weptalo → 29. July 2014 10:19
The Great War that became one of the deadliest conflicts in history paving the way for major political changes including revolutions in many of the nations involved began 100 years ago.
We’ve previously recognized the eve of the World War I Centennial with a big sale offering all Rise of Flight content for very tempting prices. And now when the anniversary itself has come we’ve got more good news for you – the Hanriot is released and availalble for purchase along with its Field and Weapon mods.
This is an elegant French biplane initially built to replace Nieuports for the Entente. Manufactured in France and flown primarily by Belgium on the Western Front, it was also flown by Italy and found success in the hands of Italian pilots. It’s also known for a second variant called the HD.2 that was not only sometimes modified with an extra machine gun, but was also fitted with floats to serve the French Navy. A few were even flown by U.S. Naval squads. So, buying the Hanriot in our store will get you both of these planes for the price of one.
We’ve also got some good news for the Steam-version players. We’ve assembled all the aircraft that were missing on Steam and packed them into a brand new DLC package called “Intrepid Flyers”. And all the modifications for the Hanriot, FE2b and Sopwith Strutter have been included in this package as well. This DLC is going to become available in the store this week. Keep in touch with ROF Steam community and you won't miss it.
If you have a regular ROF account you can buy the new plane and mods for it in our store. If you have the game on Steam, please, follow this link.
Discuss news on the forum
weptalo → 19. June 2014 08:03
Time flies faster than SPAD XIII, decades pass by one by one, and here we are, about to meet a grand anniversary – the World War I centenary. We all know that a war is always a tragedy and a breaking point in human history, but for us, it filled the sky as WWI is what gave us our beloved warbirds. Talented engineers were born back then in the beginning of the 20th century and they pushed aviation technology forward at a rapid pace that reverberates even today. And now, a century later, we’re still passionate about the very first fighters and bombers which fought over Europe. And luckily, there’s ROF so you can fly and experience some of what these early aviation pioneers experienced first-hand!
On the eve of the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI we are launching a big sale to help those who look for a worthy history lesson. Everything is on sale for HALF PRICE! You'll find Aircraft, Weapon Mods, Field Mods, St. Mihiel Campaign, Personal Pilot Packs and even the Channel Map are all on sale for approx. 50% off their original price. The sale runs June 19th through June 30th. Be sure to take advantage of this chance to fill up your collection with the items you always wanted at a cheaper price. The Big Summer Sale starts now both on Steam and here at RiseofFlight.com!
weptalo → 25. April 2014 09:08
A big anniversary for Rise of Flight is getting closer and closer as we’re about to celebrate 5 years since the day our project was released on the global market. That’s quite an achievement for our plucky little WWI sim! The fun of flying wing-to-wing and with our unique WWI atmosphere is still there!
The anniversary day is May 7th, but we are going to start the celebration a little early. So we’re launching a big 50% sale for all of the ROF store content. As always it’s a great opportunity to get the planes and modifications you want most and to invite your fellow flight sim lovers to join the game’s universe while it’s so affordable. The sale will last for 14 days (from April 25th till May 8th) and will cover both riseofflight.com and Steam.
Check out the SALE prices now and join the BIG anniversary sale in Rise of Flight.
Steam sale starts at 10:00 PST
weptalo → 25. February 2014 08:05
The winter is passing us and it's time to recall a couple recent events in the Rise of Flight world. First of all, let us remind you about the Gladiators 4x4 tournament that took place in December 2013 just before Christmas. In this “Duel challenge” for virtual squads, 9 teams faced each other in exciting dogfight events for 2, 4 and 8 pilots per arena. The event gathered players from Europe and the US and after several days of intense combat that the winners were crowned. The three winning teams collected prize money totaling $2400. We’re always glad to support creative community ideas and anyone has a chance to make a full scale tournament and count on our support.
Along those lines, Jasta 5 is preparing another Bloody April multiplayer event. Check the ROF forum for more details. It’s shaping up to be an interesting event with some additional objects, new airfields and changes to the Lens sector on the map. Also, if you like hyper-historical single player, don’t forget to check out Pat Wilson’s Campaign Generator. He’s done a tremendous job utilizing all of ROF’s mission creating technology. It’s a lot of fun and very well done. Check this area in the forum for more information. http://riseofflight.com/Forum/viewforum.php?f=394
This year marks the 5th anniversary of the retail release of ROF. We’re not as young as we used to be, but we still have a couple of aces up our sleeve. And today we’re happy to reveal to you the first element of our release plan for this year– meet the Hanriot HD.1 which is now available for pre-order! This is an elegant French biplane initially built to replace Nieuports for the Entente. Manufactured in France and flown primarily by Belgium on the Western Front, it was also flown by Italy and found success in the hands of Italian pilots. The HD.1 was a light and maneuverable aircraft that first saw combat in 1917. Several became distinguished aces flying this machine. It’s also known for a second variant called the HD.2 that was not only sometimes modified with an extra machine gun, but was also fitted with floats to serve the French Navy. So when you pre-order the HD.1 you are actually getting two machines: a plane with classic land gear and a hydroplane. We have no doubt that you can put both types to good use and enjoy them – at least as much as we enjoyed making them for you.
