series developer iEntertainment Network (IENT), which works both on 'serious games' and commercial titles based on that technology, announced that it will release USAF Pilot Training: Road to the ThunderBirds!
in November, and will showcase the PC fight simulation at E3 next week.
The game is being developed in conjunction with the United States Air Force, which has also given authorization to IENT to include official United States Air Force logos in the game. IENT also confirmed that the Air Force has offered to provide additional technical data, facts, and support to make USAF Pilot Training: Road to the ThunderBirds!
as accurate of a simulator as possible in its presentation of real United States Air Force Pilot Training. iEntertainment itself recently saw
a contract extension to other work is it accomplishing for the U.S. Air Force.
"As a former USAF Instructor Pilot, doing this simulation game is a rerun of my young, exciting and fun Lieutenant days," says JW "Wild Bill Stealey", CEO of IENT. "I know that my student would have benefited greatly and become better pilots, sooner, if they had this kind of simulation when they were in Pilot Training. Many of my Air Force friends, several former Air Force Instructor Pilots, and numerous retired aviators have agreed to assist IENT in making this a great training simulation. It is very exciting to be back working with all of them again!"
The simulation will follow a new student from their commissioning as a new 2nd Lieutenant, to the awarding of their pilot wings in a simulation with great role-playing, scoring, medals, and ranking systems. This simulation will use real Air Force training methods and allow the player to learn to fly the T-6 Texan II, the T-1A Jayhawk, the T-38 Talon, and the F-16 Fighting Falcon.
It will also introduce the player to all the features and functions of the real cockpits of these aircraft, as well as teach the real maneuvers that student pilots practice, and provide realistic "Check Rides" similar to those taken by students in real life during actual USAF Pilot Training. The training will culminate in the player being able to fly with the United States Air Force ThunderBirds in their real routine as the number 4 formation pilot.
IENT has not yet selected a retail-publishing partner but has indicated that it is currently in discussions with interested parties.