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Red Baron
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Platforms: PC, Linux
Languages: English, German
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Oct 23, 2013 @ 2:38pm
Dec 4, 2013 @ 11:25am
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Why Red Baron Now?
Description
Release date: November 2014
Red Baron is:
  • Dogfighting: Aerial combat at its best. Take to the skies in fighter aircraft like the Sopwith Camel and Albatross D.V.
  • Single Player: Enlist for the full tour in campaign play with more than 30 missions played back to back from 1915 to 1918.
  • Persistent Multiplayer Game World: Jump in anytime for a challenging mission with or against your friends.
  • Constant Progression: Advance your pilot to gain new and better aircraft, customize with new paint and decals, and earn upgrades.
  • Controller Support: Red Baron will support the Oculus Rift, mouse and keyboard, flight pedals, and most popular joysticks.
  • Buy Once, Play Forever: We are not using a free-to-play model. Pay once, have the game forever.

    We will transform your PC into a fighter aircraft from the era that defined dogfighting. Our team built Red Baron, Aces of the Pacific, Aces over Europe, A-10 Tank Killer and Ace of Aces. We set the standard for flight games with excitement, great gameplay, authenticity, and immersion. We continue the tradition now with Red Baron.

    Our Vision

    We are not just building a simulation. We are not just building a game. We are building a time machine that will transform your PC into a fighter aircraft from World War I, allowing you to experience dogfighting at its best.

    Red Baron will hit the sweet spot between simulation and game dead-on. We will emulate the controls of flight authentically but with a focus on fun and intuitive gameplay. Our design goal is to make it easy to play but hard to master.

    You will be able to hop into your airplane and begin playing in minutes. The controls will be intuitive and easy to grasp. You won’t have to have a degree in advanced aerodynamics to understand how to fly and fight. Under the hood, the game will be running a complex and realistic simulation, but we will hide the complexities from new players and let them discover them over time at their own pace.

    We want to focus on an immersive and gallant flying experience. It is about more than documental realism: placing every gauge, dial, and knob in the right place. It is also about confronting the player with the same challenges and psychological reality that WWI Aces faced.

    In our years of game development, we’ve learned the only way to put the fun into the game is with a lot of playtesting. We will do the playtesting with your help, but we promise we’ll do the hard part.

    Time Machine

    We will faithfully recreate history and transport The Great War onto your PC, much like a time machine. Red Baron will simulate the flight characteristics of the aircraft of the day, and our ace AI system will recreate the behaviors and personalities of famous historic aces. For example, Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron himself, said “I am a hunter. My brother Lothar is a butcher.” By this he meant he stalked his prey and avoided unnecessary risk, whereas his brother threw all caution to the wind. In our game, you will not see the Red Baron recklessly diving into battle unless he holds an advantage.

    As your campaign in the game progresses, your pilot will experience historically authentic events. You will gain access to new and better fighter aircraft just as the aces of the day did.

    Immersion

    Red Baron will put you in the cockpit of a biplane fighter from the Great War. You will see your pilot working the controls: the stick, the throttle, and the guns.

    You can expect immersive details that the real pilots faced, including: g-force effects such as blackouts and red-outs, blind spots when facing the sun, shell casings, gun muzzle flashes, gun jams, oil splatters, explosions, smoke, exhaust, dirty windscreens, and the throaty roar of the engine coming to life.

    You will also be captivated by detailed environments, clouds, fog, mist, majestic sunsets, and breathtaking landscapes.

    The Single Player Campaign

    Our vision for the single player campaign is to let you write your own story. Instead of a linear scripted story, the campaign will let you plot your own course through the war via randomly generated missions with engaging intermission activities. In between sky skirmishes, medals will be awarded, promotions gained, transfers requested, newspapers read, and (once you’ve made Captain) planes customized.

    We will remain faithful to the original vision of Red Baron, but this time with modern graphics, enhanced gameplay, and an incredibly immersive world.

    We will develop an immersive AI, focusing on actual famous historic pilots. This means that when you finally face off against the Red Baron, he will use the same tactics as Manfred von Richthofen himself! Fly with or against real pilots such as Rene Fonck, Ernst Udet, William Bishop, and Edward Rickenbacker.

    Red Baron will feature events generated both randomly and influenced from your personal decisions. For example, you may find that suddenly an enemy ace has dropped a personal note of challenge over your airfield (just as they did in WWI). Why? Because two missions ago you shot down one of his comrades, and now he is out for revenge! We believe this is an engaging aspect of the player experience. Challenges, such as meeting the Red Baron, are more exciting, more intense, and more personal when that meeting is the result of past events—when that meeting is a part of a story.

