If you’ve dreamed of a simulation game that required you to pilot and crew a B-17 flying over Europe during World War II, MicroProse might be offering something for you with the announcement of their new in-house developed ‘The Mighty Eighth’! Let’s have a look at the announcement that came out today.
A VR enabled flying experience
There are few details of what The Mighty Eighth will be ultimately like, however, today’s announcement paints a picture of a VR enabled experience where you and 9 friends (or AI) can crew a B-17 or B-24 through the skies over occupied Europe.
This is the spiritual successor of B-17 Flying Fortress, a hallowed title in the annals of flight sim and gaming titles that dates back to 1992. MicroProse then released a very entertaining title that is still remembered and talked about and it makes sense that MicroProse is choosing this title to return to for their first announcement of a title that they are developing internally.
Back to the VR part of the announcement, MicroProse was clear to point out that this is being developed for VR-first, but it isn’t necessarily a VR only title which means that you don’t need it to have the experience. That said, the VR-first focus here is clearly guiding the experience and how they are approaching development.
How serious is this?
At this point we don’t know how “serious” of a sim this is going to be. With the bar set high by the likes of X-Plane, DCS World or IL-2: Great Battles, is MicroProse making a detailed simulation of a B-17 or B-24 with every switch, dial, electrical and control system modeled? Is the aircraft going to fly by the numbers and have a detailed physics model to guide how it flies through the air? Or does it eschew a few of those features in the pursuit of being a little more accessible?
The one thing clear is that MicroProse is modeling ever inch of the interior of the two famous heavy bombers of the USAAF 8th Air Force so that you can have a very immersive multiplayer experience. One that you can virtually walk through and take into battle over the skies of Europe. That is serious in its own way.