PUT YOUR HAND ON YOUR HEART AND RAISE YOUR FLAG AS FLYING TIGERS: SHADOWS OVER CHINA PRESENTS ITS 4TH OF JULY “TERMINATION” GAMEPLAY TRAILER
The World, July 3, 2017 — See for yourself if history is worth playing by watching the “Termination” gameplay trailer (goes live on the 4th of July, YouTube embed below) for Flying Tigers: Shadows Over China (“FTSOC”), the epic air-combat action game available now on Steam which is based on the historical events of America's secret volunteer squadrons that defended China in World War 2.
“It was an apt coincidence the Chinese government’s contract with the Flying Tigers had to be terminated on the 4th of July in 1942. After all, the tigers had been flying high and low — independently — against the Japanese for seven months straight. No longer for money, but more importantly, so that China could remain free — without fascism and communism.”
Published and developed by ACE MADDOX, FTSOC was created in Steam’s Early Access program which allowed the dev team to gather ongoing feedback from the game’s community while iterating, improving, and adding new content and features to the game on a near-monthly basis for over a year and a half until it was released on May 29, 2017 (post-release development still ongoing).
FTSOC is available in 13 languages: English, Spanish, French, Polish, German, Portuguese-Brazil, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Russian, Italian, Czech, Turkish, and Japanese.
Flying Tigers: Shadows Over China is rated 17+ M for Mature by the ESRB.
Officially called the 1st American Volunteer Group (the “AVG”), the Flying Tigers were flying mercenaries contracted by the Chinese government under President Roosevelt’s “Secret Executive Order”.
Assuming fake identities, AVG recruits had to travel by ship half-way around the world to get to Rangoon, Burma. One pilot made the trip undercover with a specially-made passport indicating he was a missionary. Others posed as plantation managers, cowboys, and even circus performers!
China paid AVG fighter pilots a $500 bounty for each Japanese aircraft shot down. In addition, the monthly remuneration was $675 for flight leaders, $600 for pilot officers, and about $250 for ground-crew staff (at the time, about $600 bought a factory-new Ford V-8).
The Flying Tigers insignia patch was designed by two Disney artists — Roy Williams and Henry Porter — together they worked up a painting of a Bengal cat leaping out of a V-for-victory sign.
The AVG and the Chinese were financed and organized by White House lobbyists and advisors using shadow companies and laundered money to shield the Roosevelt Administration from violating any neutrality acts.
As per Roosevelt’s “Secret Executive Order”, all Flying Tigers “volunteers” had to resign from the military and become civilians. If captured, they risked being executed as spies by the Japanese.
A total of 311 “volunteers” formed the AVG. Some fought as pilots while others served in ground support roles such as mechanics, doctors, clerks, and nurses.
Starting out with only 99 P-40 fighters, the Flying Tigers racked up an amazing combat record in just about seven months. Their tenure collectively destroyed 297 enemy aircraft in Burma, Thailand, and China.
Rugged construction allowed the P-40s to withstand steep dives as the Tigers swooped down on the Japanese from high above using “hit and run” tactics invented by their daring flight instructor, Claire Lee Chennault. This caused Japanese fighter pilots to view the Flying Tigers with bittersweet respect. They thought the Tigers didn’t fight fair.
On the 4th of July 1942, the American Volunteer Group aka the Flying Tigers were disbanded as the Chinese contract expired and the onslaught of World War 2 made further non-official (covert) operations politically difficult.
After July 4, the U.S. Army 23rd Fighter Group took over the AVG P-40s but only five tiger pilots accepted induction. For morale and propaganda, the Flying Tigers name was retained for the 23rd pilots.
After the AVG was disbanded, the U.S. refused to recognize the Flying Tigers. That position remained unchanged until 1991 when the “honorably discharged” Tigers officially became WW2 veterans.
RARELY DEPICTED AIR-BATTLES OF WORLD WAR 2
The action-packed campaign recreates the clandestine operations of the American Volunteer Group in fighter, bomber, gunner, reconnaissance, torpedo, and night missions.
APPROACHABLE TAKE ON AIR-COMBAT
Features TrazerTime™ slow-motion precision firing, arcade-like combat maneuvers, sim-style pitch & roll controls, moody weathers (including thunderous monsoons, beautiful sunsets, and misty dawns), 20+ Allied and Japanese planes, adjustable mouse & keyboard, gamepad, and flightstick controls, and more!
MULTIPLAYER FOR UP TO 16 PLAYERS
Steam leaderboards eternalize players’ online rankings across five battle modes! Coordinate devastating air-attacks in TEAM DOGFIGHT while providing cover for your comrades, outdo all enemies using powerful rocket weaponry in ROCKET BATTLE VS, or take to the skies to “Capture the Flag” in the FLAGBUSTERS mode.
PAY ONCE AND PLAY
No micro-transactions or F2P-elements — for a single purchase, you’ll get the full, stand-alone experience — with unrestricted multiplayer!
FLY IN COCKPIT OR THIRD-PERSON MODE
Soar through the skies of Southeast Asia in third-person or cockpit view in a variety of American, British, Russian/Chinese, and Japanese aircraft.
STRIKING RENDITION OF THE FAR EAST
Faithful environments, beautiful graphics, booming sound effects, and an epic-orchestral soundtrack create a lasting impression of the China-Burma-India theatre.
About FTSOC Flying Tigers: Shadows Over China (acronym: FTSOC) is an epic air-combat action game based on the historical events of America’s secret volunteer squadrons that helped defend Southeast Asia in the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theatre of World War 2 (aka the Second Sino-Japanese War). Secretly recruited under President Roosevelt’s authority before America entered into World War 2, the “Flying Tigers” were officially known as the American Volunteer Group (AVG) and initially consisted of three pursuit squadrons with only 99 P-40 fighters, led by the infamous US-China military tactician and daring airman Claire Lee Chennault.
About ACE MADDOX
Specializing in air-combat action games, Ace Maddox is an independent game developer headquartered in Sweden. Its distributed development team shares a wild interest in combat aviation, arcade games, and history and is formed by industry veterans with backgrounds in the games, digital media, and music industries. Visit ACEMADDOX.com for more info or follow @AirCombatAction on Twitter.