New game from creator of the Kerbal space program launches on Steam Early Access

Just weeks after launching in open beta, Balsa Model Flight Simulator, the new game from Kerbal Space Program creator Felipe “HarvesteR” Falanghe, is now available on Steam Early Access.

Balsa Model Flight Simulator is obviously a different approach to flight than KSP, but it’s still very much in the same tradition: players design, build and fly highly detailed virtual model aircraft, and even engage in ” paintball fights “against other models online. -makers. A built-in scenario editor allows for the creation of new mission and game mods, and designs, missions, and mods can all be shared through the Steam Workshop.

The Early Access version of the game is expected to be significantly improved over the original open beta: Falanghe said the developers released more than a dozen versions of the game during the testing period and were able to “eliminate many important bugs, as well as already implements several very good ideas. ” And of course, he pointed out that the launch of Early Access “is just the beginning.”

“So far, we’ve mainly focused on making Balsa a stable and flexible platform, so we have a lot of feature ideas that we’re really looking forward to working on,” he said. for follow-up. “Now that we are starting Early Access, the time has finally come to begin. “

It’s unclear when BMFSim will be in full release – the FAQ has a “very vague estimate” of at least a year from now, “and potentially up to two years or more” – but Falanghe does know a thing or two on early access. Kerbal Space Program was originally released independently in 2011 before moving to Steam Early Access in March 2013. A full release only came over two years later, in April 2015, by which time it had racked up enviable levels. From acclaimed: Shortly after its debut on Steam, we declared it the best sim of 2015, and it remains deeply entrenched in our annual Top 100 list.

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