Prove your skills as a pilot in this action-packed multiplayer dogfighting game. Take part in 4 vs 4 battles and outmaneuver opponents, master a variety of jets and weapons, support allied ground troops, and land on the runway. Only a well-orchestrated team of pilots can bring down the enemy bases.
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Jul 27, 2017
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Why Early Access?

“Sky Knights will be in Early Access on Steam so that I may get the game in the hands of the players as soon as possible in order to push the game in the direction you want. Engaging with the Sky Knights community early on is important to me in my ambition to make Sky Knights the best competitive air combat experience ever.

There will be bugs here and there. For an early access release, I'd like to think the game is in a pretty stable state though.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“It is hard to estimate exactly how long Sky Knights will be in Early Access, though I'm aiming for a year or two.”

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

“For the full release, I visualise a game with more polished graphics, more maps and better online features (potentially league play or similar). I'd like to make additions that give the players more choices, to ensure no match is similar to another. Most importantly, I'd like to hear what parts of the game you enjoy the most, and push the game in that direction.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current version of Sky Knights has these mechanics in place:
  • Online team matches (up to 4 vs 4).
  • Play with and against other players and/or AI.
  • Gamepad support (X360, XBone, Dualshock 4).
  • 6 flyable aircraft, each with their strengths and weaknesses.
  • A handful of weapons (guns, heat-seeking and radar homing missiles), bombs, air-to-ground missiles and more.
  • A short interactive tutorial with voice-over, to get you up-to-speed with the basics.
  • More than 15 different aircraft upgrades.
  • 6 different unlockable traits to choose from, depending on your playstyle.
  • Anti-aircraft-artillery defending the FOB:s.
  • Ground forces pushing forward in the battle.
  • Plenty of tricks to get the upper hand in the battle (countermeasures, maneuvers etc).

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

“The price might gradually be increased as I ship new content and features.”

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

“I will work with the community to ensure Sky Knights becomes the best game we can imagine. The Steam forum will be the primary place for this communication. I aim to be as transparent with the game's development as possible. I'm eager to listen to any feedback the community provides me.”
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October 12

New aircraft! New game mode!



Seeing new jets has been on everyone’s wishlist from day one! I’m super excited to finally present the first step in this journey! Starting today, you can take a ride in the legendary MiG-21 Fishbed. Armed with heatseekers and a deadly gun, this dogfighter comes with amazing speed capabilities. This new fighter is also the first in a whole new aircraft class called “Light Fighter” aircraft. Designed for quick intercepts and hit-and-runs, this aircraft can quickly turn the match in the right direction if flown by a skilled pilot!

This patch also brings a new game mode, the Time Race! This is a racing mode, in which you can compete asynchronously against other players on the global leaderboard. Currently, there is only one race track available, but if you guys like it, we’ll be sure to get some more in there!

In Time Race, your aircraft will not evade any mountains by itself, and you will be flying extremely low. This means you’ll need make tight turns and perform well-timed maneuvers to not hit the mountains!

To tie things together, to unlock the new aircraft, you’ll need to finish the race track in 1 minute and 25 seconds! I’m sure that won’t be a problem for you though, captain!

Finally, there has been some smaller additions, like different outside-screen markers for different kinds of aircraft.

See you on the runway, friends!

Cheers!
//Bankler

1.1.0
* New PACT aircraft: MiG-21 Fishbed.
* Added Time Race game mode.
* Added Time Race leaderboard.
* Added new "deck" section in the profile screen, where you can choose your three aircraft for each side.
* Contact markers on the edge of the screen now show the corresponding aircraft icon for the contact.
* One single bomb will now always kill a AAA, even with the Bomber Loadout upgrade.
* Made the F-15 color a little darker.
* Tweaked landing gear height and aligned all aircraft better with the runway.
* Added webhook that posts to Discord when a new public game is hosted.
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September 18

New map! Woodlands!



One of the community's most commonly requested feature has been to add a new map to the game. While the "Desert Trap" level surely plays pretty good, I agreed that it's time to add some variation. Both when it comes to map layout and visuals. I'm happy to finally announce "Woodlands"! This beautiful lush landscape stretches 6 x 7 kilometers, which is approximately 4 times the size of the Desert Trap map. In a map this big, things like radar coverage and positioning becomes even more important than before. Also be careful with your afterburner fuel. It's a pretty long way home if you run out of juice on the other end of the battlefield.

Woodlands should be considered "beta" meaning it's relatively untested. Please let me know what your think about it. Looking forward to hearing your feedback!

Another requested feature is having the ability to distinguish different kinds of aircraft on the minimap. This is now implemented, and there are six different minimap icon representing the current six different aircraft types.

We have been running regular community event where we crank up the XP income with a +10% modifier for a few hours. While this is great for newer players, there was not that much in it for more experienced players who already have all unlocks. Starting today though, we have the option to make events where you get extra Wings for each match, making it a little easier to afford those hard-to-get customizations.

1.0.9
* Added new map: "Woodlands".
* Aircraft icons on the minimap are now differently looking for different kinds of aircraft.
* Added support for community events with extra Wing rewards.
* Su-27 slow speed turning power slightly increased.

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“Sky Knights is a perfect 1 on 1 example of how an Early Access title should look like.”
9.3 – Reviews For Gamers

“Please help I can't stop playing this!”
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About This Game

WHAT IS SKY KNIGHTS?


Sky Knights is an action-packed online multiplayer dogfighting game. Enjoy thrilling head-to-head aerial combat in 4 vs 4 team fights and outmaneuver opponents with tricks and well-timed afterburner boosts. The goal of the team battles is to take out the enemy bases. This must be done while fighting off the enemy players. You will also need to carefully manage your ammo and fuel supply. Rearm and refuel by performing skillful landings in the home base. To be successful, your team must perfect a balance between attack and defense; engage the enemy in combat while supporting your allies in the air as well as on the ground.

Tactically choose the fighter jet to fit your play style and your team’s needs. There are six different aircraft - ranging from the F-16 to the A-10 Warthog - each offering their unique weaponry, stats, strengths and weaknesses. You can further customize your pilot profile with one of eight avatars, and level up to unlock more than 15 aircraft upgrades, six permanent traits and countless visual aircraft customizations.

Sky Knights is made by Hampus Bankler, an ex-military fighter jet mechanic and professional game developer. Before combining his two passions into creating Sky Knights, he worked on games like Bionic Commando: Rearmed 2, Angry Birds 2 and is currently also involved in Project Wight.

FEATURES

  • Compete in fast-paced 4 vs 4 online multiplayer dogfights
  • Fight in multifaceted objective-based team battles. Take out the enemy bases while combating other aircraft and ground forces
  • Manage ammo and fuel and restock them after performing skillful landings in the home base
  • Master different aircraft types with unique strengths and weaknesses - from the F-16 to the A-10 Warthog
  • Skillfully use your full arsenal including machine guns, heat-seeking missiles, bombs and more
  • Level up and unlock over 15 aircraft upgrades and six permanent traits to tailor your aircraft and character to your playstyle
  • Personalize your pilot profile with eight different avatars and unlock countless visual aircraft customizations
  • Discover plenty of tricks to get the upper hand in battles

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1 (64-bit)
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual-Core 64-bit CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DX10 Compatible GPU with 1 GB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1 (64-bit), Windows 8 (64-bit), Windows 10 (64-bit)
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Quad-Core 64-bit CPU
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DX11 Compatible GPU with 2 GB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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