The new title, set during World War 1, allows players to build up a squad of ace fighter-pilots and engage in aerial battles. The game will feature 30 WW1-era aircraft and more than 120 missions to blast through.
The initial download for Ace Patrol will include the British campaigns and Game Center-enabled multiplayer for free, though in-app purchases will be required to obtain the other campaigns. As expected for a free-to-play title, additional boosts can be purchased with real coin, though most of these – like new paint jobs for your aircraft – are thankfully cosmetic.
In recent years, Sid Meier has taken on a more advisory role for projects at XCOM-developer Firaxis, though Publisher 2K said the strategy game master “conceived, designed and programmed Ace Patrol”.
Coincidentally, a new game from Firaxis, Haunted Hollow, is also out today on iOS and free with in-app purchases. Ace Patrol is expected to join it next week on the same platform. No PC or Android release has been announced for either game.