MacPlay PR maven Jason Whong has noted that his company “is throttling up the production” of a new game called Fighter Squadron: Screamin’ Demons Over Europe. Whong said that MacPlay plans to get the game on store shelves by April 16th.
“We are anticipating the arrival of the first alpha release in-house,” said Whong.
Fighter Squadron, a World War II-era flight combat simulator originally developed for the PC by ParSoft (which later became Inertia Games). Published for the PC by Activision, plans for a Mac conversion of the game were shelved, until ParSoft alumnus and MacPlay founder Ron Dimant announced last year that Fighter Squadron would at last see a Mac version. Dimant unveiled plans to bring Fighter Squadron to the Mac after he announced the formation of MacPlay’s parent company, United Developers.
Whong also is seeking the advice of Mac flight sim fans who will be using joysticks and throttle controls.
“I’ll admit to you that I’ve always used a mouse to play flight sims,” said Whong. “That being said, we’re entering alpha real soon now, and it would probably be a very good idea for us to be testing the game with your joysticks. Please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what joystick/throttle controls you prefer to use on your Macintosh. I’ll do my part to let our internal testers know what joysticks we should pay particular attention to.”‘
So, if you have a joystick, throttle or HOTAS (Hands On Throttle And Stick) combo that you want to make sure is supported by this new game, make sure to get your request into Whong now.