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Love racing spaceships? Check out Fly Dangerous, originally created as a love letter to the Elite Dangerous racing community, it's now available on Steam and it's free.

"Ever wanted to take a ridiculously fast, fully-controllable rocket ship and fly it like the lunatic that lives inside of all of us? Well now you can!

Fly Dangerous is a game where 60Gs of acceleration is just fine because who needs realism? Configure your flight stick (or mouse, keyboard, gamepad or ... steering wheel, no judgements here but good luck) and take to the skies at absurd speeds."

The developer mentioned that it will remain free as "The top and bottom of it is this is a game I want to play and it's become a fun community project which stopped us going mad during a global pandemic. With this being a competitive / community-focused game at heart, the niche-within-a-niche nature means that the less barriers to entry, the better it will be for everyone." and they might look at ways people can support the game development in future.

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Some of what it currently has includes:

  • 6dof flight model (and the ability to tweak it to your hearts content - yes, a 50km/s ship will break the game and that's on you).
  • An infinite game world engine to facilitate the rather absurd speeds (~1km/s is no joke when it comes to floating point accuracy!)
  • 2 ships (yes, many more to come) with colour customisation.
  • All the infrastructure around game / graphics / audio options, re-bindable inputs, various flight assists and a frankly absurd amount of options to cater to all kinds of users from casual pad-play all the way to dual-flightstick pilots.
  • VR headset support (F11 to recenter!) - I'd love to do cockpit VR controller support in the future but it's not a priority right now.
  • Basic JSON map format with auto-leaderboard-generation (ripe for an integrated custom map tool in the future).
  • 14 Time Trial maps - more are planned when there's more concrete level geometry and finalised terrain.
  • Infinite terrain gen as a technical preview (more diverse biome terrain and foliage planned).
  • Multiplayer as a technical preview (no competitive game modes as of yet).

Available free from and Steam. Not just free but open source too, although it uses the proprietary Unity game engine.

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mr-victory 24 May
QuoteOS: SteamOS, Ubuntu 18.04+, and CentOS 7
Is it the first time a game recommends CentOS?
Kithop 24 May
I wonder if the name is a reference to Scott Manley and his trademark closer, "Fly Safe"?

As someone with 350+ hours in Elite: Dangerous (and sad about recent developments, or I guess really lack thereof), this looks neat!
ridge 24 May
Looks freakin' awesome!
Pengling 24 May
Elite Dangerous wasn't for me, but space-flight + racing? Hell yes! Will definitely be checking this out.
beko 24 May
Love that gem :> Failing in this since 0.2.0 now
redneckdrow 25 May
Did anyone else think "Chevron eight locked!" when you first saw the image? Then I read the description and my joy immediately deflated. Also, only six chevrons there.

Maybe I'm just hyped for the new Stargate game; plus the new TTRPG. It was my favorite (live-action) show, and I've missed it.
Termy 25 May
Quoting: KithopI wonder if the name is a reference to Scott Manley and his trademark closer, "Fly Safe"?

my first thought exactly :D

Looks like a fun game, will definitely give it a try!
Calinou 25 May
I remember playing a free-to-play antigrav racing game when I was a kid (around 2006-2007). This one reminds me a lot of it.

Last edited by Calinou on 25 May 2022 at 9:41 pm UTC
iiari 26 May
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"Now THIS is podracing!"

Seriously, though, this looks incredibly fun and will definitely be a buy for me.
Pengling 26 May
Quoting: iiariand will definitely be a buy for me.
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