But that’s not all, to celebrate these two events and to arrange a warm transition to spring-time, here is a new big sale in the ROF store. Everything goes for half-price, with one traditional exception for pre-order items. If you haven’t been generous to yourself lately and find yourself wanting a plane that would make you a happy pilot – this is your chance! And don’t forget about the Channel map – there’s so much water around there for your new Hanriot floatplane.
Check out the sale prices and make yourself or your friends happy with some new Rise of Flight aircraft or mods! You deserve it!
Sale ends on March 4th
weptalo → 19. December 2013 09:28
The end of the year is traditionally rich in holidays. And as always we enter this cheery period with an armful of gifts.
First and foremost, as we promised a couple of weeks ago, it’s time to release the Sopwith Strutter 1 ½! And we have a surprise for you. Not only will get the 2-seater version, we have also included a single-seat version as a special Christmas present! We hope you will like it.
You will get your hands on it right after the client update on December 19th. This has been a long-awaited addition to the ROF collection of aircraft and it's finally ready to roll into your hangars. Please note that the Strutter will be released later for the Steam version, included in a new DLC package that is yet to be announced.
Second, it’s time for our Christmas & New Year sale in the ROF Store! Don't miss a chance to grab more WWI classic warbirds and get twice as any gifts for the same price. Our airplanes also make great gifts for your flight-simming friends!
For two whole weeks, from December 19th till January 2nd you will be able to purchase ANY Rise of Flight product with a 50% discount! Everything (except the newly released Sopwith Strutter) goes at half-price or more: planes, weapon and field mods, personalization packs and maps are all on sale!
Let the holidays begin early and check out our Store today! (the sale itself starts around 20:00 UTC/GMT)
weptalo → 27. November 2013 12:35
After a long break between updates we present you a new WWI era aircraft. This time it is Sopwith Strutter 1 1/2. Of course it was the age of brilliant machinery masterpieces: some of them have already received a virtual copy in the game, others still remain as ideas and beautiful plans. The Strutter 1 1/2 has stayed as just an idea for quite a long time even though we saw its live prototype several years ago, at the Le Bourget workrooms in 2009.
This machine is often called one of the symbols of the era. And it is unique and legendary indeed. The Strutter turned out to be a very successful model that was manufactured far not only in Britain, but later gave birth to a whole generation of Sopwith planes sharing some of the original unchanged elements.
It took its name from the arrangement of the upper wing center section - "one-and-a-half" (long and short). There also was an air brake that was used to significantly decrease the runway needed for take-off. This outstanding two-seater saw service to the end of the war (serving for the French air force and took part in battles against German fighter groups. It also used to take off from the top of naval guns - a in word it left a bright trail in the history of aviation. We are proud to present this plane to you.
Thanks to everyone who made its creation possible by placing pre-orders. Without your help the machine would have probably remained only as blueprints.
The Strutter is now almost ready. We are doing some fine tuning before giving it to your computers. The plane will be released by the end of December 2013.
Check out the screenshots below.
Winter is coming, and another year of virtual aerial battles and brilliant triumphs is rapidly coming to the end. We believe this is the perfect time to prepare for the Christmas season and grab some excellent gifts. So to kick-off the Holiday season we are launching big week-long sale!
From November 27th till December 4th you will be able to purchase ANY Rise of Flight product with a 50% discount! Be it a item that you have been wanting to have or a present for a friend - all released planes, weapon and field mods, personalization packs and maps - everything goes at half-price!
Open the Store section and check out the discounts.
Also, we wish to say Happy Thanksgiving to our American customers!
Finally, 777 Studios and 1C Game Studios are excited to announce the coming Rise of Flight Gladiators 4v4 International Duel Championship for 2013.
Gladiators tournaments for virtual pilots have been held since 2009, but this is the first time ever it is going to be held featuring Rise of Flight.
Gladiators 4v4 is a special kind of flight sim cyber-sporting event that in some ways is similar to elite sport team challenges. Participants take part in individual duels, pair duels and squad vs. squad battles. The tournament will give players a chance to show their combat and tactical skills as virtual WWI pilots.
The tournament rules are specially designed to boost the suspense and makes pilots fight to the last bullet and the last drop of fuel. Victory will demand maximum concentration and the will to win.
Click HERE to learn more about the up-coming tourney.
LOFT → 27. August 2013 04:59
It's been a while since I wrote a new blog note. I enjoyed returning to this era, to this war, and making news for you. We've finished version 1.31 of Rise of Flight.
Work on the version particularly designed for Steam is still in progress, so we decided not to waste time and bring the new version to you as soon as possible. The central part of the update is, of course, the new plane. You talked a lot about it, you asked for it, then you started pre-ordering it, and finally we release this aircraft - F.E.2b.
The early British bomber, fighter and a recon biplane. No synchronizer installed, so the gunner was placed in front of the pilot. Pusher scheme provides brilliant field of view in the front hemisphere, and mobile machinegun turret allows to cover both front and back aiming above the wing. The aircraft is easily controlled, it's sensitive on the stick, so the flight is a real pleasure. It's only drawback is low speed, which deprived the plane form its potential popularity during WWI. Anyway we enjoyed making it and we hope this model will become a wonderful addition to your collection of early aircraft widely used in multiplayer events and in career mode.
