What was old is new again in IL-2: Battle of Kuban development

February 16th, 2017 by

The new generation of IL-2 has had a lot of work to do trying to climb out from underneath the reputation of the original. IL-2 Sturmovik, Forgotten Battles, Pacific Fighters and the ultimate edition of IL-2: 1946 combined the kind of breadth and detail in a World War II sim never seen before. Starting over was always going to be daunting – but the team at 1CGS is working hard at making the new series into something that the fans can truly love. Some pretty big changes have been happening in the last couple of months and I thought now was a pretty good time to update on what’s happening with the run up to the release of IL-2: Battle of Kuban at the end of this year.

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Battle-Fields goes racing again!

January 23rd, 2017 by

An Automobilista server is live at 80.193.227.236:34597 . You can connect through Steam or the game itself.

Read more about Automobilista here

 

Participation makes it happen with the Dedicated Bomber Squad!

January 11th, 2017 by

Born in the later days of the original IL-2, the Dedicated Bomber Squadron has been flying the skies of the Battle-fields UK servers and elsewhere for a few years now. Regulars to those servers over the years will know the familiar call-signs: Thor and TxTip. These two have been busy organizing template events for a couple of years now with increasing regularity as popularity of the new IL-2 series begins to take off.

DBS bomber crew lines up for another takeoff

Over the last couple of years, the duo has been organizing the Friday Night Bomber Flights and more recently the Friday Night Quickies. Both events are team oriented with players signing up and joining in organized flights.

It was long past time to sit down with Thor and TxTip and find out what these events are all about.

Already interested in jumping in? Check out the latest missions on our forums to find out when the next one is planned!

What is the Friday Night Bomber Flight?

Thor: Friday Night Bomber Flight started by DBS is Tip’s. It evolved into Tip’s brainchild and included a full fledged campaign he spent many hours behind, crunching numbers and building a new mission every week. Was the best BOS MP experience one could have at the time (not entirely sure whats up on the menu today). Now we have something similar to the DBS original idea, and that is re-running few quick missions with various goals, maps and plane sets. FNBF in its original form lasted up to 3h per Friday evening. This now is divided often between two shorter missions.

TxTip: Friday Night Bomber Flights became an immersive squadron oriented dynamic online campaign which incorporated custom made briefings and missions entirely based on the results of the prior mission. However over the course of 2 years and the good people from all over the world that I have had the honor to become associated with. It became and is so much more than that. Right now we are flying Quickies. The closest thing I can fashion within the BoS parameters to a Co-OP for large numbers of players. Will we return to a full FNBFs campaign event? Time permitting it’s possible. The new Kuban addition coming to the sim basically demands some type of campaign event to incorporate all the new aircraft and features.

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Recent Outage

January 7th, 2017 by

Well that’s Christmas over and done with and to start the new year the Battle-Fields network decided to take a huge dump. It could have been all the festive food that caused problems or maybe it was the fact that as all the folk in the offices near the servers decided to try and keep warm using fan heaters because the heating had gone off.

Our battery backup tried valiantly to keep things from hitting the dirt but there is only so much you can do with lead and acid and running big servers for in excess of 40 minutes is asking a bit much on our budget.

Apologies if you missed us for the 4 days it was out of service but I was out of the country and couldn’t go and hit the rack with a hammer.

We are a server down right now awaiting parts. You can get updates via the usual channels (mainly the forums).

If you feel you would like to help us keep things running then feel free to donate, you can find links on the main site and on the  forums.

Happy new year!

 

Fly A 737 For Christmas!

November 28th, 2016 by

Well almost;

Our good friends at Jet Simulator Limited very kindly offered a 50% discount to all visitors to Battle-Fields.com some time back but as they say all good things must come to an end. So from January 1st the 50% off discount will come to an end.

Likewise the 50% off annual discount that members of the Captains Club are entitled to will also be changing to something less attractive, say like from Taylor Swift to oh I dunno … Shane MacGowan, Although beauty is in the eye of the beholder you can argue with figures and 50% off looks very attractive.

So why not treat yourself or that aviation nut, aficionado, bore, enthusiast (delete as appropriate) to the gift of flight, virtual flight.

