Apache: Air Assault Swooping in This Autumn

Richard Walker

Activision has announced helicopter combat game, Apache: Air Assault is under development at Gaijin Entertainment, the folks behind IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey.

No strangers to the flight sim, Apache: Air Assault will nonetheless be the first crack at the helicopter sim for the developer, and will include a variety of different Apache attack choppers armed to the teeth with cutting-edge military weaponry.

The aim? Why, to prevent eeeevil terrorists from blowing up the world or something, of course. During your mission, you'll fly through the world's most volatile warzones - created using real-world satellite data - and stop the world from being destroyed by blowing up anything that moves on the ground below. Two wrongs do make a right, apparently.

Apache: Air Assault will feature more than 16 multi-stage missions with both air and ground strikes in locations like the African coast, the mountainous regions of the Middle East and the lush jungles of Central America, where you'll be able to bomb nature into submission.

"No games on next-gen consoles have been dedicated to helicopter combat simulation, but that is about to change this autumn", said Activision's David Oxford. "Apache: Air Assault offers fun for diehard military enthusiasts and flight sim fans as well as gamers who just want to blow stuff up."

Different modes will enable players to tailor their own Apache experience, with Arcade Mode offering pick-up-and-play controls and instant thrills, whereas Realistic Mode gives you the full-fat helicopter sim fun with added depth, and well, extra realism. Obviously. 

"Extreme firepower" and full, detailed damage modelling will also feature as will co-op campaign options, which let one player pilot the helicopter, while the other sits in the co-pilot seat, where he or she can criticise the other's flying skill (or lack thereof) and argue about directions.

There will also be competitive online multiplayer modes in the shape of Team Deathmatch, Ground Attack, Capture the LZ and Ground Strike.

Apache: Air Assault is due to take off in autumn 2010.

  • Interesting
  • Of course. Evil terrorists. Could be fun, I'll keep my eye on it.
  • flying helicopters feels better than aeroplanes so could be a blast.Watch out Hawx.
  • Next-gen? Come on guys, the 360 is out since 2005!
  • why not.
  • Can't WAIT for this one! Loved the PC versions back in the day and Xbox 360 needs a heli game!
  • @4 i think by next gen they meant like the type of game
  • i'd be happy with desert strike on xbla
  • Hell yeah!!!!
  • sounds awful
  • Wow, a helicopter sim? Well i guess everyone was right with Activision wanting games that are less fun on that Joe Danger article the other day :D
  • sounds cool
  • not trying to down play this game but since you know they have been putting mad old school games on xbla why not Return Fire possibly one of the best games in its class
  • Birds of Prey was a great game so my interest for this title is high... i remember the old Gunhip sims on Amiga and PC and they were pretty good fun... the idea of a co-op pilot and gunner combination is great... @10 sounds awful? why comment then?! it's about time we had a broader spectrum of games other than generic FPS titles...
  • NEXT-GEN? Lol so this game is coming out for Xbox 720?
  • @14 well said
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