Kerbal creator's Balsa flight simulator is launching an open beta right now

Kerbal creator's Balsa flight simulator is launching an open beta right now

Balsa Model Flight Simulator is coming to Early Access later this year, too.

Here's a nɪᴄᴇ surprɪse: a ɴᴇᴡ ɢᴀᴍᴇ ꜰʀᴏᴍ a ʙᴇʟᴏᴠᴇd ɢᴀᴍᴇ ᴅᴇᴠᴇʟᴏᴘer thᴀᴛ ᴡᴇ cᴀɴ pʟᴀʏ ʀɪɢʜᴛ ɴᴏw. A ꜰᴇᴡ yᴇᴀʀs ᴀɢᴏ, Kerbal Space Program creᴀᴛᴏʀ Felipe "HarvesteR" Falᴀɴgʜᴇ sᴛʀᴜᴄᴋ ᴏᴜᴛ ᴏɴ ʜɪs ᴏᴡɴ ᴛᴏ ᴍᴀᴋᴇ Balsa Model Fʟɪɢʜᴛ Simulᴀᴛᴏʀ ᴀs ᴀɴ ᴇᴀʀly VR ɢᴀᴍᴇ. After VR ᴛᴜʀɴed ᴏᴜᴛ ᴛᴏ ʜᴀᴠᴇ a smᴀʟʟer auᴅɪᴇnce thᴀɴ ʜᴇ ʜᴏᴘᴇd—especiᴀʟʟy ꜰᴏʀ a fʟɪɢʜᴛ simulᴀᴛiᴏɴ ɢᴀᴍᴇ ᴀʙᴏᴜᴛ model plᴀɴes—ʜᴇ ᴡᴇnt ʙᴀᴄᴋ ᴛᴏ wᴏʀk ᴏɴ Balsa, ᴛᴜʀɴɪɴg ɪᴛ ɪɴᴛᴏ a ʙʀᴏᴀᴅer PC ɢᴀᴍᴇ thᴀᴛ ɪs ɴᴏw pʟᴀʏᴀʙʟᴇ ɪɴ ᴏᴘᴇɴ ʙᴇta.

"It's a flight simulator for scale aircraft where you can design and build your own vehicles and take them into missions, battle, and into multiplayer," said Falanghe in a video at the Future Games Show on Thursday. The open beta should be live soon on Steam using a relatively new feature called Steam Playtest. After getting feedback from the open beta, Falanghe plans to launch Balsa into Early Access in the next few months, in much the same way Kerbal Space Program was initially developed.

"Balsa is a game that I want to make with a community of players around it," Falanghe said. "This is what Early Access is about. It's not about releasing your game before it's finished. It's an invitation for you to design the game with me."

In June I talked to Falanghe about his work on Kerbal Space Program and how difficult it was to leave his creation behind. His inspiration from Kerbal Space Program came from launching model rockets with his brother, and Balsa Model Flight Simulator comes from the same place. As kids they loved model airplanes, and he described making Balsa as the first time his career in game development has been smooth and easy. "I've no idea how it's going to be compared to KSP. It's entirely a new experience for me, and hopefully for players too," he said.

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