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'Falcon 4.0: Allied Force - HiTilesAF' Announced

by Rainier on Oct. 26, 2005 @ 8:42 a.m. PDT

Lead Pursuit announced today the first official add-on pack for Falcon 4.0: Allied Force. HiTilesAF adds photo realistic scenery to the award-winning F-16 combat flight simulator.

HiTilesAF offers a complete replacement of the generic Balkans and Korean battlefields with enhanced terrain textures and a season switcher. HiTilesAF includes over 1600 seamless terrain textures, all based on real world aerial imaging research. The season utility included offers the chance to switch between spring, summer, fall and winter textures and apply them individually to one - or both - battlefields.

Joel Bierling, Executive Producer, Lead Pursuit LLC, said: "What a great first official add-on for Allied Force. Tom's work has been admired by the community for years and this special new release for Falcon 4.0: Allied Force will please many pilots. His scenery makes Allied Force even more engaging. This release - coupled with our continued support for the simulation - reinforces Lead Pursuit's commitment to its customers and to excellence."

Tom Waelti said: "I'm extremely happy to deliver this scenery upgrade for Falcon 4.0: Allied Force. The high level of detail not only makes the battlefields much more realistic, but also gives a vastly better feeling of height and speed. And the included seasons are an added bonus to get the most out of this legendary F-16 simulation."

Falcon 4.0: Allied Force, the successor of Falcon 4.0, is an advanced F-16 combat flight simulator for the PC. The player takes on the role of a pilot flying a multitude of missions in either the Balkans Theater of Operations or the Korean Theater of Operations in a fully dynamic, evolving war.

Features include:

  • Multiple threads for true Dual Core processor support
  • Improved graphics engine
  • Reworked multiplayer engine
  • Highly advanced Artificial Intelligence
  • 716-page advanced .pdf manual, 109-page "new player" printed manual
  • Reworked Dynamic Campaign Engine
  • Brand new theater of operations
  • New high resolution models and cockpits
  • Highly detailed terrain and airbases
  • Intuitive User Interface screens

The graphics engine supports real-time terrain lighting, dynamically-shaded 3D volumetric clouds and alpha-blended scattered clouds. Fog is also implemented and combined with new high resolution textures on models and the terrain, the visuals are tremendously improved. Highly detailed and clickable cockpits for three different F-16 aircraft are included: the Block 50/52, 40/42 and MLU variants.

The multiplayer engine features a new, problem-free connection method with support for a centralized, server-system style of play for Internet and Local Area Network (LAN) games. Performance and reliability have been greatly improved for both custom made missions and campaign flights.

The Dynamic Campaign Engine (DCE) is the war simulator where any event happening in any part of the theater of combat affects the war's direction throughout that theater. How you perform in your mission directly, and proportionately, determines what happens elsewhere. This is true for the tens of thousands of computer controlled entities in the game. It means that the player really feels part of a living war environment, part of something that is evolving around them in real time.

Some of the greatest changes have been to improve the interaction of computer controlled aircraft and the hundreds of ground entities in Falcon 4.0: Allied Force. Thousands of hours of work has led to remarkable improvements in artificial intelligence. During missions, computer-controlled aircraft will perform with precision. The role of the Forward Air Controller (FAC) is now implemented, allowing the player to co-operate with other flight aircraft when carrying out ground attacks. Brand new Air Traffic Control intelligently manages the flights in and out of bases.

The F-16's electronic systems simulated in Falcon 4.0: Allied Force, including the avionics, are the most realistic for the home personal computer. Numerous modes and sub-modes in air-to-air and air-to-ground radar are accurately implemented to immerse the player in the feel of operating a modern combat aircraft.

The new theater of operations is the Balkans. There are three time periods stretching from the mid-1990s to 2010, featuring appropriate aircraft, squadrons and units. Each theater period has three campaigns, making nine in total for the Balkans. Falcon 4.0: Allied Force also features a heavily revised Korean theater and associated campaigns.

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