I challenge you to think of a better name for a plane than “Sopwith Camel”

Sid Meier, the creative force behind the Civilization series and a bunch of cool games bearing his name, has a new freemium mobile game featuring turn-based World War I aerial combat. That should have gotten your attention. And better yet, we’ll all be able to play it soon, as Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol is slated to hit iOS devices on May 9.

Sid Meier's Ace Patrol

According to Firaxis Games and 2K, the new title is “conceived, designed and programmed by the legendary game designer himself.” That’s a lot of Meier. But that’s a good thing, considering that the new game’s key features include things like 30 real world aircraft, more than 120 missions, and pilots that can be upgraded RPG-style as you advance. Along with a single player mode, you’ll also be able to go head-to-head with an opponent on the same device or tackle asynchronous multiplayer via Game Center integration.

Word on the street has it that there will be multiple campaigns for different countries that took part in the Great War, beginning with the first set of British missions that are included for free. The others will be pay-to-unlock, as will a variety of consumables. No word on whether Snoopy will be an unlockable pilot, but we’d have to think he’d represent the U.S.

Sid Meier's Ace Patrol

Graphically, Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol sports a unique look that almost reminds you of cell shading. Add that to the intriguing gameplay and pedigree and you’ve got something that should attract plenty of attention even though it’s flown under the radar (pun intended) until now. Get ready to fire up your Sopwith Camel and zoom over to the App Store next week.