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#1 Posted at 2011-03-31 16:53        
     

Michal Harangozó informed us about a new project in development - Take On Helicopters by Bohemia Interactive.


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    Prague, Czech Republic 31st March
    Bohemia Interactive, the award-winning independent Czech development studio, is pleased to announce the development of a brand new helicopter game: Take On Helicopters. Built upon over 10 years of experience, Take On Helicopters immerses players within beautifully rich landscapes and an authentic helicopter experience. The complete helicopter experience is scheduled for release exclusively for PC in Q4 2011.

  • Take your first steps towards mastering rotor-wing flight across a massive range of enjoyable challenges, or create your own missions using the powerful easy-to-use mission editor.
  • Take to the air above two beautifully rich and expansive environments, based upon real-world North American and South Asian terrain-data.
  • Take on cutting-edge technology, helicopters modelled in stunning detail, a large-scale, open-world sandbox and authentic flight dynamics...
  • Take On Helicopters!
  • In the latest instalment of Bohemia Interactive's line-up of immersive games, the player takes on the role of a civilian helicopter pilot. Harry Larkin's aviation business has fallen on tough times. Built up over decades, it's now only days away from closure. His sons face an uncertain future, struggling to save the company their father spent his whole life building. Together, they must take on contracts and competitors; together, they take on helicopters!

    Take On Helicopters will offer:
    • High fidelity flight dynamics modelling
    • Richly modelled helicopters & cockpits
    • Expansive & detailed environments
    • Powerful & intuitive mission editor
    • Multiplayer in co-op & competitive scenarios

    Bohemia Interactive´s CEO, Marek Spanel, explains:
    "Our military simulators from the Arma series have been providing infinite fun and creativity for nearly a decade now. Helicopters were always an important part of our games and we feel it is time to give them some proper polish in a dedicated project. Take On Helicopters is an accessible yet very authentic helicopter game, which challenges players to prove their flight skills in the rich environments of North America and South Asia.”

    For more information please visit projects website at www.takeonthegame.com.
    Take On Helicopters is scheduled for release exclusively for PC in Q4 2011.





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What do you guys think?
Is it an April fools joke or not? Is this the new path BIS talked about earlier? I am not sure what to think at all, really. It could be true, it could be a joke, it could be its a mixture of a joke and true.

Flying helicopters is fun, so if its for real I want to see where this is heading :-)

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#2 Posted at 2011-03-31 17:58        
     
I agree, flying helicopters is a very enjoyable experience indeed. I'm a little worried about ArmA 2 though, do you think BIS would continue to support it as much as they do now?

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#3 Posted at 2011-03-31 18:11        
     
I think something must be lost in translation because "Take on the Helicopters" is a dumb name, but that is besides the point. The name of the website makes me think that Helicopters aren't the only things that we will be "Taking on" in the future... Plane? Truck? Train? there are any number of vehicle bases simulators. The Vehicle sim is very big in Germany. You can get logging sim's Farm, Bus, forklift the list is almost endless.

I have some friends that play serious flight sim's, and play them in a most serious way. (formations flying, what's that all about?) Anyhow, most enjoy playing ArmA, that said none of them look on ArmA's flying and think of it a sim. ArmA's dynamics are all wrong apparently, I wouldn't know as I'm no expert in flightsims. As for dumb names I have no idea why Flaming Cliffs is called that but it is a serious flightsim...

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#4 Posted at 2011-03-31 18:14        
     
No heli combat. :(


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#5 Posted at 2011-03-31 18:15        
     
April's fool joke?
But if this is true, that would be great news (some sort of a "new gen" Search and Rescue) but honestly I would prefer a military helicopter sim where you could shoot something at or being shot at by something...


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#6 Posted at 2011-03-31 19:22        
     
Honestly, though I loved OFP, was "satisfied" with ArmA, and love ArmA 2, I just can't believe that BIS is going to divide it's time on that crap. I mean, come on folks! They can't even produce a decent flight model for us. Most of the content that is great for A2 is community created and released. I think they should've continued trying to help fix all of the random problems and engine limitations or so called limitations before trying to move on. (IE- shooting from vehicles, etc. etc)

At the same time, I understand that from a business point, that a company has to diversify and continually develop titles that will attract other people. But, just personally speaking, I don't think they were ready to move on yet.


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#7 Posted at 2011-03-31 19:31        
     
hope this isn't an early april fools joke sounds really fun love helos.


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#8 Posted at 2011-03-31 19:32        
     
Sounds good, Looks good, out in Q4 2011... hmm sounds like it may be an april's fool, if it isnt.... they went about it the wrong way, announcing it to the Armed Assault faithful, I'm not sure what to think really... are they using the same engine? wih its looks I'm guessing no.

"Our military simulators from the Arma series have been providing infinite fun and creativity for nearly a decade now. Helicopters were always an important part of our games and we feel it is time to give them some proper polish in a dedicated project. Take On Helicopters is an accessible yet very authentic helicopter game, which challenges players to prove their flight skills in the rich environments of North America and South Asia.”

