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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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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January 24

Update 1.6.2 Deep Freeze - New co-op campaign!



Defend the Motherland!

In this new challenging co-op campaign, you'll take off towards the northern parts of Siberia to defend the Motherland. Grab a friend or two, or three (or pick some people up on Discord) and fly the mighty PACT aircraft like the Su-27 Flanker and the MiG-29 Fulcrum into battle.

In this campaign you'll sometimes see a lot more than the usual maximum of 8 aircraft. In the final stage of the campaign, there will be up to 14 aircraft fighting in the skies! It's a bit chaotic but a lot of fun! :)

More stuff in the Custom Co-op Match Toolbox!

For the mission creators out there, I have added three more attributes that you can change for your co-op mission:

StartingUpgrades
StartingCredits
DisabledObjectiveAAAs

Chech out the details about those ones in the documentation.

Please join us on Discord and find some players to try out the new campaign!

Best regards
//Bankler

1.6.2
  • Added new co-op campaign "DEEP FREEZE".
  • Added "StartingUpgrades" as a custom co-op match setting.
  • Added "StartingCredits" as a custom co-op match setting.
  • Added "DisabledObjectiveAAAs" as a custom co-op match setting.
  • Adjusted some visuals on the scoreboard to make it work better for 5+ players.
  • Fixed a bug where you couldn't disable friendly AI in co-op mission when playing on the PACT side.
  • Fixed a bug where co-op matches defaulted to not allowing reinforcements.
  • Updated the custom co-op match documentation.
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January 16

Update 1.6.1 Create your own co-op levels!



Show us your design!

Last update introduced the Co-op game mode, in which you and your friends battle through a campaign of custom rules matches. We're now adding the next layer on this feature, enabling you to create your own custom campaigns, and even share them with other players.

If you feel that a campaign you've built is fun to play, there's nothing stopping you from submitting it to us so we can put it in the game for all players to enjoy! If we think the campaign feels good, we'll be happy to put it in there and credit you for it!

We might even have little treat for you if you choose to share your campaign with the community! :) How does a cool Campaign Builder Medal that you can wear on your pilot portrait sound?


In the game (Battle/Co-op/Use Custom Campaigns), there's a link taking you straight to a step-by-step guide how it's done! The matches are setup using a standard JSON format, which is quite easy and a really useful thing to learn for any aspiring game designer or programmer!

Boom! Client settings nuked!

With this update, the developer company name in the build has been fixed. This causes Windows to save the game's settings in another folder in the registry. Unfortunately this means that locally saved stuff, such as your key bindings, and offline (not online) progress is lost.

In most cases, you don't need to do anything. Just make sure your key bindings are alright and go fly! However, if you really need to revive your settings (for instance, if you only play the game offline and had your save in there), there's a (hack-ish) way to get it back. Just follow this guide closely if you need it.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this.

https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1624721745
Please join us on Discord to discuss this new stuff!

Best regards
//Bankler

1.6.1
  • You can now build your own custom matches and campaigns.
  • Fixed bug where you couldn't hotjoin a game after the game's original host left (causing a host migration).
  • Fixed bug where bots sometimes stopped spawning after a host migration.
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Reviews

“Please help I can't stop playing this!”
PhlyDaily

“Soar through the skies and get your Top Gun on in this simplistically beautiful Steam based aerial battle. Loose hours of your day and regret nothing because it's great fun.”
4.1/5 – Goosed

“Sky Knights is a perfect 1 on 1 example of how an Early Access title should look like.”
9.3/10 – Reviews For Gamers

About This Game

Sky Knights is an action-packed top-down 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 nine 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 was recently also involved in Project Wight.

FEATURES

  • Compete in fast-paced 4 vs 4 top-down online multiplayer dogfights
  • Be part of a friendly and active Discord community, filled with aviation and gaming enthusiasts
  • Fight in multifaceted objective-based team battles over three different maps. 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
  • Play against other players, or start a co-op match vs bots
  • Level up and unlock over 15 aircraft upgrades and six permanent traits to tailor your aircraft and character to your playstyle
  • Unlock modifications for your aircraft to tweak their performance
  • 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
  • Fight your way up the global leaderboard, and try to become the best of the best every monthly season
  • Twitch integration lets your viewers join the battle as ground forces
  • Frequent content and polish updates
  • Easy direct contact with the developer through Discord

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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