September 11th, 2016 by ShamrockOneFive
This 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
- IL-2 mod.43 UBT
- 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!