European Air War and the Cool Cam

By Deane Barker on August 14, 2007

The Cool Cam: This is a really fascinating story the development of European Air War by Microprose back in the late 90s. The project was doomed, until a developer ignored pressing bugs and built a new feature that saved the project.

It almost seemed as though the execs were only keeping the project alive for the sadistic pleasure they took in watching the developers squirm. And among the bugs mentioned above, there were mountains more. For instance, planes couldn’t take off or land. At all. Well, you could try to land, but that would cause the bug where the plane would bounce off the ground and into outer space. So to address the issue, all missions started out mid-flight and wouldn’t require (or even allow) you to land.