Activision announces the first helicopter simulation game for PS3 and Xbox 360

Up until now, the one game genre that we haven’t seen on next generation consoles is helicopter simulation games. This fall, that is going to change. N4G has revealed via GamingAllTheTime.com that Activision has officially announced “Apache: Air Assault” for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 platforms. According to GamingAllThetime,

"Activision Publishing, Inc. announced today that Apache: Air Assault will be released this fall for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. Developed by Gaijin Entertainment, Apache: Air Assault is a modern combat flight simulation game where players control a variety of lethal Apache attack helicopters outfitted with cutting-edge military weaponry. The goal is to prevent terrorist attacks by raining down destruction from above in the world’s most volatile warzones.

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Apache: Air Assault will offer 16 missions with multiple stages in each mission -- it will also offer mixed gameplay that will include air and ground combat. The settings vary from Africa to the Middle East and Central America, and players are able to fly multiple Apache helicopter models that each have their own special weapons and damage models. Apache: Air Assault offers multiple gameplay modes that are designed to suit a wide range of player tastes, including Arcade Mode, Realistic Mode, Local Co-op Mode, and Online Multiplayer matches.

Arcade Mode is designed for those that wish to pick up the game and start playing without hassles. Realistic Mode provides more depth to the gameplay and will offer unprecedented levels of detail and precision. The Local Co-op Mode offers the ability for players to share the same Apache cockpit (with one player being the pilot and one player being the co-pilot). The online matches will include Team Deathmatch, Capture the Landing Zone, Ground Attack, and Ground Strike -- All of these online match modes are intended provide gamers with a flexible experience that will add great replay value to the game.

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I am so excited!! I love flight simulators, and wish that I had a computer powerful enough to make my own simulator, but the space in my room doesn't permit (Thats the only reason I would have a desktop PC).

Shadowzz said,

the PS3 has the hardware of a next gen console.

erm short reply....No, its current gen console as its out on the market now

Y'know.. I may be firmly in the land of wishful thinking...
But...

Am i the only one who can see the awesome potential of technical demonstration using PS Move with this game to control pitch/yaw/roll?

dtomilson said,
Comanche and LHX are the best helicopter sims to this day.

Nope. Choplifter. Hopefully Brøderbund will release a console heli sim to show everyone how it's done.

By the way, anyone interested in an R/C Heli Sim should check out http://rcflightsim.com It's only $40 and works with gaming joysticks - or you can find a USB R/C Controller for about $20 on eBay. The graphics are decent and competing packages are around $200 so it's a pretty good find IMHO.

Shadowzz said,
Yes a new Apache game!!! i loved the one from the 90's... shooting bad guys and civilians to bits

You ever played the Comanche games?

Sadelwo said,

You ever played the Comanche games?


Yup, but i loved Team Apache so many years ago, if im not mistaking this is a new version/release from it.

Activision sucks and this game will fail, until they get rid of Bobby Turd Kotick they will always be leeching game publishers in my opinion.

it's a shame that Microsoft gave up on Flight Simulator. They would have did a helicopter simulator game justice. I never understood their decision for that, Flight Simulator had a fiercely loyal fanbase.

I'm having trouble believing that something worthy of being called a "helicopter simulator" is coming out as a console-only title. This is probably going to be closer to tetris than to DCS: Black Shark on the arcade <-> simulator scale :-P

DRavisher said,
I'm having trouble believing that something worthy of being called a "helicopter simulator" is coming out as a console-only title. This is probably going to be closer to tetris than to DCS: Black Shark on the arcade <-> simulator scale :-P

eh?? didnt you ever play LHX on the megadrive?? it used both controllers as a copter sim, i lost sooo many hours to that, sadly too thin on the ground these days on any format! Wish they would remake Gunship 2000! Oooooh and of course Commanche by Novalogic!

PC! Oh Activision, why have you forgotten us? Remember back when you released your first game? It was called Call of Duty 1. Remember who you released it to and who gave you money? That's right, the PC gamers you've now forgotten.

Ridlas said,
PC! Oh Activision, why have you forgotten us? Remember back when you released your first game? It was called Call of Duty 1. Remember who you released it to and who gave you money? That's right, the PC gamers you've now forgotten.

i can;t believe you think cod1 was activision's first title on the pc. shame on you.

treemonster said,

i can;t believe you think cod1 was activision's first title on the pc. shame on you.
Proves my point even better. o_o

Ridlas said,
Proves my point even better. o_o

What point? They'd been publishing games on the PC for years before that.

And if you are referring to the fact they made PC games years ago and this one isn't on the PC. They started off making games for the Atari 2600.. a console!

Ridlas said,
Proves my point even better. o_o

what point. activision has been publishing titles for both pc and consoles for decades.
cod1 was far from their first title on any platform, let alone pc.

treemonster said,

what point. activision has been publishing titles for both pc and consoles for decades.
cod1 was far from their first title on any platform, let alone pc.

Lol, dark reign, the future of war.