Go to http://jetsimulator.co.uk/ and tell them we sent you and you can get your very own Taylor Swift or if she isnt available you can get a voucher for one of the most realistic flight simulators in the UK.

could you land this?

could you land this?

 

The latest from the world of IL-2

November 20th, 2016 by

If you haven’t been keeping up with the news recently, a lot is going on in the world of IL-2 and for our server regulars and members.

bok-yak1b-heinkelvictoryUpdate 1.005 was recently released for the IL-2 flight simulator product and it brought with it the new Yak-1B Collector Plane. The Yak-1B Series 127 is a incremental improvement over the Yak-1 Series 69 already available since IL-2: Battle of Stalingrad, however, it boasts a much improved cockpit visibility thanks to a bubble canopy and all kinds of small performance improvements. Check out my blog for a detailed review of the new fighter.

New landing gear physics have been implemented so if you’ve been sticking those landings like I sometime do, you might have some better luck now.

Coming in December is Update 1.006 which will bring with it the Ju 52 3m tri-motor transport plane that was so integral to the Luftwaffe’s transport and paratroop operations and a whole new rendering engine update. The IL-2 Digital Nature engine is getting an overhaul to bring it up to DirectX 11 standards. If all goes well, we’ll be able to play the game with the updated engine before Christmas time! Developer reports suggest some significant improvements in performance and we may even see some visual improvements as well.

Syndicate Members, Thor and TxTip, have been busy organizing the Dedicated Bomber Squad’s latest ‘Friday Night Quickie Flights’ running most Fridays these days. If you want to join in on some fantastic teamwork and intense multiplayer action you should definitely check out our forum for the very latest.

 

Battle of Kuban pre-order now available

September 18th, 2016 by

Battle of Kuban planesThe news keeps on coming for fans of the IL-2 series. IL-2: Battle of Kuban pre-orders are now available for the addition to the series.

Available as standalone or combined with IL-2: Battle of Stalingrad and IL-2: Battle of Moscow, the latest entry in the series comes with 8 regular aircraft and 2 Collector Planes. At the current point in time, only the Premium edition is available which contains the full set of aircraft. A Standard edition will be made available later on.

Starting in December, the first pieces of Battle of Kuban content will arrive in the form of the Bf109G-4. Additional aircraft and the all new Kuban map will release sometime in 2017 leading up to the final release at the end of that year. In addition to the new aircraft, maps, ships, and vehicles, the series will also aim to upgrade the core technologies. DirectX 11 and Virtual Reality support are two of the standout features that the team intends to develop.

Battle of Kuban will also be the last of the Eastern Front themed scenarios for the next couple of installments as the team intends to develop Battle of Midway and Battle of Okinawa after Kuban launches. These two battles will take the series to the Pacific and introduce carrier warfare into the mix for the first time. In the meantime, you can bet that some of our Dedicated Bomber Squad guys will be itching to get their hands on the new A-20B and He111H-16.

So, if you’re interested in another outing in the IL-2 series and want to get in on some VR powered action… the pre-orders are open right now!

 

Battle of Kuban announced!

September 11th, 2016 by

Promotional art for IL-2 Battle of KubanThis week IL-2 Producer Jason Williams took to the forums to announce the next addition to the IL-2 series: IL-2 Battle of Kuban!

The announcement laid out a plan for the future of the IL-2 series with plans to change longstanding issues, fix bugs, add new content and take the game into other theaters beyond the Eastern Front. Battle of Kuban represents a building ground for the team with regards to ocean and ship technology with the next targeted theater being the Pacific.

Many of the guys on the forums have been hoping for a change of scene and Battle of Kuban will be an installment that leads towards that goal.

The plan as it sits now is the following:

  • Battle of Kuban
  • Battle of Midway
  • Battle of Okinawa
  • Battle of ??????

Some of that may change but it gives you an idea of the expanding scope and trajectory of the series.

So what does Kuban give us and when is it coming out?

