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B-17 Flying Fortress: The Mighty 8th Finally Gets a Remaster

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If you’re a fan of the B-17 Flying Fortress series of combat simulation games, we have good news for you. B-17 Flying Fortress: The Mighty 8th is getting a remaster, and it’s releasing as a Steam Early Access game on January 23.

Called B-17 Flying Fortress: The Mighty 8th Redux, the game brings the original title to current standards using DirectX 12. Although the experience of flying a B-17 and directing her 10-man crew remains the same, Redux will present players with an upgraded game engine, improved visuals, and an enhanced interface. MicroProse is handling the development and distribution of the game.

For reference, the original game was released in North America and Europe in December 2000. It was the sequel to B-17 Flying Fortress: World War II Bombers in Action, which itself released in 1992 for MS-DOS and 1993 for Amiga and Atari ST. Both games have since been released on Steam for modern-day players to enjoy. Meanwhile, a third game in the series, titled B-17 Flying Fortress The Bloody 100th, is currently under development.

You can watch its trailer below.

Why early access?

The developers at MicroProse decided that an early access release instead of a full one would be more beneficial for them. They believe that by including the community during the Redux development, they can get crucial feedback from players to make the game more accessible and in line with today’s standards. The game is currently in a playable state comparable to the original and is expected to evolve based on player feedback during the Early Access phase.

MicroProse also mentioned that Redux “…will give [them] the opportunity to look back and learn in order to push forward with future Flying Fortress titles.” Whatever the development team learns from Redux’s development will likely be applied to The Bloody 100th, which currently does not have a release date.

How early access is expected to evolve the game

MicroProse highlighted its development plans for Redux as it progresses through its early access phase. According to them, the game is expected to be in early access for up to a year, and the price may increase as more changes and features are added. They promised to inform potential players of any price increases through a dev blog.

Ultimately, the development team wants Redux to have the following when it releases fully (as listed on their Early Access page):

  • New and improved art assets
  • Improved in-game settings
  • Improved controller support
  • Updated User Interfaces
  • Additional Missions and campaigns
  • Additional features and functionality as suggested by the community during the Early Access

For now, expect to do the following once Redux Early Access starts:

  • Ability to control different crew roles aboard a B-17
  • Campaigns based on historical events
  • Quick start missions
  • Training missions to help you get acclimated
  • Historical missions
  • Updated interface

B-17 Flying Fortress: The Mighty 8th Quick Overview

Released as a Windows game in 2000, B-17 Flying Fortress: The Mighty 8th gives players control of a B-17 bomber and her crew during the height of World War II. Players can either guide their bomber in a historically accurate, 25-mission tour of duty or immediately hop into the action with Quick Start assignments.

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