    Multiplayer Matches

    Jump in anytime, day or night, for a challenging mission with or against your friends. Matches will last 20 to 40 minutes. The maps are designed to maximize gameplay and strategy. The centerpiece is of course dogfighting, but some maps will require taking down the defenses of the other side by destroying its recon balloons or ground turrets and taking out the enemy base, all the while defending your own base.

    Players will be able to choose the aircraft best for the map and the role they want to play. Want to quickly gain air supremacy? Jump in a highly maneuverable Sopwith Camel or Albatros D.V. Want to prevent those enemy fighters from taking out your balloons? Fly a fast interceptor like an RAF S.E.5a. Want to go straight for the enemy? Take a bomber. But you’d better ask your friends for some escort or the enemy’s fighters will be waiting for you.

    Different maps will offer different gameplay experiences. Some will be historically authentic, while others will be designed to escalate the intensity of the gameplay by compressing 4 years of technology advances into 30 minutes.

    We will be aiming to support match sizes of 50 players, along with an advanced queuing system to allow you to get into a game quickly.

    System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Operating System: Windows® XP, Windows® 7, or Windows® 8
    • Processor: Intel® Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz, AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 2.6GHz or better
    • Memory: 1 GB
    • Video: Nvidia GeForce 7XXX series or higher; AMD Radeon 1XXX series or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0 or better
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    Recommended
    • Operating System: Windows® 7, or Windows® 8
    • Processor: Intel® Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz, AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 2.6GHz or better
    • Memory: 4 GB
    • Video: Nvidia GeForce 460 or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c or better
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
Popular Discussions View All (11)
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Sep 23 @ 9:03pm
With all the optimism of Superman, I'm starting to bum a litttle
theCavalier [OTG]
3
Sep 10 @ 4:30am
Single Player 30 Missions?
Kameraden
20
Sep 2 @ 4:58pm
Red Baron? Yes please!
[NU NRG] LosT_SouL_VL
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SDK™`PADBILL Sep 24 @ 10:37am 
Merçi de le maitre en français !
watermouse Sep 20 @ 2:30pm 
Man, I cannot wait for this to be released, I played the original that my dad bought when I was a kid. Ever since, we have been looking for a game similar to this, and while there is some that have bi/tri-planes - Nothing can ever quite be like "Red Baron"
msgte Aug 28 @ 2:53pm 
Here's hoping that the Red Baron Redux has the heart of the original: A dynamic campaign that makes you interested in what's happening to your virtual knight of the air. Pretty graphics are a dime a dozen nowadays, but the marriage of good looks, a vibrant campaign, scalable flight models that satisfy the casual gamer and serious simulation fans, topped with a multiplayer and modding community that keeps the game fresh is a tall order.

Catching that kind of lightning in a bottle twice is tough.
Blue_Skies Aug 26 @ 2:58pm 
Played the original Ace of Aces for a while, and I was disappointed when I came back to it only to find it was taken down. I'm really excited for Red Baron. Good work.
rolfskalder Aug 8 @ 10:20pm 
Well, glad I checked out the Red Baron website to see it is active!
theCavalier [OTG] Aug 6 @ 7:46am 
As fantastic as having a technologically viable Red Baron, Otter, remember that plane painting and customization that every one can see, and editable recordings of the battles is the other half of the equation. Who can resist sitting around with a beer watching your plane do the amazing in your own comfort to the cheers of your best mate, eh?
Tyrion Lannister Aug 5 @ 2:37am 
"And, we are now getting some traction on bringing Red Baron back to market. We have several pieces of exciting news that I can't share yet! Sorry to be secretive, but it's too early, but I wanted to let you know we're still committed to Red Baron. Most importantly, Red Baron will be the highest quality flight game ever seen when we bring it out!" - DamonSlye (posted on July 14th, 2014 on the Red Baron forums)
rolfskalder Aug 4 @ 3:27am 
Nothing updated since October 2013? Is this really coming to Steam in less than four months?
guusvdvalk Jul 28 @ 11:43am 
The original is one of my alltime favorites. I downloaded it again from gog recently, and it still brought a huge smile to my face. But it definitely can use a modern update.
Love the old school flight sims with campaign and story. What is the status of Red Baron?