New Flight Game Is Ace Combat's Wingman

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Screenshot: Project Wingman

Project Wingman, an indie arcade dogfighting game for the PC, is a project I’ve had my eye on for years now, so it was cool this week to finally see it released on Steam.

The work of a tiny development team—indeed most coding was handled by just one person, Aussie Abi Rahmani—Project Wingman has very strong Ace Combat energy, a sensational feeling of speed and movement, some lovely lighting and cloud effects and, best of all, VR support.

Here’s what it looked like in 2017:

And here’s what it looks like in 2020:

I’ve been playing the game all week and it’s pretty cool! One nice surprise I’ve found is that it’s fine to play with a controller, something I was worried about since I lost my fancy flight stick in a recent house move.

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The game’s post-apocalyptic setting is...odd, but then Ace Combat is never that concerned with historical or political realism either, so maybe that’s now a genre thing (or maybe even a legal thing surrounding rights, who knows!).

Project Wingman is available now, and it’s also only $25.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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I need to give it a shot. Ace Combat 7 wasn’t the return of the series I was hoping for. For Arcade flight games they’re mostly same game but its how they feel and probably more important, how they make *you* feel. AC7 felt like they had something building but then sort-of trips on itself along way. So when I see someone take it upon themselves to recapture that old feeling then its very encouraging.