Sid Meier's Ace Patrol lands on iOS May 9

Sid Meier's Ace Patrol lands on iOS next week
Sid Meier's next project is an iOS game set in World War I called Ace Patrol, a dogfighting strategy game created by Meier himself. Ace Patrol will launch on the App Store May 9 as a free download.

Ace Patrol is comprised of four campaigns – all downloads gain access to the British campaign and multiplayer side; in-app purchase is required to access the other campaigns. Of course, you can also throw some coin down on the typical tactical and cosmetic boosts, like new planes and elaborate paint jobs.

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Sid Meier's Ace Patrol™' from 2K and Firaxis Games
Takes Strategy Gaming to the Skies

Get ready to pilot over WWI Europe with the legendary game-designer's first mobile strategy title to launch exclusively on iOS devices next week

New York, NY – May 1, 2013 - 2K and Firaxis Games, the critically acclaimed studio responsible for the award-winning XCOM®: Enemy Unknown* and the Sid Meier's Civilization® series, are excited to announce Sid Meier's Ace Patrol™, an original mobile title coming to iOS on Thursday, May 9, 2013. Conceived, designed and programmed by the legendary game designer himself, Sid Meier's Ace Patrol™ immerses players in strategic WWI air-combat scenarios, piloting the skies in defense of their base camp and allies.

Sid Meier's Ace Patrol™ offers a deep, high-quality 3D strategy experience that fulfills Firaxis' promise of creating the world's best strategy games.

Key Features Include:

- Piloting a selection of 30 vintage and historical WWI aircrafts through more than 120 missions;
- Building out a team of Aces that each offer a special skill set to expand gameplay options;
- Upgrading and promoting the top fighter pilots throughout the course of the campaign;
- Playing Turn-based Single-Player, Two-Player Hot-Pad or Asynchronous Multiplayer through Game Center.

Free to download, Sid Meier's Ace Patrol™ will be available in the App Store on iOS devices worldwide.

Firaxis is proud to add Sid Meier's Ace Patrol™ to their growing lineup of mobile games, which will soon also include the highly anticipated Haunted Hollow™ (available in the App Store tomorrow, May 2, 2013) and XCOM®: Enemy Unknown (coming this summer).

*XCOM: Enemy Unknown was named Game of the Year 2012 by GameTrailers, GiantBomb, Kotaku, and MTV Multiplayer
2K is a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO).

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This article was originally published on Joystiq.