Legendary gaming company Microprose has been revived and they'll be developing and co-publishing iEntertainment Network Inc.'s Warbirds 2020 this Fall according to a press release. If you haven't heard of this particular game, well, you're probably not a World War 2 enthusiast. Warbirds is a franchise that's all about flying the classic combat planes of yesteryear. A brand-new version is now in development by a company that's been making great flight simulators since the mid-'90s.
Have a look at some gameplay from Warbirds 2019 to get a feel for the sort of gameplay you'll get to see in Warbirds 2020:
The scenery looks a little simplistic, but the flying and combat seem rock solid at first glance.
Microprose will be making use of the Unreal Engine for Warbirds 2020 and they have a number of improvements for the game in the works. A high-tech mapping system will be used to get even more accurate depictions of real-world locations in the game. Of course, the devs will be paying special attention to the planes and their cockpits to ensure that they are as accurate to the originals as possible.
It should be noted that previous games in the Warbirds franchise haven't been as well received as one might hope. Warbirds 2018 is rated Mostly Negative on Steam, partially because you have to pay for online play. It may seem a little ludicrous, but Warbirds has some pretty large gameplay areas and the developers take the time to coordinate regular in-game events based on historical battles. There's no word as to whether or not the 2020 version of the game will continue this trend.
Warbirds 2020 will be making its way to PC and Mac sometime in the Fall of 2019. Mobile and console versions of the game will be taking off throughout 2020.
What do you think of the return of Microprose? Do you think they can shake off the rust and do a good job with Warbirds 2020? Let us know in the comments below!