The reincarnated Microprose is busy publishing new titles with some interesting indie developerse and working away on some projects of their own including a B-17 focused sim experience that they have been talking about for some time now. In an announcement yesterday, they noted that their team is now working closely with the 100th Bomb Group Foundation who are now collaborating on the project. Here’s what we know!
Authentic details on focus
I don’t think anyone outside of the developers themselves know exactly what Microprose is cooking up for their B-17 related title. They announced previously that they were working with Valiant Effort and their efforts to bring a Lancaster experience out and now they have announced this new collaboration with the 100th Bomb Group Foundation.
According to the announcement, the collaboration gives the developer team access to books and primary source materials that will help lend and air of authenticity to the project. Historically based flight sims and video games in general tend to always benefit from more accurate experiences and the last twenty years of flight sim community groups have shown that there are a great many people out there who will notice if the details are all wrong.
MicroProse’s CEO, David Lagettie wrote in the announcement the following:
Stories of harrowing combat from the brave members of the ‘Bloody Hundredth’ group are vast. We have many books and primary source materials at our disposal that will help to recreate missions with a historic level of detail. Thorpe Abbotts airfield, the home of the 100th Bomb Group during the war, will be recreated with each building and local landmark in their place. Flying over the English countryside will look and feel like the conditions of how those B-17 aircraft operated.David Lagettie
That sounds really interesting even if we don’t exactly know what Microprose is building with their spiritual successor to the original and very popular B-17 game – The Mighty Eighth which released way back in 1992.
The announcement also comes with these two concept pieces (or maybe screenshots?).