There is a 16 month development plan starting now that will see the Kuban battle released by December of 2017. In the meantime, content is planned to be added to the current game as its developed similarly to that of Battle of Moscow and Stalingrad before it. The battle itself was fought in the Kuban region of Russia along the Black Sea. The terrain is more varied than we’re used to with open plains, mountains, and coastal areas. It will be a proving ground for new ocean and ship technology with complex warships, simple trawlers, and everything in between. Kuban is also a region that saw some interesting Luftwaffe types and a good selection of American and even some British aircraft for the VVS.

Aircraft and Content

There is the now standard list of 8 flyable aircraft plus two Collector Aircraft for a total of 10. Let’s check them out:

  • Bf-109 G-4
  • Fw-190 A-5
  • Bf-110 G-2
  • He-111 H-16
  • Yak-7b
  • P-39L-1
  • IL-2 mod.43 UBT
  • A-20B
  • Hs-129 B-2 (Collector)
  • Spitfire Mk.VВ (Collector)
  • Kuban map 300x400km (Seaport, Towns, Mountains, Sea, Prairies, Large Forests, Part of Crimea)
  • Warships (Destroyer, Cargo ships, Submarines, Torpedo boats, Landing Barge)
  • Some New Ground Units

There were a huge list of improvements to the series as well with the recently announced removal of unlocks, new support for DX11 graphics and VR technology, and more all detailed in Jason’s announcement. Read the announcement for the full list and see what the future of IL-2 is all about!

 

Itching for more IL-2? Wish answered!

August 27th, 2016 by

newplanesItching for some more IL-2 content? The online store for new IL-2 Collector Planes has re-opened with two new pre-orders. The Yak-1B and Ju 52/3m are now available for purchase and will be delivered sometime before the end of 2016. They come with a slight discount at the moment so now is a great time to buy either aircraft if you feel like adding to your collection.

The Yak-1B is an upgraded Yak-1 with improved firepower and 360 degree vision thanks to its bubble canopy.

The Ju 52/3m is the iconic tri-engined armed transport used by the Luftwaffe in nearly every major operation of the war.

These two aircraft join the four other Collector Planes in the store:

  • La-5 Series 8
  • FW190A-3
  • P-40E-1
  • MC.202

News is expected in the near future on where the series will be heading next.

 

IL-2 unlocks removed, new content details

August 21st, 2016 by

 

Good news for Willy who hasn't finished doing all of the unlocks!

Good news for Willy! (He hasn’t finished doing all of the unlocks from IL-2’s single player campaign *tsk tsk*)

Some big changes are coming to IL-2: Battle of Stalingrad and Battle of Moscow. Jason Williams, the Producer for IL-2 announced late last week that starting this coming week, you will find all of your unlocks have been removed for equipment, weapons and skins. It won’t matter if you have the Premium edition or the Standard edition and it won’t matter if you have a Collector Airplane or one of the eight standard that come with each of the releases. The doors will be thrown wide open and all of the formerly locked items will be made available.

There is just the one caveat. If you have the Russian market Starter Edition of IL-2: Battle of Stalingrad then nothing will have changed. You will still need to progress through the ranks to gain equipment modifications.

Coming next!

No formal announcement has been made yet about what the team is working on next for their next major project. What we know is that the team has gotten together and that plans for the next two major expansions to the IL-2 franchise have already been planned out and pending the availability of funding, 1CGS will be working on them until completion.

In the meantime, two additional Collectors Aircraft have been announced. The Yak-1B and Ju 52 continue to make progress and Jason’s developer update also showed off some tasty screen shots. We’ve got a few for you right here!

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Work on the Yak-1B external model appears to be nearly complete and is now fully textured. The Ju 52 internals continue their progress as well and in this shot we get a good look at the rear gunners station.

We also get a early look at the Odessa map work-in-progress by Zeus and a team of third party and internal developers. With vast stretches of open water, rolling hills and open fields, Odessa should be a familiar but unique map that will add greatly to the eastern front experience.

News surrounding the next release from 1CGS is still to come with Jason indicating news will be made available sooner than later and pre-orders for that and for the Ju52 and Yak-1B collectors aircraft will be forthcoming very soon as well. Stay tuned folks!