March 6, 2007 - At the very beginning of the project, we knew we would want players to be able to customize their jets. We were reminded of the photos of the nose art that became popular with the pilots in World War II, and wondered how we could make that work in After Burner. We knew our players would appreciate having ways to show off their personality and their creativity. So we put together a rather vast array of options to choose from by combining the various planes, skins, and bolt-ons. All of the various upgrades were customized to each of the jets so that they would compliment the original design of the aircraft perfectly.
Jungle Camo:This skin is perfect for those pilots who appreciate the aesthetics of classic army gear, even though you'd never actually take a fully armed jet fighter for a crawl across a jungle floor.
Tiger: Tigers are strong and capable predators, making them a natural source of inspiration. Fortunately for you, airplanes carry more missiles than tigers do.
Stock Car: Stock cars are synonymous with speed. High performance is the name of the game here, so slap some sponsor stickers on your jet and fly like the wind!
Jolly Roger: The open seas and the open skies have often been associated with freedom, making the associations with pirates really natural. The skull and cross bones motif seems to work nicely as well.
Desert Camo: Another theme inspired by recent military engagements, this particular skin would be very beneficial for staying hidden in a sandstorm.
Hot Rod: Grease up your pompadour and head down to the local drive-in once you've got your jet decked out in this little beauty.
Black Hornet: Float like a butterfly, sting like a sidewinder missle. This aggressive styling is sure to turn heads as you blitz down the canyon in search of your prey.
Sky Camo: Here's a great twist on a classic: this skin will help you stay out of sight while twisting through the ice caverns.
Methane: Cool and deadly is the motif here. The striking contrast of blue flames on white will ensure you dispatch your enemies in style.
Deadly Cute: Lulling your opponents into a false sense of security, this cute skin will make them think they've ventured into a children's game. Your missiles will bring them back into reality.
Cobra Stripes: Cobras are well known for their deadly venom and their aggressive stance, so what better inspiration could we draw from for your armed-to-the-teeth jet fighter?
Sunburn: This theme is considered a stealth pattern by some. You're sure to blend in with all the bright flares of rockets exploding.
There are four types of additional bolt-on pieces you can attach to your aircraft. Like the skins, all of these pieces are custom created for each plane. You can choose extra fins which appear towards the front of the jet, extra wings for the back half of your plane, larger jets and big exhaust pipes give you a more aggressive appearance.
Not all the upgrades are purely cosmetic. You can upgrade the bits of your plane that make you such a deadly force to reckon with, and you'll need it too.
Cannon: Your cannon is your best friend. It's reliable, loyal, and rips enemy planes to ribbons. There are three different levels to your cannons. Each upgrade adds an extra level of oomph to each and every round fired.
Rocket: Destroy the ground targets with style as you upgrade your rocket power. There are four stages of rockets, culminating in the Bunker Buster rocket. You'll be destroying entire battleships in a single strike by the time you're fully armed.
Missiles: Do you like getting more bang for your buck? Try upgrading your missiles and you'll really be able to lay down some serious punishment. There are four upgrades to your missile system. The first upgrade powers up the damage you do, while the remaining upgrades will multiply your payout until you can fire four missiles at the same time! Tasty!
Afterburner: Speed really is the name of the game, and this upgrade delivers. There are five levels of goodness. The first four will give you more speed and let you punch it longer. The fifth upgrade is the holy grail of afterburning. The Atomic Afterburner delivers a devastating sonic boom upon ignition that will obliterate all enemies within a radius around your plane.
Thanks to IGN.com for sharing the news with us!