Site Will Be Down

April 23rd, 2017 by

The power supply to the server room will be being upgraded during a couple of weekends in May.

I have yet to have the times and dates confirmed but will post them as soon as I have them. There is another option and it involves putting a bicycle on a rolling road with a generator strapped to it and me spending several hours trying to generate a few thousand Watts of power. Ive done some calculations and for me to achieve this I would need to eat about 178 pork pies and drink 40 pints of best bitter. So basically a normal night out. Trouble is Im not sure I can ride a bike and drink 40 pints so I decided just to turn the servers off whilst the work is being done.

Sorry for any inconvenience, if any pie manufacturers would like to sponsor Battle-Fields.com please contact me though the normal chanels.

 

See IL2 At Its Best!

March 26th, 2017 by

Airdoc has created what can only be described as a stunning video of him and his mates from the DBS who fly on our servers. You really must take a look at the video on YouTube.

 

Impressive progress on Battle of Kuban

March 14th, 2017 by

In the fall, Jason Williams from the IL-2: Battle of Kuban development team laid out a basic outline of what was expected to arrive to Battle of Kuban early access and when. So far the developers at 1CGS are ahead of schedule delivering the Bf109G-4, Bf110G-2, He111H-16 and FW190A-5 ahead of schedule and showcasing some impressive early progress on the Kuban map and their first major warship. Update 2.008 arrived a couple of weeks ago and with it came two aircraft and surprise update to an aircraft that we already have. Things are really coming together!

The Butcher Bird

First up, the FW190A-3 got a big flight model update in version 2.007 and it has transformed the fighter into a deadly one from one that left fans of the aircraft a little frustrated with all of the stalling and crashing that it was doing.

The FW190A-5 has now arrived on the scene with a higher top speed and climb rates as well as some extra firepower options. It also has an engine modification – also a new feature of Update 2.008!

The FW190A-5/U17 modification enables a 1.65ATA engine boost option making this a low altitude hot-rod even with the bomb racks attached. And it can carry eight SC50 bombs at once.

A Meaner Heinkel

We also now have early access to the Heinkel He111H-16 bomber. A meaner one. Yes… that is possible! A modification of the earlier H-6 version, this new edition comes with more powerful engines leading to a slight performance bump but perhaps more importantly is the overall improvement in firepower with slower firing light machine guns replaced by the MG81Z – a rapid fire belt fed light machine gun and a single MG131 heavy machine gun in the top gunner station. It also carries some seriously large bombs as an option – I’m sure our Dedicated Bomber Squad guys are going to love that option on one of the next Friday Night Bomber flights.

But wait… there’s more!

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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!