Flight Control HD to touch down on PSN September 15th
Firemint put out a press release today formally announcing a launch date and letting loose its impressive feature set for Flight Control HD, the PSN version of the immensely popular iDevice game of the same name.
The features run the gamut of “amazing” to “unexpected”. The amazing features are firstly, the addition of a multiplayer mode for up to 4 people, which is bound to lead to some extremely entertaining (and potentially exhilarating) scenarios. This is bound to make the game an absolute blast to play with friends. I can already imagine organizing complex strategies with friends, and then getting frustrated when they all fall apart when somebody decides to make an aircraft go round in circles for 20 minutes.
The game is set to support the Move controller for added precision, but it’ll also support the regular DualShock 3, for all of you people not ready to jump aboard the motion control bandwagon just yet. However, in a surprising addition, the game is set to enhance its already gorgeous 1080p HD graphics with the addition of optional stereoscopic 3D to the game, which will let aircraft appear to float over the landscape. The game is also set it include a PlayStation exclusive map called “Metropolis”, which will include a full night and day cycle.
We’re set to receive both screenshots and videos for Flight Control HD in the coming week, and we’ll post them as soon as we get them. In the mean time, you can all salivate over the press release, posted below for all you lovers of corporate prose.
Flight Control™ HD On Approach to Sony PlayStation®Network
Adaptation of Worldwide Hit Game Will Feature Multiplayer PlayStation®Move Motion Controller Support, Stereoscopic 3D Mode and 1080p Graphics
MELBOURNE, Australia, 17 August 2010 – Acclaimed game development studio Firemint today announced that Flight Control™ HD is expected to land on Sony PlayStation®Network from 15 September 2010, and will be one of the first games to support the PlayStation®Move motion controller.
The highly addictive gameplay in Flight Control HD casts players in the role of an air traffic controller in charge of an increasingly busy airport. Players are challenged to direct aircraft to their correct landing zone while avoiding collisions. The game starts gradually, but players will need keen eyes, steady hands and smart strategy to keep their airspace under control once planes arrive thick and fast. A fast-forward setting can speed everything up even more, for complete chaos that will challenge even the most advanced players.
Players have the option to fly solo or play collaboratively with friends, in a party-style multiplayer mode for up to four people. New players can join in the game at will in drop-in, drop-out style while aircraft continue to arrive. “Multiplayer is insanely fun, you can never be quite sure whether a new player is going to help or hinder your efforts so there tends to be a lot of laughing and jeering,” commented Firemint’s CEO, Rob Murray. “It’s turned Flight Control HD into an extremely social game.”
Flight Control HD’s distinctive retro graphics also soar to new heights on the PlayStation®3, with upgraded art and effects in glorious 1080p resolution. Flight Control HD also supports an optional stereoscopic 3D mode throughout the game, with aircraft appearing to float over the landscape (requires compatible 3D television and 3D glasses).
Players can control 16 different aircraft types including jets, sea planes and helicopters, across 9 maps, with 4 super-sized maps including the PlayStation® exclusive “Metropolis” map that cycles through day and night. Other maps include an Australian outback landscape, where emergency air ambulances take precedence over player-controlled aircraft; an aircraft carrier that slowly rotates while a range of fast military aircraft attempt landings; and a windy winter wonderland, where drifting snow and a windsock indicate the prevailing wind direction and runways close and reopen accordingly.
In classic “just one more go” style, Flight Control HD challenges players to beat their personal best scores. Multiple local profiles and extensive online leaderboards and PSN integration also mean players can compete against their friends or the best in the world, and collect numerous trophies to display on their PSN profile.
Flight Control HD will be available as a digital download via the PlayStation®Store for play on the PS3 system. The game can be played using the DUALSHOCK®3 Wireless Controller, SIXAXIS™ Wireless Controller or PS Move motion controller together with the PlayStation®Eye camera. The PS Move navigation controller is not required. Multiplayer games can use any combination of the supported controllers.
Flight Control HD is expected to be available on 15 September 2010 in the UK, Europe, Asia and Australia, and 21 October 2010 in Japan. Pricing information has not yet been released.