid flight model that models over 70 different aspects of flight per helicopter.
    Our Flight model melds the best of both worlds, and while being updated regularly, is in a state that we are very happy with. This includes momentum and inertia dynamics. This system will be expanded on with more realistic flight dynamics as the project grows.

  • 34 Helicopters, Each with multiple weapons load-outs
    The load-outs for each of our helicopters is based entirely on weapons systems that they would have, or did employ in active combat theaters and operations. You wont see a weapons loadout on our helicopters that is not historically accurate.

  • 4 Major Mission Maps - Including Operation Nguyen Hue, Afghanistan, the Gulf of Tonkin in Vietnam, and Kosovo
    All of our maps are "based" on historical conflicts and conflict locations.

  • 2 Principle Game modes - Including standard skirmish, and Frontline mode that's currently exclusive to Operation Nguyen Hue
    Skirmish mode is currently active on Afghanistan and Gulf of Tonkin and offers standard capture the flag gameplay. Operation Nguyen Hue offers the first glimpse at "Frontline" mode. As bases are captured by players, ground vehicles spawn in convoys and move across the map to fortify bases and positions.

  • Multiple AI controlled ground units in skirmish and Front-line mode
    Tanks, Troop Carriers, and Anti-Aircraft Artillery vehicles make up the current roster of ground vehicles in Heliborne, more are planned.

  • Airborne Troops that can be deployed anywhere on the map MANPADS or "Man-Portable Air Defense system" are just some of the "deploy-able" ground units that players can place anywhere, on any map. Not all helicopters carry these soldiers. Those that can, add a new level to the dynamic battlefield.

  • Three Classes of Helicopter from Attack, to Air-Assault, and Reconnaissance
    Scout Helicopters are small, fast, and may or may not carry a small amount of soldiers. Attack Helicopters carry no troops and are dedicated to air-to-air or air-to-ground operations. Air-Assault helicopters typically carry a mix of troops and weapons and can fill multiple roles in combat.

  • Three Historical Tiers of Rotary Wing Aviation from 1950 to 2000
    Helicopters are widely considered to have "Come of Age" during the Vietnam conflict, and over the following decades, helicopters have become integral to our very way of life. We seek to showcase Rotary wing aviation as it's evolved over four decades of conflict, support, and development.

System Requirements

    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
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Guard81
1.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 20
Very few servers. No auto-balance, no matchmaking, and a handful of players that pick on the newbies.

Play something else.
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Urukay
0.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 17
Hey! This is fun and it has great potential. There are several bugs and the lots of thing need improvement but even in this stage its really fun
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Mecha Crow
0.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 17
Heliborne is really fun. Controls are easy and intuitive. They work well. Gameplay is fun, and in the rare occasion you're up against actual human beings. Also challenging.

Gameplay mechanics are solid.

Everything is here for a great game... except players. As such I can't recommend it right now. As of writing this review there were 5 people online in total. All in the EU server.

I hope for the best with this game, but no one is playing it. Even with people like BaronVonGamez giving it some hype.

So let's hope it picks up once it's out of EA.
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MoGoM
3.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 16
I like this game
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ackstorm
7.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 15
Genuinely fun, promising future.
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Gooseak59
3.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 14
very fun game! I am a helicopter mechanic so I felt socially obligated to pick this up and it was worth every penny for sure!
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Feenx-sama
1.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 10
This game has the potential to be truly amazing; one of a kind. Finally a helicopter version of what appears to be similar to popular games in its genre such as war thunder, world of tanks, and world of warships. This game can truly shine and make its staple among the top tier with great passion and dedication from these developers and help from the community with valued feedback. I will continue to follow this very interesting game all the way until its completion state where I will then give my final verdict.
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Drake
6.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 9
I've had this game for a while now, I think honestly I've had it since about a month after it came out, and its came such a long way, the main issue right now is, not enough servers going all the time but really amazing game, seeing it come this far I'm excited to see how its going to come in times ahead. I'd honestly like to see more out of this game in the coming months, I really would like to suggest this game to anyone who likes a Warthunder but with helicopters, but less Gaijin, like litterally I've been playing with one of the Devs at least once a week this month, it's been amazing being able to give feedback and him go "Yeah, that sounds good I'll talk to the team about it." But of course the thing with this team is, you suggest an idea, and they most likely already have spoken about it!
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[TZ] FFG
28.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 8
Heliborne is incredibly fun. The developers ares involved in the community and run monthly events with the community. Player base is a bit shallow. But for a game thats $12 NZD I think its a bargan.
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Melon Cooler
3.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 7
Product received for free
>Spawns Chinook
>Flies over enemy base attemping to capture it for the Americans
>Russian flies over
>Have staring contest until an missle is fired at me
>couldn't move out of the way to avoid the missle flying toward the cockpit
>RIP Chinook, you will be missed

