What is a flight simulator? In the category Game of Drones on an episode of last week’s tv show Jeopardy, this was the $1600 dollar winning question to the answer: “You don’t want to crash and burn on your first try, so practice with one of these programs, like Liftoff.”
One of the producers of the show must really dig the drone racing simulator created by proud FLEGA member LuGus Studios. He’s not the only one either. Since launching on Steam Early Access two years ago, the player count has never been higher. Hold on tight for some dazzling numbers!
The team has since distributed over 80 free updates and already features 10 unique environments and 16 different drone replicas that you can tinker with to your heart’s content to create more than 500.000 unique setups. That’s a lot of ways to alter the flight behaviour of your drone to try and become that little bit faster.
The community has fueled the game with over 1500 tracks created in the track editor. Most of the players really like the game, resulting in a 84% positive user score on Steam. Much of the soaring popularity is down to the combination of deep simulation systems and the integrated Liftoff Pro League e-sports system. This turned the game into a true phenomenon with drone racing enthusiasts of all skill levels.
And now they may even add some of the millions of daily Jeopardy viewers to that. If you’re not allergic to American daytime television, you can watch the full episode here (Liftoff making an appearance at 12:36).