Also releasing this new version we present you the first gift from the IL-2: BOS project. We managed to optimize the loading procedures for in-game objects and modules and applied it to ROF. Thus, loading from the start and to the main menu screen has been decreased by more than 10 times. We hope that it's just the first step in discovering and applying new knowledge and technologies into both projects , and a whole lot of new bright ideas are awaiting.
We wish you the best of luck mastering this new aircraft, we also are very grateful to everyone who pre-ordered F.E.2b and made it possible to give this plane a life in Rise of Flight and on players' screens.
For details about the update please visit our FORUM.
Rise of Flight team
weptalo → 3. July 2013 14:05
2013 has brought us both excitement and tons of hard work on so many fronts. Earlier this year we celebrated the 4th birthday of Rise of Flight - a significant age for a game and an important date for us as developers. Before that, in March a whole new Channel map was released to expand gameplay options and bring a bigger WWI aviation experience to our beloved fans. And we continue to squash bugs, build more airplanes, work on special projects and of course work on our WWII title Battle of Stalingrad. Now we're preparing to launch ROF on Steam and we consider this as another valuable milestone of product's lifetime. But before ROF is launched on Steam we can't forget about all of our current users who have brought us this far so we'd like to have a small celebration - a massive summer sale!
Everything is on sale! You'll find Aircraft, Weapon Mods, Field Mods, St. Mihiel Campaign, Personal Pilot Packs and even the Channel Map are all on sale for approx. 50% off their original price. The sale runs July 3rd through July 8th. Be sure to take advantage of this chance to fill up your collection with the items you always wanted at a cheaper price. The Big summer sale starts now!
Enjoy the sale at RiseofFlight.com!
Join us and find out what it takes to be a real ace!
weptalo → 25. June 2013 08:28
It is now time to officially congratulate the 6 winners of our RoF: Channel Battles Edition - Steam Release Trailer contest and to announce which video will be featured on game's Steam page!
Without further delay, here are your winners:
There were only two weeks for you to film and edit a video, however 25 entries came from all over the world! We know it can be a time consuming activity and we appreciate all your efforts. The videos were watched and ranked by the development team over the past 2 days, and we had a great time enjoying your short films.
The top three videos have been posted to our YouTube channel and can be found here. We will be adding 3 more top videos to our YouTube channel in the days ahead. Please take the time to view these videos as the authors spent a lot of time and effort creating them.
1st Place – Barfly aka Fokker70 and his friend Wiley ($1000 and ROF: CBE in Steam). And this trailer gets featured on the Rise of Flight Steam page!
2nd Place – ruNike ($500 and ROF: CBE in Steam). This trailer has solid chances to be added to game's Steam page in the future as well!
3rd Place – Ph0b0s ($250 and ROF: CBE in Steam)
4th place - Dany Gee (ROF: CBE in Steam)
5th place - N8playsgames (ROF: CBE in Steam)
6th place - Requiem (ROF: CBE in Steam)
CONGRATULATIONS, pilots! Your hard work has paid off and we appreciate your creativity and helping to showcase Rise of Flight and Channel Battles Edition particularly.
Again, there were many videos that looked and sounded great. It was not an easy decision to pick the winners. To those that didn’t win also say thank you!
Rise of Flight team.
weptalo → 21. June 2013 11:00
As you know, in Rise of Flight we pay a lot of attention to the most important aspect of all war games - history. From accurately modeled aircraft, locations, squadrons and air battles, we follow one guiding principle - trying to tell an amazing story while providing you with the most realistic and immersive gameplay possible.
To thank you for your appreciation of our efforts we've prepared several special sales for this summer. We hope they will allow you to get a better feeling of WWI history and expand your hangar with some of the most notable aircraft of the period.
WWI brought us the very first aces in history of aviation. They truly were knights of the sky, fighting both for their fatherland, their own honor, for freedom and sometimes for their rightful place amongst the world's best pilots. To them our last event is devoted.
2nd Lieutenant John Ingles Gilmour, was a Sopwith Camel pilot was born on June 28, 1896. Having graduated from Farnborough on 17 March 1916, he joined the war later that year. As an outstanding fighter pilot, John Gilmour was soon renowned for his consistent dash and great fearlessness and decorated accordingly. His Distinguished Service Order stated:
“He is a most inspiriting patrol leader who has destroyed twenty-three enemy aircraft, and shot down eight others out of control. While leading an offensive patrol he shot down one enemy biplane in flames and drove down a second. A short time afterwards he, with four others, attacked about forty enemy scouts. He himself destroyed one in the air, drove another out of control and a third in flames, successfully accounting for five enemy machines in one day”.
The Sopwith Camel is the British fighter that brought Gilmour 36 out of 39 victories in aerial combat.
And to celebrate the ace's birthday we start a special discount week from June 22nd till June 28th which means that:
Sopwith Camel's price goes down to $1.99
for everyone who orders it during the week.
Join us and find out what it takes to be a real ace!