Sky-city sim Airborne Kingdom has a release date

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Airborne Kingdom (opens in new tab) is a kind of BioShock Infinite simulator, where you're in control of a flying city that will have to win over ground-dwelling citizens as well as gathering resources to expand as it floats from place to place. Indie development studio The Wandering Band has announced that it will be out on December 17, exclusive to the Epic Games Store.

Samuel Horti played a demo of Airborne Kingdom last year (opens in new tab), and said, "The aerial theme is more than just a gimmick. Every house, plane hangar, farm, and propeller has weight, and if you put too many buildings on one side of your city it can tip over. If it's leaning then you'll fly slower, and buildings will degrade faster. Just glancing at your city will tell you if it's balanced, and I like how your whole airship wobbles and settles as you plop down new houses."

That tilt-shifted toybox diorama look is quite attractive, and as someone who commands the settler to plonk down somewhere in Civilization, then regrets it for the next 100 turns, the idea of being able to move my cloud city around is pretty appealing.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games (opens in new tab). He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun (opens in new tab), The Big Issue, GamesRadar (opens in new tab), Zam (opens in new tab), Glixel (opens in new tab), Five Out of Ten Magazine (opens in new tab), and (opens in new tab), whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.