I think people are hoping its an april fool.... I welcome it as flying rotary aircraft in arma is something I do alot, aslong as they are still dedicated to ArmA II this sounds like a good side project, though the story sounds silly, if its simulation.... sounds like wacky races....


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#9 Posted at 2011-03-31 21:45        
     
- PC Gamer - Exclusive interview – Bohemia Interactive talks Take On Helicopters


    Evan Lahti: Why helicopters?
      Jay Crowe, Creative Lead:
      Helicopters are awesome and were always an important part of our games. That aside, taking on a clear focus is something that really excites us, but–in truth–it’s also a little daunting! Combined-arms warfare has been the linchpin of the Real Virtuality engine for over a decade now. Taking one small aspect, stripping it out and completely rebuilding it with focus and attention–that’s a pretty motivating challenge.

      Choppers are interesting for the surprisingly wide range of gameplay, and for the rewarding challenge that our flight-dynamics model presents. Combine that with our experience in building rich, expansive terrain and crafting wonderfully detailed models, and we think we’re on to something really exciting. We see a great potential for future instalments of the Arma series by moving much closer to reign of flight simulators; however, this would be impossible to achieve if we tried to do it in a project of the scale and variety of Arma 2, rather than a dedicated development.

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#10 Posted at 2011-03-31 22:05        
     
It looks allot like the Outerra engine running with Direct X Enabled instead of OpenGL. Im betting that BIS is testing out what they can do with the Outerra Engine and still make some money from this side project. outerra is only capable of Of rendering the whole damn planet with satellite terrain mapping data down to 1cm lol. Not to mention full fluid dynamics for both AIR and Water. Also seamless ground to outer space transitioning.


A license for the engine was bought by a mil-sim company. The Outerra Developers are based out of Czech Republic just like BIS. So it would not be so far fetch if BIS bought a new engine to test out for its world rendering and flight dynamics ans a possible replacement for the aging Real Vertuality engine used in OFP and ArmA series. If you would like to know more you can read about it Here


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#11 Posted at 2011-03-31 22:07        
     
Mixed feelings...reserving comment until the future of any futher ArmA II development is clearer.


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#12 Posted at 2011-03-31 23:45        
     
# Cytreen : It looks allot like the Outerra engine running with Direct X Enabled instead of OpenGL. Im betting that BIS is testing out what they can do with the Outerra Engine and still make some money from this side project. outerra is only capable of Of rendering the whole damn planet with satellite terrain mapping data down to 1cm lol. Not to mention full fluid dynamics for both AIR and Water. Also seamless ground to outer space transitioning.

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#13 Posted at 2011-04-01 07:42        
     
# Foxhound : - PC Gamer - Exclusive interview – Bohemia Interactive talks Take On Helicopters


    Evan Lahti: Why helicopters?
      Jay Crowe, Creative Lead:
      Helicopters are awesome and were always an important part of our games. That aside, taking on a clear focus is something that really excites us, but–in truth–it’s also a little daunting! Combined-arms warfare has been the linchpin of the Real Virtuality engine for over a decade now. Taking one small aspect, stripping it out and completely rebuilding it with focus and attention–that’s a pretty motivating challenge.

      Choppers are interesting for the surprisingly wide range of gameplay, and for the rewarding challenge that our flight-dynamics model presents. Combine that with our experience in building rich, expansive terrain and crafting wonderfully detailed models, and we think we’re on to something really exciting. We see a great potential for future instalments of the Arma series by moving much closer to reign of flight simulators; however, this would be impossible to achieve if we tried to do it in a project of the scale and variety of Arma 2, rather than a dedicated development.

...great intel Foxhound, I read every word and BI sounds confirmed with the logistics of the project. Jay Crowe answered a lot of great questions. This quote from the same article seems insinuate that the ArmaA2 engine could see improvements from this game ? Could someone confirm that, or is it an New Engine....OVER.

PCG: Evan Lahit/Jay Crowe- Is Bohemia working on any engine improvements/optimizations to the Arma engine for it to be tailored for Take On?
JC: Nailing down the helicopter experience demands a lot of work in terms of adding brand new features, refining more familiar ones, and optimising the game for flying helicopters. The buzzwords circulating around our studios alone goes some way to reveal the extent of the work at hand: picture in picture, increased view- and draw-distance, interactive cockpits, sling loads. But perhaps we’ve said enough for now! In fact, another cool aspect of Take On project is that it’ll allow us to look at improving various aspects of our simulation technology that could potentially be integrated into some possible future games with a much larger scope
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#14 Posted at 2011-04-01 08:54        
     
Its the VR engine but changed/updated to run as a flightsim reading the interview and the release info.


I still doubt this is all true though :-)
They have:
- A forum section for it
- Made some models
- Made a website
- Got a domain
- Registered a trademark

If this is a joke they sure did put a hell of work into it!

The only thing that srikes me is the fact the IDEA website does not contain any info about it:
http://www.idea-games.com/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1

Added 1 hour 6 minutes later:

Take On Helicopters - 'Pre-LC' Announced:
http://forums.bistudio.com/showthread.php?t=116903


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#15 Posted at 2011-04-01 10:38        
     
Well at the very least we can look forward to some nice helicopters in future ArmA games. That and some nice flight dynamics.

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