Choplifter HD

Choplifter Picked Up On A Rescue Mission From InXile Entertainment
by Phil Kollar on Mar 28, 2011 at 03:45 PM
Publisher: InXile Entertainment
Developer: inXile Entertainment
Release: Fall 2011
Rating: Rating Pending
Platform: PC, PlayStation 3

Show of hands: Who out there remembers Choplifter? This classic arcade helicopter game has been around -- let's be honest -- longer than I've been alive and appeared in one form or another on virtually every major game console of the '80s. Now it's set to join the growing ranks of retro reboots on PSN and PC.

InXile Entertainment -- the same crew currently working on Hunted: Demon's Forge for Bethesda -- announced today that they're developing Choplifter HD for release on PlayStation Network and PC this fall. As with the original, the game will feature a mix of helicopter-to-ground combat as well as rescuing allies who are trapped on the ground.

According to the announcement, players will join a team named C.H.O.P.R., which stands for Coordinated Helicopter Operations, Preservation and Rescue. Sounds like someone back at the base was trying a bit too hard when they came up with that title. Regardless, you'll be able to pilot multiple types of helicopters across over 20 missions, which will vary from war-torn environments like in the trailer below to more straightforward rescue operations.

Check out the debut trailer and first screenshots below and stay tuned for more information as Choplifter HD inches toward its fall 2011 launch on the PlayStation 3 and PC.