Rise of Flight premiered at Games Convention 2008 in Leipzig, and at CIS Igromir 2008. Closed beta testing of the game began in April 2008. On May 7, 2009, Rise of Flight was officially released in Russia with Russian publisher ND Games. In the USA, Rise of Flight: The First Great Air War was premiered at the 2009 E3 and was officially released on June 25, 2009 in the USA by its publisher 777 Studios. Aerosoft gained publishing rights in Europe, with the game also being offered for download from Direct2Drive. In June 2010, 777 Studios acquired the rights to the Rise of Flight brand.