Heliborne is an awesome game. Even though its still very much in development, its increadibly fun to play.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
28.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 8
Heliborne is incredibly fun. The developers ares involved in the community and run monthly events with the community. Player base is a bit shallow. But for a game thats $12 NZD I think its a bargan.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 10
This game has the potential to be truly amazing; one of a kind. Finally a helicopter version of what appears to be similar to popular games in its genre such as war thunder, world of tanks, and world of warships. This game can truly shine and make its staple among the top tier with great passion and dedication from these developers and help from the community with valued feedback. I will continue to follow this very interesting game all the way until its completion state where I will then give my final verdict.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 30
Ground defences are OP, some heli main guns 'overheat' (stop working) after a 3sec burst fire and don't work for about 5-6secs allowing just enough time for the other heli to shoot you out of the sky.
The developers have a long way to go to get the balance right but they are on the right track. I just hope they read these reviews and use it to their advantage.
Don't get me wrong, I love this game but it needs some work on the balancing issues.
Would I recommend this game? - Yes but.....only if it is on special until they fix the balancing issues out.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 4
only thing bad I can think to say is you won't come across many players, but that's not really the devs fault on this one. Everyting else about this game is bad ♥♥♥ though! surely worth the ten bucks even at this early of development
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 7
It's still early in the life of this game but it has a lot going for it. I recomend this to people who like helicopters and/or enjoy games like War Thunder. Looking forward to see what the future will bring because this has huge potential.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 7
Heliborne is great fun arcade helicopter combat game, which is still in earlier access. It has some bugs, but it is really fun game. I had fun playing against some of the Dev during operation Raging Fury
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 9
I've had this game for a while now, I think honestly I've had it since about a month after it came out, and its came such a long way, the main issue right now is, not enough servers going all the time but really amazing game, seeing it come this far I'm excited to see how its going to come in times ahead. I'd honestly like to see more out of this game in the coming months, I really would like to suggest this game to anyone who likes a Warthunder but with helicopters, but less Gaijin, like litterally I've been playing with one of the Devs at least once a week this month, it's been amazing being able to give feedback and him go "Yeah, that sounds good I'll talk to the team about it." But of course the thing with this team is, you suggest an idea, and they most likely already have spoken about it!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
60.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 30
This is a long-awaited game for me. I actually work with helos and thier pilots and crew on a daily basis and I can tell you that this game is as accurate as it can get. This is a beta game where they are working on new updates constantly to make the game better. This game is inexpensive and if you like it and have suggestions on how to improve the game, post in the forums and the devs will consider it. I've had 2 of my suggestions get implemented into the game. Definitely check this game out,
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 7
Product received for free
>Spawns Chinook
>Flies over enemy base attemping to capture it for the Americans
>Russian flies over
>Have staring contest until an missle is fired at me
>couldn't move out of the way to avoid the missle flying toward the cockpit
>RIP Chinook, you will be missed

Heliborne is an awesome game. Even though its still very much in development, its increadibly fun to play.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 17
Heliborne is really fun. Controls are easy and intuitive. They work well. Gameplay is fun, and in the rare occasion you're up against actual human beings. Also challenging.

Gameplay mechanics are solid.

Everything is here for a great game... except players. As such I can't recommend it right now. As of writing this review there were 5 people online in total. All in the EU server.

I hope for the best with this game, but no one is playing it. Even with people like BaronVonGamez giving it some hype.

So let's hope it picks up once it's out of EA.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny